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Marina Bay Sands Hotel

As promised, here are some photos of the room we had at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The room size is Atrium Deluxe, with a city view. In my opinion, in the day time, the sea view looks better. Luckily for us, there was no haze and the blue expanse of water was just amazing. It’s too glaring to be looking at the office buildings in Shenton Way during the day time. However, come night time, the roles are reversed. Shenton Way is lit up and makes for really good photos. If you take the city view, you get to enjoy the water show right in your own room at 8pm. But if you take the sea view, you might just be able to catch the sunrise. Take your pick. Whatever the choice, you still can enjoy 360 degree views up at the SkyPark. And don’t forget to ask for early check-in and late check-out to maximise your stay!

Marina Bay Sands Room

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Rooms: As you can see from the pictures above, the rooms are pretty luxurious! The place looked clean and the decor was modern and soothing. Everything just looks bright and inviting! The bed faces the TV, while the sofa faces the business table. The room size we got was also larger than what I would expect of a normal room in any hotel in Singapore. I found out later that the higher you go, the small the room sizes become. The rooms at the really low floors even have a sort of dining area and perhaps even balconies! Of course the lower floors are nearer to the roads and expressway. It’s a damn good marketing/strategic decision to design the rooms this way I think, then you don’t have to bother with numerous price ranges. Like my colleague with his 9 other friends, they chose the lower floor so that all 10 of them could fit in the room, even though they were originally assigned one of the highest floors. Btw, there wasn’t a bathtub in the room that I got!

Service: Don’t expect stellar service. The staff that we encountered were all pretty aloof. They weren’t rude, but they made no effort to be particularly friendly. They just did their job. You were just another guest, another statistic to them, to be processed. And indeed, the hotel is so big, it just doesn’t exude the homely feeling. The lobby area spans the entire 3 towers. Everyone is just rushing one way or the other. As you can well imagine, there are lots of visitors  who just want to gawk at the place, who aren’t actually staying at the hotel itself.

When I think of the really personal treatment I received at Conrad Singapore, the difference is tremendous. At Conrad Singapore, every staff tries to go out of their way to make your stay wonderful, and they look genuine about. Till today, whenever we happen to be at the Conrad Lobby, this guy Roy still remembers us, greets us and offers to help us, even though we are just passing through. Marina Bay Sands Hotel has the "wow" factor, and I would definitely encourage you to stay there at least once. The stay is definitely enjoyable. However, I can imagine if I were a business visitor from a foreign country having to visit Singapore often, I would rather stay at Conrad than at Marina Bay Sands cuz after a while, the novelty will disappear and what you yearn for would be familiarity and a family feeling.

Marina Bay Sands

Email:inquiries@marinabaysands.com
Tel: +65 6688 8868

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Check out 365days2play’s other posts on Marina Bay Sands

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Rise Restaurant

Photos of the SkyPark

Photos of Marina Bay Sands during the day

Photos of Shenton way in the day and Shenton Way at night. Photos are taken outside Marina Bay Sands Shoppes.

Photos of Atrium Deluxe Room at Marina Bay Sands

Breakfast Buffet at Conrad Oscars

Breakfast was included as part of the Conrad Singapore Hotel package we booked for my birthday last month. I have a love hate relationship with breakfast buffets. In order to get a good seat and have lots of time to go for several rounds, one is required to wake up early. But that is so against my philosophy on weekends! In fact, it’s against my philosophy everyday!

The Partner is more of an early bird so he’s the one summoning the energy to drag me out of bed. Overt tactics such as “IF YOU’RE NOT GETTING OUT OF BED, I’M GOING DOWN FIRST AND ALL YOUR PHOTOS WILL BE OF UGLY LEFTOVERS” usually works well too.

Conrad Oscars Breakfast Ice Cream

I find it really strange that there’s actually ice cream for breakfast. I suppose the freezer glass display is permanently there so why not just offer the ice cream. But seriously, who eats gummies for breakfast?!?

Conrad Oscars Waffle Guy

The guy will also whip up waffles for you with toppings of your choice. I don’t have a sweet tooth  in the morning. Things like kaya toast, jam on bread and even milo will instantly cause me to be so sleepy, I rather go hungry than to risk it. Kind of like the sleepy feeling after lunch, except it happens in the morning.

Conrad Oscars Cereal containers

Cereal counter with a selection of normal as well as organic cereal!

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Yoghurt and fruits. Healthy healthy healthy!

Conrad Oscars Breakfast Line

Hot items like ee fu noodles, fried rice, sausages, hash browns. The unhealthy side of the buffet line

Conrad Oscars Egg Lady

Egg lady whipping up eggs – omelettes, scrambled, sunny side up

Conrad Oscars Omelette in the Frying Pan

It must be quite stressful having to take orders, cook 2 or even 3 servings at the same time and as fast as possible, and have the customer watching your every movement.

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Mmmmm egg. I love egggggg! Best omelette I had was still the one in MovenPick Resort Phuket. I remember it till this day even though it was 5 years ago.

Conrad Oscars Chawan Mushi and more

Conrad Oscars also has some Asian dishes such as porridge, dim sum and Chawan Mushi. The Chawan mushi was surprisingly quite good and not overcooked, like buffet types are apt to be. The dim sum was as expected, over cooked since it was all sitting in the steamer.

Conrad Oscars Bread Basket

European type breads

Kaya in a disposable packet!

I have never in my life seen kaya and peanut butter in a packet like this before.

Conrad Oscars Buffet Line

Afternoon Tea at Conrad Executive Lounge

 

This is the 3rd year running that we’ve stayed at the Conrad. One of the delights in staying at one of the executive rooms is that you can get access to the Executive Lounge. If you’re on business or on holiday, you probably won’t stay long at the lounge. However, if you’re living in Singapore, it makes perfect sense. The whole day, starting from breakfast time all the way till 11pm, you can get drinks and nibbles. Breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails are also provided. If you ask me, it’s the perfect getaway in Singapore. Take a book with you and just while away the time at the lounge. Every 15 minutes or so, order a new drink!

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1st start off with a cold drink. For me, I chose the coke, but the Partner wasted no time in jumping straight for the alcohol.

Conrad Executive Lounge Hot Chocolate and Latte (2)

Next, go for a hot drink like hot chocolate or hot latte. Why not have a biscuit or 2 as well. I kinda like this picture because the cups look like they are floating in the clouds…

Conrad Executive Lounge Iced Chocolate and Beer

Don’t just stop at 2 drinks. While you are on a roll, order a 3rd one. Yes I really like the chocolate drinks at Conrad, hot or cold!

 

Conrad Executive Lounge - A wine for you Madam

Heck, why not just swipe the entire bottle. Within easy reach too!

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If you still have space, you can head for the afternoon tea spread….

Conrad Executive Lounge Diced Lobsters

Diced lobsters in some Asian tasting marinade. Delicious! I think I had about 5 of those…

Conrad Executive Lounge Tuna Finger Sandwiches

Mini Tuna Finger Sandwiches

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No I don’t always go for the expensive stuff. I love these chips! I ate a whole bowl of chips plus a generous serving of the cheese sauce!

Conrad Executive Lounge Chocolates Galore

Nicely displayed chocolates, they always make me smile.

Conrad Executive Lounge (12) Conrad Executive Lounge Fruit Shortcake Overhead the staff gushing at how pretty this shortcake was, which I have to agree with.

Conrad Executive Lounge (5) Smoked Salmon, popiah, fried fish fingers…Conrad Executive Lounge

The lounge, just before it filled up for afternoon tea.

 


Conrad Executive Lounge Afternoon Tea

~ Update 13 June 2019~

Took these pictures when we were staying at the Conrad Hotel in Singapore a few months back. It was just after I got my new DSLR and I took every opportunity to snap pictures of everything in site. To date , this picture of the scones is one of my favourite pictures. For the 1st time, I can say for once the picture looks quite artistic!

~End of update~

While staying at the Conrad Singapore, our package offered us complimentary use of the Executive Lounge. It was very nice because for breakfast, we didn’t have to squeeze with everybody at Oscars downstairs. In the afternoon, finger sandwiches and other niceties were served, and the same for evening cocktails. And at all hours of the day until 11pm, you could go there for a drink, tea coffee hot chocolate wine champagne all inclusive. It was a ticket to all day indulgence and we felt absolutely pampered.

We had such a good experience, we plan to make it a yearly affair.

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These are Conrad’s version of scones…

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Roast Beef

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Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

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Crab or lobster diced

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