Posts Tagged ‘Hotels in Singapore’

Hotel Jen Tanglin–Staycation!

Last month, I had the opportunity to enjoy a staycation just before Christmas with the Partner at the recently refurbished Hotel Jan Tanglin (used to be Traders Hotel). It’s been such a long time since I had a staycation in Singapore and I was really looking forward to the short break, even if the hotel is but a 1 minute drive from my office! I don’t know about you, but I love having staycations.

I’d love a vacation overseas any day of course, but I still love staycations because there’s just no hassle to it, and I have the entire time to fully enjoy the hotel facilities without having to worry about any household chores or cleaning up after that! I’ve stayed in some beautiful hotels around the world, but never got the chance to fully bask in it all because of the need to balance the sight seeing schedule. Being right in the heart of town is another great plus point for me too, I can stay out late and just simply walk back to the hotel without worrying about transport!

Hotel Jen Tanglin - Club Room (11)

Check out this stylishly appointed club room we got to enjoy at Hotel Jen. It has quite a character of its own don’t you think? Love the drawings on the walls, different rooms have different ones. It may not be a very big room compared to other newer hotels, but at 25 sqm, we both felt it was still a comfortable size, and most importantly, very cosy.

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I love the decor of every part of the room, the colours and materials chosen are just so soothing to the eye. The little study desk and chair makes me want to type away at my laptop all day and push out 5 blog posts at once! There’s free wifi in the room and around the hotel, as well as ample electrical sockets, some with international configuration so you don’t even have to bring adaptors.

Hotel Jen Tanglin - Club Room (9)

Who doesn’t love an alcove to snuggle into? The Partner wasted no time in plopping himself on the cushy sofa and tried to spy on the people swimming at the pool below. Ask for the pool view if you can, then you can have unblocked views of half of Singapore including the Singapore Botanic Gardens right in front. I was surprised to see that there were very few lights at night coming from the houses.

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Four Seasons Wedding Dinner

My cousin recently got married at the Four Seasons Hotel and I was really happy to be able to partake in the happy occasion, not just because well it’s my cousin’s wedding, but because I myself got married at the Four Seasons Hotel 3 years ago and I have been waiting for an opportunity to relive the experience again from a guest’s point of view minus all the hair-pulling stress!

I think I might have mentioned before that I really love the Four Seasons Grand ballroom for the high ceiling, arched windows and decor. It’s great to have a wedding lunch at Four Seasons because the arched windows let in natural daylight, something that few hotel ballrooms can boast of I’m sure. Plus the minimum tables that you have to guarantee is 22 for lunch and 25 for dinner (approx there I think), which is not too difficult to hit (as compared to other hotels) to get the grand ballroom. And have you seen the sitting lounge area, love the decor there, and it’s similar up in the rooms as well! Gosh how I wish I can have another staycation at Four Seasons Hotel again!

Anyway let me leave you to enjoy the pictures of the wedding and wedding dinner. Smile

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Afternoon tea at W Singapore Sentosa Cove

When you think of what to do at Sentosa, you think of the sun, the sand and the sea. Yes there are plenty of beach activities to enjoy at Sentosa, but there are also quite a number of luxury and relaxation options too. One such option is to have afternoon tea at the new W Hotel on the Western side of Sentosa.

Of course, afternoon tea options are aplenty too on mainland Singapore, but you will see that W Hotel Singapore’s W T Time aka Drop the Ts presents many small surprises. Chef Matthew Woolford has taken care to put in creative touches such starting with the whimsical use of the birdcage to house the sweet items. We are told the inspiration stems from days of yesteryear where people would bring their songbird cages to the park. I believe you can still find that happening in parts of Chinatown.

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Well there’s all the sweet treats laid out on an open birdcage. Don’t mind the Partner there photo-bombing my photo.

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Thai Delights Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant

Those of you who love Thai food, you may want to sit up and read more because Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant will be welcoming you to the land of smiles. Only for a short period from 18th October to 3rd November, the restaurant will present Thai cuisine favourites on their buffet line. From well-known must-haves of Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai, to the familiar Spicy Thai Herb Salad and Prawn Spring rolls, you can find it all at Feast @ East.

To end off the buffet with a little something extra, all diners including children will be treated to a can of coconut drink. If it’s dinner, adult diners will have a chocie of a complimentary can of coconut drink, a glass of draught beer or a glass of wine! For the pricing, it’s quite a good deal!

We were kindly invited down for a tasting at Mercure Hotel last week just before the buffet promotion started. What you see here will be available at the buffet line but not in the exact same presentation.

Thai Prawn Cakes

Thai Prawn Cakes

The Thai Prawn cakes were undoubtedly my favourite dish of the evening. They were sizzling hot, crispy and a little bit bouncy. It was fun to eat them. The sweet chilli sauce provided is a must try as well as it really enhances the prawn cakes. I was a little greedy and took 2 pieces!

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Red Beef Curry

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The Line Restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel

Went for the Hawker Heritage promotion at The Line @ Shangri-La last Saturday and it was a buffet quite unlike any other buffet I’ve tried. I usually wallop the Western stuff like crabs, oysters, smoked meats, and all the sashimi etc. I am one of those people who can quite easily steer clear of the cooked main courses. But for the Hawker Heritage promotion, the local dishes were just TOOO good to pass up.

The reason for the superb quality was because Shangri-La has invited nine young hawkers from six famous eateries to present local hawker dishes at The Line to enable guests to experience Singapore’s hawker food culture and highlight the new generation of hawkers. You know how it is when you go to a hotel restaurant or a rather Western restaurant and 99% of the time, the local Singaporean dishes don’t taste the same as what you would get at the hawker centre? This time round, the tastes were authentic! I was so busy trying out the roasted pork, mantous with chilli crab, Hokkien Mee, kueh pieti, vadai, and fishball noodles that I totally did not have any space to eat my sashimi, which is like a first ever for me. And it was really very nice to be able to have authentic tasting Teh Tarik to wash down the food!

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If you think it’s weird that people go to a buffet to eat local food, just check out this picture above. FULL HOUSE!

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Long queue for the Kueh Pieti and Popiah from the famous Kway Guan Huat of Joo Chiat.

There is one more session on the 28th of September Saturday. Don’t miss it! Check out more photos after the jump.

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