Marina Bay Sands Hotel: Mixed Feelings

Singapore’s biggest (over 2500 rooms) and most visible hotel surely is a pricey tourist catch. But how can you resist the temptation of getting access to the Infinity Pool, probably world’s most famous overflowing swimming pool? You can’t have a dip in it unless you are a hotel guest, that is.

Infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands
Infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands

So prepare to pay big bucks for this special treat and to wake up at 6 am to avoid the crowds. The pool probably is the only reason to (over)pay for this quite ordinary hotel in many other aspects. Oh, and for the views.

Sunrise over the Singapore Strait
Sunrise over the Singapore Strait

If you arrive in the middle of the day, don’t prepare yourself for this kind of mesmerizing early morning atmosphere. At first you will probably be overwhelmed by a deep feeling of disappointment when you realize the incredible up-scale Infinity Pool feels in fact more like a public pool, with a hefty price tag. An expensive public pool with splashing kids and noisy teenagers, you got it. After a few minutes of bewilderment and wandering around, you realize that fortunately at the right-end of the pool there is a quieter section reserved for adults. That won’t necessarily prevent you from facing the crowds, but no splashing kids surely is a good start. Anyway, the key to (almost) perfectly enjoy this state-of-the-art pool remains early morning (dusk and late night are a no go if you want to avoid the crowd).

Early morning dip
Early morning dip in the Infinity Pool

Otherwise there isn’t much to say about this particularly impersonal hotel. Rooms are comfy enough (that’s a minimum for the price paid) but very badly soundproofed (prepare to be haunted in your sleep by the same giggling fashionistas you despised earlier at the pool…). Even though the hotel only is a few years old, the rooms already have this kind of worn, almost shabby feeling. Nothing shocking, but you can feel and see it in the details. Thepickytraveller stayed in a Club room facing the city center. Beautiful views…through a window quite dirty from the outside. Club rooms include free breakfast (try the pink guava juice, the only thing worth to mention) and an evening “wine and canapés” from 17 to 19 (be prompt, at 19 sharp everything disappears). The staff is friendly and ready to help if needed, no more no less. Marina Bay Sands: been there, done that.

Club room at 36th floor
Club room at 36th floor

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