Hotel Review: Epitome of luxury at the Marina Bay Sands:
When you think of Singapore, a few things usually pop into your mind.
The Merlion, Sentosa, Orchard Road……. But probably the first thing would be Marina Bay Sands and its iconic Infinity Pool.
It really doesn’t need much of an introduction as it’s probably the most iconic and prominent infrastructure in Singapore.
The mega structure is mind-blowing and can be any appreciated by any lover of architecture.
Imagine 3 sky scrapers that have to support a sky park built in the shape as a ship. These dimensions just seem so impractical and thus, had to be a designed perfectly.
Shall we start my hotel tour and review?
Lobby and Check in: It doesn’t quite look like a luxury hotel, does it? It felt like I was buying a ticket at an amusement park with these colors and also there were a lot of people checking in so it was quite loud and dare I say, even chaotic.
Video speaks louder than work –> MBS lobby
Not the typical 5-star hotel lobby. The word “luxury” went straight out the door; let’s hope the rooms are better.
I checked in in the middle of the week, no holidays, and it was already this hectic. I really wonder what peak seasons would be like.
Also, for the amount of people who are staying at this hotel (about 2,500 + rooms), there is just not enough seats in the lobby to accommodate everyone.
Room: My room was in Tower 3 and the 29th floor. (Deluxe Room)
When I walked in I was immediately pleased with the room. Neutral colors, floor the ceiling windows, a big balcony and very , very spacious…
I was so impressed when I opened the door and turned on the lights that the curtains automatically opened to show me the breathtaking view of The Gardens.
Let’s take a closer look: I had 1 king size bed and it was the perfect softness and firmness. Yay! Pillows felt amazing as well.
International plugs were available for my Korean and US devices and along with USB cord (on the table and bedside)
TV: The 42″ interactive flat-screen television
Fridge: The coffee (Nescafe) and tea (TWG) were complimentary, but be careful that all the items in the minibar are placed on motion sensor. So any item removed from the bar fridge will be automatically charge to your credit card. If you need to use an empty fridge, you can request for a fee of S$10.
Electronic safe box, ironing, bath robe and bedroom slippers were provided in all rooms.
The deluxe room comes with a balcony overlook the Gardens by the Bay. (However, I believe the Premiere Rooms do not)
I must say, I was a little disappointed in this:
Dear Guest? Isn’t it pretty standard for 5 star hotels to write the guests actual name? I feel small personal touches like this is what makes the difference between 4 stars and 5 stars .
Bathroom: Also very very important for women. Only a shower was offered in my room, but the water was the perfect temperature and also very relaxing. (sorry, I must have forgotten to snap a photo)
For the bathroom amenities, I was a little surprised to see the generic brand. For the price and reputation of MBS, I expected to see something like Molton Brown , Aveda, Bvlgari or Hermes.
Pool : located in the hotel’s Sands Sky Park on the 57th Floor of the hotel is the world’s largest infinity pool… the infinity pool is even more breath taking than what you have seen in pictures.
To enter you need to swipe your room key and also get a towel. Finding a seat is a little difficult no matter what time of the day (well, I suppose early morning and after 7 pm are a little easier) Because I was a solo traveler, I didn’t have to much problem with finding a lounge chair, but 2 or more, it may be hard to find a seat together.
Unfortunately I didn’t check out the gym facilities.
MBS also has a famous shopping complex named The Shoppes. It is filled with high end stores, which I found similar to Orchard Road.
There was a lovely tea/dessert café called High Society which I didn’t get a chance to try.
Service: The staff in general was friendly and helpful, but I found that they were just too understaffed. With the amount of traffic that hotel gets (with their hotel guests and tourists) they need more people to better their customer service.
If you are planning to stay there, you are more than likely staying there for one reason, the infinity pool, which itself can justify the price. The view is unbeatable and the architecture is just W.O.W.
However, the location is not so great for the night life. It gets pretty quiet at night and all the attractions in that area is related to the hotel, like the mall or casino.
How to get there: By Taxi: 20 mins ride from Changi AirportBy MRT: Bayfront Station, Exit C. Follow the signs to MBS Hotel.