Woo hoo ... Our first official sponsored Staycation.
We have been invited to a few overseas resorts , but a staycation in Singapore eluded us till this day. Thus when the opportunity arose to check into Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza hotel over the F1 weekend, we eagerly zoom into it.
Marriott Tang Plaza has also a special place in the family's heart. After all this is where the magic started with a wedding held more than a decade back. It was great to be back to the place where it all started.
|Marriott Tang Plaza|
Getting to Marriott Tang Plaza is a breeze. For those who are not driving, Marriott Tang Plaza has a direct link to Orchard underpass. One of the most iconic building in the heart of Orchard Road, you would not fail to notice the unique red rooftop that made it look like a modern pagoda.
Opened in 1995 , the 20 floor high hotel had a SG 35 million face lift in 2012.
The lobby with high roof is a breath of fresh air. With ample seating area for guests, checking it is as comfortable as it gets.
|Members check in faster|
And if you are a member of Marriott rewards, you get to check in faster.
It was off to our rooms after the check in . Yes... it is rooms with an s. Thanks to Marriott Tangs plaza, we were housed in 2 connecting deluxe room for the night.
|King size bed|
Our rooms comes in a king size bed and two super single bed combination, making it a perfect combination for a family of four. The rooms looked sleek with contemporary furnishing.
Best of all each room came with the signature Marriott Revive bedding that was an absolute delight to sleep in.
|Double bed room|
Surprisingly each room was spacious enough to let the kids run around in delight. Each road can actually house up to 3 guest with the option of a rollaway bed if avaliable. With a decent size at 32 sim per room, it meant we have acres of space to move around during our stay.
The marble clad toilets comes with double sinks (for some rooms) and a corner for makeup and hair drying. Thann branded amenities are also avaliable.
Mini bar is fully loaded with an assortment of beverages and tidbits for a fee.
Wire and wireless internet are also available for a fee. One tip, join them as a member and wireless internet comes complimentary.
As for TV, it has one of the bigger TV screens we had seen in hotels for deluxe room. A 46 in TV wih cable TV is avaliable is the normal rooms. Perfect for watching F1 qualifying race while we were there.
Go Ferrai go!
|Watching F1 in the comforts of our room .|
There is a special SG 50 special for rooms booked till year end.
It included an SG 50 goodie bag that contained old school games and tidbits. In addition , other benefits include daily breakfast, dining credit , spa credit and more. Do check here for details.
The SG goodies bag came in handy to entertain the boys during their stay at Marriott.
Marriott has also launched a Marriott mobile app that allows you to make request for whatever you need before, during and after your stay!
It is as easy as sending a text.
Since we were well taken care of during our stay, we did not get a chance to use it. Nonetheless , we think it is a handy tool for guest to get their wimps and fancies with a text.
|Marriott Mobile App|
Overall the room was so comfy that we can't wait to jump into bed !
Before we jump into bed, an interesting location caught our eyes during lunch time.
Since there are no kids club at Marriott Tangs Plaza, the pool would be a great alternative to keep this kids entertain.
Jumping into the pool sure beats jumping into bed anytime!
|Wait for me!|
We spotted this row of rooms along the pool side. These are pool villas that comes with their own private space and best of all , they are located steps away from the pool.
If you choose to stay in one of these rooms ,we reckon would would feel as if you are staying in a resort instead of a hotel.
24 hour gym
For those who needs a little more exercise , we reckon the well stock gym of Marriott would please most gym rats. Best of all , it is opened 24 hours a day. So get huffing and puffing!
The Retreat ( Spa)
|The Retreat @ Mariott|
After a hard days work, it is time to retreat to The Retreat. Too bad we could not leave the kids alone even though we badly needed one of these pampered moments.
|Marriott's member lounge|
|View from the top|
Of of the activity locals like to indulge in is food. Marriott Tang Plaza has a wide array of restaurants for you to choose. From International to Chinese cuisines , you have a choice of going ala carte or buffet style.
Our first meal was taken at the Pool Grill. This newly renovated al fresco dining spot is a breath of fresh air.
|Pool Grill @ Marriott|
Choose your pick from set lunches , a la carte and brunch Western delights While you done by the poolside.
As for the food itself, it was delight for both kids and adults. There is a special menu for kids which serve favourites like fried rice and Crispy chicken and fries. I had the minute steak and I must say it is cook to perfection. An absolute yum.
Go during the evening for dinner . The romantic candles living the way promises a romantic evening dining under the stars in the heart of the city. We reckon it will make a great spot for Valentine's dates.
|Dine under the stars|
The next restaurant we sampled was the Marriott Cafe for breakfast.
There were more than 50 dishes to sample from the breakfast Buffett. We reckon thhe lunch and dinner options will be equally impressive. This is the place for a hearty meal and one that deserve a review on its own. That said look out for our coming review on Marriott Cafe!
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
The last time I had eaten at Wan Hao was during the wedding dinner taste test. It may be a long time, but I still remember the exquisite meal. This elegant award winning Cantonese cuisine is still very much appreciated. If you are there, the signature Crisp Peking Duck with Chinese Crepes, Dim Sum and fresh seafood delicacies are a must try.
Ginza Sushi Ichi
|Ginza Shushi Ichi|
This is a Michelin starred Sushi Resturant. This means fine and authentic Japanese food freshly delivered from Tsukiji market. A treat for that special occasion
|Cross road Cafe|
If you like to watch the world go by , Crossroad Cafe will be the place to be. Here is the place to be seen and to see. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For a quick bite , Java + offers good coffee, selection of cheese , sandwiches amongst others. This Deli is great for those looking for good food on-the-go.
The lobby lounge is also a good place for a cup of coffee or afternoon tea.
Breakfast and cocktails are served in the Executive lounge as well.
Lastly if you prefer, dine in the privacy of your own room by ordering room service. A pizza for hungry kids in the middle of the night would be delivered with just a phone call.
ACTIVITIES TO DO
So what do you do during a Staycation in Orchard Road?
Shop at Tangs
|Shopping at Tangs|
We think shopping at Tangs will be a good choice. We can shop till we drop and be in bed in 5 minutes. How cool is that ?
Given Christmas is just around the corner, spending a night at Marriott after an intense shopping spree for guest would be a great idea.
Explore Orchard Road
Orchard road is more than just a shopping belt.There are frequent mall performances and special events line up at various time of the year. Special events such as pedestrian night and Chrismtas light up will be a hit amongst families. Plan your staycate around those days for an immersive Orchard Road experience.
For the full events line up for the year, check them out here.
Enjoy the hotel facilities
|Relax at the hotel|
For the non shoppers, we reckon simply enjoying the hotel facilities would be a great alternative. The pool itself would take a couple of hours to watch the time pass by.
|Marriott Tang Plaza @ Night|
Looking for a good deal to stay at Marriott , head down to their promotion site for the occasional great deals. We think one night in the heart of the city is never enough, so book for 2 days to enjoy living in the city. It sure beats spending multi millions of dollars to buy an apartment in the heart of Orchard Road for the same experiences!
The Little Details
320 Orchard Rd, 238865
The Wackies were invited to a 2D1N Staycation experience in Marriott Tang Plaza only. All opinions are as per experience and of our own. Your experience may differ from us.