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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy staycation – Giveaway coming up!

*Staycation giveaway on my Facebook!*

As mentioned in my previous Breez Bistro Bar article, most hotels are located in the shopping or business districts of Singapore, but once in a while, you find a hotel located in the “suburbs”. One such hotel is Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy. The Katong neighbourhood is no ordinary neighbourhood, it boasts a long Peranakan history of which I shall not delve into in this article.

We had the pleasure of staying at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy in a Business Suite for one night to check out its facilities as well as food. We also had access to the club lounge, which is always a treat as then there is really no need at all to step out of the hotel! Scroll down to read more about our staycation at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy as well as to see the pictures.

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Doesn’t it look like we’re in the living room of a house?

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Beer Tavern at Grand Park City Hall

If you’re in the City Hall area and thinking of where to chill out for the evening, you might just want to check out the newly opened Beer Tavern at Grand Park City Hall. You must check out the Crazy Friday deal where you can have free flow of beer and wine for only $25++!!!! Most hotels boast wine bars, and a beer tavern in a hotel seems to be quite a rare find, but nobody ever said it can’t be done! On the contrary, I thought it to be a great way to put some life into a previously disused garden.

Beer Tavern Outlet Shot

Beer Tavern is a hideaway gem that boasts more than 30 varieties of international beers from countries including Holland, Belgium, Mexico, Taiwan and Australia. You can enjoy the refreshing beers at this alfresco bar amongst the whistling trees while perched atop bar stools and old school wooden beer barrels as tables. Overhead speakers will stream a diversity of musical genres to provide an easy going vibe. The colonial architecture and the night sky above will help ease you away from your worries into a holiday mood, even if only for an evening.Beers at Beer Tavern

The 30 varieties of international beers include Little Creatures Bright Ale (Australia), Foster’s (Australia), Leffe Blonde (Belgium), Stella Artois (Belgium), Tsing Tao (China), Kronenbourg 1664 (France), Erdinger (Germany), Asahi (Japan), Dester (South Korea), San Miguel Light (Philippines), Singha (Thailand), Fruit beers from Taiwan and Draft Beers from the tap.

Well one can’t just drink beer and eat nothing, so there is a food menu with interesting snacks such as Salami Pizza with Mozzarella Cheese and Oregano, Salted Grissini Sticks with Parma Ham, Deep Fried Prawn Wonton, Sauteed Australian Black Mussels, Beef Meat Balls, Breaded Champignon Mushrooms and more.

~~~ Promotional rates at the Beer Tavern until the end of November!! ~~~

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Shangri-La Waterfall Cafe

Today I had a quick preview of Shangri-La Hotel’s latest dining addition, the Waterfall Cafe. It’s at the ground floor, just next to the famed swimming pool, and occupies the area that was once taken up by function rooms. I really love the breezy looking decor of the restaurant. The use of natural tones complements the open-plan concept of Waterfall Cafe very well.

The cafe serves Mediterranean cuisine and provide a semi buffet counter should you so wish to complement your main courses. I’d already had afternoon tea at the Rose Verandah, but I plan to be back to visit Waterfall Cafe! Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures!

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Kloster Hornbach, Germany

Day 4 of 365days2play’s Honeymoon in Luxembourg, Germany & France

Even before our honeymoon trip to Europe, Kloster Hornbach was one of the hotels I kept raving about to my friends and on Facebook, simply for the fact that the building dates back to year 742! Yes that’s 3 digits, not 4! Obviously back in 742 it wasn’t a hotel as we know it today, but the Monastery of Hornbach. Infact, there is still a working church just adjacent to what is now the hotel portion, which opened in 2000.

Hospitality is one of the key components of the Benedictine life-style. In his rule, Saint Benedict says “Let all guests that come to the monastery be received as friends. For, one day, he will say : "I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

There are thirty-three rooms and suites to choose from, each tastefully decorated and designed in different styles. The inspiration for the interior design is influenced  by Mediterranean, Shaker, Asian or African-design. Following the feedback of guests, Kloster Hornbach also has 2 rooms specially designed to look like the cell of a monk in a monastery!  I suppose there’s no worry about those rooms being too spartan, because a Bose sound system and CDs are still provided. I quite liked that several DVD movies were provided, for the benefit of guests who just want to laze in their rooms.

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As you can see below, we got the African themed room. I have to agree that the design is extremely tastefully and subtly done. The last thing I want is to have a huge lion or elephant staring down at me as I attempt to sleep after a hard day’s touring. I have seen such hotel rooms, mind you, they do exist.

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I love hotel rooms with lots of windows. We got a room on the 2nd floor so when the windows were opened, it felt as if my room became extended! And as you can see from the pictures, each window has a heater beneath it, so no chance of you freezing under the covers at night.

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Château de l’Ile & Spa – Strasbourg

Day 3 of 365days2play’s Honeymoon in Luxembourg, Germany & France

After our train arrived at Strasbourg, we went to the Hertz car rental company to collect the car we had rented for our trip through the Alsace region, Burgundy and Lyon. Driving in a foreign country is always a slightly jittery affair although it has become much better a few years ago after we acquired our own GPS. There’s no way I would drive around holding paper maps anymore, it’s just too cumbersome when you know that a GPS can make life so easy.

The most jittery part about driving in France of course is that people drive on the right side of the road, ie the wrong side. I’ll admit that the 1st half an hour was quite harrowing, not helped by the fact that the French roads are not marked clearly like in Singapore or New Zealand. But you do get used to driving on the right side after a while and we were like a duck to water the next day. Interestingly, it’s quite easy to remember that you have to drive on the right. You remind yourself before you start each journey, the GPS unit can be programmed to remind you too. When you reach a turning junction, repeat the mantra “Drive on the right”!

Even though it is not cheap to rent a car, I really wanted to drive in France because I wanted to be able to visit the countryside easily. With trains, you’re mostly stuck with cities and towns. Also, I wanted to be able to stay in the chateaus or countryside manors in France, and there’s just no way that the chateaus (chateaux) are going to be in the middle of town.

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Lovely blue sky day at Chateau de L’Ile… picture courtesy of the hotel

Was very happy with the decision I made when we arrived at our first Chateau of our holiday in France. This 19th Century castle is ideally situated within a tree-lined bend in the Ill River, only 5 kilometres from Strasbourg, and 6 kilometres from the airport. With its half-timbered style and flowery balconies, it reflects traditional Alsatian architecture and is ideally suited for leisure or business tourism. Strasbourg by the way, is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Strasbourg is definitely a must visit city when you are in the Alsace region! More pictures on Strasbourg in my next post.

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Before we even got into the hotel itself, we were already mesmerised by the pretty flowering trees in the carpark!

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Nice touches like this always perks me up. Thank you Mr Bernard Urbain, I did have a very pleasant stay in Alsace.

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