29 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2013 2:34 PM by GemPrincess RSS

Singapore?

jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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Can anyone help me with planning a trip to Singapore?

 

There are three Marriott properties and I have not been there before so any information will help.

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Location Brand Hotel
Singapore, Singapore Marriott Hotels & Resorts Singapore Marriott Hotel
Johor Bahru, Malaysia Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel
Singapore, Singapore Marriott Hotels & Resorts Singapore Marriott Hotel
Singapore, Singapore The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
  • Re: Singapore?
    arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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    Jerry,

     

    A couple of points:

     

    1. Are you certain that there are 3 Marriott properties in Singapore; my recollection - admittedly a couple of years old - is that there only two: a Ritz Carlton and a Marriott. It is true that for a long time the Marriott advertised an additional site, but on closer examination - and for reasons that no-one outside of Singapore seemed to understand - the "two" Marriott" sites were in fact one and the same.

     

    2. The main differences between the two sites - apart from the obvious brand differences - are:

     

    a) Age: the Marriott is an older building - the CK Tang building, which is beginning to look its age, particularly internally, whereas the the R-C is a much newer construction. The Marriott has a very busy lobby and Lobby Cafe, which some find a little hard to manage.

    b) Location: the Marriott is on the intersection of Orchard and Scott - dead centre of "retail" Singapore, easy walking distance to all the main stores, well served by MTR and generally a really bustling, energetic location, which can occasionally be a little disconcerting in the late evenings; the R-C, by contrast is in the Marina area, perched on recently reclaimed land, nearer to Chengi Aiurport, close to the major artistic/cultural centre but further from the shopping centre. about equidistant from the main finance/banking zone and the Clarke Quay bars/restaurants area on the river. It too is relatively well served by the MTR - though I doubt whether too many R-C clients use that form of transport. Lastly - and I trust you will appreciate the significance of this factor - the R-C is closer to the Singapore Cricket Club - and of some historic interest, Raffles Hotel:-)

     

    Eating out - which I understand you occasionally enjoy - is well catered for, with a variety of Asia and European/American cuisines available. Like many other things in Singapore, however, it tends to be ferociously expensive.

     

    As I think you will have noticed the recent controversy (aired on this site) about the range of "customer services" on offer at the Marriott, I'll leave it to you to judge the relevance/importance of this issue:-)

     

    I'm sure others will offer a wide variety of advice and information, but please feel free to use me as a sounding board if you wish. I worked in Singapore - off and on - for around 5 years.

     

    Have a good week-end

     

    A

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      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      arkwright,

       

      Thanks for the information.

       

      This really helps me out.

       

      Will stay in touch.

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      chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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      Arkwright,

       

      That was a great summary.  When I was there (also a couple of years ago) there were only two Marriotts.  I seem to recall being offered a 'third' option but it was off-island in Malaysia.  Unfortunately, I never got to stay at either Marriott property as I could never get the corporate rate ... I always seemed to end up at the Swisshotel The Stamford or at the Park Hotel ... both were very central but did not earn me points!!

       

      We are also heading to Singapore in Feb next year and plan to stay at the Marriott on Orchard.  I like walking around Singapore and that makes the best base.  I also think the MRT is more accessible from there.  However, taxis were one of the few things that seemed fairly reasonably priced in Singapore!

       

      As for Raffles Hotel ... mmm, not exactly what I expected ... I'll take my wife there as she has never been, but it will be a short visit and I will definitely 'not' be drinking one of those Singapore Slings ... not nice!

       

      Jerry ... when are you planning to visit?

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        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        Chrisf,

         

        I am looking to go the end of 2013!

         

        We'll talk about it on your "World Tour"!

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          chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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          Jerry ... we managed to be out-of-sync on this one ... we are there in Feb

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      • Re: Singapore?
        arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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        Cheers, chrisf,

         

        I too used the Swiss, though I think it was a previous incarnation - the Stamford Plaza or something along those lines. On one occasion I became so seriously "ratty" with my usual haunts that  I used a place called the Carlton -  one block up from Raffles - which had a good Exec Lounge and reasonable accommodation for a lot less, but then I succumbed to the lure of "points" - and alas now I am a pure bred points junkie!

         

        Apropos of "world tours", I too think it is a delightful concept. I will keep the May-London date in my diary, though whether I'll be able to operate the diary is another question.

         

        Best,

         

        A

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          GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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          Stayed there in the 80s but can not remember which hotel (guess the hotel was not that memorable).

           

          Went back in the 90s and prices had quadrupled so started staying in Jahore Bharu which was only 45 minutes away by car, priced like Singapore was in 80s, and a fascinating place to stay.  Was also able to travel to southern parts of Malaysia, like Kukup for the crabs, Malacca to see the Portugese influence, Kuala Lumpur, and the east coast where some of the scenes from South Pacific were shot.

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      GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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      arkwright, chrisf jerrycoin et. al.,

       

      While there are only 2 Marriotts in Singapore, Jahore Bharu, Malaysia is only a 45 minute ride from the Singapore Airport, and it costs alot less to be in Malaysia.  Many of the hotels will pick you up and drop you off at the Singapore Airport.

       

      There is a Renaissance opening in Jahore Bharu in December of 2012.  Its a cat 4 so, the Cat 1-4 certificates could be used there.

       

      And when klaus29 is in Kuala Lumpur he is not that far away.  Might be a great place for a Meet & Greet!

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      • Re: Singapore?
        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        GP,

         

        Thanks for your information. 

         

        I hope to make it in the Winter so I can enjoy the weather there.

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          GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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          JC,

           

          Best to go in Jan.  By Feb-Mar it can be unbearably hot.

           

          Also, best to catch Duran (King of fruits) and Mangosteen (Queen of fruits) season.

           

          Of course, Pisan Goreng (fried banana fritter) is always available.  And Malaysia as Pisan goreng mas which is a small golden, extra sweet banana.

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            jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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            GP,

             

            Thanks, that is important information!

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            • Re: Singapore?
              arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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              Jerry,

               

              When I first started spending a lot of time in Singapore, a local gave me a piece of advice which at the time I thought to be rather facile, but later realised was very significant. "Chris", she said, "in Singapore we have only three climatic variants: hot/humid, hotter/more humid, very hot/very humid!"

               

              This helps in part to explain the popularity of the large shopping malls along Orchard. Even if you have little interest in retail activity, they are all very adequately air-conditioned!

               

              A

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                chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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                Arkwright ... having read you comment, I was just thinking about how hot it would be when we are there in Feb ... looking back to one of my old work diaries, I was there in Nov, Jan and Feb at various points and can't recall much of a temperature difference.  It always seemed to be hot!  I do recall that people tended to avoid being out in the middle of the day ... I wonder why!?!

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            chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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            GemP ... is Duran that very rough skinned fruit that has an awful smell when they prepare it?  I always wanted to try it but the smell was a little deterring.

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              GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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              Chrisf,

               

              Durian is a fruit the size of a large pineapple, covered in spikes.  If one falls from a tree and hits you in the head it can cause some significant damage.

               

              When they are fresh they do not smell.

               

              But not long after they are cut they do develop a strong odor, to the point that most hotels have signs that say 'No Durian Allowed" or a picture of Durian with a red X through it.  I have some pictures of the signs somewhere, and if I can find them, will post.

               

              There is also a story about how one of the British Govenors was given a Durian by a local administrator, and told it had a wonderful taste, but not to smell it.  The British govenor did smell it, and thought they were trying to kill him.

               

              Bottom line: no matter how bad it smells, it tastes great, and if you want to avoid the smell, than have it when you see it being cut from the tree, or recently cut. 

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                jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                This is still great information for an upcoming trip!

                 

                Thanks!

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                chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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                Thanks for the info GemP ... yes, it was Durian that I was thinking about.  I saw the 'no Durian' signs when I was last there in early 2010.  I was in the Little India area when I actually first saw (and smelt) the fruit ... I guess that it wasn't too fresh!   I must try a fresh one when we are there next year.

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                  GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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                  First time I saw it was in WDC.  The ex-pat communicty  use to have it flown in, flash frozen, and the pricing was similiar to cavier. I never indulged, as I didn't want to develop a liking for yet another expensive, hard to get food item.  But when I finally traveled to SE Asia, I tried it, and fell in love with it.  Also learned all the variations from fresh to been around awhile and smells, though it still tastes good which is why its not thrown up cause its smelly.

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                    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                    GP,

                     

                    Thanks, that is great infor!

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      • Re: Singapore?
        arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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        Many thanks GP,

         

        Very useful information. The other major development over the last 2/3 years has been the further development of Sentosa Island - which now (for its sins!) hosts major international conferences and a very large casino.

         

        Best,

         

        A

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          jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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          arkwright,

           

          Great information, Thanks!

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          GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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          My last trip to Sentosa was in the 90s

           

          Wonder if I would still recognize it.

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  • Re: Singapore?
    klaus29 Silver
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       Jerry

     

       you will  cam to south est  asia wooow; i think you will like it.  i go many times to Singapore, but  never  stay  in the  Jw marriott , its  near  500  US;  with  Hongkong  is  the  most  expensive  city  in asia

     

       i will  stay  in Kuala lumpur  in the ranaissance hotel  is  better  at the  Jw marriott ..  i will  be  there  two  time  7  days.From the  21/11 to the 28/11/2012  and  from the  07/01 to  the 14/01/2013

     

      and  the  two times i  get a upgrate to a suite         .and  i  stay in  the  phuket  beach club   in a villa with 2 beedrooms  from the  09/12/ to the  16/12/2012. with a gateway from  interval international...

     

      dont  vegette  thailand,  you have many nice places  there.  ,    And  i hopei to see you  in Kuala lumpur  or  in  Phuket..  i wisch  you a wounderfull trip.   i leave Paris  the 09/11:2012 for Phuket, and will be back

     

       to Paris  the 18/05/2013.

     

     

       ps.  i vergette   cpmpletlyi will stay  to  n the  Renaissance hotel  in melaka,,  a historical city,  the  chanel of Melaka, the  Jonker  treet  with, the  china town  from Melaka, with many schops, and   restaurants;

     

      i dont take the special  ^price  minimum  2  nights   380  ringitts,  no when you stay  7  nights  it  is a long stay  in this hotel, and the price go down  to  220  ringitt  i  take  3  times  7  nighs  total  21 and  this for

     

       84 US  per  night . and.   ths for  the  best   5  Start  Hotel  in  Melaka.;  and not  for a   Deluxe r oom,, in this  hotel  i will  get  to a upgrate  to  a  Suite, for  21  nights;  all  this  hotels  have a  E lounge, open

     

      the  Week end, and  the  guest   don,t   stay withaut  a Breakfast.;            I stay   there from the  17/12 to  the  07/01/2013,  very   good  for  the  megabnus.

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    • Re: Singapore?
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      Klaus29,

       

      Help us come up with a great place to have a "World Tour" event!

       

      I have been to Hong Kong, so share with us your recommendations,

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      GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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      Klaus,

       

      I agree!

       

      Its so much cheaper to stay in Kaula Lumpur, or even Jahore Bharu, which has a new Marriott opening in Dec 2012 which is coming up quickly.

       

      Have you heard anything about this new property?

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      • Re: Singapore?
        klaus29 Silver
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           Princess

         

          i make a confusion with  Kota  bharu, and jahore  bharu..  i book  years ago in kota  bharu for 1 week, but   stay only 2 nights . its  a  very good  hotel, but the  city  is  died;.

         

          in jahore Bharu, a Renaissance will open   , but when? you dont can book , ni  for  january  or february  2013.

         

          I prevere  the  Renaissance hotel in  kuala  lumpur, with 2 lounges, 6 waiter  in each.;   and  the  city  is very,  ,very clean , and  many cites to visit there.

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          GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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          Klaus,

           

          I have also been to Kota Bharu!  The shopping was great, and so was the food.

           

          I am thinking of Jahore Bharu as an option for Singapore, as folks can still fly into Singapore airport which is 45 min away.

           

          If we are based in Jahore Bharu, then its possible to sightsee in Singapore & Jahore Bharu, as well as do day trips to Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Kukup.

           

          Or maybe every arrives Singapore, stays in Jahore Bharu 1st, and then goes up to Kuala Lumpu for a night or two?

           

          When I was there I flew between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, but is it driveable?

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        • Re: Singapore?
          GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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          p.s. according to the website, the new Marriott in Jahore Bharu opens in Dec 2012

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    GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    Location Brand Hotel
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel
    Singapore, Singapore Marriott Hotels & Resorts Singapore Marriott Hotel
    Singapore, Singapore The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

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