Quincy Hotel Singapore Staycation Review

Find out if you’ll like the look and feel of spending a night or two at the Quincy Hotel Singapore Staycation from my review.

Towards the end of June, my fiancée and I spent a weekend over in the heart of Singapore. A place we once declared out of bounds for dates because of the mad crowds. Being people who treasure their private time in near seclusion condition, we used to avoid going to town, Dhoby Ghaut being the exception. As this hotel has a reputation among friends as the ideal place for a staycation, she booked a room to give this boutique hotel a try.

The walk from Orchard MRT can work up a sweat. Shelter ends before Goodwood Park Hotel, then it’s open-air walking through the car park, up a slope before finally reaching the objective.

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Eye on the prize, this futuristic looking building among the ageing cluster of hotels. Classy, but it feels like a Mercedes E200. Old, respectable but not young people’s idea of a weekend of decadence.

Once inside, the high ceiling lobby does its job of making a statement. It makes me feel a sense of grandeur. Even without chandeliers. The transition from the quiet neighbourhood outside matches the pleasantly cozy inside of the hotel. Quiet chattering from a few tables where guests are snacking did little to disrupt the ambience. Perhaps the high ceiling helps diffuse the sounds of cutlery clanking against the plates. Still cozy, with iMacs beside egg-shaped chairs to do causal browsing should you wish to.

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A quick scan of the surroundings reveal a high ceiling, full-length glass windows and a textured wall. “Boutique” doesn’t even come close.

After a brief wait at the 2 available counters, we got to check in. I like the welcome drink which came as a surprise. After a walk in the sun, a cold drink always hits the spot. What more it’s fruit punch, with ice cubes made from the same juice. Love the attention to details in keeping the juice from becoming dilute. This raises expectations of what’s to come, naturally.

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I thought the red spheres were rockmelons, and waited till the end before chomping down on one. Pleasant surprise, that one.

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The décor of the studio room feels sufficiently Scandinavian, with a marked departure from traditional hotels. Traditional hotels come with warm pastel wallpaper on the orange/peachy side, while the grey and white neutral tones here give a completely different feeling. Feels almost as if it’s intentionally bringing you away from associating it with anything deemed passé.  The bed frame is metal, without the thick platform I’m used to seeing. The hidden overhead lighting makes for an atmosphere of relaxation. There’s no other way about it. You know how offices have to be as bright as they can to improve productivity? This room is guilty of violating the productivity rule, and enforces relaxation by making the dim lighting a main feature of your stay. The interior designer probably had fun doing the rooms for this season.

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Use window light, or harness the light from your mobile devices that you’ve grown rather fond of, it seems to say.

The bathroom doesn’t disappoint, with space enough for a bathtub and a separate area for standing shower. Yes it’s got the rain shower head to bring out the childhood from of Singin’ in the Rain. Appreciate how the shower kit uses branded stuff, though nothing beats what our bodies are used to.

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One thing that impresses the geek in me is the control panel below the TV. It has ports for commonly used devices to hook up. Not that you’d want to do that on staycation but business travelers will find it useful to rehearse for their presentation.

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Feel like you’re in the driver seat with this control panel.

An option to use the LAN port instead of WiFi is a nice touch, for the puritan internet marketer who swears by wired connections for their reliability and higher bandwidths. Thinking that I could bypass the sign-in process using LAN, I was sad when the screen asking for password popped up all the same.

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LAN cable, cable extension (in case you want to drag the laptop with you to the bathroom – that’s what people used to do with wired telephones during an engaging conversation), bible

Ookla tells me there is no difference in LAN and WiFi speed. There was maybe a more reliable connection, but again it’s insignificant. So now you know.

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Unless you are already living a life of privilege, this will be a most comfy setting for most heartlanders like myself to spend a quiet moment or two doing your own stuff.

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A view you don’t see often unless you live in town. Looking right at the organization that manages this hotel, mightily holding its own in the concrete jungle.

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Ok that’s enough work for the day, time to stretch and explore the territory in a bit!

Quincy gives me a hospitable feeling because of the access to the mini bar. Other hotels place a price tag on their items. But upon closer inspection, the reason the other hotels put a price tag is because the items are premium quality – sometimes liquor, sometimes chocolates.

The free access here are soft drinks and the most valuable of the lot is Carlsberg (what, no bar is complete without Heineken!). When I found out there is tea time snacks and dinner, it felt like being on a cruise all over again. Basic meals are all taken care of, no reason for you to step out of the hotel so you can minimize exposure to the merciless Singaporean sun. And maximize the pampering of a tired soul, nursing it back to health through the amenities you will be seeing shortly.

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A nice gesture to have drinks other than water – but a savvy consumer may point out that the fleece come from sheep (羊毛長在羊身上). Somewhere in the value chain, that’s been paid for. By them.

We didn’t help ourselves to the mini-bar as it was tea time. With raised expectations because of the experience so far, we headed to the high ceiling lounge downstairs. With a simple process of verifying our room number and surname of the person booking, we’re in!

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Cute little fridge containing milk. Among other sources of milk you can see on the table. Why chill milk when heated mugs and warm milk make the best coffee?

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Good. They took this out after the rainbow cake was depleted. So good I forgot how many slices I took. Lemon peel on top too. Mmmmmm.

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Always been a fan of Tim Burton-esque works.

Looks better than it tastes. Maybe it's the US way of making rainbow cakes. Seems stiff between the layers. Try with open mind.

Looks better than it tastes. Maybe it’s the US way of making rainbow cakes. Seems stiff between the layers. Try with open mind.

The boutique hotel uses its existing space rather intelligently as we would later discover. Meantime, you may want to visualize the concierge, the iMac stations, the eating area, a meeting room, then the outside seating area for you to have a puff, take 5 in the yellow box what you might call it. That’s a lot of activity in a space that’s hardly partitioned by anything save for the transition in wall decor.

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No place for 12 angry men unless they fancy getting rainbow cake hurled at them for disrupting the peace at the coffee house.

After that light snacking, it’s time to exercise. Right? Before leaving, we got a gentle reminder from the staff that breakfast the next day is best enjoyed at a timing before 9am. That’s understandable, with the space constraints of the multi-purpose area and all the guests presumably having meals included for their stay. The service is impressive up to this point, where you feel like valued guests getting an insider’s tip from the staff who genuinely want you to enjoy your breakfast experience – but also pre-empting you on the possible inconvenience of missing the window of opportunity. For late risers at least, that is especially important information.

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Ok maybe not immediately after food. The view holds its own against the likes of (insert brand) Fitness franchises though. I did work out – the next morning.

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No one was using it, and I’m not about to be the guinea pig!

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Seems rather new, the smell of freshly chopped timber sneaks into your nose. Strangely missing the sweaty steamy feel of saunas I’ve been to in the past. Presence of sibilants in this stanza is not on purpose. Seriously.

So our Qool benefits do not include the oft-mentioned art jamming that takes place on the deck overlooking the heart of Orchard Road. That’s alright, I can’t paint very well until there’s enough alcohol in the system. Even then, it’s probably going to be something only my mother would be proud of. And only if she was looking at it upside down. Glasses off.

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Ready to wrap up and contact their agents at Sotheby’s, or put up for adoption on Carousell for those that are epic failures.

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A moment of inspiration can take place beside the swimming pool, with some jazz music coming from speakers. I think she drew a cat. Based on an opened image on her mobile device.

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Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, (your name here).

That’s enough art for the day. It’s back to the lap of luxury of the room until further notice.

When the tempting call of dinner wafts of from the coffee house, up the elevator, through the walkway, underneath the gap of the door to permeate our nostrils, it’s time once again to leave the best part of the staycation so far.

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The breakfast has more cheese than this. But it’s still a classy item to have. Olive tree has it, so does Basilico. Don’t move other people’s cheese. It’s bad karma.

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Salads, tapas, fruits… much better than tea time already. Unless you’re psyching yourself up and are willing to walk out of the premise, it’s as good as it gets. Love the readily available olives.

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This can fight with IKEA. And IKEA serves pretty good wings. Take me somewhere else if you think you can show me better. But let me warn you that I am an ardent fan of the Blk 85 market BBQ chicken wings, so it will be hard to convert me.

After getting enough sustenance not to starve for the night, we were in time to catch the waning sunset over the tall buildings in the distance.

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The city is about to shed its facade of a busy metropolis to unwind and become home to millions of busy bees.

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Just in time to catch the last light. The space that’s used for art jamming in the day time transforms into the movie screening area.

While it’s nice to know that the swimming pool doesn’t have a closing time, you will likely be out of your mind to jump into the icy waters at 1am. Unless you are keen to recreate the scene where Jack gives up his buoy to ensure the survival of Rose. Then again there are 2 buoys. Touché.

The movie of the night was Seventh Son. Played from a first-gen iPad no less. The innovative way of screening movies without the use of elaborate equipment related to the innate bootstrapper in me. But we’ve seen it before in Langkawi last year. The resolution of first-gen iPad leaves much to be desired, when output to a project that’s capable of packing more pixels to the picture. Needless to say, we didn’t stay on. We left one couple behind, and passed by another on our way out. That’s almost it. One more couple and the venue is officially nearing full house, becoming a fire hazard and requiring signed indemnity forms. That’s exaggeration, but it really doesn’t cater to cinema-like crowds. I guess people who do stay aren’t really there for the movie.

Being the occasional early bird (but admittedly late bloomer by default), I went up to my favourite level 10 to catch some sunrise glory.

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Spent an inordinate amount of time waiting for the orange fireball to appear… From the wrong direction. Despite camping here from the time Yahoo Weather said the sun will rise. Here I finally located it.

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Soon after snapping this, a family came to swim in the icy cold waters. Hats off to them.

The video shows a botched attempt to capture warm sunlight slowly spread across the area. But clouds appear dramatic nonetheless during sunrise, one of two magical hours we have in a day.

After which it’s time to head for breakfast, at the time our friendly staff tipped us to to appear.

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Pasta, eggs, more cheese than dinner (yippie). Loved the fresh vegetables for my salad. It’s just unfortunate I discovered a dead bug on the inside of my lettuce leaf. Check your food, that’s what sitting beside the high ceiling window is good for.

Allowing a little time for digestion before heading to gym / swim, here are 9 pro-tips that will help you better prepare yourself for a staycation at Quincy Hotel.

  1. You can find drinks outside the gym if you don’t see yourself staying a second night and won’t enjoy your mini bar top-up by housekeeping.

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    Bottled water for those too lazy to boil, H-Two-O for athletes who don’t like water, all chilled like bottles of wine for your post-exercise enjoyment.

  2. Leave some things at home to lighten your luggage to carry around – they got you covered for these.

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    They provide bath robes so you can look/feel sexy after showers, or to keep yourself from freezing over upon emerging from the pool. Hair dryer, safe, slippers, iron. Iron? On the bedsheet ah?

  3. With reference to previous image captions. I don’t know what you’ll use the hidden ironing board for. I used it as a replacement for my camera tripod. Maybe if you’re a business traveler who needs to keep your shirts pressed.
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    “I wonder what this does.”

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    Found my tripod to take images at eye level sitting down.

  4. Save money on some snacks for the late night munchies. You don’t have to stock up on stuff that’s available here, do you?

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    Generic coffee (sob), Dilmah tea bags, Lay’s potato chips.

  5. Ensure your device is really charging when you leave the room.

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    Spot the difference in the two sets of power sockets. The ones on the left carry on but the ones on the right will go off when you pull out the card. While you’re saving the planet, be sure you don’t miss out on the wonders of a properly charged electronic device, you rockstar you.

  6. You worked your ass off so you deserve a good break in the comfort of this hotel for your staycation. Make sure you treat it well too. Don’t be caught with your pants off for this one.
  7. Not all breakfast timings are created equal. Some come with less crowds and a more enjoyable experience.

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    Says here breakfast is from this time range. But our insider tip reveals that before 9am is best. We managed to find a seat which was fast becoming a rarity despite coming down on time.

  8. Keep track of what’s what. Inside similar-looking covers, it can get confusing.

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    Consistency is good. Just know that small one contains the TV remote. The big one has the menu of room service options available.

  9. Lastly, visit the restroom beside the concierge in class. If you’re not a fan of wetting your hands and blazer/jacket/overcoat while using the restroom, drape your outer layer of clothing over at ready mannequins.
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    One for him, one for her. No need to fight.

    Ok, this never happened. But imagine the possibilities.
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Good on you for bearing with this rather long post. A quick conclusion of our experience at Quincy Hotel is that couples who like a self-sufficient weekend escape from hectic city life can find solace in the boutique hotel. Food does pose a problem if you know yourself to be one who lives to eat. It is discouraging to walk to Far East Plaza for food, and the food from the cumulative three meals there are hit-and-miss. Even for a recycle bin. That said, you really can’t go wrong with a softee with either peanut, rainbow or raisin toppings followed by draping your feet in the pool, or running on the treadmill as the sun sets over the little red dot. With the right company, a weekend spent at Quincy may just rejuvenate your mind, body and soul for the road ahead.

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After enjoying the late check out at 1pm, we’re off to the next activity of the day – BBQ with the folks. Review of SAFRA Tampines coming up. We tried Grabcar for the first time.

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Till the next time!

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