Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Riverview Staycation

With the opening of Singapore borders, the hotel room rates are constantly on a northward trajectory since May 2022. Not wanting to spend too much money on staycation, we chose the Four Points by Sheraton Riverview since it is the cheapest Marriott hotel available in Singapore and we get to have our breakfast and dinner with the package. However, God seems to have other plans for us. 2 weeks before our stay, we received an email from the hotel that says our package has been dis-continued with immediate effect! In return, they offered us a reduced rate, changed our room from twins to King, allowed us a late check-out at 6pm, and gave us a $96 dining credit since we cannot take the Mookata counter offer as we have a toddler with us. Thank God! =)

We arrived a bit early than the official check-in time at 12pm and was informed our room is ready. Check in was smooth and we got the City View King Room. Room is clean and lovely but since this is the cheapest among the Marriott Hotels, don't expect much. We need to call the housekeeping for extra towels and bath robes (Not given, you have to request for it). Not wanting to waste more time, we headed straight to the pool on the 5th floor. Truthfully, the pool is quite small and don't expect it to accommodate more then 8 people. No one is manning the towel counter and it is pretty much self-service.

At night, we took a stroll along the Singapore River since the Alexandra Park Connector is easily accessible via the 4 Points eatery. Night scenery is not bad and we chanced upon fireworks display from the National Day Parade Rehearsal.

Breakfast buffet has a good spread of food. The downside is that the 4 Points eatery sitting capacity is not big. If you will like some time to have your breakfast, do come early. The café is still full with hotel guests right to the end of breakfast time at 10am.

To use our dining credits, we tried their "Old Time Bak Kut Teh", "Nasi Goreng Istimewa", and "Signature Baby Rock Lobster Laksa". The Bak Kut Teh in my opinion is not worth the price. I find the rice is dry and hard, the meat is too fat and not as tender. The soup is also on the peppery side. For the Baby Rock Lobster Laksa, tasted not bad with the thick Bee Hoon and they served you a full size baby lobster cut into two halves. For the Nasi Goreng, tasted not too bad as well. I personally find the chicken is the best among the ingredients.

That basically sums up our staycation. Wonder when will the next staycation be?

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