I arranged for an overnight stay-cation at the Sakura attic room for my wife to celebrate Mother's Day. All of us, including my 2 kids, were excited and looking forward to the stay. Reservation of the room was relatively easy and fast through the hotel number, thanks Jarrod for the good work and helpful recommendations!
The front desk is right at the entrance, inconspicuous though, especially if one is easily distracted by the huge collection of interesting vintage decorative items scattered all over the ground floor of the hotel, like huge brass spotlights, a colorful trishaw, old barber chairs. Check-in was quick, front desk staff was polite.
My excitement was however doused immediately when I entered the Sakura attic room. The room reeked of cigarette stench! I was appalled as all the rooms are supposedly non-smoking rooms. After informing the front desk of this, the staff apologized and arranged for housekeeping to bring in an ionizer to remove the smell. I was expecting a room change or a token of apology (e.g. offer for late check-out?). A premium attic room smelling like an ashtray would definitely justify some kind of polite compensation?
Anyway, first impression of the room... Room was smaller than expected, less spacious than what appeared in the hotel website photos. Interesting design concept, one's attention would definitely be drawn to the two bathtubs in the center of the room, the sakura wall art forming the backdrop, an ancient red barber chair beside the writing desk, and the steep ladder leading to the bed in the loft.
The room was definitely designed for couples or singles. There is not much privacy between family members or friends as the bathroom and toilet doors cannot be locked and are not totally frosted, only the middle part of the doors is frosted. Few possible hazards I identified: 1) one should be careful of the concrete threshold surrounding the bathtubs, a possible trip hazard especially at night; 2) the cast-iron leg rest of the barber chair will bruise you bad if you accidentally bump your shin against it; 3) steep ladder, hold on tight!; 4) if you sleepwalk or roll around in bed when you sleep, you won't want this room, falling from the loft is not a joke.
If you stay in this room with your significant other half, you'll enjoy the bathtubs. Immersing yourselves in these marvellous antiques while watching tv or simply enjoying each other's company would be heavenly. The capsule-only coffee machine is a joy, though identifying the on/off switch would take some time, as the instructions indicated a wrong switch location. The shower in the bathroom is an absolute blessing, it offers not only a hand-held shower spray, but also body sprays and rain shower. The Kiehl toiletries are a pleasure to use, they smell really good, and the fact that they are Kiehl's makes you feel pampered of course.
The swimming pool on the second floor, although small, suffices for a few laps of leisure swim. You will have to turn on the jacuzzi in the pool yourself, with the switch located under the shrubs by the pool, the jacuzzi lasts about 5 minutes before you need to switch it on again. The interesting feature is the three glass circles at the bottom of the pool, which will allow you to peep at those having meals at the Majestic restaurant downstairs (they can see you too, so don't make funny faces or go skinny dipping!), but you'll have to wait till the restaurant switches on its lights. If you swim in the day and the restaurant is closed or dark, the glass circles act as a one-way mirror and you'll only see your own reflection. There're no pool towels available, so if you forget to bring along a towel or robe from your room, not only will you leave an embarrassing wet trail from the pool to your room, you'll also have to endure the freezing air-conditioning which will probably paralyze you before you reach your room!!
Now for the food. Don't bother with the breakfast provided in the Majestic restaurant, you would be better off walking to nearby local coffee-shops to enjoy delicious local breakfasts. Dinner at the Majestic restaurant is fit for the king though. But do make a reservation, or you may end up waiting long for a table, especially during weekends. The prices of the food may be a little high, as compared to the same food served in some of the nearby local coffee-shops at night. So try to be more adventurous and venture out to try cheaper and authentic local food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Housed in a traditional conservation shop house located in the heart of Chinatown, the New Majestic Hotel features an emphasis on strong design, local culture and the Arts.From the open concept period-inspired lobby with restored vintage Compton fans to the dramatic pool with glass inserts floating above the restaurant, to the selection of period colonial furniture from Singapore in the 1920s- 1960s, New Majestic Hotel is a stunning and eclectic mix of heritage chic.Each of the New Majestic's 30 rooms is different, from the mix of vintage and designer furniture through to the customized baths. Room highlights include suites with private gardens, attic style rooms with loft beds in six-meter high ceilings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Majestic Hotel Singapore
- New Majestic Hotel Singapore
- Hotel New Majestic