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Old 15th November 2020, 04:04 PM   #1
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This year, with COVID-19 restrictions making holiday travel all but impossible, folks in Singapore are looking to staycations to beat the travel blues.

I had the opportunity to visit the W Sentosa Cove earlier this week, and spent some time there checking out the hotel. I didn't actually stay the night, as the reservation was made for some of my extended family who were on a one night staycation, but Mrs yflyer and I did take look at the rooms, and take a walk around the grounds.

We also headed for a memorable lunch at Tanjong Beach Club (Not affiliated with the W), which is set along Sentosa's Tanjong Beach.

The W Sentosa Cove is the only W property in Singapore at this time.



It is located at Sentosa Cove, close to the waterfront, but not actually by the water or by the beach. Instead, it is located close to the yacht marina and Quayside Isle shopping and dining complex.



This location at Sentosa Cove is quite a distance from other attractions on Sentosa, such as Universal Studios Singapore or Siloso Beach, but there is a shuttle bus that stops at the W, and taxis or Grab cars are fairly easy to come by.


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Old 15th November 2020, 04:15 PM   #2
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As with other buildings and hotels in Singapore, there are temperature checks and "Safe Entry" check in QR codes at the entrance, after which visitors head up the red-carpeted stairs to the check in area on the 2nd level.



The lobby level is decorated in W's signature quirky, eclectic style, although the bling and psychedelic colours are a little toned down compared to some other properties in Asia, such as the W Kuala Lumpur, or W Bangkok.



Like all other W properties, there is no mistaking what property you are in, once you step in the door...



The check in counters were fairly busy at the designated 3pm check-in time. If anyone is heading there for a staycation, it might be a good idea to head there a little earlier to check-in, even if your room is not yet ready, to avoid the lines.



The hotel building has a gently curved design, with the pool-facing rooms featuring balconies...





There is an outdoor staircase from the 2nd floor lobby area down to the hotel grounds and swimming pool level...



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Old 15th November 2020, 04:31 PM   #3
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We visited two rooms on the 5th floor: One with two Queen beds, and one with a King bed.

The first room had 2 Queen beds:



I found the decor very stylish and elegant.

There was the obligatory flat screen TV, and a long but fairly narrow writing desk...



Very attractive ceiling lamp. Note as well the ceiling mounted Bose speakers...



The beds looked very comfy and inviting...



Floral-themed side table. There was a phone charger on the table, which had connectors for different types of phone.



The W designates their regular room categories as "Wonderful" or "Fabulous".

This room was a "Wonderful" room, which was a non-pool facing room, so the view from the window was nothing special.

The view out the window...



The "Fabulous" rooms had balconies and a pool view.

That said, even without the balcony, or the pool view, the "Wonderful" room was very stylish and comfortable.

The bathroom had sliding frosted glass windows which could be opened into the room...



The bathroom has a tub...



...and separate shower...


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Old 15th November 2020, 04:39 PM   #4
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The room next door, also a "Wonderful" room, had a very large King bed.



Opposite the bed, a writing desk and wall-mounted flat panel TV...





Side table...



Lounge chair, and very fine wooden side table...



The bathroom layout was similar to the previous room, with frosted glass windows, that opened into the bedroom...



The bathroom sink...



Bathtub...



Like the previous room, there was also a separate shower stall (Not pictured).

While these "Wonderful" rooms did not have balconies, the "Fabulous" rooms had balconies that looked out over the swimming pool.

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We took a walk around the hotel...



Very nice design elements to be found everywhere...



The gym...



The pool area had a spacious, relaxed vibe...



There was a water slide...



There were several hammocks by the pool...



Do note that because of COVID-19 capacity restrictions, it is necessary for guests to book a timeslot to use the pool. Capacity is limited, so do book your pool timeslot early.


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Old 15th November 2020, 04:51 PM   #6
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We left the hotel to take a stroll around the nearby Yacht Marina...



The whole area had a vibe unlike anywhere else in Singapore.



While wandering around the area, one could not help but feel that somehow one was in a country other than Singapore...the area just felt so different from the rest of the country.





There is a dining and shopping complex, the Quayside Isle, right next to the W...



...with many dining options...



There is also a supermarket, and a 7-Eleven, in the vicinity.

In terms of hotel dining within the W, the restaurant Skirt has had good reviews, although none of us dined there on this occasion. The hotel package included breakfast at the Kitchen Table, which is now an a la carte buffet (Rather than a self-service buffet).

Breakfast selections included waffles...



...and an excellent Laksa, which was so excellent that the only picture I have is of a half-eaten bowl...



Overall, I thought the W Sentosa Cove was an impressive hotel, with quite a different vibe and atmosphere from other high-end hotels in Singapore. I would definitely consider the W for a staycation in Singapore.

As for folks visiting Singapore on holiday, or even on business, I think the W is a reasonable option. Although it is on Sentosa, it really isn't that far from Singapore's CBD or from Orchard Road.

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