Singapore is one of the most expensive cities on the planet, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth to stay there. I won this trip in a lucky draw and it includes my accommodation at Singapore hotels owned by FarEast Hospitality. I’ve stayed in this city multiple times but this is the first opportunity to stay at FarEast residences. It won’t be the last.
I take the picture above while swimming in the infinity pool at the Quincy Hotel at 22 Mount Elizabeth Street, off Orchard Road. Stylish pool and poolside area, gracious staff. Nothing is too much trouble. The Quincy has been named Top 10 winner in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice® awards, for the fourth year in a row. A basic room with two single beds starts at $S280 ($A238), including taxes. The top picture is of a day studio, with one of the most comfy beds I’ve ever slept in. I don’t want to get up and go to the airport. The check-in and out times are generous – up to 4pm for a late check-out. And there’s other little extras such as two-hour lounge access at Changi Airport, free tickets on a hop-on, hop-off city bus tour.
The Quincy staff are forever smiling – from the bellhop to the reception staff to the cleaners passing me in the corridors. It makes all the difference between feeling welcome and feeling WELCOME. The hotel seems to be most popular with business executives glued to their laptops, but I also see a few families staying here too.
The location is uber convenient. It’s almost across the road from the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, two minutes walk to the shoppers’ paradise of Orchard Road, and close to the National Orchid Garden. It offers unlimited free WiFi, a one-way private limousine airport transfer, free happy hour cocktails. There’s only 108 rooms over 14 floors, so the Quincy feels quite intimate and boutique style.
The other hotel I stay in: Orchard Parksuites at 11 Orchard Turn, where apartments are booked on a 7-night basis. Prices start at $S414 ($A313) a night. Check the website, because it sometimes has 25% off deals. This is definitely for the well-heeled and for families. This multi-award winning residence is located right behind the heart of Orchard Road next to mega malls such as ION Orchard, Wisma Atria and the department store Takashimaya.
The pool area is serene and I also loved the landscaped gardens, a lovely escape from downtown bustle. Facilities include a gym and a tennis court, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Although tropical Singapore is so steamy anyway, I can’t imagine the sauna gets much of a workout.
This is the view (below) of Singapore from my two-bedroom suite, which has a dining room big enough to cater for a dinner party, and a kitchen. I barely use it for more than peeling an apple, or making a cup of tea and gazing at this view. Eating out in Singapore is half the fun of being there. But if you have a family to cater for, the kitchen is fully equipped.
CHECK LIST ON SINGAPORE HOTELS:
- A backpacker’s hostel will cost as little as $S37 a night
- At the other end of the scale is Raffles Hotel starting at $S690
- In between are places such as the Quincy Hotel at $S280
- Apartment hotels are popular with families, including Orchard Parksuites which has a minimum of one-week packages
- Sites such as WotIf and LastMinute have discount deals
- HotelsCombined has an excellent comparison tool to shop for prices and discounts
- More info on FarEast properties, go to StayFarEast