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D’Resort Singapore (REVISIT)

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Visited D’Resort again last weekend thanks to a company event.

This time, we stayed in what they call the “Rain-forest” section which was more like a hotel.

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Compared to the rooms in the “Mangrove” side which have a real fridge, we only got a small chiller.

I also remember seeing a microwave oven in our first visit, which is not available in our room this time.

View from the window is Wild Wild Wet

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TV is available, but it only has local channels.

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I have to admit, I was really surprised on how nicely the rooms were maintained.

Shower and toilets were all clean and free from molds!

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Even the A/C vents were dust free!

Room internet is available and as per my testing, there’s no limit on the device per room. Although the speed is just enough for light work.

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(speed test was done using Google Chrome on my Windows 10 Company PC)

4 years after my first visit, I am just amazed on how nice D’Resort is and I hope they can maintain it. The bar has been set high and will see if they can meet the same bar again on my next visit.

Waterstones Hotel, Mumbai

Stayed at Waterstones Hotel for less than a week during my visit to Mumbai (2019).

Hotel is very near the airport and they use BMW’s for transfers.

Hotel lobby is located at the 2nd floor.

They have 6 levels, with different “themes” in each level.

Locals told me the top floor “Glacier” has their best rooms.

G – Entrance
1 – Meeting Rooms
2 – Lobby/Restaurant/Coffee Shops and “The Marine Floor”
3 – The Rain forest Floor
4 – The Fire Floor
5 – The Mountain Floor
6 – The Glacier Floor

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Beside the Hotel is Waterstones Club which has their pool and gym… For a hotel near the airport, I was surprised by the size of the pool and gym… Staff told me the also had sauna facilities.

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As for my room… Mountain Floor.

It was big.

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Floor is not carpeted, but they will provide slippers.

All toiletries I need were also provided.

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Hotel service was really good.

And for a 6 floor building, the elevators are really fast.

I highly recommend this hotel when you visit Mumbai!

https://waterstoneshotel.com/

Indra Regent Hotel, Bangkok

Indra Regent Hotel

Stayed in this hotel for a week during our stay in Bangkok.

Less than 10 minutes walk away from Talad Neon.
5 minutes walk away from Platinum Fashion Mall.
Right beside Pratunam Market
Good massage place across the street

Once you’re in Platinum Fashion Mall, the other malls are connected through a bridge, so walking isn’t that bad.

I have mixed reviews on this hotel…

For toiletries, only soap and shampoo were provided… You have to pay for extras.

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Minibar is pricey… Especially since a 7-11 is only across the street.

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You get 2 free bottles of water everyday…But you have to leave the bottle in the room (it’s not disposable).

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Don’t expect views from the Window… It’s a hotel in the City!

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Room has a good size.

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TV is 32 inches, but it’s either you watch a very old movie, or you undestand Thai.

World Cup (2018) was shown for free, but the commentators were Thai.

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Room Wi-Fi? You have to pay… And the rate is daily!

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Free Wi-Fi is only available at the lobby, depending on your device, signal can reach the pool area.

Breakfast is a hit and miss… Mostly, a miss!

But thanks to McDonald’s and Starbucks at the ground level, you’ll be fine!

Other then the lack of free room Wi-Fi, the biggest complain I have is the very weak water pressure of the shower…

We complained this issue and they told us the entire hotel has the same water pressure…

I also can’t figure out how to mix cold and hot water… It felt like the options were only hot and hotter.

There are better hotels in the area… But we chose this hotel for 2 reasons…

1. It has a pool
2. Its really near the MRT

www.indrahotel.com/

I’m skipping this hotel on my next Bangkok visit… I can’t even recommend it to friends.

It looks great on photos and its cheap!

But the Wi-Fi and shower pressure is a big deal breaker for me and my family.

Again, location is great! We had to take the train to the airport since we can’t book a Grab and Taxi during peak afternoon hours…

Wi-Fi is easy, if only they can do something about the shower!

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay

Was at Holiday Inn Express for an overnight staycation!

Before I say anything about the hotel… Let’s talk about location!

Singapore is a small place with convenient public transport.

The hotel’s location is not perfect, but the Central Mall and Central Square are just across it if you’re looking for restaurants.

10 minutes walk to Chinatown MRT, Clark Quay MRT and Robertson Quay.

Taxis are available, but since this is Singapore, I suggest that you install Uber/Grab!

As for the hotel… It’s small.

The room has the basic stuff. (Although I can’t seem to remember seeing a safe)

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Toiletries are limited, but you can request for a shaver and comb if needed.

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Like other Singapore hotels, they will provide a free mobile phone with free data and local calls… Since the device runs on Android, you can also use it as a hotspot for other devices.

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Alarm clock/phone speaker is available if you love listening to music.

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On the roof top, they have the lap pool, jacuzzi and park. Don’t expect too much from the view, the hotel is basically in the middle of the city.

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DIY Laundry is available on the 2nd floor and gym is also on the roof top… I didn’t have time to go around but both are mentioned on the hotel’s website.

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As for the breakfast… Nothing to write about, but I’ve seen worst from neighboring hotels (so I guess it’s still a positive).

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I guess people stay in Holiday Inn because of brand familiarity.

If you need the location, then Holiday Inn Express is ok. There are cheaper hotels nearby which offers a bigger room, better facilities and better location… But they will not have the Holiday Inn brand.

Furama City Centre

We visited this hotel last December 07, 2017 to do a quick inspection as we send some of our company guests here.

I was not able to see the pool, gym and other facilities…

But we’ve managed to see their rooms and restaurant.

The lowest tier of their rooms are pretty simple.

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One thing you get is size…

The hotel is pretty old, I understand that a renovation is expected soon… But something it has over the newer hotels… SPACE!

The most inxpensive room presented to us even came with a tub!

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Next tier going up…

Same room, bigger TV and you get an Echo Dot…

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And yes Alexa/Echo can turn on/off the lights for you.

Club room looks nice for couples…

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But the daily rate is very close to their suite…

Suite will allow you to cook and you get a regular sized 2 door fridge.

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All rooms will come with a complimentary local phone with data.

About the hotel’s location

It’s walking distance to Clarke Quay and Chinatown MRT.

Furama City Centre is a 4 star hotel and I’m sure you’ll find newer and cheaper hotels in the area…

But the space and privacy you get is something to consider… The walls dividing the rooms are old school thick and hard…

Since the hotel is at Chinatown, you’re staying outside most of the time, the age of the lobby and the corridors will be easily forgotten once you’re inside the rooms.

https://furama.com/citycentre

Star Wars Experience the Force (Orchard Rd)… Now that was disappointing…

Saw a Star Wars Experience the Force ad in Facebook and I knew I just had to go.

Sadly, after getting there, I’m not sure of my expectation was too high or the Millennium Falcon and ACT Walker on display was just really (really) bad.

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You don’t need to be close to see that they were both made from cardboard!

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The experience was so bad, it should be flagged as fake news 🙂

I flew via Philippine Airlines!

I guess to some this is not a big deal…

But it’s been 10 years since I last flew with PAL!

I don’t even remember how NAIA Terminal 2 (aka Centennial Terminal) looks like…

Philippine Airlines to Manila…

Plane was an Airbus A320

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Business class section means everyone in economy will have to use the 2 toilets at the back of the plane.

You won’t find the usual inflight entertainment from SQ…

myPAL WiFi was available which means you get your usual movies, but you’ll need to watch them using your own device.

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I’m not sure if you can access myPAL WiFi on you laptop. But for iOS and Android, you will need to download the myPAL App.

App is pretty straight forward… I find it annoying that your movie will stop everytime the pilot has an announcement.

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I also suggest that you also find a way to hang your device on the seat in front of you as I found it impossible to continue watching my movie while eating.

Onboard meals were ok. Big plus that they have local beer available (Colt-45)

NAIA Terminal 2 also know as Centennial Terminal

Tip: On arrival, airport taxi is crazy expensive, I wouldn’t recommend normal taxi. If your destination is within Metro Manila, use Grab or Uber.

Flying out

Centennial Terminal only caters to Philippine Airlines, both domestic and international flights.

Once check-in is complete, you proceed to immigration then security checks on your way to the boarding gates.

Inside the departure area, there’s a few food stalls, 1 coffee shop, 1 water dispenser and 1 toilet!

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You’ll also find the usual duty free shops.

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Free WiFi is available from Globe and Smart.

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I would recommend that you take a light snack while waiting for your flight… PAL has a reputation to depart late.

I have to say that Terminal 3 is still Manila’s best airport, followed by Terminal 1 (yes it can be crowded, but at least they have Starbucks!) then Terminal 2.

Best way I can describe my experience with PAL… If Singapore Airlines and Cebu Pacific had a child, it should be Philippine Airlines… Not as basic as Cebu Pacific, but not as fancy as Singapore Air…

So in choosing your flight to Manila… Singapore Airlines will always be more expensive, but like Cebu Pacific, they use Manila’s Terminal 3.

The only reasons I’m choosing Philippine Airlines again are timing and since it’s cheaper than Singapore Airlines.

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