Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, Singapore, 018956
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Art, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping
Best for Luxury - Expert review of Marina Bay Sands
Three glistening towers with what looks like a boat perched on top – it’s hard to miss the Marina Bay Sands. This is Singapore’s largest hotel and it’s changed not only the skyline, but also the hotel and entertainment landscape of the city-state. The hotel lobby in tower one is constantly buzzing and reminiscent of its Las Vegas sister. While the Sands Skypark is a 1.2 hectare tropical oasis sitting on top of the three hotel towers - it’s longer than the Eiffel Tower and I think it's arguably the best view in Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands is located along the Marina Bay waterfront. It’s 10 minutes by taxi to Changi International Airport and a short hop to the CBD. The Bayfront MRT is not open at the moment. The nearest MRTs are Marina South and Promenade which are 5 minutes away by taxi. This is the main structure along the Marina Bay waterfront right now, but given the number of shops, restaurants and bars at MBS – you need never leave. The Gardens By The Bay – an off-shoot of the Botanical Gardens will be opening soon just next door.
There are 2561 rooms and suites spanning 55 floors and there are 18 different room categories. There are 230 luxury suites with butler service and full-length glass windows overlooking the bay. But for us mere mortals, the standard Atrium rooms are of a modest size and have a modern décor with either views over the city or the South China Sea. There’s also complimentary access to the Skypark for all room guests.
The lobby at Tower One is the main entrance and to be honest, it’s a frenetic zone that made me feel on edge. There’s not a seat in site, unless you visit one of the lobby restaurants or bars. While the Skypark is certainly one of the best views in Singapore, the foot traffic is constant because it’s open to the public. I found it far too busy for a pool-side location.
Guests are spoilt for choice at Marina Bay Sands. Within in the hotel itself, there’s an all day dining restaurant, Rise; a Chinese restaurant called Jin Shan, Sweet Spot a café and bakery as well as the Fuse lobby bar. There are more restaurants on the top floor at the Skypark including the uber-cool Ku De Ta and Sky On 57 with Singapore celebrity chef Justin Quek. If you venture into the shopping centre, you could safely eat at a different restaurant for two whole weeks.
The rooftop infinity pool is the hotel's crowning jewel. For the fitness conscious, there’s also a gym with spectacular views over the city, as well as a lush Banyan Tree spa and a kid’s club.
When we asked for an early check-in the staff at the front desk weren’t very forth coming, but after a bit of pleading we were finally allowed to perch by the pool while our room was readied. But on the whole, there were lots of young staff members who were eager to please.
High rollers and high-powered conference delegates.
This isn’t the cheapest hotel in town, but then again you are paying for the overall Marina Bay Sands experience with the amazing views from the Skypark, the casino, Marina Bay Shops as well as the various arts and culture offerings. WiFi (if it's not included in your room rate) is charged at $15 an hour or $30 for 24 hours. The breakfast buffet is quite reasonable for a five star establishment like this - $38++ for adults and $22++ for children under 12 years.
More information on Marina Bay Sands:
- 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, Singapore, 018956
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Marina Bay