All posts tagged: Staycations

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 …

REVIEW: Fairmont Singapore, Deluxe King Room

Fairmont Singapore is easily one of Singapore’s most popular hotel, mostly owing to its prime location in the heart of the city, as well as being the adjacent property to Singapore’s tallest hotel, Swissotel the Stamford. Despite being rather familiar with the property, I have not done a stay at this hotel in a long while, so I thought I’ll give it a bit of my money for a weekend stay. In this post:• Introduction• About the hotel• Pre-arrival check-in• Actual check-in• The room• The facilities• Dining options• Brunch in the Skai• Breakfast at Prego• Final thoughts About the hotel Built as part of Singapore’s iconic Raffles City in the 1980s, the hotel opened as Westin Plaza. The hotel was rebranded as Raffles the Plaza in 2002 when Raffles International Group took over the management of the hotel. In 2007, the hotel underwent another name change to Fairmont Singapore. As an upscale hotel, Fairmont Singapore boast of over 770 rooms in two towers – North and South Tower – starting from 45 square metres to …

Citi Prestige Staycation offers

With international travel almost impossible right now, hotels and banks are coming together to put together enticing staycation deals for you to have a semblance of a vacation without your passport. Citi Prestige has updated its staycation offers for cardmembers, offering a complimentary second night stay at three hotels. Two of the hotels, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel and The Fullerton Hotel, were already on offer earlier in July, while the latest deal included St Regis. Details of the offers below: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, S$350 net Deluxe Room for 2 nights Daily breakfast for up to two adults and 2 children (below 12 years old) or three adults Complimentary S$100 net dining credit per room per stay Early check-in at 11am and late check-out till 2pm (subject to availability) Complimentary parking Marriott has imposed a blackout date of 25 to 31 December, so the rate will not apply during that period. To book this offer, you will have to call the hotel (6831 4555) or drop them an email. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, …

REVIEW: Mandarin Orchard, Club Deluxe King Room

It’s been almost half a year since anyone in Singapore had a staycation, so when STB announced that staycations were allowed once again in Phase 2, many people made a beeline to make a booking at their favourite hotel, to make up for the lack of a overseas holiday. I was no exception. I made my searches, and the Mandarin Orchard deal caught my eye: A club room, breakfast and late check-out for under S$250 nett? Let’s check it out. In this post:• Introduction• The reservation• Check-in• The room• Top of the M• Afternoon tea• Evening cocktails• Breakfast• The facilities• Final thoughts Let’s face it: pre Covid-19, with the option of going overseas for a short getaway, plus the allure of many hotels in Singapore, the chances of choosing Mandarin Orchard for a staycation was hardly in order. During the times when tourists are flocking to Singapore, Mandarin Orchard typically commands a premium for its excellent location, despite its dated features. With over 1,200 rooms, this hotel was popular with Indonesian visitors, given it’s prime …