We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands for 3 nights on our way to Thailand, after paying only a few dollars for an airfare from Malaysia. I was excited to stay at the Marina Bay sands, as I had seen the making of the building on Discovery Channel, and looked at it as a dream when I watched, not realizing that I would get the opportunity to stay.
I booked the cheapest room through a third party online hotel site, which was still cheaper than any of the specials that were offered directly through the hotel.
When we arrived at Singapore airport, we located the free shuttle bus service fairly easily, and were relieved to be taken in a huge air-conditioned coach direct to the hotel, free of charge. It was also a nice added touch that the bus had free Wi-Fi internet, (which I am sure was meant for their check-in process), so I was able to use this to check facebook etc on our drive to the hotel (although there were lovely views along the way to see).
I had read about the check-in service on the bus, but since we arrived around 1pm, and only had a few people on the bus, I assumed this was not being used, as it was not busy enough.
It was amazing seeing the hotel for the first time out the huge window of the bus (best view on the left hand side of the bus), and made the last few minutes of the trip very exciting, knowing that we would soon be inside.
The bus dropped us off in the basement of the building, and we went up the escalator to the foyer to check in.
One problem I faced was that we were unsure which tower we were booked into, as our booking confirmation did not show this. We found the foyer to be rather overwhelming at first, and wandered up and down the length (quite far) trying to find someone who could tell us where to go.
We found a check-in counter, and discovered that we were in Tower 3 (as tower 1 appears to be the expensive suites, and they have bell boys offering to take your bags etc). Given that we had only paid for the cheap rooms, we didn’t have anyone offer to take our bags, and we walked to the other end of the building to check-in at the other (poor person’s) counter – hehe.
The check-in was quick and easy, and the staff spoke good English. The only problem I had was understanding how the bar fridge worked, as the concept she was explaining to me made no sense.
However, when we got to our room (on the 47th floor, facing the ocean) I looked in the bar fridge, and understood the sensor plates in the door and shelves which meant that you would be charged for anything you lifted out of the fridge. It made it quite annoying that you couldn’t fit anything else in the fridge, including the free bottled water that they gave you each day, as I like to drink cold water.
Despite this small issue with the fridge, the room was amazing. Huge comfortable King bed with many pillows, large flat screen TV with a lot of channels, including interactive hotel features. The bathroom was very spacious, and had a huge sliding door (which made it quite strange when you just wanted to use the toilet), and there was a desk with a chair and a lounge and coffee table.
The curtains that lead out to the small balcony were automatic (controlled by a button next to the door) and the hotel offered free Wi-Fi throughout, which was pretty good (speed and reliability).
We were amazed at the sky garden and infinity pool, and spent most of our time up there, even at night when it was too cold to be in the water, as the view was amazing. It was good to have fresh towels given to you each time you visited the pool, and it was never too busy for us, so we always found a sun lounge to sit on, even when tour groups continually came through (as they were usually made to stay away from the pool and lounge chairs)
Being a guest of the hotel allowed you access to the sky garden and look out area, as long as you showed your room key each time you passed security. They were very careful to check you were authorized, so be prepared to be asked to show your room card a number of times (which didn’t bother me, as it made me feel like I was in some exclusive club – hehe)
The pool was open late each night (approx. 11pm close) so you could go for a late swim, unless there was lightening (which we had on one night).
On one night we went to a restaurant on the roof, which had a chocolate buffet from 8pm to midnight. This was a must do for any chocoholics, which was heaven for me (although I didn’t manage to get through too many things, since they were so rich and delicious).
We did not eat at any of the restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner due to the price. However, we did go exploring in the adjoining shopping centre, and ate in the food court a few times. We also explored the area (via train) and visited another, more affordable shopping centre, where we ate in the food court.
The surrounding area had the Singapore flyer (large observation wheel) which was interesting to try (although the sky park is much higher and better views), and a shopping centre, convention centre and museum. The shopping centre had very high end fashion etc, which we were not interested in, so we walked through a number of times each day on our journey, without going into the stores. However, given that the underground train was underneath the hotel, and was cheap and easy to navigate, it was very simple to explore the city and visit other areas, such as little India and China town.
During our stay, we also went to Universal Studios (sentosa island) and Singapore Zoo, for breakfast with orangutans, both highly recommended activities. The zoo was a group tour, but universal studioes was a short taxi ride and reasonably priced entry ticket.
Checkout at the hotel was quick and easy, as we used the function through the television, which charged any extras to our credit card automatically. We then dropped our room keys in the box in the foyer, and made our way to the airport bus in the basement, which left every 30 mins.
Overall, this hotel was the nicest place I have stayed in my life, in all of the places I have been in the world. Although it was expensive, I think it is worth paying to treat yourself to something a little fancy. I usually prefer accommodation to be much cheaper, and include things like breakfast, but I was happy to pay this higher amount to have the sky park and fancy room, knowing that I was staying somewhere I probably wont get to stay again.
Some people have suggested to stay at a cheaper hotel, and pay to visit the sky park. This is an option, however nothing beats getting into your swimmers and taking the lift a few levels to the pool at night, watching the laser light show over the edge in the bay below, or having a dip while waiting for breakfast to be delivered to your sun lounge.
I am happy to provide any extra information that I can.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along Marina Bay waterfront with 3 cascading hotel towers, 2,560 rooms, extraordinary Sands Sky Park, floating crystal pavilions, lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum, The Shoppes, Celebrity Chef Restaurants, Theatres and hottest nightclubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
- Marina Bay Sands Singapore