• Nathira Salim

Staycation at Fairmont Hotel

Ever since Covid in 2020 - the last holiday in which we flew as a family was - our two weeks trip to Melbourne, end of 2020. Then after that - like they say - the rest is (ongoing)history.

And since cancer, I have been wanting to have a staycation - I mean - if we can’t travel or do sightseeing in some far away country, I might as well pretend to sightsee in my own country and complete that experience with a good night stay at a well renowned hotel in Singapore. I love staying in hotels ( since most of my stays are never longer than 4 nights).

And no one night stay for me thank you very much. If I am taking the trouble to pack and fold my clothes for a hotel stay, I might as well stay longer than a few hours. Also - due to Covid, the check in time is now 1500hrs while the check-out time is still at 1200hrs - which I am figuring is due to longer and more thorough clean up process. So the time of stay in a hotel room is less than 24 hours if I were to book a one night stay - so -no. I need more time.

So last Oct, using my Singapore Rediscover voucher - I booked a staycation package in Fairmont Hotel. Its a 2-Nights stay at a Fairmont Room with balcony with SGD100 dining credits and 2nd night at 50% discount for the room. We also had free parking for the first night. The total cost of the package after using the Singapore Rediscover voucher was $438.49. And I paid it with Atome in three interest free instalments - added the dates in the family calendar and that was that.

Two days before the check In date - the hotel sent out email requesting pre arrival registration. I just have to fill in the details, upload the scanned image of my hubby’s ic along with mine. Once that is done, I received another email from the hotel with QR code for room key collection. In that email itself, you can make reservations for use of swimming pool, gym and for dining. I made reservations for the pool, but we were not able to make it. I also signed up for their ALL member ship( Accor Live Limitless) which is free.

On the 22nd, Monday, hubby dropped me and kid at the lobby while he parked the car at the Raffles City carpark. The check in process was such a breeze - I just scanned the QR code, an envelope bearing my name was given to me by a nice guy behind the counter who took the time to explain how to use the free carpark ticket and showed me where to take the lift to my room. It was kind of a rushing time because everyone seem to be checking in at the same time and there was a long queue just to get into the lift ( and there was four working lifts!). The kid and I waited for the hubby for a while, so we didn't have to wait in the long queue by the time he arrived. We were given the 20th floor which was not facing the MBS - but had an equally breathtaking view of the city. The room was big and spacious with a private balcony that oversees an office building. The room had a big long TV, a working table, a nice lounge and a King sized bed. We also had our own coffee maker with three coffee pods, tea bags, kettle and stuffs to make drinks plus a very empty minibar. Maybe due to Covid? The toiletries and toilet was equally good.

Apparently the hotel was trying to reduce dependence on paper - so I didn’t get to see any physical hardcopy of a menu or the hotel’s stationery or anything anywhere. Everything was on the TV itself. If I were to order food, I can scan the QR code from the TV, browse through the picture menu and order it via my phone - I will get the confirmation through my email and the food delivered within an hour. If I were to reserve a table for high-tea ( which I forgot to do so) I could have done it via the phone or call the hotel staff or “Royal Service” from the room’s telephone and get the reservation done.

Hubby and I - went out to grab some junk food to have later that night when watching movies. We didn‘t use the dining credits on the same day though. For dinner on Monday - we ordered pratas from KVR and then watched movies till midnight.

The following day - breakfast (free for two pax and only for the first day) was at their restaurant Preggo. I booked the time slot at 0815 ( again via my mobile phone) and was seated at a very nice cosy corner deep within the restaurant where I was served by nice waiter and waitresses. The food choices were limited to I think 6-7 main dishes - I chose salmon and bagel while the kid took a full breakfast set which comprised of scrambled eggs and sausages and baked beans and all.

He loved the food, and he also loved the ”power shots” - small shot glasses of fruit juices. Hubby woke up pretty late and so had his breakfast at Starbucks. After breakfast - my son never stepped out of the hotel room at all. Nope.

He was in the hotel room till we checked out. He absolutely loved the ambience of the room, the big spacious and comfortable bed and all he wanted to do was watch TV in bed. I spent my time walking around the Raffles City shopping mall, did some small shopping, went out to Beach Road for an Indonesian lunch, had a nice walk checking out the Malay Heritage building and take some nice pictures. I walked a lot that day - but I throughly enjoyed the walk. It was by walking in Raffles City that morning that I realised that both the Swissotel and the Fairmont was connected to the shopping mall. I didn't have to leave the hotel at all - it was just connected! The day when we checked in - the night where we left the hotel to buy junk food, we walked out of the hotel - walked round the building and entered the mall.

We used the dining credits on room service. We ordered satays, biryanis and ice creams for dinner and then checked out on Wednesday noon. Not only me, hubby and kid really enjoyed the stay. For me - I absolutely loved the bed. It was huge and the pillow was longer than the usual type and I slept well. For me - its the bed and the absurd location of the mall was the winner. Of course I am still holidaying in my own country, but if I were a tourist, Fairmont hotel is the right place to be. The damn mall is a few steps away from the first floor! The train station is just below the shopping mall - the rest of the touristy spots are all at walking distance - I mean! Come on! You can just see all the tourist spots in three days, buy all your souvenirs in the mall and leave for your flight taking the train - you don’t have to transfer train all the way till I think at Tanah Merah. Even if your luggage has been lost in transit - no worries. Walk down to the mall and do your shopping. Its all there!

We have one more Singapore Rediscover voucher left and its expiring end of this year. I am now looking for the next staycation - maybe in December hopefully.

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