Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Studio M Staycation for our anniversary :)

Ahh this post is like 3 months late, but better late than never right?
BF & I went for a staycation at Studio M Hotel for our anniversary + valentine's day celebration in February! :)
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Studio M Hotel is a loft-inspired hotel located in the city area, we took a taxi from Plaza Singapura and it was a short 5 minutes ride. Although it is located in the central area, it is not close to any MRT station so we had to travel to and fro by cab.
I love the full panel glass windows, and the translucent curtain lets in just the right amount of light!!
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Lunched at Just Acia before heading to the hotel! Cheap and good food with free flow drinks and ice cream!
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Checking in at their stylish lobby..
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Our room! We had the Studio Loft room (I think it is the cheapest type over there), and here is our room tour! :)
Following the loft concept, there are 2 levels in each of their rooms, how cool is that haha!
The room is pretty small and compact on the whole, but comfortable enough for 2 pax. (We actually had a staycation at Studio M with a group of friends earlier last year, we managed to squeeze 7 people in the premier loft room.) Each room comes with a queen-sized bed as well as a sofa bed. There is also a work area for the workaholics upstairs together with the sofa bed (but don't come here to work okay)..  Due to space constraint, their sink and cupboard is open concept, while the toilet and shower cubicles are separated (and they are small). Toiletries and coffee/tea are complimentary, so you don't have to lug all your toiletries along for your staycay, just bring your facial wash, wax, shaver, perfume and make up!
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The hotel also has a gym, pool as well as a jacuzzi! We went to use the pool as well as the jacuzzi. It was freezing and there were lots of noisy kids around so we didn't stay for long.. My photo looks empty because I took the photos before breakfast on the second day...
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As I have mentioned, the location is not too accessible by public transport, and there isn't much food nearby, so we cabbed back to Plaza Singapura for dinner! Decided to try Hoshino Coffee (our first time then), and it was really really yummy!!
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Was deciding on a movie to watch but the timings were not suitable.. So we had my favourite milk cow honey ice cream before heading back.
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It was a night of monopoly deal hehe, monopoly deal is so fun, even 2 people can play.. And the odds of winning are forever changing!!
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Our booking comes with free breakfast for 2, so we dragged ourselves out of bed to check out their breakfast spread. To be honest, it was a disappointment. The breakfast buffet was kind of "outdoors", the seats and staffs were very disorganized, service was bad and the cutleries were super dirty. Food and spread was acceptable. Their service left us thinking - no wonder breakfast is free. I have had a very bad experience with their service (or lack of service) but I decided to leave my story out of this happy post.
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Went back to catch up on our sleep before check out!!
Overall, our stay was pleasant, and the room was very nice and comfy~ Location is a little problematic, maybe it will be better to call for delivery instead of travelling out. Also, you might want to prepare yourself for the bad service at breakfast to prevent the staffs from spoiling your morning. We booked the room at a really low price, so it was really value for money. Anyone interested to know how to book staycations at low prices? Yes, applicable in Singapore and overseas! Let me know..
Lunch was at Kith Cafe which was nearby! We have had Kith Cafe (at Park Mall) and we liked it, so we wanted to check out this outlet. The concept of the 2 outlets are pretty different, the one at Park Mall was more comfy and the food was more suitable to my tastebuds (I'm a fussy eater haha), the one at Robertson Quay was a small shop and the quirky & small seats were all along corridor, plus they don't sell truffle fries. However, it was quite an experience to dine by the riverside too, you should try it! Their pasta (tasted okay) was served in bowls instead of plates unlike other cafes/restaurants, and people bring their pets along for brunch so you get to see lots of cute doggies passing by.
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Yep, so that's the end of our staycation at Studio M Hotel! :)

Breakfast problems.
The staff at the entrance merely asked for our room number and did not even bring us to a table, we were pretty early and they were not busy at that time. Nevermind, we found a table (for 2 pax) for ourselves and started eating. Halfway through, another staff cleared our table (our half-eaten food + our cutleries) completely, and this resulted in other people taking over our table when we went to get more food. (I never ever had this problem at any other buffets, food that is half-eaten will not be cleared without permission and seats never get taken by others just like that.) We moved to another table without making any fuss (the place is filling up and there were no tables for 2 pax left), and another staff came and insisted (rudely) that we share the table because it is for 4 pax. I was so pissed off, I've been tolerating everything without complaining - the lack of service, staff clearing all my food away without asking and people taking over our table - and this staff make it seems like we are selfish people and we want to occupy a big table for ourselves. I told her what had happened and I refuse to share a table because it is not my fault, but she don't seem to understand english and repeated the same thing. I ended up brushing her off by saying that "I'm done soon." 

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