A couple of weeks back I went for a little staycay at the Conrad Centennial in Singapore. Speaking of staycation, despite me being an avid fan of travelling, hotels and all, I have not really get into the ideal of a staycation! Crashing at a hotel when my own bed is just 20 mins car ride away? Doubtful! With that being said, Seeing The World In Steps had it’s very first staycation with a very close friend at the Conrad. A little break for the buzz of life and a little “vacay”. I used 57,000 points to redeem for the room. The Conrad is the flagship property of hilton group in singapore. It is located in the downtown core near the marina area. The location is perfect since it is near the malls and shopping centre, you are only steps from the marina waterfront area with most tourist attractions as well. Furthermore the hotels is literally connected to a couple subway lines nearby, making it easy to get to other places as well.
Conrad have a nice grand entry, I took the train and found it in no mins. I was there around noon, hoping that I could check in early to maximise my staycay time. The bellboy immediately open the door for me. The lobby is grand with high ceiling, although it seems more like a grand office tower instead.
The check in counter is towards the other side of the lobby, on the restaurant side. There is no priority desk for elite members, although I assume that elite members are invited to check in at the executive lounge instead. There is no one when I was here and I was helped by a polished and helpful lady. I was thank for being a gold member and offered a one category upgrade to a Grand Deluxe King room. After some pushing, I got a further upgrade to an Executive King. Although the room is only available at 3pm. This represent a 3 category upgrade. Furthermore a 3pm check out was offered as well. Elite recognition was good in my opinion. I was informed that breakfast will be served at the flagship Oscar restaurant from 6am to 10.30am. Furthermore she also went thru the details of the lounge. Conrad Centennial is famous for having 2 executive lounge. I will share more about this later on. I was then ushered to the lounge to wait for the room.
My room was ready at around 3pm and the keys were brought to me by the lounge staff. The room is on the executive floor which is on the 30th. Boosting an awesome flamerous view of the Marina Bay Sands as well as the surrounding marina area. You can even see as far as Padang. I was immediately impressed when I entered the room. The Executive King are recently renovated and felt really fresh. The room is 40 Sqm in size with sofa and movable table, built-in universal power sockets and USB ports. The spacious marble bathroom includes a double vanity sink, large bathtub and separate shower stall with rain shower. Be spoiled for choice with Yukata or bathrobe, luxury-branded bathroom amenities and 15 types of pillows from our pillow menu. Lets see how it really is. Immediately after entering, you have a little corridor before entering the main room area which is squarish in size.
The wardrobe is located to the right after entering and it is a huge one. You can find bathrobe as well as lots of amenities that you might need, including some really comfortable slippers. You can also find a safe as well as a ironing set here.
Then towards the left is the gigantic spacious bathroom which is decked in marble. It is really huge! There is a twin basin along side the large mirror followed by a separate rainforest shower and bathtub! Amenities were by Shanghai Tang and excellent! They also provided some bath salt as well as a rubber duck for those who need some company in soaking. Water pressure and temperature control is excellent is excellent as well and I got one of the best shower ever!
Right along the entrance of the bathroom is the mini bar area. It is provided with all drinks and there is a nice number of water given! They must have seen the profile on my account! There is also a nespresso machine provided as well!
Let me first shared about the super glamorous dead dropping view of this room! There is a sofa seating that is stretched throughout the window for those who just want to laze and gaze at the view. Sadly it is a little block by the opposite Pan Pacific hotel! The side view are still amazing, facing the padang as well as the MBS on the other side.
Now for the bed. It faces the window. That is the main highlight here. The luxurious lush king size bed. The bed is super comfy and huge. Pillow is great as well and not paper thin. For those who find a fault. There is also a pillow menu on offer. My first thinking is that the room is super huge, it felt like it is good for a party and can easily fit lots of people! You can even sleep 5-6 people in the room counting in the window bay sofa! I love that outlets can be found easily near the bed as well. As per Conrad, there is a little conrad bear placed on the bed!
A welcome amenity of a fruit plate as well as some chocolates was given in. Although it is kind of weird that they are not place immediately after check in but after I came into the room. On the corner there is also a pretty huge dining table, connected to the sofa as well as a chair. This is also the only proper table or desk in the room. At least they placed it near some outlets and towards a corner to ease up for those who are working.
The TV is located on the wall and it is at an angle from the bed, so that is a little inconvenient. It is high definition and comes with cable channels as well. I am really pleased with the room. Good enough for a mini cosy birthday party!
Turndown service was offered. However they come at a weird timing. I was in the room so I didn’t required it. While this is a little picky but won’t it be better to do it at 6pm where most people will be away at the lounge? I do have to commend the staff since even I do not need any turndown they still offered more water automatically. Nice to see a hotel that is not stingy with water. Conrad Singapore is proud to have not 1 but 2 executive lounge. One located on the 4th floor known as the Lounge by the Pool and another one that is at the 31st floor. The lounge on the 4th floor by the pool is more family oriented and have a more lax dressing while the 31st one is more of a proper “executive” lounge boosting good view over the surrounding area. I was told that both lounge have the same offerings and the by the pool one even have draft beer! Both lounge serve up breakfast, afternoon tea as well as evening drinks.
I will first share on the Lounge by the Pool! I spend quite some time here while waiting for my room. Non alcoholic drinks are available all day long. It is not a huge lounge, perhaps have capacity for 30-40 people. The reason for mainly having 2 lounge is to ease the crowding issue previously!
This is also where the pool and gym is located at! However the main issue is the exclusivity. I find that everyone can just walk in since there are so many entrance and doors here. It is however a very comfortable place to work in, with outlets to be found! Staff are also attentive and came to ask for drinks.
I went for both afternoon tea which is from 3 to 5pm and evening drinks from 6 to 8pm at the 31st floor lounge. This lounge have a nicer environment and more classy! Furthermore with a to kill for view. It is also much quieter without any kids!
The afternoon tea is pretty awesome, there are quite a number of people. You can find some sandwich, fruits, cakes. Of course there are also scones to be found with clotted cream and jam! The lounge is also very generous since alcohol drinks are served too! Impressive! There are wine, beers, of course without saying tea as well!
As per the norm, evening receptions are the most crowded time in an executive lounge and this is no different. Be there early if you want to snag one of the windows seat. There are a lot of food offered which can easily be a dinner substitute. You can find qa salad bar, fruits, cheese and cold cuts. In addition there are a couple of hot dishes as well. On offer on the night of my stay was also a make your own taco station which I really love! The pulled pork and guaca is awesome!
Wash it all down and go craze with a couple of cocktails on the menu as well as 2 different red wine, a white as well as Chandon sparkling wine on offer. You can find beer as well. The staff are very on the ball and offer drinks service as well. I had some wine as well as a couple of cocktails. The Negroni is awesome!
The following morning. I went to check out the lounge breakfast offering as well! I had access to both the lounge and the restaurant for breakfast! I will always dine in the restaurant since the selection is much more broad! Thus I only drop by to take a look! The selection is pretty good in the lounge as well! It seems to be a subset of the restaurant offering. Everything look good and fresh! The lounge do have a perk though! Much more attentive service! Restaurant turn out to be a disaster!
The hotel main restaurant is Oscar which served up breakfast from 6 to 10.30am! IT IS SO PACKED AND CROWDED! I waited for almost 30 mins in line which I have never done so at any hotel in the world! There are no table being reserved for elite members! This kind of makes me think of Hilton Zurich where there are a couple of tables reserved for us! This should be adopted everywhere! Food wise, the variety is good and one of the best. There are a couple different stations! From an ala carte noodles to egg station where you can have omelettes to egg benedict! They also have a waffle station and movenpick ice cream! I will let the pictures do the rest of the speaking.
On the bright side the coffee is excellent here. I had cups of cappuccino which were made by an actual espresso machine! Superb than those machine ones!
Overall, I truly enjoyed the staycation and it is a worth one. Perhaps due to my status. The lounge and the breakfast add lots of value to the whole stay especially since we are staying almost the whole time in the property! It is definitely worth getting the lounge access if you are doing a staycation. The room is also onpoint. Main complaint would be the crowding issue in the restaurant! This concludes the first and ever hotel review I have done in Singapore!