Tripadvisor is a site I always check out before booking a hotel. After all, what can beat the combined reviews of guests from all over the world who have actually stayed at the hotel. Tripadvisor has just published their best of 2011 list and I was curious about whether Singapore would feature at all. I am happy to report that we did. Although to be honest I have never heard of this hotel till I saw the list.
The Quincy Hotel which is under the Far East Hospitality Group (also develops condos), made it to number 7 of the Trendiest Hotels in the World List. It’s located on 22 Mount Elizabeth Road next to The Elizabeth Hotel which is also owned by the same developer.
The hotel was designed by Ong and Ong (firm started by the former President of Singapore, Ong Teng Cheong and his wife and now run by their son Ong Tze Boon). I have a very good opinion of Ong Tze Boon, because some years ago, not knowing what an upmarket organization this was, I randomly wrote to him directly and asked for a quote for a small renovation and I remember immediately getting a very personal and polite reply. Only later did I realize that this was no small firm and no way in heck we could we afford it. Well they probably didn’t do such teeny weeny projects either. But just from that response I now have a really good opinion of this person. Humility is underrated and I am always impressed by it.
I checked out their official website and saw this Staycation promotion just for Singapore residents. To me it’s still a bit expensive but I guess if it’s twin sharing with a friend, and you can divide the cost. For me I’d rather take a ferry to a Bintan resort which would be about the same price or a trip to our neighbouring Malaysia. I guess I need to be out of the country to feel like it’s a real vacation.
(valid till 27 February 2011)
From $268++ (single/ twin sharing) per night. Holiday rate from $348++ is applicable on stays from 30 December 2010 to 1 January 2011.
Reservations* are inclusive of:
Daily buffet breakfast, set lunch & dinner
Unlimited broadband Internet access
Local telephone calls
Complimentary cocktails from 6pm to 8pm nightly
Complimentary minibar, replenished daily
Complimentary bottle of red wine
All day coffee and tea
Late check-out till 3pm
Terms & Conditions:
Check-in period valid from Friday to Sunday only.
Applicable to Singapore residents with valid passport, NRIC or working permit
Please quote “Qool Weekends” when making reservations
Rates do not include limousine pick-up and laundry services
Minimum twin sharing. Triple sharing is not available.
Please call +65 – 6496 7699 / 1800-RESEASY (1800-737-3279) or email email@example.com for reservations and rates or enquiries.
* Terms and conditions apply.
For Asia, Thailand featured quite prominently on all the lists which does not surprise me as they are renowned for hospitality.
And the top hotel in the world was Golden Well in Prague, a place I have never been to.
Tripadvisor also announced their list of filthiest hotels and sadly two Singapore hotels made the cut. I wonder if Tripadvisor will get sued for it, like the case of the Fish Head Curry blogger in Malaysia. I just want to point out how ridiculous that would be as this is the collective opinion of a number of guests, but it’s basically the same premise. The opinion of ordinary people. Let’s just discount that fact that among those reviews there could be some reviews planted by the people in the industry, my conspiracy theory of spies from other hotels? Who knows? This made me wonder how Tripadvisor reduces the probability of such a thing.
I wonder if it’s the small size of Singapore that makes you feel like you need to leave the country for a real vacation?
For me, it was always leaving New England. (Most) of the states in New England (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Maine are the six that make it up) are so small that you can easily drive from one to another. I lived in MA, but shopped in Rhode Island and New Hampshire all the time. Maine is a day trip. Once I got to New York City, it was a vacation. Further was always better though.
Yeah I think after a while it can feel claustrophobic. I try to make the best of it, but at least once a year I need to really get away.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided…wow tempting!!!
How true that humility is underrated! It is only those who are confident of themselves and grateful for what they have that are able to exhibit this.
My very best bosses and colleagues were also the most humble. They happened to be the most talented too which made me respect them even more. They just had this quiet confidence with no need to blow their own trumpet like some insecure people I’ve met. I think I was spoilt with wonderful colleagues/bosses and now that I have experienced the worst (it was like heaven to hell) I just could not take it….sob!
Are they still at the same company? Is it somehow possible to work there again?
no sob….most of my nicest bosses left the country. One retired and went to New Zealand and another one went to London. Replaced by not so great people.