[Singapore] Oasia Hotel Staycation – Club Suite
For the Missus’ birthday celebration this year, I decided to do something special and planned a staycation – an secret weekend getaway at Oasia Hotel.
We had made a lunch reservation at Aoki (which, by the way, is a fabulous Japanese restaurant) for 12pm, and so we arrived at 11:15am (check-in time was 2pm) intending to leave our luggage with the hotel before returning at a later time to check-in. I had called the day before, and they confirmed that we could do this, which is great news for travellers who arrive in Singapore via an early flight.
I had booked a Weekend Savers Rate Plan (Oasia Club Room) via the hotel’s website. A day after reservation, I received an email asking if I’m interested to include an eStandby Upgrade option.
How this works is that you can indicate certain room upgrades you want at given price e.g. corner room @ S$15, or a “Bukit Timah” view @ S$15. Upon check-in, you can choose whether or not to pay for the upgrade if there are available rooms. The best option of all is the choice to upgrade from a Club Room to a Club Suite for only S$79, before taxes!
The hotel reception made a few checks and concluded that the Oasia Suite is available, and we could pay S$79 for the upgrade, AND we could check-in early! Well, we took it, of course! That’s what this review is all about!
We were brought to the Living Room at level 22 to continue with our check-in. Cold towels and welcome drinks are provided – I’m beginning to feel like I’m at a resort already.
After a quick admin procedure, we were led to our suite. There are a total of four Oasia Suites in Oasia Hotel, two each at level 24 and 25. We would be staying in the one at the top floor, with the fantastic view. The long walk from the lift lobby to our suite.
Let’s use the fire escape plan in our suite to give a better overview of the layout. The Oasia Hotel is rectangular in shape, with the lifts located at one end of the hotel. The suites occupy both ends of the hotel, giving you a 180-degree view of whichever side you’re are. The suite that is nearer to the lift is the “not-so-good suite” due to the close proximity to the lift, and also because the view isn’t as good.
Oasia Hotel is flanked by Novena Square Office Tower (to the west) that is 25-floors high, and also Soleil @ Sinaran condominium (to the south). If you take the suite at the far end of the hotel, you have an almost totally unblocked view, except Tower A of Soleil @ Sinaran. Check out Street Directory and search for “Oasia Hotel” and you’ll get what I mean.
Oasia Hotel Club Suite
Time for some pictures of the suite! The suite is divided into two separate areas – the living room and the bedroom. The living room is brightly lit with the surrounding bay-windows.
That’s the Soleil @ Sinaran I was talking about. Well, people in these buildings can practically see what each other is doing! The swimming pool below actually belongs to Oasia Hotel, and the open-air common pool is located at level 8. Pretty decent size, I think? There are also a few jacuzzi there.
Huge Samsung TV with a home-theatre system.
Equipped with furniture which we hardly touched during our time here.
Care to sit down for a good read?
As per some suites in Singapore hotels, there are two bathrooms, with one connected to the living room. Pretty standard stuff here.
Pretty neat mini-bar and beverage area equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine.
Naturalis tea packets for non-coffee drinkers.
Snacks and drink from the mini-bar are complementary so we stuffed ourselves with these!
What’s where we enter the suite from. The door that leads outside is on the left, the door in front leads to the bedroom and a wooden sculpture is on the right.
The use of wood gives the suite a very cozy and warm feeling, almost like this is not a hotel but a resort!
View of the bedroom upon opening the (VERY heavy) door.
On the left is the wardrobe and in-built safe.
Just like what we had at Quincy Hotel, the safe also incorporates an charging outlet for added convenience.
Ironing equipment hidden behind wood panelling.
Spacious work area in the room, but then who would want to work when you have a suite to relax in? The natural light is more than sufficient and gives the room a lovely glow.
Power sockets and ports are hidden discreetly in the table.
Hmm, stationery, anyone?
There was even a card indicating who is in-charge of cleaning our room – I think we saw this guy once when we walked along the corridor!
A list of cable channels available – movies, news, cartoon and more.
The rooms along the north side of the hotel should be having the “Bukit Timah” view. A shot of what we can see from our suite bedroom – that should be Caldecott Hill if I’m not wrong.
In the suite, there are numerous electronic controls like these that you can use to switch on/off the lights and control the curtains. The blinds/curtains in the suite (including the bathroom) are all electronically controlled and can be drawn up at the press of a button.
Another large-screen LED TV in the bedroom.
Special mention for the wooden flooring – no matter how cold the air-conditioning is, it is still very comfortable to walk around barefoot in the room.
The bathroom – twin basins, marble flooring and huge bathtub. Nice?
No more fighting over the same basin. Below the basins, there is a digital weighing scale.
Toiletries from Thann.
Toothbrush, shaving kit, comb and more :
The bathtub is huge and can accommodate two persons comfortably. Excellent for a bubble-bath, don’t you think?
More.. Thann toiletries?
The WC and the rain-shower is located in its individual cubicle.
And .. more toiletries.
TOTO WC! The toilet seat can be warmed to your desired temperature, along with a variety of options. How cool is that?
During our stay at Oasia Hotel, we have exclusive access to The Living Room at level 22, which is open to Club guests only. The seating area is divided into indoor, and outdoor. It happened to be drizzling while we were there, so the end of the table was a little bit wet.
The infinity pool at the side of the hotel with the good view. Located at the end are a couple of sun-loungers.
As it was the all-you-can-drink cocktail hours, we ordered ourselves a couple of drinks. Below is the Oasia Bliss, the signature drink of Oasia Hotel. During this time, an assortment of finger-food (tarts, mini-burgers, etc) are available for guests’ consumption.
For guests who stayed at the Club Room or Club Suite, breakfast is served here as well. Not exactly a huge selection and it was satisfactory.
It was a delightful experience staying at the Club Suite, and definitely one hotel we would miss coming back to. The Club Suite with the fantastic view made all the difference in the world.
We didn’t really get to try out all the amenities in the hotel – there is a gym and a bigger pool at level 8. The restaurant named Zaffron at the ground level where we had our complimentary buffet dinner was OK, but the food was nothing to shout about. There is Cold Stone Creamery ice-cream though!
The service we experienced during our stay was great. I’m nitpicking here but I feel that service standard on the whole isn’t exactly consistent. The doorman/porter who helped us with the luggage during check-in was super-friendly and wears a huge smile on his face. On the other hand, the reception staff who checked us in/out seemed a tad less friendly, even though their service and attitude were fine and couldn’t be faulted.
Location-wise, Oasia Hotel is just a couple of minutes away from Orchard Road (two train stations away) and can help you to save a couple of bucks if you would like to stay in a decent business hotel at an affordable price.
Having said that, TripAdvisor does have a few reviews which gave it a poor/average rating – do check them out and make your own decision!