Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mandarin Orchard Hotel @ Singapore


I managed to get a pretty cheap fair to Singapore about 2-3 weeks ago on Jetstar which was only at RM60 one way and I planned to fly on Saturday morning. Then, my friend asked me why not fly there on a Friday evening so that I can have dinner in Singapore and so I thought, why not take leave on Friday and flew there in the morning. And so I forfeited my Jetstar ticket (which cost me and additional RM110 to change my schedule) and went ahead with Airasia that costs me RM80. It's still cheaper than changing my schedule.

It didn't really went as well as I thought because of the hotel bookings. It was FHA week and some passengers are still stranded due to the volcanic ash. Initially, I was supposed to stay at Four Seasons (my favourite hotel since my first stay in Dec 2008) but it was fully booked and the rates were crazy. So I settled for Mandarin Orchard, which has been newly renovated and I absolutely love the location!



The Mandarin Orchard, formerly known as Meritus Mandarin is famous for it's location and it's nice restaurants such as The Chatterbox, the home of the famously expensive and awesome chicken rice. My friend calls this an Indonesian hotel because there are many Indonesians staying here for their shopping weekend. The proximity of this hotel to Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City is like crossing a one lane street. Yes, it is that close! And just a step away, just a step, is the newly opened Mandarin Gallery for your fix of expensive shopping. They have brands like Marc Jacobs, Emporio Armani, Tribecca, Vertu and delicious Beschle Suisse Chocolate.



I was lucky to be put in the Main Tower, which will cost an additional S$30 (I was eavesdropping on the conversation between the receptionist and the lady beside me because she wanted a room at the Main Tower instead of the Orchard Wing). The Main Tower has easy access to the lift and lobby. The last time I stayed at Mandarin Orchard was a year ago and my friend managed to get me a Club Room at a special rate. In every of the Club Room, there is a massage chair and you won't want to get out of the room!



The Deluxe Room has been given a new upholstery, new furniture and interior design to give it a modern and sleek atmosphere. It's simple and nice but I felt the Plasma TV was rather funny to be positioned in such a way that you actually have to tilt the TV to the right if you are watching it from the bed. Toiletries are ample, with toothbrush and the standard bath foam, (since there is a bathtub) shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.

I enjoyed every minute of stay at the hotel but of course a good hotel wouldn't come cheap, well, at least not in Singapore. I think an indulgence once in a while is good for the body, soul and mind.


Emporio Armani @ Mandarin Gallery


14 comments:

KY said...

there's chatterbox in bangsar village too!

Sean said...

the room looks great ... spacious, bright and cheerful! :D
it's been years since i last visited singapore! but soon, hopefully...

thule a.k.a leo said...

chatterbox also in 1Utama!
I echo what you have said in your last paragraph.. "an indulgence once in a while is good for the body, soul and mind."
I stayed in THe Westin KL last 2 weeks with Jenn... felt re-charged and relaxed!

suituapui said...

Ooo...nice! Was there already in the 70s. Ah! The coffee house is still called Chatterbox. The revolving restaurant at the top still there? Top of the M or something, it was called...or was that the ballroom? Memory very hazy already - old age! LOL!!!

eiling lim said...

KY: Is it the same Chatterbox?

Sean: Yeah it's spacious, unlike many hotels in Singapore since space is expensive.

Thule: Is it the same one? Haha... I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. Absolutely love Westin's heavenly bed too.

eiling lim said...

STP: Ooh i wasn't sure about the revolving restaurant. Didn't check out the dining scene at the hotel.

taufulou said...

i can just melt in the room stay in there don wan to come out also wokay~

nanang said...

indonesian hotel?? hahahahaha.. err i would say yesss.. hardly to find other nationalities who stay there.. and even the doormen can speak indo very well.. not bahasa melayu, but indo!! hahahaha.. love the location.. for the rate that you pay, i think it's all worth it!! i love the crystal things that they put up in the lobby.

eiling lim said...

taufulou: wah you're not going out to shop?!!

Nanang: Haha... yeah, 90% is all indonesians and I was probably the only Malaysian Chinese I've seen so far! Lol.. but i love the location.

Anonymous said...

Eiling,
What's the rate per night that you were paying this time?Please let me know.

eiling lim said...

Anon: SGD238/night

YilingL said...

SGD238/night??! Wow it's better off spending it on me :pppp

foongpc said...

Wow! What a nice hotel! Yes, it's good to indulge once ion a while! : )

eiling lim said...

Yiling: Haha... no.

Foongpc: Exactly!

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