Singapore is not only a leading global business hub, but it is also well known for its beautiful cityscape, shopping, high end hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and all things luxurious. It is small city-country but has so much to offer. Some of the other activities that you can do are such as enjoying the best city view on the Singapore Flyer, taking a walk around Gardens By the Bay, a fun family day out at Universal Studios, or just simply sipping on a cocktail at the iconic rooftop bar at Marina Bay Sands.
Last couple of weeks back, I headed over to Singapore for a short getaway. I’ve always thought that everything in Singapore is particularly expensive for some reason. The fact that our Malaysia Ringgit is exceptionally weak at the moment didn’t help either. So prior to our travel, I browsed through Expedia for hotels and compared room rates. Majority of you would’ve known by now that it is one of the most expensive in Asia, alongside countries like Hong Kong and Japan.
This was my first time staying in a hotel out of Orchard Road (it was always about shopping in Singapore before, but now I think I can find most of the labels online or even in KL). So this time I ended up in Mercure Hotel at Bugis district, which is only a few minutes away from the CBD. The area was vibrant and close to many hawker centers (though not my favourite in Singapore). It’s also a 10 minutes walk to Haji Lane where you can find loads of independent fashion stores.
Mercure Hotel is a 4-star under the Accor group of chains. Price per night was about RM500++. For this price, I can have a staycation in Hilton or Westin KL liao. Just sayin’.
The hotel was modernly-designed with a good layout between the lobby, lounge and bar. Of course realistically, I do not expect surprises and getting first-class treatment unless willing to pay more to spend the 2 nights in a 5-star. Nonetheless, we were still delighted as we received an upgrade to the Loft room. Tell me who doesn’t like to be upgraded horr?
When we finally checked in to our room, I thought the room was a bit small but that didn’t bother me much since I am more particular with cleanliness, service and privacy.
Speaking of privacy, I had to highlight something although some of you might be uncomfortable with this topic. I never understood the reason of the large gaps between toilet doors, just before they touch the ceiling in hotel rooms. Why were they designed and built this way? Was it a safety measure? Ventilation? I mean, despite how close I am with my partner, best friend, or worst of all if I had to share it with a colleague. I would SERIOUSLY need some privacy during the course of my bathroom moments. I felt so uneasy knowing any sound coming from the bathroom would be traveled across the entire room. Not sexy.
Mercure Hotel had all the basic amenities like shampoo, shower gel, toothbrush, soap, shower cap, cotton, except body lotion. Again, WHY?! This is something personal. Perhaps it isn’t important to you, but body lotion is essential for me. I know I had a choice to bring my own, but I would prefer to travel light. I can understand if it was a 3-star, but not a 4. Moreover, the bed wasn’t comfortable either. Thankfully, the bed linens were all very clean. On a positive note, they had all the towels needed, bathrobe, bath mat and slippers, which were also very clean and soft.
The hotel’s infinity pool was quite nice and relaxing, good enough for a few laps.
Gym was small with few basic machines for a quick work out. Can’t complain.
The Sky Deck was lovely. Not the best view in Singapore but worth checking out if you are staying here.
These are only my personal views and expectations of the hotel. What are the factors that you would consider when choosing a hotel/resort? How would you measure in terms of value? Is it the location, facilities, service or are you one of those who probably doesn’t care less ’cause half the time you are out and about?
What was good about Mercure Hotel Singapore Bugis:
- Strategic location (close to the CBD and major tourist attraction, loads of local eateries nearby the hotel, shopping mall right across the street)
- Hotel was modern looking and clean overall
- Wifi access
- Good service and friendly staff
What was bad about Mercure Hotel Singapore Bugis:
- No bathroom privacy
- Uncomfortable bed
- No body lotion
- Handy smartphone provided in the room but didn’t work
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 7/10