You’ve probably heard of Marina Bay Sand’s famous infinity pool in Singapore. Or you’ve at least seen pictures of it on Instagram or Facebook or Pinterest, what have you. Well, for one of our nights here in Singapore, we decided to go all out and treat ourselves to a luxurious stay at this integrated resort (aka. a hotel combined with casino, high-end retail, fine dining, entertainment, etc.) that is supposedly billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property.
Marina Bay Sands
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Phone Number: +65 6688 8868
Check-In Time: 3:00PM
Check-Out Time: 11:00AM
Reservation for deluxe room was S$399.00 (inclusive of taxes; ~$388 CAD) for two guests, one night.
We checked in and we actually got a room on the fourth floor. Not much of aerial view, but we did get to see lots of greens from the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay right across the street.
Thing was, my friend thought the view was meh and felt that at such a fancy hotel, we could request for a higher up room with better view. Now mind you, we made a reservation for the cheapest room, you get what you pay for. So not exactly like we were going to get bumped all the way to the 50 something floor to the presidential suite hence I didn’t feel justified asking to switch rooms. That said, we got changed and headed to the pool! Exciting!!!!!
Got whistled at. By the lifeguard. For dangerous behavior, not cuz I cute #riskedmylifeforthis.
Unfortunately, we encountered the 2015 Southeast Asian haze, which was a thick smog caused by forest fires in Indonesia that had spread all across Southeast Asia. Like I keep mentioning in my blog posts, I just have the worst luck when it comes to weathers and smogs. This was like Whistler all over again and as much as I want to cover it with the usual “no xxx can mask the beauty of xxx” phrase I always use… Yah no, this sucked. We came here for the views and we waited weeks upon weeks to finally unveil Singapore’s beauties and we unfortunately didn’t get what we came for. It sucked shit. In fact, it was absolutely disgusting. Traveling around the world has seriously gotten me to appreciate the grade A+++++ high quality clean air Canada has to offer.
We went for a stroll at night. I was in awe of the night view, but was still not over the fact that the haze ruined everything.
We did some window shopping and enjoyed tea (and one single macaron) at TWG. The tea was extraordinary by the way. It was the White Night Jasmine Tea and it was very fragrant, very light, completely phenomenal.
Now we made our way back to the hotel afterwards and my friend’s idea of switching rooms started to sink in more. When was the next time we’d be back? And it certainly didn’t hurt to ask so I thought what the heck! Except… I didn’t think that the “bad view” ex
cuse was a compelling enough reason so I called the front desk and made up some bullshit about how us being Asian, we are quite superstitious and we felt extremely uncomfortable staying on the fourth floor. (On many Asian countries, the number 4 is synonymous with “death” and just like how in Western cultures, 13 is an unlucky number, 4 is the 13 in Asia). Before I carry on with the story, I felt completely guilty and I don’t advice doing this, but in my mind I was just hoping to get us a little higher, on the 10th floor maybe, nothing crazy obviously.
We got a call back few minutes later and we were actually offered a room on the 52nd floor. All the rooms were occupied and the Orchid Suit was the only one available at the moment. It was a free upgrade at no additional charge. We basically got a S$653.65-value room for half the price. It was crazy! I’m not proud of the method I used but hey, I didn’t know this was going to be the only room left.
The supertrees looked tiny!!!
The view was astonishing. No complaints there. I ended up being rather happy about the switch. Would I do it again? No, probably not. I’m too much of a pussy to lie my way around these kind of things. It just felt morally wrong you know? Especially since we got such a nice room.
Took a nice hot bath and got room service dim sum.
Daylight view of our suite.
Went for another round of the pool the next morning and tried out the hot jacuzzi as well.
The Orchid Suite also got us complimentary breakfast at The Club. Best buffet breakfast I’ve ever had. Probably because it was free, literally, because our deluxe room did not come with complimentary breakfast. I’m Asian and sometimes I’m cheap. Can’t deny that.
Overall experience? Uh-mazing. I’m almost tempted to rate everything as 5-star!
Value of Price: ★★★★☆
Internet Access: Free
Breakfast: Not included for deluxe rooms
In terms of proximity, the hotel is very easy to get to by MRT/subway. And as mentioned above, Marina Bay Sands is a integrated resort so you’ve got everything you need pretty much within steps.
I know with other hotel reviews, I have a pros and cons section, but there really weren’t any cons during our stay. The service was great, we got a free room upgrade, I mean what else could we ask for!? It was a perfect stay and I’m not just saying this because we got the room change. The deluxe suite was quite spacious as well and I didn’t think the view was that bad at all. If you’ve got the money, definitely spend a night here. You won’t regret it!
Check out my Singapore vlog at 2:29-3:46 to see more of the hotel. See you next time!