This Oakwood has been on my radar since my staycay binge started, but never a priority due to lack of incentives from a good loyalty programme plus average prices which doesn’t shout ‘great deal!’. But a recent Trip.com promo triggered that impulse and my booking was done fast & furious for yet another weekday stay.
Address – 6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown 1, #07-01, Singapore 068809. Website.
Contact – Tel: +65 68126000. Email: email@example.com.
Location – Located in the OUE Downtown Gallery development, the property enjoys sheltered access to whatever is in the building although the tenant mix is mostly hipster gyms and F&B, with a smattering of clinics and random stuff. Tanjong Pagar Centre is a 4-min unsheltered walk across the road which is also where you’ll get access to Tanjong Pagar station (EW15) for public transport.
Price – $130nett booked via Trip.com with an add-on of $30 for 2pax breakfast + $20 off with promo code using DBS card = $140 total. At the time of booking, their official site list at least $200 and upwards, so I’d think its a good deal, albeit I’m staying the day after a public holiday (because only had that slot left til Sept which is its stay-by date).
Pre-Arrival – no pre-arrival email was sent. I did reach out earlier to request for early check in and late check out via email and was told to inquire on day itself. I ended up heading there early anyways to try my luck.
Check In – Arriving to an empty Oakwood bell desk on a weekday late morning, I took the lift to level 7 where the lobby is located. The space was completely empty when I arrived and was attended to by Nicole who was all smiley efficiency. She managed to find me a “nice” room (yay!) and the process took 15mins.
I was also given 2 care packs as well my DND / Housekeeping signs over the counter.
Room – My Studio King (28-32 SqM), Room 3110, was really quite nice! The split function layout made the space feel bigger than it is and I didn’t expect myself to like my first serviced apartment this much. As you enter, you’ll see a kitchenette which contains your mini bar, nespresso coffee and tea bags, as well as a fully equipped stock of glassware and cutleries etc.
To the left of this is your bedroom which contains a huge hollywood king (2 super single beds pushed together) which was just the right amount of softness for me, alongside 2 bedside tables and lights control. Opposite the bed is a chilling daybed and coffee table, a WFH set up of bench table + chair, as well as a non-smart TV (with some channels on ‘low signal’) on top of a console which doubles up as storage platform of sorts (very useful for me!).
Beside the bed is your wardrobe which has your usual ironing board, slippers (black lux fluffy), and bathrobes.
The bathroom is a tight space – fully adequate for a short stay though. A single sink with limited countertop space adjacent to the toilet, and then your shower stall on the other end. Toiletries are Comfort Zone’s Mediterranean series which was not too bad.
On the table are also some notes about the COVID related restrictions.
Being on a high floor, I also had a great view of the port side of stuff, including an anchored cruise ship.
Breakfast – My stay straddled the return of Phase 2 Heightened Alert and my breakfast the next morning was impacted unfortunately. Due to the no dine- in rule, in-house guests with breakfast included in their package are invited to order and collect their breakfast at their restaurant, Se7enth , located at level 7 from 6:30am – 10:00am. The items to be packed into your boxes are on display presuming so you can see or pick & choose if you like.
Menu is not too bad with a couple choices and each set comes with its own pack of carbs + fruits + token salad + beverage. Quality was decent.
I believe Se7enth could potential be a nice restaurant to dine in when allowed – the space has a classy ambience which I quite liked.
Facilities – Both the Fitness Centre and the Pool are located on level 7 and you meander your way through a short walkway to them. This space is also where the Executive Lounge is which would have been quite nice on normal days.
The pool was big enough to do your laps and offers quite a nice view of the skyline.
The Fitness Centre was fairly adequate and I spotted sandbags which is a rare sight at hotel gyms.
Check Out – I was given a ‘late’ check out of 12:30pm (versus 12noon) as my room was apparently blocked for another arrival, and it was done in 5mins. Great efficiency! I was also able to store my barang with them for the next 1.5hours as I went about my errands.
I was happy to be able to snag a stay at this rate – I really did like the room alot! The Oakwood brand has an increasing presence in Singapore with their new Unlimited Collection series and I am now curious enough to want to try.