In June we went on a short getaway in Singapore. Yes! In Singapore! I kinda like the idea of staycation cos it saves time, no need for any flight delay and we are less tired at the end of it cos there’s no long traveling nor waiting hours as compared to trips oversea.

A 3D2N staycation at Meritus Mandarin Singapore started on Friday, 10 June. When we were planning this, we did not check the event schedule and not sure if its good or bad, that’s the PC show weekend at Suntec! We had to battle with the crowd around the hotel. The stay could have been better if the shopping crowd wasn’t so crazy then.

One thing that got me quite upset was the room we were given. Upon check-in, we were upgraded to an executive deluxe room (we booked a deluxe room) and when we entered the room, stayed for awhile, we realized the air-conditioning wasn’t working. The room was warm even after like 20minutes of cooling. We called the reception and the technician came to check, he insisted that we didn’t turn-on the aircon hence its not cooling. Truth is, the first thing he did upon entering our room was to touch the aircon control next to the bed and HE turned it off! Not wanting to argue, we let the matter past and he said the aircon was working fine, left and we waited.

After 30 minutes, the room was still as warm, we requested for a change of room. Wasted more than an hour of our precious staycation trying to solve the aircon problem. This was the first time we encountered such problem. Quite a disappointment since Meritus Mandarin is an established hotel. Hope it’ll never happen again.

We spent both nights chilling in the mineral pool. First time we got into one and we love it! No chlorine smell! The pool is viewable from our hotel room and the view by the pool at night is pretty good too.

We didn’t have any meals at the hotel as our package didn’t come with breakfast; rather sleep in till late instead of waking up to catch the breakfast serving hours.

Overall the hotel stay was alright, the mineral pool was the main attraction for us; room and toilet were spacious and that’s about all I’ve to say about our experience at Meritus Mandarin hotel. Hope our next staycation will be a better one.

Where should we try next?