Staycation at YOTEL Singapore, Asia’s First YOTEL

One of life’s simple pleasures is going for a staycation. We’re truly blessed with SO many irresistible options for staycation in Singapore. This year alone, there are about 10 new hotel openings. Out of these 10, YOTEL  Singapore is the one I’m most keen to check out.

First of all, what exactly is YOTEL? For those of us who do not live in New York, London or Amsterdam, we probably have not heard much about the brand. YOTEL is a hotel chain that largely operates in airports, including London Gatwick, London Heathrow, and Paris Charles De Gaulle.

Additionally, YOTEL concept is based on technological innovation. By integrating the elements of luxury hotels into smartly designed spaces, YOTEL aims to provide a seamless and intuitive guest experience by giving guests everything they need and nothing they don’t.

YOTEL Singapore

YOTEL Singapore, the first YOTEL in Asia, opened its doors to guests on 1 Oct 2017. With a wide variety of rooms (known as cabins) from Premium Queen to VIP View Suite, there is something to suit every budget. There are 610 cabins across 30 floors that are equipped with signature YOTEL features such as adjustable SmartBedTM with super comfortable Serta Gel mattresses, Technowall with mood lighting and HD Smart TVs.

There are 7 cabin types in YOTEL Singapore:

  • Premium Queen (13sqm)
  • Premium Queen View (13sqm)
  • Premium Queen with 1 Bunk (13sqm)
  • Premium Queen View with 1 Bunk (13sqm)
  • Premium Queen View Deck (13sqm + 5sqm balcony)
  • First King Deck Cabin (26sqm + 9sqm balcony)
  • VIP View Suite (52sqm + 20sqm balcony)

The word “affordable luxury” often excites us (don’t tell me you’re not LOL). Combined with a prime location in Orchard Road, this property sounds like a dream come true to many. Now, I can’t wait to experience a refreshingly different staycation in YOTEL!  🙂

Accommodation

YOTEL SingaporeHotel Lobby

YOTEL Singapore is located behind Shaw House and a few minutes’ walk from Orchard MRT. As I walked in, the futuristic vibes in the lobby instantly grabbed my attention. To my left, there is a row of airport-style touch-screen check-in machines. And to my right, there are two robots. The self check-in process was totally fuss-free and within minutes, I was on my way up to my cabin on the 23rd floor. There are also reception counters if you prefer to check-in through the guest service officers.

YOTEL SingaporeEdison with the YOTEL Robots

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Business Suite Staycation

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy is an Accor hotel strategically located in the historic East Coast region and within walking distance to East Coast Park, two major shopping centres, and many local eateries. It’s also near the airport, thus making it an ideal choice for business and leisure travellers.

Last weekend, we went for a staycation at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy to celebrate my 40th birthday. You may not believe it, but this was the first time I celebrated my birthday with a staycation. I figured turning 40 is a major milestone that deserves to be celebrated in a memorable way.

As we drove into the hotel carpark, we couldn’t help but thinking that the hotel’s façade and surrounding look rather unattractive, especially with the construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line in front of it. Nonetheless, the Business Suite that we were hosted in is a complete opposite. So, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Accommodation

This property has been around for a while but it was refurbished a few years back. It boasts some of the largest rooms within its class, even the entry level rooms are already at 32sqm in size. Our Business Suite, the largest room category in the hotel, measures a whopping 54sqm!

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Business Suite

The moment the door sprang open, our eyes widened with amazement. The suite is unbelievably spacious! I loved the minimalist Zen furniture of dark wood and grey cushions. The thoughtfully-designed layout also allows plenty of open spaces in the room, thus ideal for families with kids.

When you enter the Business Suite, you’ll see a large work desk with a minibar next to it. It comes with a Handy smartphone with unlimited International calls to 10 countries and mobile data.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Business Suite

At the opposite end of the table is the King Size bed and 32-inch flat screen cable TV. Next to it is the sofa bed and two arm chairs. The hotel has also prepared an extra bed for Edison. As you can see, this suite can accommodates a family of 2 adults and 3 kids comfortably.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Business Suite

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Business Suite

Park Hotel Farrer Park Staycation Review: Premier Loft Room

The newly-built Park Hotel Farrer Park (opened in May 2017) is located right on top of Farrer Park MRT Station. It’s SO convenient, if I were a tourist, I’ll definitely choose this hotel. It’s also an ideal staycation choice for its historical and ethnic charm. Guests can experience the colourful sights and sounds of Little India just around the hotel.

We were invited for a night at Park Hotel Farrer Park’s Premier Loft Room, and it was such a delight to stay in a spanking new hotel. The 20-storey hotel with sleek glass exteriors is the home to a mix of 300 contemporary guest rooms, Sky Loft and Premier Loft rooms. It also features two dining outlets, a swimming pool and gymnasium ideal for business travel or family holidays.

Accommodation

We were so thrilled to stay in a Premier Loft Room – the biggest room in this hotel! I told Edison that our room will be extraordinary (not the usual hotel room that we always stay), and he marched towards the room with excitement. When the door was opened, I saw a burst of delight on his face. And then, he was all “Wow! Wow! Wow!”

“Have fun climbing those stairs, boy!” I replied, and within seconds, he disappeared from my sight. You sure know where he has gone to lol.

Park Hotel Farrer Park Premier Loft

Park Hotel Farrer Park Premier Loft

Park Hotel Farrer Park Premier Loft

I super loved this duplex storey room that embraces refined interior such as wood-finished wardrobe, modern marble bathroom, and elegant wall finishing. The room comes with a sofa bed that allows for quality family time. Everything is made to perfection!

Park Hotel Farrer Park Premier Loft

I also like the full glass window that offers a panoramic view of the vibrant district and plenty of natural lights. There’s a 43″ Full HD LED TV near the sofa bed and another TV in front of the queen-sized bed on the upper level. No more fighting over the TV channels lol!

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore: Fullerton Family Package Staycation Review

The Fullerton Hotel
Photo: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Facebook

Yes, the title says it all. We officially declare that our recent staycation at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is the BEST among all that we’ve had, and the MOST memorable birthday staycation for Edison. We truly, madly and deeply enjoyed our stay at the hotel. =)

My first impression of the hotel has always been grand, lavish, first-class and luxurious. So, I was naturally excited as this was my first 5-star luxury hotel stay. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be truly enjoyable and family-friendly – totally exceeded my expectations. The Fullerton Hotel will always hold a special place in my heart.

I’ll tell you why.

Accommodation

We stayed in a Straits Club Quay Room on the 4th floor with exclusive access to the Straits Club Lounge. When we walked-in, we didn’t expect our room to be this HUGE!

The Fullerton Hotel Straits Club Quay Room

On the left, there is a beautiful big bathroom with an enormous bath, and on the right, there’s a changing room with wardrobe, safe and resting chair. And here’s our room – tadaa!

It’s SO spacious, even with an extra bed, there’s still plenty of space in the room. From soft vanilla coloured walls to freshly-pressed sheets, everything in the room was undeniably luxurious. The huge and super comfy bed also comes with 9 pillow selection – with some unique ones such as Jade pillow and Tatami pillow. Now, everyone can sleep to maximum quality.

Speaking of details, besides the fully-stocked mini-bar, coffee & tea making facility and fresh fruits, I was absolutely surprised to find a handwritten welcome card from the General Manager of the hotel. Wow!

The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

Knowing that we were here to celebrate Edison’s birthday, the hotel staffs have specially prepared a birthday surprise for him. From colourful birthday balloons to handwritten birthday card, Fullerton Bear plush toy, and yummy birthday cake and treats, everything was so personalised and made our boy felt extra special on his 10th birthday.

The Fullerton Hotel Kids Welcome Kit

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Famtastic Weekend Staycation Review

The thought of having a staycation at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium has always been on my mind. This is because we dined at Atrium Restaurant frequently – we LOVE their sumptuous buffet.

Fresh seafood, crabs, oysters, sashimi, signature laksa, satay, chilli crayfish, durian penyet and so much more! The great food, combined with great service, keep us coming back.  We also celebrated Edison’s 10th birthday at Atrium Restaurant with our extended family members this week.  😀

So, I thought it was a perfect timing to try-out the hotel’s newly launched Famtastic Weekend Staycation. Edison was SO excited to stay in this hotel because he told me numerous times that he loves its signature lift lobby.

Wait! What? I thought you’d say he loves the buffet? But why the lift lobby? Haha!  😛

Well, yes! He absolutely loves the food too. You see – Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is famous for its signature lift lobby where guest rooms are reached via 6 full-glass cylindrical lifts that offer amazing visuals of the hotel. Edison is often mesmerised by the dazzling atrium lobby.

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

Not just a hit for kids, it attracts a lot of photographers too. I had a fun time taking pictures of this beautiful atrium lobby using my wide-angle and fish-eye lenses.

And if you’re here, try to look down from the highest floor inside the lift LOL! It’s AMAZING (make sure you’re not scared of height!).

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Bottom-up View
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Top-down View

I also love how the atrium looks from the top. The symmetry that accentuates the very structure of this architecture proves to be both pleasing to the eyes as well as intriguing in other ways.

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

The hotel lobby is very spacious with plenty of sitting areas. The reception counters are illuminated in the chain’s signature green. Opposite are lime and orange leather armchairs with low tables, and the steel skeleton of the building’s framework.