2021 was probably the craziest year in my adult life.
After a fantastical 1-nighter in the Ritz Carlton Millennia Club Room in January 2021, something snapped in me and I ended up embarking on what would be a staycayful year. The inability to travel + crazy staycay deals + my WFH arrangements was a temptation I couldn’t resist – If Not Now, Then When?
And that, ladies and gentleman, is how I ended up spending 60 nights (that’s right, sixty) on hotel beds last year. I also ate my way through a smorgsboard of hotel breakfasts, Club Lounges and inhaled more than a couple of bubbles (heh). A consequence of that was the demise of my bank account as most of my stays are paid with cash – only 4 were free or redemption stays.
So I figured I’d pay homage to that and come up with a list of what stood out – for better or worse. Of course, opinions are always subjective and there’s quite a fair bit of heng-suay when it comes to getting a good experience, but for what it’s worth, these are my random rankings based on personal experiences.
[Click on the hyperlink in each heading’s property name to read the review post]
This was supposed to be my Voco staycation but when I found out that their Executive Lounge hours are still samey samey as its previous Hilton life ie lounge is only open in the evening and limited to 1-hour stay per room, I decided to change plans – a $63++ top up will get me afternoon tea and no time limit to stay for evening cocktails. Why not!