Thanks to C’s parents, I had the chance to have a staycation at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) hotel a couple of weeks ago. 🙂 We got the chance to workout at their amazing gym, and also checkout the views from the observation deck and the rooftop infinity pool yay! This would probably be a rather long post, but I do have many pictures, so sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy!
Here are some pics of the lobby at MBS. The lobby is huge, and I do mean huge. It is probably 400m from the moment you step off a cab, and walk to the opposite end of the lobby. There are a number of restaurants located on the lobby level, and one Chinese restaurant caught my eye when I walked past. It had some tea-time dim sum buffet promo of $16.80++ (3-5pm daily). I gotta go back soon to check it out. :p
The lobby gives off a very open feel as there is no ceiling, with some guests rooms facing out into the open area above the lobby. Not sure if I can even be understood, so here’s a pic to help!
Our room was on the 16th floor, and in Tower 3. There are 3 Towers at MBS, and there are different lift lobbies, depending on which Tower your room is at. The lifts do not serve all 57 floors, with some serving 1-34, and the others 1, 34-57. That’s good because there are so many rooms, and so many guests, that even with the 6 lifts at each lift lobby, the waiting time could be a few minutes when many people are using the lifts.
The lift lobby on the 16th floor (pic below).
And here’s a bird’s eye view from the lift lobby, with the Art-Science Museum & the floating platform in the distance.
The hallway leading up to the room gives off a homely yet classy vibe, with a good use of colours and design elements.
And here’s a first view of our room! There’s a small hallway once you open the door, with a full length mirror to the left, and the ensuite toilet on the right.
The ensuite toilet is big, and feels very spacious. The standing shower and the toilet bowl is separated by the sink. Although there is no door between the area with the toilet bowl and the shower, there is frosted glass, so no one can see you doing your business. :p
There is a small minibar just before the bedroom, with some cups & an electric kettle. The fridge is located under the countertop, although be warned that you have to pay for the items in the fridge. Try not to touch them unnecessarily, as they are charged to your account once the motion sensor detects that the items have been moved. :p There are some free coffee & tea sachets in the drawer though, so feel free to help yourselves to them. They are quite generous with the tea & coffee sachets; I remember counting about 4 tea & 4 coffee sachets (tea is from TWG).
Some of the in-room amenities are as follows:
- Mini-bar (with 4 complimentary bottles of water)
Flat-screen Samsung TV
Bath products (soap & shampoo)
– Grooming products (moisturizer, toothbrush & toothpaste, sewing kit)
Now moving on to the bedroom itself. There are 2 single beds in the bedroom, and a small work desk near to the balcony.
The flatscreen TV had all the regular free-to-air channels, and also some cable channels available. The only complaint I had about it was that the TV ‘hanged’ at times, with the screen freezing in place.
The balcony is not set up with deck chairs or tables, which was rather odd in my opinion. The views were pretty good though, despite it being a hazy day. We could see the Gardens by the Bay observatories and Supertrees quite well from our balcony. C mentioned to her mum that “You can actually do yoga/physical workout at the balcony, all you need to do is to bring your own mat.”.
MBS is pretty much a self-contained hotel, and you do not have to even leave the hotel to find things to entertain yourself. There is a shopping mall that is connected to it (although with limited & mostly expensive F&B options), and within the hotel itself, you can find a fitness centre, a spa, an observation deck, and the famous rooftop pool.
I’ll start off with the observation deck! After checking in, C & I decided to head up to the observation deck to get a true bird’s eye view of the bay area. Do note that guests must each bring a room key card, as you will need to tap the card at the e-gate for entry. The views from up top are really breathtaking (and I believe they’ll be even better without the darn haze), so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
View of the floating platform
Next up, we have the fitness centre (open from 5am – 11pm daily), which is located right next to the spa. The facility can be found in Tower 2, so we had to change lifts to get there. The fitness centre is huge, and is very well-equipped, with many treadmill machines, and other weights-machines. There is also a free weights corner, and exercise mats for hotel guests to use. Towels are provided (they even have ice-cold towels!!! Super shiok after sweating it out), and free bottled water as well.
Entrance to the fitness centre
The huge fitness centre at MBS
Free towels & bottled water for guests
For those that prefer to cycle, there are exercise bikes as well
What say you to running to such a gorgeous view?
We also visited the infinity pool (open from 6am – 11pm daily) a couple of times during our staycation, and all I can say is that it is really cool to be able to swim & relax to such amazing views. 😀
A hazy sunset by the pool
Singapore’s skyscrapers in the backdrop
Panorama shot of the pool
There are also jacuzzis dotting the area around the pool
There is also a children’s pool (a much shallower one so it’s kid-safe) at one corner
A swim-wear shop to the rescue in the event that you forgot your bikini/boardshorts
Can the view get any better? A totally different feel at night when the city lights up behind
It’s really pretty at night 🙂
We woke up pretty early the next day to chill pool-side, and we managed to snag ourselves 2 lounge chairs right beside the pool! Even though we got to the pool around 7.30am, it was already pretty crowded for an early morning dip. It’s pretty amazing how so many people can actually wake up so early while on holiday, just to swim hahaha.
Spot the esplanade heh
Contemplating life while looking over Singapore’s CBD
It almost looks like we were using Photo Booth, until you spot the skyscrapers at the bottom :p
A great staycation at MBS, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The room has been up-kept pretty well, and where else in Singapore can you get such views while chilling poolside? The impressive fitness centre was a huge plus point as well, especially with the free towels & bottled water provided. The great views of the city skyline while working out don’t hurt as well. :p Possibly the only negative for me was the limited F&B options available at the MBS Shoppes. By that I mean almost every F&B eatery is expensive. Even the cheaper food court & cafes (Toast Box) were also not that cheap to begin with. However, if you are willing to walk, there are more (and cheaper) F&B options at Marina Square (a 10-15min walk away). Thankfully there was a Cold Storage within the MBS Shoppes, and we managed to settle our breakfast needs there, saving us quite a bit. :p
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 8
Location: 8.5 (not exactly the most convenient/happening location, but with a MRT station right underneath, it is pretty accessible)
Room: 9 (comfortable & spacious, with a nice ensuite toilet as well)
Facilities: 8 (the observation deck & rooftop pool were great)
Staff: 7 (staff were professional; not very friendly or proactive though)
Breakfast: – (we didn’t have breakfast)
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
+65 6688-8888 (reservation)/ +65 6688-8868 (enquiries)
Check out their website here.