Assuming I live to a hundred, I’ve recently spent a quarter of my lifetime on Earth. To mark this milestone, I decided to book a room at Studio M Hotel with C for a relaxing staycation. I would also be starting work this coming Tuesday, so it was a good time to take a break before hectic working life begins!
As most of you might know, I am always on the lookout for a good deal, and I do my homework prior to making any bookings. It was the same this time round, and I checked Studio M’s website, as well as a few other hotel booking sites like booking.com, kaligo.com, and agoda.com. Do look at the terms & conditions closely though, for some websites don’t factor in the tax and additional charges in the quoted rate!
Well anyway, after looking at the various quoted prices for their basic room (Studio Loft) and narrowing it down to Studio M & booking.com, I decided to book through booking.com. 🙂 I have a special membership status of “GEnius” with booking.com, which is pretty cheesy IMO, but that’s not what I’m calling myself so.. :p Anyway, my status entitled me to an even better price, resulting it being about S$10 cheaper (when comparing the final rate after all the charges have been added) than Studio M’s, so yay! Furthermore, my status also entitled me to a priority late checkout (2pm instead of 12pm), which meant we could relax more after breakfast the next morning! 🙂
To save even MORE money, I also like to use cashback websites such as Shopback and Bonusbay, which have amazing tie-ups with various companies and online stores, providing customers with a rebate of a percentage of their spending! Feel free to use my link to sign-up and make purchases, and we both get to earn a referral bonus! 🙂
Shopback – https://www.shopback.sg/r/GarvAY | Bonusbay – http://www.bonusbay.sg/?r=2538125
Bonusbay has a tie-up with booking.com, and offers a 3.8% rebate on hotel bookings, which is pretty sweet. I initially had to pay S$181 for my hotel booking, but with the rebate, I would get back S$6.80, which ain’t too bad! 🙂
We had lunch nearby at Toby’s Estate before checking in. The hotel is in the Robertson Quay area along Muhammed Sultan Road. We got there by taking bus no. 123 from Lucky Plaza (nearest MRT: Orchard), and alighted at the bus stop in front of Hotel Miramar. From there, you would need to cross the bridge, and you would see Studio M Hotel.
The lobby of Studio M is rather unique, as there is a huge front desk in the middle, with staff attending to guests from within the ‘pod’.
Yes, we had to queue to check in. Thankfully the queue moved pretty quick (although it still took about 15-20min), and we were checked in without much fuss. I guess it was because of my elite status on booking.com, that we were given a free upgrade to their second-tier room (Premier Loft). Actually the Studio Loft and Premier Loft are almost the same, save that the latter has a lounging area on the same level as the front door, with the bed in the loft. We were assigned a high floor (8th floor; their highest is the 9th floor), which made for some really good views. 🙂
The hallway feels like it’s never ending, doesn’t it?
Inside the room
This is the view upon entering the room. The room itself isn’t really big, but it does feel very cosy. The work desk is really long, and there are 2 power-points at the side, which will be useful for charging electronic devices. The sofa can be also converted into a sofa bed, although we didn’t find any extra blanket or pillow. But then again, we booked this room for 2 people, so maybe that’s the reason why. Anyway, the sofa bed was pretty comfy, and we were happily lounging on it while watching movies.
The stairs to the loft are next to the desk, and I do like the nice black-white colour contrast! 😛
The bed is really comfortable, and there are both hard and soft pillows provided! There isn’t much else in the loft besides the bed, the TV, and a small side-table with the phone.
View of the open wardrobe and sofa from the stairs. In-room slippers are provided, and they are of reasonably good quality. Bathrobes are pretty comfortable as well, and can be worn to the pool (with your swimming attire under it of course).
The toilet and shower are in separate cubicles, which are pretty compact. Don’t expect a luxurious rain shower or bathtub, and you’ll be pretty satisfied with the facilities in the room.
With the beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows, I just couldn’t resist taking a picture after gymming. 😛 More on the gym in a bit!
The in-room amenities are as follows:
- Safe (ours wasn’t working, but we didn’t really need it so it was ok)
- Aircon (hey some places overseas don’t provide, so I think it’s very important to state it haha)
- Hair dryer
- Clothes hangars
- Fridge (drinks inside are complimentary btw!)
- Mini-bar (electric kettle, coffee and tea bags)
- Towels, bathrobes, bath & shampoo lotion
- Basic toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, vanity kit, etc)
- Free WIFI
At the pool and gym
We headed to the gym after watching the latest episode of Running Man (yes we’re fans of the show!).
The gym, pool, and restaurant (only opened for breakfast) are located on the 2nd floor.
Pretty outdoor area where you can lounge and basically just chill the entire day!
The pool is nothing really special, although it is probably about 25m, so you could do half a lap there! There is also a jacuzzi next to it, where you can let jets of water massage your cares away.
The gym is not huge, but decently stocked with both free weights, machine weights, and cardio machines (1 elliptical, 1 exercise bike, 1 rowing machine, and 2 treadmills).
What I didn’t like was that there was no water provided in the gym! 😡 Hotel gyms, no matter how small they are, almost always provide water, whether it be bottled water, or from a water dispenser, so I was pretty disappointed that this gym had neither. The gym is also non-airconditioned, but I’m fine with that, as I personally don’t like running in aircon as my nose will leak. We still spent nearly 2h there working out, because keeping fit is a continuous quest!
Buffet breakfast is at the hotel’s restaurant on the 2nd floor, next to the pool and gym. The buffet breakfast starts at 6.30am and ends at 11am on weekends and public holidays. We went down at 9.20am for breakfast, and had to queue for another 10-15min before we managed to get seats.
Long queue for breakfast. I guess the hotel was quite full as it was a long weekend in Singapore, so a lot of locals were having a staycation at the hotel. :p
There are various seating options at the restaurant, and in the pic above, you can see tables for 2 and 4 people.
There are also a few communal tables that can accommodate up to 8 people.
There are two large tables filled with food and drinks. One of the tables had ham, cheese, a selection of fruits, cereal, and bread.
There was also fruit juices, milk, coffee, and tea-making facilities on that table.
On the other table, there was an Asian station, where you could make your own nasi lemak! 🙂 There wasn’t any fried chicken though, sadly. 😦 But the ikan bilis (fried anchovies) were aweeeesomeeeee! There was also bacon, scrambled eggs, french toast, and sausages among others on the table.
Oh yes, they also have an egg station, where you can order (and pick up) your own eggs! They’ll make you omelettes, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, or even sunny-side ups, all you have to do is ask! 🙂
A pic of what my 1st round was like! :p The bacon wasn’t that fantastic though, although the french toast and scrambled eggs were pretty good. The sausage was ok. Oh yes, their sautéed potatoes were quite good as well.
Although their rooms were a bit on the small side, but the loft-concept was really cool, and very unique compared to other hotels in the same price range. As it was my birthday, I didn’t really want to have a staycation at a hotel that is ‘normal’, so I guess Studio M Hotel was a good choice. The pool and sundeck were nice to lounge at, and there’s even a jacuzzi (although we didn’t use it).
The buffet breakfast was average in terms of selection of food, but at least they had an egg station, and even an Asian station. The gym was sufficient, as it didn’t really have many machines (so you might have to wait if both treadmills are occupied). I also believe hotel gyms should provide water, whether in bottled form or from a water dispenser, but this gym had neither, which was disappointing.
Lastly, it seems that this hotel is not very generous when it comes to guests celebrating special occasions at the hotel. After C wrote an email to let them know that we would be staying over the actual day of my birthday, they replied with a price-list for possible add-ons that they could do. Even something simple like laying flower petals on the bed would cost S$76.51 (after service charge & GST).. The email itself was very business-like, and although polite, they did not even bother to wish us a pleasant stay.
If you read my review of GLOW Pratunam (in Bangkok), flower petals were laid on the bed for free, and they even folded the towels into cute animals. The housekeeper even wished us a happy anniversary as she passed us in the hallway. That said, it’s still a unique hotel for a staycation, and tourists visiting Singapore can also consider staying at as it is in close proximity to cafes and bars. Just don’t expect too much from them (I wasn’t even wished a happy birthday when I checked in lol).
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall rating: 7.5
Location: 8 (to hip cafes and happening bars in Robertson Quay)
Room: 8 (because of the unique loft concept)
Facilities: 7 (adequate, but they need to start providing water in the gym)
Staff: 7 (courteous but not really friendly)
Breakfast: 7.5 (average spread, but they at least had an egg station)
Studio M Hotel
3 Nanson Road, Singapore 238910