All posts tagged: Singapore

REVIEW: One Farrer Hotel, Skyline Room

Let’s face it: when you are a local resident, a staycation in the heart of Little India is never top of mind. Why nest in the heart of a heritage site when one has plenty of choice in the Marina district, waking up to a view of the iconic Singapore skyline? While Little India is home to many backpackers hostels and smaller, independently-run budget hotels, many newer, more upscale hotels have also found their roots in the area in the last decade or so, including One Farrer Hotel. In this post:• About the hotel• Booking & check-in• Car parking• The room• Skyline Lounge• Lunch• Afternoon tea• Evening cocktails• Breakfast• The facilities• Final thoughts Truth be told, while the hotel opened to much fanfare back in 2014 as a premium medical facility in a bid to boost medical tourism, it didn’t appeal as a choice for a staycation. Room rates were sky-high then for the location: imagine a $200++ rate for a base-level room? Madness. Six years on with Covid-19 in the air, the hotel was …

Singapore-Hong Kong ATB will not proceed until 2021

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore officially announced yesterday (1 Dec 2020) that the Air Travel Bubble will be further delayed Singapore and Hong Kong have further reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, and given that local unlinked cases are still high, both parties have decided to defer the commencement of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) to beyond December 2020. The exact start date of the ATB arrangement will be reviewed in late December. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, 1 December 2020 Second deferment The ATB was originally scheduled to launch on 22 Nov 2020. However, Hong Kong started to see a new wave of Covid-19 cases, and at the eleventh hour, authorities from both countries announced late on eve of the inaugural flights that the ATB will be postponed by two weeks, with details to be announced this week. Fast forward two weeks later, we are now looking at an early 2021 launch, given that the cases in Hong Kong remain high, with the seven-day average of unlinked cases …

Accor Black Friday sale now on, till 30 Nov 2020

SO Sofitel from S$174 nett, Sofitel City Centre from S$191 nett and more (fully refundable) Accor has launched its Black Friday sale, offering up to 50% off hotel stays. Plus, earn double rewards points for Accor ALL members if you register before your stay. Offer details The Black Friday sale runs between 26 and 30 Nov, and booking must be done directly with Accor either through their website or mobile app.  The base discount is 40% off the Best Available Rate, with an additional 10% off for Accor ALL members (more on that later). For stays in Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia, your stays must be between 7 Dec 2020 and 8 Dec 2021. If you’re staying in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau, stay period must be between 7 Dec 2020 and 14 Mar 2021.  Rooms booked under these rates are fully refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours before arrival.  Accor Plus members will enjoy additional 10% off for a total of 50% off. Great deals at SO Sofitel and Sofitel City Centre SO/ Sofitel Singapore has earlier announced that it will be …

Conrad Centennial to reopen from 16 Dec 2020, rooms on sale from S$239 nett

Hilton has launched the “Hilton Dream” sale; Hilton Singapore rooms are also available from $201 nett Conrad Centennial has joined the long list of hotels approved to receive leisure guests. From 16 Dec 2020, the hotel in the Marina area will reopen its doors to leisure guests once again after being shut for nearly three quarters of the year. Changes to lounge operations While the hotel will welcome guests, Executive Room guests and Hilton Honors Diamond Elite members will have to contend with some changes to operations, according to the hotel. Conrad Centennial will only operate one lounge at Level 31 when it reopens on 16 Dec. The poolside lounge at level 4 will be closed until further notice. The Level 31 lounge will be opened from 3pm to 10pm daily, serving both afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the following hours: Afternoon tea: 3pm to 5pm Evening cocktails: 6pm to 8pm According to the hotel, afternoon tea will be consist of sandwiches and cakes served to the table on a stand, with coffee, tea …

Singapore-Hong Kong ATB launch deferred by two weeks

The travel bubble bursts for now, bubble slated for re-start on 6 Dec 2020 Travellers hoping to catch the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble (ATB) will now have to wait another two weeks for it to begin, as Hong Kong is facing a possible ‘fourth wave’ in Covid-19 cases. The ATB was originally slated to commence today (22 Nov), but a decision was made on Saturday afternoon to postpone it by two weeks given the unstable situation in Hong Kong. On Saturday (21 Nov 2020), Hong Kong saw a total of 13 unlinked cases, bringing the seven day average of unlinked cases to 3.86. While this did not reach the mutually agreed threshold of 5, both countries agreed that it would be unwise to commence the ATB at this point. Given the evolving situation in Hong Kong, Secretary Edward Yau and I discussed further this afternoon, and decided that it would be better to defer the launch of the ATB, by two weeks. We will review within two weeks on the new launch date and …