Royal Plaza on Scotts is one of the favourite hotels for Malaysians and Bruneians to visit when they are in Singapore for obvious reasons. It is owned by the Sultan of Brunei and is an alcohol-free, pork-free, smoke-free hotel with a halal-certified restaurant.
This makes it easy for Muslim visitors to the country because there are not very many halal places around. It is also conveniently located along Orchard Road, right next to T Galleria DFS for duty free, guilt-free shopping.
We were first put in a Deluxe room but due to some minor issues with the airconditioning, we were upgraded to a beautiful Premiere room with a bathtub. Both the deluxe rooms and the premiere rooms came with a Nespresso maker though, which we enjoyed very much!
And because of the upgrade, we could enjoy our Lush bath bombs! (The best way to enjoy a staycation...) The room also comes with complimentary access to the mini-bar, free wi-fi and Nespresso gourmet coffee.
You could have a private tea (I mean, coffee) party in the room.
Pick from three flavours of Nespresso coffee to kickstart your day.
Gym enthusiasts will be glad to note that Royal Plaza on Scotts has a pretty decent gym - with sufficient cardio machines and also free weights. I spent a lot of time in the gym enjoying the bike with built in wifi and live streaming of BBC and CNN. Gym towels are available in the gym itself and you will never go thirsty with a water cooler installed right in the gym.
The pool is also a really cool hang out spot and is both kid and adult friendly. Tanning is possible by the pool with their loungers but if the sun gets to be too much, there are also umbrellas that you can hide under. At night, when the crowds disperse, you can still enjoy the night sky from the pool area.
Overall, our experience at Royal Plaza on Scotts was a great one. We especially liked the fact that when we got hungry at 2AM, we could just pop down the road to get food. Being in a central location with easy access to shops and amenities is always important when travelling, especially if you are the type to get hungry in the middle of the night. And as foodies, we're almost always hungry! ;)
Rooms for a staycation start at $240++ a night. Visit www.royalplaza.com.sg for more information.