It’s been a busy couple of months! I’ve been setting up a new hobby-turned-venture, which I’ll talk about a little more in future! So a weekend away was what I desperately needed to unwind. We packed our bags and headed to Oasia Hotel Downtown, a fairly new hotel that opened last year.
Located at Tanjong Pagar, in the heart of the Central Business District, it’s popular with business travellers, and stands out as a building of red and green amongst grey giants. Their motto; “Refresh, Refuel & Recharge” is a well thought out concept – offering a breath of fresh air all around and a sight for sore eyes.
We had lunch in the area before checking in, and for Japanese food lovers, Oasia Downtown’s location is perfect. It’s a minute’s walk from a stretch of affordable and famous Japanese restaurants with delicious food.
Ramen Keisuke – One of the most famous ramen places in Singapore, serving savoury ramen noodles in pork broth. Free flow boiled eggs and bean sprouts. Queue-ing is pretty much inevitable for this joint.
Ryo Sushi – Another omakase/sushi bar that’s pretty popular with the locals. Chirashi dons at $18 and Omakase sets starting from $38 – prices are hard to beat, and more importantly, seafood quality’s great! Reservations required at least a week in advance.
Kajiken – Mazesoba, Ramen noodles served dry. If you have a huge appetite, upsize your noodles to 1.5x for free! And if you’ve got soup left over from your meal, request for a spoonful of rice to finish it off with – yum!
Two Blur Guys – not a fan of sushi? Check out this burger joint instead!
Be prepared for queues during lunch and dinner hours!
The reception area for Oasia is on level 12 and level 21 for regular and club room guests respectively. Again, they’re different from most other places. Their reception areas are all natural, well ventilated areas – during the design process, they came up with a concept that allowed for a natural wind funnel throughout the day, ensuring it never gets too hot. It helps that the hotel’s located near the seas as well! Both reception areas feature tables, chairs, pavilions and meeting spaces for you to enjoy the cool breeze anywhere you’d like. Fancy working outside? They’ve got wifi all over the hotel, so you’re definitely covered!
If you’re looking for a nouveau staycation experience, the club rooms are the way to go! There’s a whole bunch of benefits, including:
- Complimentary breakfast between 7am to 10.30am
- Complimentary evening cocktails and canapés in the evenings between 6 to 8pm
- Complimentary club lounge access with access to drinks and appetisers between 7am to 10pm
- Nespresso Coffee Machine with Tripod Coffee capsules and TWG Tea
- Complimentary pillow mist
- Premium Biology bath amenities
- Bath tub in all club rooms
- Exclusive use of the club floor and its infinity pool on level 21
- Gym access on the 12th floor
I’ll admit, once we checked in, I headed straight to the club lounge to check out the food. There were cheeses, crackers, pastries, but one of my favourites – mini cupcakes! Drnks-wise, coffee, tea, sodas and most importantly – HOT CHOCOLATE! I’m not much of a coffee/tea person, I’ve always had a sweet tooth, and 9 times out of ten, always been disappointed when hotels tell you that hot chocolate’s not available for selection, so when I saw “Hot Chocolate” on the blackboard, I could hear the angels sing.
The club rooms here are identical in size, and all feature a bath tub, because seriously, what’s a staycation without a bathtub? They’ve even got sliding doors and a sound control system in the bathroom if you’d like to watch TV – SO important! It’s all the little things they think about that impresses me – I’ve been on staycations where the bathrooms have no volume control and it’s kind of like watching a silent movie, or if you turn it loud enough, you’ll be able to hear it, but if someone’s watching it on the bed, they’re gonna go deaf. With this sound control, you control the volume (even when you’re on the toilet), and can turn it off if you just want peace and quiet.
In-room refrigerators are stocked with still & sparkling water, and coconut juice with free refills throughout your stay – it’s all about the healthy living!
The Infinity Pool
I was obsessed with the pool, enough said. Just look at it! And with exclusive access for club guests, it’s blissfully quiet and we stayed here for hours, just lying there, talking, snacking and turning off all mobile distractions!
PS. Bring along snacks and drinks to the pool area – it’s totally okay with them! This is a refreshing take from club lounges that usually discourage you bringing any food/drinks out of the club lounge, am I right?!
Last but not least, service. They have an amazing staff that work hard, and always with a smile. Reception staff are all trained baristas so anyone can get you your coffee fix at anytime – again, it’s the little things! Saw a snack earlier in the day that’s no longer available? They’ll work on getting it to you. They’ve got walking guides for those wanting exploration ideas nearby, and will happily recommend nearby restaurants. If you’re a The Marmalade Pantry fan like I am, you’re in luck! There’s one on the ground floor, along with their in-house bar – Cin Cin Bar.
Oh, and before I forget – their club room packages are geared towards adults, which explains the identical room sizes,, perfect for up to 2 people, and why they’re able to serve alcohol during cocktail hours. Perfect if you’re looking for a kid-free holiday!
We had a fantastic time unwinding in Oasia, and it’s definitely on our must-revisit list next time we’re looking to indulge in another staycation! What do you think? Would you put this hotel on your to-do list?