I stayed at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel for 2 nights to attend a user conference at the hotel.
I reached the hotel at 11 AM so checked in. It was not that crowded and the process was completed in 20 min, though the room was not ready.
Checkin and checkout times are not very convenient as checkin is at 3 PM, which, I guess can be requested to 1 PM. So if one comes via a morning flight in Changi reaching at about 6-7 AM, there is nowhere to spend 8 hours. The MBS hotel does acknowledge this issue, though, by providing a common room on the 1st floor where one can change, have a shower, rest on one of the recliners, and have a cup of tea/ coffee, but this room is more like an airport lounge (without snacks), and serves the purpose of a temporary arrangement.
One can have lunch at the expensive speciality restaurants at the hotel or at the shopping arcade attached to the hotel where there are reasonably priced food courts.
One, obviously has to walk a lot to reach the shopping arcade, or the rooms (there are 3 towers) or the conference centres (lots of escalators up and down).
My room, in the second tower, was very nice, overlooking the water, sea around the Singapore port and the 2 glass domes with eco sensitive plants. There was a kite festival going on and it was interesting watching the large coloured kites in the sky.
The room had a massive TV, a small balcony and a '3 section bathroom', one with a bath tub, one a toilet and the middle one with 2 wash basins and practically everything one needed.
I went to the 57th floor Sky Park at night after using 3 lifts. But the effort was worth it. It was an amazing view of the city from the Park, and there were people swimming even at 10 at night, people dancing in 1 corner...giving just that feeling of rejuvenation after a long day. But it was crowded.
So I got up in the morning and went for a swim at 7 AM - an amazing experience with the sky scrapers all around and a huge pool to swim in with less crowd.
The next few days were spent in the hotel conference, so really could not spend too much day time at the hotel, (though I think that a couple of days can be spent just roaming around the large property and the places around it like The Merlion, Singapore Flyer, Raffles Street, etc)...I just went to the large shops and off course the Ferrari Store in the hotel in the evening apart from dinner at the hotel.
Room service was nice and prompt.
If one just wants 5 star treatment and a quiet place, then this hotel may not be the place, though some time in the rooms, the spa and swimming pool in the day time may give a break. But from evening onwards, this hotel has a very fast paced environment with loud music, lots of people, the casino, and lots to do without leaving the premises. The shopping mall provides opportunity even for those with a tight budget, apart from housing the Bvlgaris, Guccis etc etc.One can have nice food at the foodcourts, look for some reasonable clothes also.
Outside the hotel, there is a nice walking area around some part of the Hippo river.
One can take a boat cruise around the river in the evening lasting about an hour, having a few snacks / drinks while the boat cruises around the hotel close to the large skyscrapers of the large foreign banks. Walking back from the drop point is just about 15 minutes, though there may be an option to go back to the hotel via the boat (am not sure).
Overall, a good experience staying at the hotel that one should have once atleast, be it from 3 PM to next morning 11 AM.
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