Wondering what to do over the Chinese New Year holidays, I decided to have a staycation. The chosen destination, Capri by Fraser at Changi City.
I made the reservations by phone on Wednesday and eagerly awaited by holiday on Sunday.
As I was told that parking would be complimentary, we decided to drive and park at the hotel. The hotel was linked to Changi City Point, we found that there were no clear directions as to where to park and so I got off to check in first, leaving my husband to find a lot in the basement car park.
There were 3 counters for check-in, but no clear indication of which line to queue in. So, I chose the centre line and was happy to be served next.
Others unfortunately, were not too pleased as they seemed to be waiting for some time to either check in or out of their rooms.
Reaching there at 1pm, I was told that check in time was only at 2pm, but after the staff checked my details, she said that I was allocated a room on the 10th floor and that my room was ready. She also gave out a complimentary car park coupon and a label to place on the car, which meant that I had to return to car to place this.
Entering the room, I was pleasantly surprised. The room was of a reasonable size and even had a kitchenette, although not really of use to me, as I did not bring any food or oil to the hotel. (Those interested in cooking, there is a supermarket at Changi City Point though) The bathroom was big and even had the necessary toiletries (peppermint shampoo was nice), bathrobes and slippers provided. The king size bed was also comfortable.
The downside, there was no view. Looking out of the window, I saw another office building staring at me. Not to worry as this is easily solved by drawing the curtains.
Although having cable tv, there seemed to lack channels, and getting bored with watching tv, decided to try out the swimming pool.Reaching the 2nd floor, we grabbed the hotel towels and chose a nice lounge to relax on. You can actually catch a few planes landing. The pool has a normal 1.2m area with a water treadmill! That seemed really interesting. Was hoping that someone would try it out, but I guess everyone was waiting for the next person.
Once again, sadly there is no view and one side of the hotel is boarded up due to a construction area. The pool is also located on a side of the hotel in which no sun reaches it, as such it is cold! Freezing winds making you shiver the moment you remove your outer wear to reach the cold water.
The cold water doesn’t make you want to stay too long in the water, and after a while in the jet pool, we decided to head back to our rooms to take a nice hot shower. Glad that the hotel had a rain shower with a nice water pressure.
Food wise was not a problem, as within a few minutes, you are in Changi City Point, with lots of food to choose from. There is even a 24 hours Mac Donalds for the middle of the night hunger pangs.
My staycation didn’t come with breakfast, and unfortunately the hotel didn’t provide any newspapers. It seems that there is also a laundry room and a games room on every floor.