I am usually a little too close to this property as I literally work in the same cluster but I figured I’ll do a 3D2N pretend atas staycay to see how it feels like to be able to walk “home” in 10mins from work (and vice versa). This would also ended up being my first stay being an ALL Platinum and was excited to find out what elite treatment awaits.
Address – 80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560. Website.
Contact – Tel: +65 63397777. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location – Directly connected to City Hall station (NS25/EW13), the property enjoys sheltered and immediate access to everything you need. Plenty of F&B and shopping choices in Raffles City Shopping Centre and no worries about rain or shine as you also get sheltered access to Esplanade Link, Citylink Mall, Suntec City and Marina Square.
Price – $369++ for 2 nights booked for a Fairmont King during the ALL Flash Sale in May where you get 50% if you book a min. of 2 nights, inclusive of breakfast. There was a price difference for booking 1 and 2 pax, so I went ahead with 1pax and my total ended up to be $434.31. Not bad a deal I thought. However thereafter, Accor launched yet another flash sale, also 50% for min. 2 nights, and I saw that the rate had dropped rather significantly to $300++! I reached out to the reservations team and to their credit, they agreed to honor the lower rate. So in the end, I paid $350nett for 2 nights with breakfast. Yays!
Pre-arrival – I received a pre-arrival email 2 days prior to my stay inviting me to complete some details including uploading of ID. This submission confirmation email will include your check in QR code to be presented at arrival, and includes links to book breakfast at Prego and pool / fitness centre facilities as well.
One day prior, I received an sms from the hotel informing that I have been assigned a 9:30am check in. Yays!
Check In – I arrived to a relatively empty lobby at 10:30am on a weekday and a counter was available immediately. I was thanked for my loyalty as a Platinum member and told I have been upgraded from Fairmont King to a Signature Suite which was nice. I was also proactively given a 4pm late check out and Platinum benefits explained to me, including welcome drinks and access to the Fairmont’s version of a concierge, the Royal Service. In total, the process took about 15mins. Note that all leisure guests are in the North Tower as the South Tower is a SHN (Stay Home Notice) facility.
Room – My Signature Suite (56SqM), 1817, was indeed spacious but feels a little aged due to the liberal use of brown. I am hence thankful for the few pops of maroon colors in the space.
The entry hallway contains the wardrobe to your right which as your bedroom slippers (fluffy!), hairdryer, and laundry stuff.
To the left of the hallway is the very spacious bathroom containing a single sink with plenty of countertop space, a non-bidet toilet, a huge bathtub, and a shower space. The space is an open-space concept so no multi-tasking here for sure if you are staying as 2pax. Toiletries were Le Labo – Rose 31 series which smells quite….masculine.
The main bedroom space is a nicely segmented angular space. In one corner is a cushy king bed with bedside tables and lighting / blind controls on both sides, as well as a little dressing table with a hidden lighted mirror in one corner.
The ‘living area’ has a L-shaped firm sofa + glass coffee table, facing a non-swivel TV. Unfortunately, this positioning means you need to manually rotate the TV if you want to watch TV in bed.
In the last corner of this space is a very proper L-shaped work desk accompanied by 2 chairs and plenty of power points. This is also where you find a second in-room phone (aside from the one by the bed). Again, you’ll have to manually turn the TV if you want to multi-task.
My choice of Fairmont Fit Sportwear ($10 for Classic members but otherwise complimentary for Silver and above) was also already placed in my room, laid out nicely in a basket. They were Reebok attire and actually really comfy!
Fairmont’s care kit is a cute little pouch containing 2 masks, hand sanitizer and wet wipes (the kind housekeeping even gave me one more during turndown!).
Lastly, my welcome amenities of a fruit platter and chocolate cake were delivered thereafter by a super polite staff.
Breakfast – served at Prego’s (menu) from 7:00am – 11:00am with bookings of 45mins eating time required (though I suspect they are not strict about it if its not crowded). You can also opt for in-room dining if you like, with this being the only option if you are not fully vaccinated yet.
The space was not crowded at all at 8am on weekdays but slowly filled up thereafter. You can order as many mains as you like from the menu:
I manage to try four mains over the two mornings: Mediterranean Shakshouka, Nonya Coconut Rice (Nasi Lemak) kosong, Healthy Salmon Bowl (a little schitzo), and Cantonese Yum Cha (not bad but skins were too thick). The brewed coffee served by default was quite bad, so take note to ask for fresh coffee (from their machine) for a decent cup. Also, no bread basket or fruits are served by default but you can order them off the menu if you like.
Facilities – Located on level 6 of the South Tower where the renovated rooms currently used for SHN are (BOO), I am more than familiar with Willow Stream Spa and the Fitness Centre due to previous staycays and visits. The Fitness Centre was one of the biggest hotel gym I’ve seen, comprising a split level where you have cardio and cable machine on one the lower level and weights and other machines on the upper. Bookings are definitely required and a max of 10pax can use the facility at any one time.
There is also steam room, sauna, and shower facilities inside the locker rooms.
The property also has two pools – one free form and one lap pool for the more serious swimmers. Plenty of sunbeds dot the entire circumference and if you are terrified of the sun like me, you can try to stalk for shaded spots at certain timings in the day. There is also a little island bar between the two pools for that much needed pooolside booze.
Welcome Drinks – Platinum members received 2x welcome drinks and you can opt to have them in-room or at Pregos so of course I opted for them to be served to the room. My orders of two house white arrived cling wrapped in 30mins and was perfectly decent for a nightcap.
Service – Service in general is fine with no major complaints. Do note that there is no housekeeping by default (not sure if it applies regardless of stay length) so you have to call to request if you want your room to be tidied up.
Check Out – Painlessly done at 4pm on a weekday.
a fairly decent stay with no major hiccups. I wish I had the chance to experience the South Tower rooms but oh wells. Great price to check of this property though!