The location of Marina Mandarin cannot be disputed. It is linked directly to Marina Square, but you’ll have to climb up a flight of stairs to reach MM’s lift lobby and reception. Weird if you ask me because it didn’t seem very baby-stroller friendly to me. MM has a long history in Singapore and I think the interior shows its age. The rooms are positioned in a circle with the lounge and restaurant located in the centre of Level 4 (the reception level). All throughout the “open” areas, you will be able to hear the melodious chirping of the nightingales. Yes, there are live birds in the hotel, in CAGES obviously. Mr Goh thought they were recordings. LOL
We managed to check in early as we did not want to rush or bring our overnight stuff to the matinee show and Gardens. Unfortunately, we were given quite a lousy room in my opinion, Room 1415 was located just next to the emergency exit, ie in a corner. Good and bad points to it, but at least we didn’t have to suffer running footsteps of children in the early morning hours.
The bathroom was huge, featuring both a shower cubicle and a tub, plus double sinks. Not that we ever fought about sinks. 😉 Bathroom amenities were mediocre at best. No bath gel or bath salts though there was a tub. Luckily I had prepared LUSH bath bomb and bubble bar on my own.
The main room itself was big as well, considering how we have stayed in boutique hotels such as Bay Hotel last year end. Huge bed with (not so) comfy pillows*, standard TV channels and desk. There was also a lounge chair but the bed proved itself. We never moved away from the bed. Haha.
*(not so) comfy pillows coz I’m quite picky about pillows. It was a little too soft for me.
Our room was facing the main road so we had to endure racing noises and some party going on till around 12mn. We could see the Pan Pac guests swimming and it made me envious. Seems like a real holiday!
Mr Goh paid around S$258 including taxes for the room (no breakfast). I’m not so sure if it’s worth the money because there are many other newer hotels that offer better facilities and also free breakfast and free WIFI at similar rates. However, the location cannot be denied. Since there was no hotel breakfast included, we made our way to Marina Square and enjoyed McDonalds. We were done and back in the room within the hour.