[Photo intensive post!]
This is the final blog post in this series. You can catch up on our previous posts here: we went on a dinner date at SPACE @ My Humble House, followed by an extremely relaxing massage/spa session at Spa Rael. Now, it’s time for our staycation at The Fullerton Hotel!
Thanks to corporate rates, we managed to get ourselves a room at The Fullerton Hotel under one of their Irresistible Specials, which comprised of a night’s stay in their Courtyard Room, complimentary internet access, and a sumptuous buffet breakfast for two at the Town Restaurant.
We managed to get an early check in at 12 noon instead of the usual 2 pm, so we trotted down to check in even without having our lunch! There were a few minor hiccups though – the reservation team didn’t log my early check-in request into the system properly, so the front desk couldn’t find my room and I was told to wait until 2 pm -.-
I previously highlighted that we were celebrating a special occasion during this stay, and they said they could upgrade us to the next tier room – which I presumed was a Marina Bay facing room instead of a room facing the atrium (read: interior) of the hotel. So it turns out that we didn’t get that upgrade as it was “not possible” despite what was said by the reservation team, and was just allocated ANOTHER Courtyard room, this time on an executive floor (apparently they had better amenities?)
A tip for those who are staying there in future: request for any floor other than the fourth floor. Your whole corridor will smell of food if there’s an event going on at the Straits Room because they will be shuffling and pushing food trays all around the corridor!
But never mind that, I’m glad things went well and we still managed to get our room at 12 noon. Thumbs up to the front desk!
Although it was a little smaller than what I expected, our room turned out impressive! Can I also just say the bed was really comfortable, although it was so high we had to hoist ourselves up (not A LOT lah, but just a little bit). Alternatively, I realized I could just throw myself onto the bed LOL.
Each room has a working desk (mostly situated near the door) where you can plug in your laptops for power supply and connect to their free in-room WiFi internet. However, their speed wasn’t exactly impressive, so I resorted to tethering from my good old S3. Seemed faster that way though >.<
The bathroom of our room was quite spacious, though it can’t be compared to the ones at Marina Bay Sands where you could practically dance inside lol. The bathtub, unfortunately, was probably designed to fit one only -.- but squeezing two would be possible if (1) you’re our size or smaller (LOL), and/or (2) you get your bubble bath facing each other instead of snuggling up to one another lol.
The last time I played with an interactive TV was at Hotel Fort Canning during our solemnization. I had fun with the keyboard controls. This time, Fullerton had such a feature on it’s TV too, although it’s “Pay-to-view Movies” section was not working -.- Originally wanted to select a movie for us to enjoy in the night but it wasn’t working at all. *Disappointed*
Because ours was a Courtyard room (as it’s name suggests), we had the view of the hotel atrium. Not exactly very nice compared to the Marina Bay scenery, but passable lah. And furthermore, if you’d look across our room on the same level, the panels of glass on the left are meeting/function rooms (I think it’s the Straits Room). So actually, guests from the function area can see into your room if you leave your blinds open.
Every room also comes equipped with a Fullerton Postmaster Bear which you can buy for charity, and a pillow menu, indicating the various types of pillows they have. If you’re not happy with the kind of pillow they provide in the room, you could just ring the concierge and they’ll send one of your choice up straightaway!
We didn’t though – the pillows were a little too soft for us, but we had FOUR of them on the king sized bed so we just stacked one on top of another and tadah, 101% comfort.
Because we told them we were celebrating an occasion with this staycation, The Fullerton team made an effort to send up a plate of specialty chocolates and a bottle of 2011 Merlot! Thank you so much! The chocolates were fantastic, not too sweet to the taste, and melts in your mouth. I particularly loved the peppermint (the green one in the center).
Because we had some time to spare before dinner, we went on a tour of the hotel and its amenities. The swimming pool, located on the fifth floor (if I didn’t recall wrongly) has a picturesque view of the Singapore CBD.
We then headed up to Level 8, where the famous Italian restaurant – The Lighthouse, was located. It had an even nicer view of the Marina Bay, with the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer as the backdrop. Pity we didn’t get a room with this view or the night scene would have been splendid.
We made reservations for a nice dinner at The Lighthouse since this staycation was to celebrate Kai’s birthday. Went down, took a nice bubble bath, and headed back up for dinner!
When you dine at The Lighthouse, you’ll be whisked up to the open-air top floor for your cocktails before your actual meal in the restaurant – where you can enjoy the night breeze and the Singapore skyline. We didn’t order any cocktails but were mesmerized enough by the scenery and reluctant to head back down to the restaurant.
Their bread served were really fragrant, especially when eaten with their truffle oil and balsamic vinegar. Maybe it’s cos we were starving by then LOL.
So the suaku me has never ever had carpaccio before. For those who don’t know, carpaccio is basically thin sliced beef tenderloin (read: raw beef), mushrooms, aged reggiano, rocket leaves and truffle oil. I saw the beef tenderloin words and decided ok, let’s have it! Turns out to be raw beef >.< But giving it the benefit of the doubt, I tried a few pieces and must say it’s an acquired taste indeed.
We ordered our main courses – Tagliolini Al Limone and Spaghetti All’Astice – and didn’t realize they were both pastas until the food came -.- #fail
And to top it off, we ordered their Tiramisu for dessert!
So that night, with our stomachs full, we embarked on working on our customary banquet coming up next year! Seemed like more of a “wedding retreat” for us than a staycation hahaha. I’m glad we settled a lot of our stuff!
Had a deep, good sleep and woke up really refreshed (I’ve never felt so refreshed for a long long time). Then it was time to head down to The Town Restaurant for our sumptuous buffet breakfast!
It was a pity that our room was allocated to someone else later that afternoon, so we couldn’t request for a late check-out. Nevertheless, I must say this staycation has been a wonderful one with the wife! We checked out with a heavy heart, but knowing that we would be back someday (or maybe to somewhere even better! hahahaha).