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Hotel Oasia – 6 star service

January 11, 2015, 0 Comments

Who would have thought much about a local hotel.

I was up to my neck with the non stop preparation for the family, the boys’ new homeschool arrangements, new interests, their medical check-ups, the logistics of welcoming a new baby in less than 4 weeks, the stress of rising cost, and bickering within the household etc.

Before long, my tolerance level dropped to an all time low and I knew I had to get away to rest.  A staycation would be perfect. Just a quiet and neat place to unwind with minimum interruptions. No maid in sight to supervise, no friends or facebook time, no conversation except with the family and just myself, the sky and the sea.

We booked a room in a hurry and I did not do much research. My criteria was really simple, nothing over S$200.00 before tax and a nice swimming pool for the boys to swim in.

They had learnt how to swim and was eager to jump in and experience the freedom I had long told them about if they master the skill of swimming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We checked into Oasia hotel, part of Far East hospitality, located conveniently next to Novena Square the following day after we booked the room under the Chinese New Year 2015 promotional rate which is about $190.00 ++. Kids under 12 stay for free with existing beds. The promotional rate includes city tour and free wifi, but does not come with breakfast. Check in is at 2pm, and check out late at 4pm with no extra charge.

I lugged a few bags and off we went the next day. The bell boy helped the boys and me with our bags and I was met with very friendly front desk staff who patiently asked for my reservation details and had me checked into a pool facing, non smoking room.

The bell boy, Nathan, who helped us with our bags, was really friendly with the boys and took time to introduced to them different features and facilities in the room. I was impressed with the overall warm welcome and decided to ask Nathan for permission for his photo taken as he was letting the boys know where the hairdryer was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sky was really cloudy on the day we checked in and the boys were disappointed they did not get to swim. But they loved hotel rooms anyway, so were pretty contented staying indoors and napping on the big beds while I enjoyed solitude. The room was decent and simply dressed and came with basic facilities like tea, coffee, free wifi, TV, hair dryer, a rain shower, weighing scale etc.

Later in the evening it was so convenient to take the connecting bridge over to Novena square via Novena medical centre next to Oasia Hotel to have dinner as the skies continue to drizzle. If you are looking for a hotel where you can dine out affordably at local eateries and not get wet when it rains, Oasia Hotel is the place. We returned to the hotel and I enquired about the 2nd swimming pool I’ve seen on the web. Without hesitating, their friendly front desk staff invited us for a tour of the Club floor located at 22nd floor. It houses a medium-sized infinity pool and a restaurant cum bar for club members.

I was told that the bar served alcohol and at such do not encourage children on the club floor.  Fair enough.  For only S$60 extra, anyone can be a club member to enjoy the bar and free flow of finger food from 6pm-8pm, and the use of club facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wind was really chilly, when we were at 22nd floor, but the city skyline was breathtaking. It is definitely a place to come with your loved one, though I would think twice about stepping into the pool that night. It was really cold.   On second thought, it could well turn out to be a real romantic cuddly night, you decide!

It was probably quiet and tranquil, being a weekday. But perhaps a perfect place to unwind, considering it being located in a city, yet high up enough to enjoy its quietness.

If you are worried about kids getting too cold in an open-spaced pool, there is a heated Jacuzzi pool which is just about 0.9metre. God’s providence! It was the first time my preggy self has gone into the pool with the boys without having to worry about the time they spent in there nor the logistics of cleaning ourselves up after.  We live quite close to a public pool and I was always reluctant to swim with them, having to bear the hassle of bathing in the cold shower and walking 20mins home.

Needless to say, I found it absolutely relaxing just soaking in the warm jaccuzi. Singapore, afterall is an expensive city to live in and not everyone has the luxury of having a heated pool right at their door step, or a pool for that matter. I would rather pay $200++ for a getaway then for maintenence at a condominium. Lifestyle choices eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alas, we found flies in our bathroom ceiling the next day, and had to call in the housekeeper. The kind young man promptly suggested for a change of room even though we were due to check out on that day. About 1 hour after we did, we got a knock on the door. We were pleasantly surprised that the Assistant Front Officer Manager, Raziz came himself and presented to us a pretty fruit platter and a letter explaining their apology.

To be treated as a guest, in my own country is rare.  I must say, I was impressed with entire batch of hotel staff who served us right from the time we checked in, until departure. Every single one we met was warm and friendly, without being intrusive,  eager to help and to go the extra mile. The front office staff who checked us out helped to find out about the City Tour so that we could and enjoy, and the friendly bell boys helped us with the bags right till we hopped off the taxi. I feel like a royalty. My younger boy is asking me if we could go back and talk to the bell boy.

I chose to share our treasured find because we had such a pleasant experience. The next time you are looking for  a no-frills staycation, we hope that you too can experience the finest 6-star service at Oasia Hotel. It is a place you enjoy kind hospitality, yet be close to your family with time to enjoy solitude, peace and complete rest for the mind and body.

 

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