Last year, I saw some amazing deals from Los Angeles to Singapore via Air China. During that time I had just received 50,000 points from a new credit card. Luckily, I was able to act fast and snag a round-trip for only 39,000 points! Knowing I was going to be in Singapore during Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to stay at the famous Marina Sands Bay Hotel.
Marina Sands Bay Hotel Room
I could have easily used my points to stay at Hilton, Hyatt, or Marriott properties in Singapore, but I had my sight on the Marina Sands Bay hotel. Since my flight was free, I had more spending cash to stay in the Marina Sands Bay hotel. I decided to book a city view room to take advantage of what the hotel had to offer.
The Deluxe City View room offered a king size bed with a side sofa. An ergonomic desk area with a laptop data port made it easy to connect online. The room was also equipped with a 42″ flat screen TV.
Bathroom and Shower
The bathroom came with amenities that are common at most high-end hotels, such as a razor with shaving cream, comb, sewing kit, Q-tips, toothbrush, and toothpaste. The walk-in shower was located on the left side and the toilet was located on the right side.
What makes the Marina Sands Bay Hotel unique is not what is found on the inside but on top of the hotel. The famous Infinity Pool has one of the most breathtaking pool views in the world. The pool is only available to hotel guests, which helps you enjoy the scenic downtown view peacefully. The pool is open from 7:00 a.m .to 11:00 p.m., giving you plenty of time to explore the city yet still unwind at night and enjoy the views from the infinity edge pool.
Located alongside the pool is a restaurant and bar where you can take advantage of their breakfast buffet. It has a mixture of western and Asian style breakfast. As you can see, it was hard to choose one over the other. The buffet does come with a hefty price of $50 per person. While the food quality was decent, it wasn’t anything that spectacular where I would choose to eat there again. I’ve had better buffets in Las Vegas for less.
The Bald Thoughts
Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Marina Sands Bay Hotel, and I would recommend it to everyone! The rooms were clean, but it didn’t match the elegant atmosphere of the lobby and interior of the hotel. The central location of the hotel was great for traveling across the city. Conveniently under the hotel is the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station for easy access. Due to my short stay in Singapore, I decided to take the taxi everywhere. The taxi fares are fairly cheap at less than $10 USD each trip. Be cautious of peak hours during the day and late at night which can double the price.
Since the Marina Sands Bay Hotel is not affiliated with a major hotel brand, your best bet is either the Citi Prestige card (4th-night free benefit) or the Barclay Arrival (use points to pay your hotel expenses), depending on how long you’ll be staying.