The city can easily drown us in the daily hustle 'n' bustle. Wouldn't it be better to dip in a nice warm bath, wake-up to a hearty breakfast or a swim in the pool? That's exactly what I want to share, so keep reading.
Currently undergoing renovation, Grand Park City Hall is scheduled for completion very soon in 2019, but I was too excited to check it out. It looks promising to be honest, and I'm here to share my experience as a regular check-in guest.
Remember to check out the video recap at the end of this post, enjoy!
So, here's the tea, let's get started with the review.
Location Stats: 100%
From the name you can already tell how historical the place is, but above all that, you'll find how conveniently accessible the area is. Just about a 5-minute walk to City Hall MRT station and couple of hip bars and restaurants are in the area too. If you're a tourist interested in sightseeing, most of Singapore's attractions are just scattered nearby like the National Gallery Singapore, Fort Canning Park and Clark Quay.
TIP: Get around by bike, just in case you'll find something interesting in the areas you pass by.
The staff were pleasant, I had assistance getting off the taxi and they brought my suitcase directly to my room. Room service can take a while, considering there are about 180 rooms with an additional 150-ish rooms I've heard. It's quite rare to find hotel staff but there is one or two if you go around and explore. I actually like how private it feels, although some guests might find it eerie.
Crystal Club Premier Room
I wouldn't really be interested in this room without the bathtub, it's either a yes or a no. However, the bathtub IS awesome, encased in a glass box with dark and moody aesthetics, balanced lighting and automatic blinds. (I forgot to film it, but you'll see it in my Insta-story highlights) Everything in the room is automated by the way, the lights and air-conditioning are controlled with a remote on the wall or on an app that you are supposed to download when checking in. Honestly though, the technology is quite impressive, but it is glitchy, sometimes it takes more effort and won't work. Don't worry, it won't ruin your staycation unless your patience is on thin ice.
Another note is that I have a huge preference for full wall windows or huge windows to let lots of natural light inside. I would classify the window in this room in the medium category, it's not depressing but also not impressive, but hey, we've got a lovely bathtub.
The bed? I slept like a prince, could be one of the best beds in the city, if I may say so.
I've not been to the restaurant or bar in the hotel, but you can also easily walk a couple of minutes to enjoy dinner at Chijmes or the lovely restaurants nearby.
Crystal Club benefits? Yes, definitely loved it. I have access to a selection of refreshments, snacks and coffee all-throughout the day. I love being able to take these to my room which was on the same floor, only several metres away.
The Crystal Club Lounge hosts a pre-dinner snack buffet with cocktails and it is scrumptious! I practically skipped dinner, I was too full. They have a lovely selection of spirits and wine that I have nothing to complain about.
In the same lounge you have the breakfast buffet, I prefer having it at the huge gazebo area outside the Crystal Club Lounge. I'd say I prefer the pre-dinner snack buffet over the breakfast (Yes, it was that good.)
My verdict? Overall, I definitely enjoyed the exclusive Crystal Club Lounge access, which is NOT for free, It comes with the room but if I remember correctly, the room price goes up if there are 2 guests checked in. You have the option of adding this benefit anytime before or during your stay based on my email enquiries.
If you are on staycation, the lounge benefit is highly recommended, but as a traveller, you'd be better off exploring the many culinary gems in the city I think.
I really liked the pool, but it's not the best pool in the city, it was very peaceful and isolated though, so that's a plus.
I couldn't find the gym to check it out, I didn't ask but there were no instructions to find it or did they say how to find it in their website either. So, that's something that needs some fixing.
Price & Sense: 90%
The Crystal Club Premier room was priced at about 324 SGD during my stay, which isn't bad for the room type, location and the lounge access for one person. My only concern is that people might find the à la carte price per person for the lounge access which is at SGD$80.00 before tax (SGD$94.16Nett) very steep.
That wraps up my review. Here's a video recap of the hotel stay, where my XXX (30th) Funeral-of-my-youth inspired birthday shoot happened, because it literally was the death of my youth. So, don't be surprised if it almost looks like a music video set up. Enjoy!