Miaoli Maison De Chine Hotel Review!

Miaoli Maison De Chine Hotel (兆品酒店苗栗) just completed its renovation with an inclusion of a new wing and a brand new fitness centre with spa pools! (What?!) Thanks to the great folks at Miaoli Maison De Chine (thanks Shelly!), we were hosted to a stay at the brand new Premier Suite of Miaoli Maison De Chine!

 Facade of Miaoli Maison De Chine
Facade of Miaoli Maison De Chine

 Main Entrance of Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan
Main Entrance of Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan

As we approached the hotel, we were really amazed by the intricacies of the baroque-styled architecture and once you entered into the hotel, you’d be greeted by this huge baroque paintwork by Peter Paul Rubens. Accompanying it is this beautiful hanging chandelier which was put in place, piece by piece by the chandelier masters. Together with the huge lobby space, we were seemingly transported into another dimension…

Miaoli Maison De Chine Lobby
Spacious lobby with artwork of Peter Rubens and a huge hanging chandelier

 Reception of Miaoli Maison De Chine
Reception of Miaoli Maison De Chine

At the reception, the checking-in process was very smooth and we were greeted with all round smiles while we were given clear instructions to our room at level 5. First impression of the room? HUGE and SPACIOUS!


Miaoli Maison De Chine Premier Suite

 Greeted first by the living space in the suite at Miaoli Maison De Chine
Greeted first by the living space in the suite at Miaoli Maison De Chine

The suite is essentially compartmentalised into 3 sections, a living space, the bedroom and the bathroom. There are actually 2 TVs in the room with 1 in each of the bedroom and living room!

 Bedroom Premier Suite Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan
Bedroom Premier Suite Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan

 A modern open concept wardrobe
A modern open concept wardrobe

From our window, we were also able to enjoy views of the beautiful garden area below…

 Garden view with 2bearbear at Miaoli Maison
Garden view with 2bearbear at Miaoli Maison

As for the in-room amenities, the usual coffee tea and bathroom essentials were provided. The room also comes with a bath tub for you to relax in the privacy of your own room.

 Modern bath tub at Miaoli Maison De Chine Hotel
Modern bath tub at Miaoli Maison De Chine Hotel

 Bathroom amenities provided along with bath towels and face towels
Bathroom amenities provided along with bath towels and face towels

 Selection of in-room coffee and tea with snacks
Selection of in-room coffee and tea with snacks

For a more complete feel of our room at the newly completed wing of Miaoli Maison De Chine, check out this video tour



There are also other rooms available at Miaoli Maison De Chine including the

 Premier Family room Miaoli Maison De Chine
Premier Family room with bathing and toilet facilities separated

 Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan Premier Family room
Sink of the room also shifted out to allow convenience of use for the entire family

For a touch of luxury, why not choose the Executive Suite of Miaoli Maison De Chine? (also known as the 兆品大套房) The same room was used in the filming of a taiwanese serial by local actors as well!

 Spacious living area of the Executive Suite
Spacious living area of the Executive Suite

 Modern pantry with fridge and bar top for concocting those cocktails
Modern pantry with fridge and bar top for concocting those cocktails

 Balcony that overlooks Zhunan with mountain range in the distance
Balcony that overlooks Zhunan with mountain range in the distance

 In-room foot bath at Zhao Pin Suite! Talk about luxury!
In-room foot bath at Zhao Pin Suite! Talk about luxury!

 Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom

 How about an in-room jacuzzi bath?!
How about an in-room jacuzzi bath?!


Facilities of Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan

Thanks to Shelly, we were given a guided tour of the premise of Miaoli Maison De Chine. Otherwise, you may literally get lost ;P

 Painting next to the lobby of Miaoli Maison De Chine...or is it?
Painting next to the lobby of Miaoli Maison De Chine…or is it?

Banquets Meetings and Conferences

We started our tour of Miaoli Maison De Chine at the Banquet Meeting Area. Perhaps we’ll hold our 10 years anniversary celebrations here?

 Banquet meeting area of Miaoli Maison De Chine
Banquet meeting area of Miaoli Maison De Chine

The Banquet Meeting Area is actually a space for discussions on the use of the various meeting and banquet rooms on the premise of the hotel. The really interesting part of this area is that there are 2 separate rooms next to each other which allows parents of both families to do their own discussions before coming back together to make the decision! Sample gifts are placed at the side for the couple to conveniently choose their wedding favours as well. The hotel has really thought through the entire process eh?

The hotel also offers 2 grand ballrooms for holding wedding celebrations…

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The Majesty Ballroom for a more traditional wedding feel

 The International Grand Ballroom featuring the largest LED screen in the whole of Miaoli!
Or The International Grand Ballroom featuring the largest LED screen in the whole of Miaoli!

If you’re hosting important guests, you can also choose from an array of VIP rooms available, including the The Crystal VIP room or the King VIP room. Of which, the King VIP room features an automatic lazy suzy (it really doesn’t get lazier than that does it?) and 2 electric hot plates for ease of access to hot pots :)

The Crystal VIP Room at Miaoli Maison De Chine
The Crystal VIP Room at Miaoli Maison De Chine

 King VIP Room for hosting of really really VIP guests, featuring the automatic lazy susan!
King VIP Room for hosting of really really VIP guests, featuring the automatic lazy susan!

For formal meetings, you can also choose from a host of meeting rooms. Including this one that has an overhead projector and a hidden white board for presentations and explanations!

 Formal Meeting Room with retractable frames to expose a white board behind - a really cool idea!
Formal Meeting Room with retractable frames to expose a white board behind – a really cool idea!

For an informal area to chill and discuss business ideas, visit the wine bar Le Vino. The area is quiet and quaint which allows private discussions to take place. To top it off, the poem of Wine by Li Bai (李白 – 月下獨酌)is featured on the walls of Le Vino striking a contrast of western and eastern concepts of wine.

 Le Vino @ Miaoli Maison De Chine
Le Vino @ Miaoli Maison De Chine

To wash, dry and iron those business shirts that you have, the laundry room does offer this function and it even has a steam iron for suits as well!

 Complimentary laundry room with steam iron at level 3
Complimentary laundry room with steam iron at level 3

Other facilities in Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan

While walking along the corridors, we stumbled upon a “chess room”

 Brands under LDC Hotels
Brands under LDC Hotels

 Display of hotels by LDC group in Italy as well (next to the
Display of hotels by LDC group in Italy as well (next to the “Chess Room”)

Do not be mistaken because you won’t find international or chinese chess sets within. Instead, it is a mahjong room!

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Mahjong Room at Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan

The table is professionally laid out and the mahjong paper even has lines drawn on it for players to know exactly where to place their tiles? According to Shelly, these rooms have been thought through with feed back from guests which are now pretty popular especially for those 通宵 (overnight) mahjong sessions :p

 VIP Lounge with view of the garden at level 3
VIP Lounge with view of the garden at level 3

Garden view with VIP lounge and hotel facade in the background
Garden view with VIP lounge and hotel facade in the background

We were actually a little disappointed with the VIP lounge as we have been to several club lounges (offering drinks, light snacks and even cocktail sessions) and we came here with the same expectations. Nonetheless, the serenity that the garden offers does bring about a really relaxing feel. Perhaps an al fresco club lounge in the future?

Maison Health Center

 Entrance to Maison Health Center at B1
Entrance to Maison Health Center at B1

 Reception of Maison Health Center Miaoli Maison De Chine
Reception of Maison Health Center Miaoli Maison De Chine

We were then led to the new Maison Health Center located at B1 of Miaoli Maison De Chine Hotel. So we thought to ourselves, what could be possibly interesting about an underground fitness center? Well, we were SO SO WRONG! The Maison Health Center is probably one of the most comprehensive and spacious fitness centers that we’ve seen among all the hotels we’ve visited! The pool is huge with modern curves around the edges and the gym actually overlooks the pool!

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Huge swimming pool with inviting curves along the edges

 Gym overlooking the swimming pool
Gym overlooking the swimming pool

 Gym of Miaoli Maison De Chine
Gym of Miaoli Maison De Chine

But the real surprise is yet to come! The health center not only offers the usual steam bath and sauna but also 3 spa pools at different temperatures! How cool is that?!

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3 different spa pools at Miaoli Maison’s Health Center!

This is a really cool concept, unlike any other we’ve seen so far and we’ve probably been to more than 100 hotels. What’s interesting is that each spa pool is “colour-coded” with the blue indicating the cold pool, amber indicating the nice warm pool and red indicating the hot pool. There are also different water jets within the different pools. Our favourite of which is the rain shower like jet in the warm pool. How is it like? Come to Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan to find out!

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Sauna and Steam Room next to the spa pools

Dinner at Pin Jiang Nan

Again, after taking feed backs from customers who prefer asian-styled cuisine, Pin Jiang Nan was born.

Menu of Pin Jiang Nan 品江南 Miaoli Maison De Chine
Menu of Pin Jiang Nan 品江南 Miaoli Maison De Chine

品江南 is mainly a dim sum restaurant that offers an alternative to guests who prefer asian cuisine. Although primarily focusing on dim sum, you can also order dishes or mains (such as noodles and rice) to complete the meal. What to eat here? The dumplings of course!

 Prawn dumplings (虾仁蒸饺)exquisitely shaped by the master chef
Prawn dumplings (虾仁蒸饺)exquisitely shaped by the master chef

 The Si Gua Tang Bao 丝瓜汤包 (a variation of the 上海汤包)with perfect thickness of the melon slice
The Si Gua Tang Bao 丝瓜汤包 (a variation of the 上海汤包)with perfect thickness of the melon slice

To say that we love the dumplings at Pin Jiang Nan is really an understatement. We were impressed. The dumplings were made only upon order and the open kitchen concept allows guests to see the chefs in action. This also allows you to know that your dumplings are fresh off the hands of the chefs upon request. A guarantee of freshness! The taste? Pure indulgence! Definitely one of the best dumplings we’ve had! We’ve really run out of words to describe : Fresh, succulent, juicy and did we mention fresh? Just come on down to try it and you’ll understand!

 Chefs springing to action!
Chefs springing to action!


Chefs making the prawn dumplings “live”

As it turns out, the master chef had close to 20 years of experience in making dumplings having been to several chinese and dumpling restaurants in Taiwan. No wonder you could see that level of skill in the video!

We were also introduced to Dan Huang Sian Su Xia (蛋黄鲜酥酥虾)and the Jiang Si Fu Ru Kong Xin Cai (姜丝腐乳空心菜). In particular, we were impressed with the Kong Xin Cai (vegetables) which was fresh and crisp on the bite and exuberates a mixture of sour, savoury and slightly spicy taste that was really appetising!

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姜丝腐乳空心菜 @ 品江南

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蛋黄鲜酥酥虾 @ 品江南

 2bearbear and the food spread at Pin Jiang Nan
2bearbear and the food spread at Pin Jiang Nan

To end off the meal, we had the taro sago. Kate enjoyed it but I prefer the thick orh nee version for taro desserts :P Also, you may have heard some children laughter from the video above. This is because the restaurant has thought of catering to the kids with the inclusion of a kids play area within the restaurant!

 Taro Sago at Pin Jiang Nan
Taro Sago at Pin Jiang Nan

 Time to play!
Time to play!


Breakfast at Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan

 Victorian Restaurant where breakfast is served from 630am to 9am daily
Victorian Restaurant where breakfast is served from 630am to 9am daily

 Grand piano inside Victorian Restaurant
Grand piano inside Victorian Restaurant

To round off our post, we’ll be showing some of the variety available for breakfast at the Victorian Restaurant at level 1 of the hotel…

 Selection of Breads
Selection of Breads

 Spreads for the breads with toaster in the background
Spreads for the breads with toaster in the background

 Breakfast cereals for the kids
Breakfast cereals for the kids

Sour grapefruit but really sweet lychees!
Sour grapefruit but really sweet lychees!

 Salad selection
Salad selection

 Cold dishes
Cold dishes

 Condiments for porridge
Condiments for porridge

 Asian dishes
Asian dishes

 Sausage bacon and steamed items - be careful not to be scalded by the steam!
Sausage bacon and steamed items – be careful not to be scalded by the steam!

 Big breakfast at Miaoli Maison De Chine
Big breakfast at Miaoli Maison De Chine

 Breakfast at Victorian Restaurant Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan
Breakfast at Victorian Restaurant Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan


In and Around Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan

Around the hotel, there are actually a few things that you can do…

 Glass blowing at the Kuo Tai Glass Park - 國泰玻璃觀光工廠
Glass blowing at the Kuo Tai Glass Park – 國泰玻璃觀光工廠

 Zhunan Brewery 竹南啤酒厂 - The largest in Taiwan but remember to call in advance for a guided tour!
Zhunan Brewery 竹南啤酒厂 – The largest in Taiwan but remember to call in advance for a guided tour!

 Delicious pan fried buns within walking distance of hotel at intersection of Ba De Yi Lu and De Yi Lu
Delicious pan fried buns within walking distance of hotel at intersection of Ba De Yi Lu and De Yi Lu

 Chilling at the integrated park right across Miaoli Maison De Chine
Chilling at the integrated park right across Miaoli Maison De Chine

But hey, if you really don’t feel like heading out. Relaxing in the room or chilling out at the health center are great options as well!


How to get to Miaoli Maison De Chine Zhunan


Map from Zhunan Train Station to Miaoli Maison De Chine

If you’re alighting at the Zhunan Train Station like we did, you can actually take a cab to Miaoli Maison De Chine. The trip takes less than 5 minutes and is a fixed price of 120NT. But if you’re really game for walking, it is a 2km walk which takes about 20 minutes. Definitely not for those of you with huge bags and all.

To sum up, we take a look at our BASIC FACTOR and the score for Miaoli Maison De Chine Hotel, is a 4.5!

B – 1. Huge and modern bath tub. Shiok!
A – 1. Miaoli Maison definitely ranks highly for ambience. At times, you may even forget you’re in Miaoli Taiwan!
S – 1. Service was great and we were greeted all around the hotel akin to luxury hotels (higher than 5 stars) that we’ve been to.
I – 1. Beautiful health center with one of the best spa pools we’ve seen.
C – 0.5. Bed was a little on the soft side. Still comfy though.

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Audi Garden Business Hotel Taoyuan Review!

Audi Garden Business Hotel Taoyuan (歐帝花園商旅) was our hotel of choice when we visited Taoyuan during our recent trip to Taiwan. Thanks to the good folks at Audi Garden Business Hotel (a big shout out to Ricky!), we were hosted to a stay at its premise and it provided us a great base from which we visited the attractions of Taoyuan as well as a day trip to Taipei!

Entrance to Audi Garden Business Hotel
Entrance to Audi Garden Business Hotel


Lobby of Audi Garden Business Hotel

 2bearbear at the lobby of Audi Garden Business Hotel
2bearbear at the lobby of Audi Garden Business Hotel

Thanks to Ricky and our friendly reception at Audi Garden, we were promptly checked in and shown to the Comfort King Room with PC on the 2nd level.

 Our host Ricky at the reception of Audi Garden Business Hotel Taoyuan
Our host Ricky at the reception of Audi Garden Business Hotel Taoyuan


Audi Garden Business Hotel Taoyuan Family Room with PC

The Family Room of Audi Garden Business Hotel is in fact a very functional room, perfect for business guests to Taoyuan. It has a clean and organised layout that comes complete with a PC in the room. Wifi and internet is freely available for both PC and mobile devices which makes it great on connectivity.

 King Sized Bed in Family Room of Audi Garden Business Hotel
King Sized Bed in Family Room of Audi Garden Business Hotel

 Modern shower of Audi Garden Business Hotel
Modern shower of Audi Garden Business Hotel

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Fully equipped toilet with bath towels, face towels and toilet amenities

 In-room computer and complimentary blu-ray DVDs on-demand!
In-room computer and complimentary blu-ray DVDs on-demand!

In fact, Audi Garden Business Hotel has recently undergone a face lift to upgrade all 43 rooms at its premise and you can feel the modern vibe in the design and feel of the rooms. What we really like about the room is the complimentary blu-ray shows on demand! Movies include recent shows and some classic ones. It was also during this stay that we finally got to watch 2 shows that we missed and really wanted to watch – The Bucket List and Ender’s Game!


Video Tour of Family Room in Audi Garden Business Hotel




Breakfast at Audi Garden Business Hotel Taoyuan

Breakfast at Audi Garden Business Hotel is simple and caters mainly to asian taste buds. There’s a selection of dishes and condiments for rice and porridge. On the other hand, there’s a small selection of breads and spreads as well. Though it was sufficient, we would have preferred some choices of eggs and sausages/bacons to round up a “big breakfast”. Coffee on the other hand was great! Remember to go for seconds!

 Dishes for rice and porridge
Dishes for rice and porridge

 Rice and porridge
Rice and porridge

Condiments for porridge
Condiments for porridge

 Toast and spreads with coffee machine and milk tea
Toast and spreads with coffee machine and milk tea

At the end of the dining area, there’s a location for meetings and conference with projectors provided. During meal times, the TV would be on for guests to enjoy.

 Area for meetings and conferences
Area for meetings and conferences


In and around Audi Garden Business Hotel Taoyuan

The strength of Audi Garden Business Hotel really lies in its location. Just a few minutes walk from the Taoyuan train station, it offers a great base for guests to visit (and taste) Taoyuan and even plan a day trip to Taipei!

 One of the best oyster mee sua we've had along Zhong Zheng Road minutes away from Audi Garden
One of the best oyster mee sua we’ve had along Zhong Zheng Road minutes away from Audi Garden

 Visiting Taoyuan Night Market
Visiting Taoyuan Night Market

 The famous Shui Mi Tao (水蜜桃)or honeyed peach of Xiao Wu Lai - Really really sweet and juicy! This I kid you not!
The famous Shui Mi Tao (水蜜桃)or honeyed peach of Xiao Wu Lai – Really really sweet and juicy! This I kid you not!

Now we understand why Taoyuan is known as 桃园 aka Peach Garden!

 Beautiful Waterfalls of Xiao Wu Lai
Beautiful Waterfalls of Xiao Wu Lai

 Sea of flowers at Ci Hu (慈湖大溪花海)
Sea of flowers at Ci Hu (慈湖大溪花海)

 大溪老街 (Old streets of Da Xi)
大溪老街 (Old streets of Da Xi)

 This roasted/fried chicken shop close to Audi Garden - The fried chicken was really good and the fries are made from sweet potato, served with fried rice dumplings! :O
This roasted/fried chicken shop close to Audi Garden – The fried chicken was really good and the fries are made from sweet potato, served with fried rice dumplings! :O


How to get to Audi Garden Business Hotel


Map from Taoyuan Train Station to Audi Garden Business Hotel

It’s really simple actually. Just head down along Zhong Zheng Road and when you see this 3 storey McDonald’s, make a right turn into the alley and you’re there!

 Right turn at this McDonald's to reach Audi Garden Business Hotel
Right turn at this McDonald’s to reach Audi Garden Business Hotel

To sum up, we take a look at our BASIC FACTOR and the score for Audi Garden Business Hotel, is a 2.5!

B – 0.5. Clean bathroom within.
A – 0.5. Ambience was welcoming.
S – 1. Service was prompt and we also had our taxi to the airport arranged at 5am. Reception also offered a morning call at 430am!
I – 0. No swimming pools here.
C – 0.5. Bed was a tad on the soft side.

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Germany wins World Cup 2014 in Brazil!

Germany has won World Cup 2014 in Brazil! Courtesy of the goal by Mario Götze in the 112th minute!

Götze chested a cross and took a first touch volley pass Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero to win the World Cup for Germany in Brazil 2014!

Our prediction on June 12 has come true! Hope you have enjoyed the World Cup 2014 and we look forward to the next edition in Russia 2018!

Happy Travels Everyone!

Tom,
2bearbear.com

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Singapore Grand Prix F1 SIA 2014!

Singapore Grand Prix (F1) will be held this year from 19 to 21 September! It is also the first year that Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be the title sponsor for the Formula One event! So what will you be expecting at this year’s Singapore Grand Prix? Let’s find out!

F1 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Airlines 2014!

Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton and neck to neck in the driver’s standing at 165 and 161 points respectively. Hence, the Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2014 may prove to be the deciding race for the top driver this season! As for the team’s standings, Mercedes is way ahead with 326 points while Red Bull Racing-Renault is a distant 2nd with 168 points.

Besides the exciting races, there are also fringe activities happening around the circuit. Check out the circuit map right here…

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Headliners at Singapore Grand Prix Formula One Singapore Airlines 2014!

As always, there are many exciting acts headlining Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix this year including the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams and the Chinese pop sensation MAYDAY 五月天!

 Jennifer Lopez Singapore Grand Prix
Jennifer Lopez
 Robbie Williams Singapore Grand Prix
Robbie Williams
 MAYDAY 五月天
MAYDAY 五月天
 John Legend Formula One Singapore Grand Prix
John Legend
 Pet Shop Boys Formula One Singapore Grand Prix
Pet Shop Boys
 Ziggy Marley Formula One Singapore Grand Prix
Ziggy Marley


Hotels around Singapore Grand Prix Formula One Singapore Airlines 2014!

Below are the hotels around the Singapore Grand Prix race track, some of them may also offer views of various parts of the ciruit! Formula One Singapore Grand Prix hotels with a view usually sell out real quick. Hence, check the availability of these hotels before they are sold out!

 Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel
 The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
 Marina Mandarin Singapore Hotel
Marina Mandarin Singapore Hotel
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Swissotel the Stamford
Swissotel the Stamford
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Ritz Carlton Millenia
Ritz Carlton Millenia


Never been to Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix?

If you have not been to any editions of the Singapore Grand Prix, do check out our post during Singapore Grand Prix 2011 where Shakira and Rick Astley performed! Also, check out our post on Where to watch F1 Singapore Grand Prix for free if you intend to just feel the vibe of F1 Singapore Grand Prix, without paying big bucks for it!

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Singapore Grand Prix 2014

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Park City Hotel Central Taichung Review

Park City Hotel Central Taichung 成旅晶贊飯店 (as the name suggests) is located conveniently just 8 minutes walk away from the Taichung Train Station. If you walk at our pace (and stride), you’ll probably be there is 6 minutes :p Thanks to the good folks at Park City Hotel Central Taichung, we were hosted for our stay at Taichung here…

 Our receptionists at Park City Hotel Central Taichung
Our receptionists at Park City Hotel Central Taichung

The usual check in time at Park City Taichung is 3pm but we were about 2 hours early this time. But since it was hot in the summer afternoons of Taiwan (34 degrees! can you believe it?!), we decided to just chill at the lobby and surf the net. By the way, wifi is complimentary for guests and we were also served water as we enjoyed the A/C and comfort at the lobby. But soon (less than 30 minutes later), we were informed that our room was ready, guess that’s great service right there at the start of our stay at Park City Hotel Taichung!


Park City Hotel Central Taichung Double Room

As we entered into our room at level 10, there was a really inviting vibe and here’s the video for you to check out our room at Park City Taichung…


Video Tour of King Sized Bedroom at Park City Taichung

As we continued to explore our room, we found several things that we really liked…

1. Taichung City View. There was a view of the city of Taichung which gives you an additional feel of “space” in addition to the spacious double room. There are also comfortable chairs by the window for you to enjoy the views while chilling in the room!

 Park City Taichung City View
Taichung city view by the window with comfortable chairs

2. Sun cakes. As a small welcome gesture, there were sun cakes (aka 太阳饼) placed in our room which was timely for our afternoon snacks! We enjoyed it over the in-room coffee plus the pumpkin chiffon cake which we bought enroute. A heavy afternoon snack huh?

 Sun cakes and coffee/tea selection provided in the room
Sun cakes and coffee/tea selection provided in the room

3. Bath tub with TV view! What we really enjoyed most was this…

 Park City Taichung Hotel Bath tub
2bearbear enjoying TV while soaking in the bath tub!

There was cable TV (we actually caught Sherlock Holmes season 2 on BBC channel) and we were able to enjoy the shows while relaxing in the bath tub, all in the privacy of our own room! Certainly a luxury that you don’t usually enjoy for Taiwan hotels. A great resting sanctuary as well, especially after a long day of walking and sight seeing ;)

 Park City Hotel Taichung huge bath tub
Huge bath tub

 Park City Hotel Central Taichung toilet amenities
Well-stocked toiletries and amenities

 Park City Taichung King Sized Bed
HUGE King-sized bed with view of the bath room




Facilities of Park City Hotel Central Taichung

Most of the facilities are located at level 3 of the hotel which includes a gym, business centre as well as a complimentary laundry area…

 Lift directory showing restaurant at level 2 and facilities at level 3
Lift directory showing restaurant at level 2 and facilities at level 3

 Fitness Centre, Business Centre and Ocean Laundry at Level 3 of Park City Hotel Taichung
Fitness Centre, Business Centre and Ocean Laundry at Level 3 of Park City Hotel Taichung

 Gym that allows you to watch cable while you work out!
Gym that allows you to watch cable while you work out!

 You can wash, dry and iron your clothes at the Ocean Laundry
You can wash, dry and iron your clothes at the Ocean Laundry

 View that shows the business centre next to the fitness centre and Ocean Laundry
View that shows the business centre next to the fitness centre and Ocean Laundry


Breakfast at Park City Hotel Central Taichung

 Wonderful Cantonese Restaurant Park City Hotel Taichung
Breakfast at Wonderful Cantonese Restaurant on level 2

Breakfast is served daily from 630 to 930am at the Wonderful Cantonese Restaurant at level 2 of the hotel. The restaurant is actually ultra spacious and there are also window seats overlooking the streets at the side which sort of reminds us of the restaurant at Intercontinental Hotel Warsaw – which reminds us of the “live” harp playing for breakfast!

 Spacious interior of Wonderful Cantonese Restaurant
Spacious interior of Wonderful Cantonese Restaurant

We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast on both days at the restaurant. The variety was good with a slant towards western styled breakfast which is great for business meetings and conferences held at the hotel. Do try out the braised pork rice with egg and dim sum which includes the brown sugar buns! And here are the offerings for breakfast at Park City Hotel Central Taichung…Btw, the variety is really good, so enjoy this extensive pictorial review of the breakfast!

 Daily soup at the entrance of Wonderful Cantonese Restaurant
Daily soup at the entrance of Wonderful Cantonese Restaurant

 Salads and the various dressings and condiments
Salads and the various dressings and condiments

 Selection of cold dishes
Selection of cold dishes

Not forgetting the kids with the inclusion of breakfast cereals
Not forgetting the kids with the inclusion of breakfast cereals

 Selection of breads buns porridge and hot soy milk
Selection of breads buns porridge and hot soy milk

 Condiments for the porridge
Condiments for the porridge

 Braised pork rice taiwan
Or you can have the braised pork with porridge which tastes just as good as well!

 breakfast at park city hotel central taichung
Hot asian dishes

 salads at park city hotel taichung
Don’t forget your daily intake of vegetables…

 Kate with her yummy breakfast
Kate with her yummy breakfast

 2bearbear with the pretty arrangement of condiments for porridge
2bearbear with the pretty arrangement of condiments for porridge


In and around Park City Hotel Central Taichung

Park City Hotel Central Taichung also offers a great base for you to visit the following attractions…

Miyahara 宮原眼科 (Offering Taiwanese gifts, ice cream and tea)
Miyahara 宮原眼科 (Offering Taiwanese gifts, ice cream and tea)

 Ice cream at Miyahara's branch (第四信用合作社) at 72 Zhong Shan Road
Ice cream at Miyahara’s branch (第四信用合作社) at 72 Zhong Shan Road

Original bubble tea at Chun Shui Tang 春水堂
Original bubble tea at Chun Shui Tang 春水堂

Relaxing at Taichung Park - Lake Heart Pavilion
Relaxing at Taichung Park – Lake Heart Pavilion

 Yichung Shopping Street  一中街商圈
Yichung Shopping Street 一中街商圈

 The famous Feng Chia Night Market 逢甲夜市
The famous Feng Chia Night Market 逢甲夜市- An hour away by bus


How to get to Park City Hotel Central Taichung


Map from Taichung Train Station to Park City Hotel Central Taichung

As you can see from the map, it is relatively easy to get to Park City Hotel Taichung from the Taichung Train station. It is just a 9 minutes (or less) walk by going along Zhong Shan Road (walking past Miyahara enroute) and then making a left turn along Jiguang Street.

As simple as that!

To sum up, we take a look at our BASIC FACTOR and the score for Park City Hotel Central Taichung, is a 3.5!

B – 1. A bath tub with view of the TV? Just about as good as it gets!
A – 0.5. Ambience was welcoming.
S – 1. Service was prompt and we were arranged for early check-in while the receptionists were able to answer queries about the vicinity that we had.
I – 0. No swimming pools here.
C – 1. Bed was firm and comfortable!

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Park City Hotel Central Taichung

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1967 City Central Hotel Tainan Review

1967 City Central Hotel Tainan (一九六七 時尚私人會館) hosted us to a stay at its premise during our recent trip to Taiwan. As a boutique hotel, there isn’t the usual frills of a swimming pool, gym and spa but its location (just a 9 minutes walk from Tainan Train Station) offers a great base from which you can explore the rest of Tainan!

 2bearbear at the lobby of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan
2bearbear at the lobby of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

Entrance of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan
Entrance of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

But first lets check out our room at 1967 City Central Hotel…


1967 City Central Hotel Tainan Double Room

We arrived pretty late on our first night at 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan but we were promptly checked-in by the receptionist (do note that the front desk closes at 11pm) and were introduced to the amenities of the hotel and personally shown to our room at 101…

 Our friendly receptionist at 1967 Hotel Tainan
Our friendly receptionist at 1967 Hotel Tainan checking us in at 10pm

Entrance to our room at 101
Entrance to our room at 101 (not to be mistaken with Taipei 101 :p)

1967 City Central Hotel Tainan is built in 2012 and has only 19 rooms at its premise. However, each room is intricately decorated with art pieces and exquisite furniture which led us to be pleasantly surprised when we first entered the room…

 Elegant and arty living space at 1967 Tainan
Elegant and arty living space at 1967 Tainan

 Cool mirror by the study room at 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan
Cool mirror by the study table at 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

 Comfortable and classy quilt cover and bed that faces the cable TV
Comfortable and classy quilt cover and bed that faces the cable TV

Besides the artistically decorated room, the bathroom is also clean and equipped with towels, toiletries and towels. The only gripe we had was that the shower area was relatively small. Otherwise, it was clean (very clean in fact) and had all the necessary items that we needed.

 A really clean toilet with bath and face towels
A really clean toilet with bath and face towels

 Shower gel and shampoo at 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan
Shower gel and shampoo at 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan




Lobby of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

As you enter into the lobby of 1967 Hotel Tainan, you’ll realise that the beautiful decoration extends to pretty much every part of the hotel. I guess this is pretty much what a boutique hotel is all about…

 Lobby of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan
Lobby of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

The great part of 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan is that there’s snacks and coffee available at the lobby 24 hours a day!

 Common area next to the lift
Common area next to the lift

 Coffee and snacks the lobby - Can you spot the macaron?
Coffee and snacks the lobby – Can you spot the macaron?

 More snacks available at the lobby of 1967 Hotel
More snacks available at the lobby of 1967 Hotel


In and around 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

鹿早茶屋 A Popular Breakfast and Brunch Restaurant

Just across from 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan, there’s a quaint restaurant that is apparently very popular among girls and youngsters in the area. The restaurant is 鹿早茶屋 (lu zao cha wu). We also visited this popular brunch joint and eventhough we were the first to arrive at 10am, when we left at 1130, ALL THE SEATS WERE TAKEN! All 18 seats available! Yes…only 18 seats in the house so be early to avoid disappointment!

 鹿早茶屋 (lu zao cha wu) opposite 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan
鹿早茶屋 (lu zao cha wu) opposite 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

 German sausage waffles with our 4 fruit tea and casablanca tea
German sausage waffles with our 4 fruit tea and casablanca tea

 Brunch menu only available before 1pm
Brunch menu only available before 1pm

老唐牛肉面店 Beef Noodles Stall

If you’re walking towards 1967 Hotel Tainan from the Tainan train station, you’ll turn right at Weimin Street. At the corner of Weimin Street, you’ll see this Beef Noodles Stall – 老唐牛肉面店 …

 老唐牛肉面店 Beef Noodles Stall
老唐牛肉面店 Beef Noodles Stall

 One of the best beef noodles during this trip at 老唐牛肉面店 Beef Noodles Stall
One of the best beef noodles during this trip at 老唐牛肉面店 Beef Noodles Stall


How to get to 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan


How to walk from Tainan train station to 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan

If you’re walking from Tainan Train Station, it is only a 9 minutes walk away. Firstly, walk down Beimen Road, you’ll turn right at Weimin Street. After which, you’ll have to look out for this REALLY REALLY small alley, Weimin Lane 70 and walk right into it…

 Small alley leading to 1967 Hotel Tainan
Small alley leading to 1967 Hotel Tainan

An additional piece of information that you might be interested in is that if you take a right from the lobby of the hotel, you’ll see this path…

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Secret walkway on the right of 1967 Hotel Tainan leading to Shin-Kong Mitsukoshi Departmental Store

Following this path and keep to the left thereafter will lead you to the Shin-Kong Mitsukoshi Departmental Store or more commonly known as 新光三越.

To sum up, we take a look at our BASIC FACTOR and the score for 1967 City Central Tainan Hotel, it’s a 2.5!

B – 0.5. The Bathroom was really clean but was rather small in size.
A – 1. Although tucked away in a corner, the ambience really stood out when we first entered.
S – 0.5. All receptionists never failed to greet us as we entered the hotel. Although we would have preferred our receptionist to know a little more information about where we could catch World Cup ;P
I – 0. No swimming pools here.
C – 0.5. Bed was a tad too soft for our liking.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 1967 City Central Hotel Tainan because of its uniqueness as a boutique hotel as well as its excellent location. Given the price, it is definitely worth more than a stay. Do consider the hotel, the next time you’re visiting Tainan Taiwan!

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Dnata SkyView Lounge at Terminal 1 Changi Airport Singapore!

Dnata SkyView Lounge at Terminal 1 Changi Airport is now available to ANZ travel card holders through its partnership with Veloce (VIP Airport Lounges)! Within this partnership, there are more than 100 airport lounges around the world that are made available and during our trip to Bandung, we took the opportunity to visit the Dnata Skyview Lounge at T1! Do note that each terminal has a lounge for ANZ travel card holders, so no worries if you’re not departing/arriving at T1.


Inside Dnata SkyView Lounge T1

After our visit to the SATS Premier Lounge at T2, we had a certain expectation of airport lounges and the Dnata SkyView Lounge met the standards…

 The airlines and companies Dnata SkyView Lounge serves
The airlines and companies Dnata Lounge serves

 Reason why it's called
Reason why it’s called “SkyView Lounge”

Crisp new magazines and newspapers at Dnata SkyView Lounge
Crisp new magazines and newspapers at Dnata SkyView Lounge

The great thing about the lounge is that its spacious and allows natural sunlight which lights up the lounge area. Of course, you can also see planes taking off and taxiing from the lounge as well. But now to the most important part of this post…FOOOOOD!!!


What to eat at Dnata SkyView Lounge T1

Well, the truth is, in terms of quality, SATS Premier Lounge is a notch above the Dnata SkyView Lounge. Nonetheless, they do have the usual choices of western,asia,cereals,instant noodles, coffee/tea and alcoholic drinks…

 Smaller variety of food from Dnata Skyview Lounge
Smaller variety of food from Dnata Skyview Lounge

 Smaller selection of drinks from Dnata SkyView Lounge compared to SATS Premier Lounge
Smaller selection of drinks from Dnata Lounge compared to SATS Premier Lounge

 What we ate at Dnata SkyView Lounge
What we ate at Dnata SkyView Lounge – Tuna sandwich at the top of the picture’s not bad

 Pastries and pancakes!
Pastries and pancakes!

In terms of selection and variety, Dnata SkyView Lounge certainly pales in comparison to SATS Premier Lounge (which has massage chairs and better food selection). Nonetheless, the “sky view” offered the Dnata Lounge does offer a different dimension for travellers to relax and hang out as well.

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Dnata Skyview Lounge Terminal 1 Changi Airport

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Inaugural World Club 10s Rugby : Sports Hub reopens in 2014!

World Club 10s Rugby is the first event that Singapore Sports Hub is hosting after completing a 1.33 billion dollars makeover. As the centre-piece of the sports hub, the National Stadium, with a capacity of 55,000 reopens to host this inaugural event!


World Club 10s Rugby @ Sports Hub Singapore National Stadium

 Smart design and colouring of the seats (notice the varied white and red national colours?)
Smart design and colouring of the seats (notice the varied white and red national colours?)

 Can you see the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands in the distance?
Can you see the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands in the distance?

During the matches of World Club 10s Rugby, teams also interacted with the fans through photo taking opportunities and even a traditional dance (akin to the All Blacks Haka) performed by the Samoan Team!

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Petrarca – An Italian Rugby Team

 Samoan Team performing topless traditional dance!
Samoan Team performing topless traditional dance!


Traditional dance performed by the Samoan Team

Upon entering into the new national stadium, we experienced a vibe similar to that of what we have experienced during World Cup 2006 in Germany. The stadium is HUGE and coloured with our national colours of white and red. Smart colouring of white among the red (and vice versa) gives an illusion of seats being taken up and not empty.

In the distance, you’ll also realise that the whole stadium is orientated in such a way that it faces the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands! Closer to the seats, there’s an internal cooling system which you’ll feel at your feet as you get seated down. Because of the design of the dome, you’ll get great perspective of the field no matter where you’re seated – a sign of a world class stadium!

 Clear view of the matches at new national stadium
Clear view of the matches at new national stadium

 Can you spot the rugby ball?
Can you spot the rugby ball?

For a befitting end to the inaugural World Club 10s Rugby, the finals was played between the Blues from New Zealand (captained by Piri Weepu of the New Zealand All Blacks) and the Brumbies from Australia! It was a very close match right from the start and the end of regular time, the match ended in a 5-5 tie. This meant that the match went into extra time “golden point” with the Blues winning it deep into the 2nd period of extra time!

 Blues and Brumbies at 5-5 at the end of regular time
Blues and Brumbies at 5-5 at the end of regular time

 Before the start of the first period of extra time
Before the start of the first period of extra time

 At the end of the first period of extra time
At the end of the first period of extra time

 The Blues winning the World Club 10s Rugby in the 2nd period of extra time!
The Blues winning the World Club 10s Rugby in the 2nd period of extra time!

 Final score of inaugural World Club 10s Rugby!
Final score of inaugural World Club 10s Rugby!


How to get to Sports Hub National Stadium


Map of Singapore Sports Hub

There are several ways to reach the Singapore Sports Hub. You can either take the circle line to Stadium MRT station or Mountbatten MRT station (and walk about 600m) or take the east line and alight at Kallang MRT station. That walk would be about 600 metres as well.

Alternatively, buses 10, 11, 14, 16, 70, 70M and 196 alights close to the national stadium or within the sports hub.

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Oasia Hotel Staycation Review!

Oasia Hotel Staycation? Who would have thought that the Novena enclave offers an excellent Singapore Staycation option in Oasia Hotel? Over the weekend, we were hosted to a staycation here and were pleasantly delighted by this “hidden-gem-of-a-staycation”…check out this review to find out more!

 Janice checking us in at Oasia Hotel's Club Lounge - The Living Room!
Janice checking us in at Oasia Hotel’s Club Lounge – The Living Room!

 Oasia Hotel Facade
Oasia Hotel Facade




Oasia Hotel Singapore Staycation

If you’re staying at the Club Room of Oasia Hotel, you’ll be whisked off to the club lounge, also known as the Living Room for a personalised check-in. We also had the refreshing peppermint welcome drink while Janice promptly checked us in – that is eventhough we were much earlier than the stipulated check in time :)

Guess who we brought for our Oasia Hotel staycation this time round? Our 2bearbears!

 2bearbears snuggling on the king-sized bed of Oasia's Club Room
2bearbears snuggling on the king-sized bed of Oasia’s Club Room

 Oasia Hotel Club Room King-sized bed
Oasia Hotel Club Room King-sized bed

 Great views from Oasia Hotel's Club Room!
Great views from Oasia Hotel’s Club Room!

 Bath tub with rice grain soap bar : in-room spa!
Bath tub with rice grain soap bar : in-room spa!

Rain shower facility
Rain shower facility

 Modern tear-drop-shaped sink
Modern tear-drop-shaped sink

 In-room coffee and tea making facilities
In-room coffee and tea making facilities


Video Tour of the Club Room at Oasia Hotel

There were several things we enjoyed about the Club Room of Oasia Hotel

1. Splendid views. Club rooms are located above level 22 (we stayed at level 24) and offers marvelous views in and around the Novena enclave. There are also 2 kinds of mechanically-operted blinds over 3 panels that blocks the “prying eyes” of the condominium opposite while still allowing you to enjoy the views!

2. Huge TV. The 46 inch TV does perk you up as you enjoy the staycation at Oasia. We caught “How to train your dragon” on Channel 5, a good recap after just watching D2 (D2 is our short form for “How to train your Dragon 2).

3. In-room spa?Remember we mentioned the rice grain soap bar? It actually has orange and tangerine essential oils infused into the soap bar! The smell was relaxing yet the rice grain softly exfoliates your skin…a great addition to the in-room amenities.


Oasia Hotel Facilities

Swimming Pool, Gym, Steam Room and Sauna at Level 8

There are 2 swimming pools at Oasia Hotel. 2 swimming pools!! The common swimming pool is located at level 8 along with the hotel’s gym, sauna and steam room. In addition, there’s also a chillax area on the same level that allows you to overlook views of the surrounding…

 Swimming pool Oasia Hotel
Swimming pool Oasia Hotel

 Another view of the swimming pool at Oasia Hotel
Another view of the swimming pool at Oasia Hotel

 Jacuzzi at the corner of the pool at Oasia Hotel
Jacuzzi at the corner of the pool at Oasia Hotel

 Gym at level 8 of Oasia Hotel
Gym at level 8 of Oasia Hotel

 Small little pavilion on the same level
Small little pavilion on the same level

Club Lounge Swimming Pool at level 22

It was made known to us that Oasia Hotel’s Club Lounge (also known as the Living Room) has a little secret. It is the only hotel in Singapore which has its lounge next to its “Club Member’s Only” swimming pool!

 Swimming pool at level 22 of Oasia Hotel
Swimming pool at level 22 of Oasia Hotel

 Oasia Hotel club lounge swimming pool
Oasia Hotel club lounge swimming pool

 Another view of the Living Room swimming pool Oasia Hotel
Another view of the Living Room swimming pool Oasia Hotel


Splendid views as seen from the pool deck of the Living Room at level 22

 Crystal clean swimming pool of Oasia Hotel
Crystal clean swimming pool of Oasia Hotel

Did we mention that both swimming pools at level 22 and level 8 were surprisingly clean? At the level 8 swimming pool, due to a shallower portion next to the deck chairs, you can actually lie there (like a beached whale) and feel absolutely no grime whatsoever. Impressed.

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Drinks by the pool?

 Club Lounge swimming pool at night
Club Lounge swimming pool at night

As the swimming pool is just next to the Living Room, you can choose to have gourmet coffee (we had latte above) or refreshing Italian Sodas (try the peach flavour!) right by the pool! In the evenings, the cocktails happen from 6pm to 8pm daily, here’s what the lounge offers…

Club Lounge aka the Living Room

 Crowded club lounge during cocktail hours at Oasia Hotel!
Crowded club lounge during cocktail hours at Oasia Hotel!

 Selection of drinks during opening hours of the Lounge
Selection of drinks during opening hours of the Lounge

Selection of alcoholic drinks during cocktail hours at Oasia Hotel
Selection of alcoholic drinks during cocktail hours at Oasia Hotel

 Refreshing chilled cucumber and mint shooters
Refreshing chilled cucumber and mint shooters

 Selection of cheeses
Selection of cheeses

 Firecracker sausage
Firecracker sausage

 Smoked duck, vege sticks with cheese dip and red wine
Smoked duck, vege sticks with cheese dip and red wine

 Asahi beer with pretzels (plus honey) and smoked salmon
Asahi beer with pretzels (plus honey) and smoked salmon

 We're here for cocktails too! Seen here, mojito, Oasia bliss and desserts
We’re here for cocktails too! Seen here, mojito, Oasia bliss and desserts

 Splendid sunsets as seen from the Living Room
Splendid sunsets as seen from the Living Room

 Chilling out during cocktail hour as the sun sets
Chilling out during cocktail hour as the sun sets

What we really enjoyed about the cocktail was the service, great selection of drinks, proximity to the pool and of course the surprisingly wonderful sunset! Give Oasia Bliss a try, a berry based cocktail, definitely a hit with the ladies. Alternatively, you can have a dip in the pool while having some drinks and finger foods by the pool side. Surely a relaxing way to end the evening…ah…

World Cup at Oasia Hotel Club Lounge

During this world cup season, the club lounge has kindly extended its opening hours to show all, ALL the world cup matches to allow the guests to enjoy as well! Juices and coffee (important!) were made available too!

 Hey...why you watching world cup without me? *sob sob*
Hey…why you watching world cup without me? *sob sob*

Watch together? *bear hugs*
Watch together? Ok! *bear hugs*

Service was just as prompt during the wee hours of the morning with David asking us our choice of drinks as soon as we were seated. We were there from 1am to 5am catching the Argentina vs Iran and Germany vs Ghana matches. We interacted with an Argentinian and German guest from the hotel as well during the matches! Definitely a nice touch by Oasia Hotel to extend this service to the Club Room guests!

Massage Treatment at Enchanted Spa

Conveniently located next to Oasia Hotel, Enchanted Spa offers guests a relaxing option a stone’s throw away. Thanks to the awesome folks at Enchanted Spa, Kate was treated to a relaxing 60 minutes session of the customised massage treatment…according to Kate…SHIOK!

 Enchanted Spa next to Oasia Hotel
Enchanted Spa next to Oasia Hotel

 Massage table with relaxing ambience
Massage table with relaxing ambience

 Manicure and pedicure options available as well!
Manicure and pedicure options available as well!


Breakfast at Zaffron Oasia Hotel

Breakfast at Zaffron was simple but has its bases covered. Whether you prefer cereals, breads or a small selection of asian fare, they are available. Taste wise, not fantastic but it does provide you the jolt for the day, especially after those world cup early mornings!

 Entrance to Zaffron Oasia Hotel
Entrance to Zaffron Oasia Hotel

 Selection of cold cuts
Selection of cold cuts

Selection of breads and pastries
Selection of breads and pastries

 Breakfast juices
Breakfast juices

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Porridge anyone?

 Porridge for Kate
Porridge for Kate

 Some warm foods
Some warm foods

 Croissant sandwich
Croissant sandwich

 Dim sum and stir fried items such as mushrooms and diced chicken
Dim sum and stir fried items such as mushrooms and diced chicken

Waffles and chocolate pastry
Waffles and chocolate pastry

High Tea at Zaffron Oasia Hotel

 Poster of High Tea at Zaffron Oasia Hotel
Poster of High Tea at Zaffron Oasia Hotel

If you’re staying at Oasia Hotel as part of its weekend getaway, you’ll also be receiving a complimentary high tea at Zaffron. Though the mains had nothing to shout about, the dessert and DIY-foods were pretty decent…

 Rojak which was not bad
Rojak which was not bad

 DIY Kueh Pie Tee
DIY Kueh Pie Tee

 Kueh Pie Tee lovingly made by Kate
Kueh Pie Tee lovingly made by Kate

 Selection of fried items
Selection of fried items

 Sushi and sandwiches
Sushi and sandwiches – no salmon or tuna sushi though :(

 Ice cream - try the rum & raisin or green tea!
Ice cream – try the rum & raisin or green tea!

 DIY ice kachang anyone?
DIY ice kachang anyone?

Decent selection of desserts including durian pengat, red velvet and mango cakes
Decent selection of desserts including durian pengat, red velvet and mango cakes

 DIY Laksa which was not bad with huge fresh (peeled!) prawns
DIY Laksa which was not bad with huge fresh (peeled!) prawns

 Thai salad, sandwich and sushi
Thai salad, sandwich and sushi

 Selection of mains including seafood mee goreng and carrot cake
Selection of mains including seafood mee goreng and carrot cake


In and Around Oasia Hotel

Besides being located next to world class medical facilities, Oasia Hotel is located next to several shopping malls including Novena Square, Square 2, Velocity and United Square. In addition, there are great foods in the area such as Hong Kong food street and the Balestier food centre…

 Velocity Shopping Mall
Velocity Shopping Mall

 United Square
United Square

 Square 2
Square 2

 Shopping malls easily accessible via link bridge
Shopping malls easily accessible via link bridge

Or via the underpass
Or via the underpass

 Balestier Food Centre
Balestier Food Centre

 Flavourful steamed chicken rice
Flavourful steamed chicken rice

 Expensive mee kia dry ($4.50) but has HUGE and taong fishballs!
Expensive mee kia dry ($4.50) but has HUGE and taong fishballs!


How to get to Oasia Hotel Singapore


Map of Oasia Hotel Singapore

If you are taking the MRT, alight at Novena MRT station on the North Line and follow the signs that leads you to Square 2. From there, there’s a underground link directly to Oasia Hotel!

To sum up, we take a look at our BASIC FACTOR and the score for Oasia Hotel Staycation Weekend Getaway is a 4.25!

B – 1. There was a bath tub with the Rice Grain Soap Bar with Orange and Tangerine Essential Oils.
A – 0.75. It’s a split between Kate and I for ambience.
S – 1. Excellent service throughout the hotel at the reception,lounge and restaurant.
I – 1. 2 swimming pools! Plus, it’s the only hotel in Singapore with a pool at the lounge level!
C – 0.5. Bed was a tad too soft for our liking. Comfortable nonetheless.

All in all, we enjoyed the Oasia Hotel staycation, because of its location, its great service, cool swimming pools (with access to the club lounge), great views and of course a overall experience. The Oasia Weekend Getaway Package is definitely worth a stay! But remember…not for the food…

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Oasia Hotel Staycation Review

Oasia Hotel Staycation Review

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