Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Artistic Niche Hotel Vagabond joins Starwood Tribute Portfolio

Art Meets Hospitality at Hotel Vagabond

A very different stay from the usual.

Stayed November 2016
Published November 2016


This was a really last-minute decision as there is a promotion for Starwood members to stay at all 11 brands by the end of 2016.

Our nearest Tribute Portfolio hotel was in Jakarta and naturally I was happy that I could instead do a staycation and not travel to the Indonesian capital.

The hotel opened in 2015 and joined the Starwood family this month in the Tribute Portfolio as mentioned.

Located in Little India, the hotel is made up from 6 historic shop houses, reminiscent of Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.

Thankfully the service was much better than at the Waldorf which was my main gripe.

Please note that some of the artwork can be explicit and may be seen in some of the pictures.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Hoi An and The Impeccable InterContinental Danang

The Impeccable InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

A Harmonious Blend of Natural and Man-made Elements


Stayed March 2016
Published August 2016






After a good stay at the Hyatt Regency Danang, I arrived via a taxi to the exclusive Intercontinental Danang.


The resort is situated on a small peninsula with a enclosed beach as seen in the first photo, and is the only hotel in that region.


I reckon the hotel is rather famous as I had no problems with the taxi ride despite the isolated location.


Security personnel stopped the taxi at the beginning of the private road leading to the resort, but a simple 'I am checking in' was enough to proceed without any written or digital proof.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Attending the Opening (and Review) of Four Points By Sheraton, Singapore Riverview

Four Points By Sheraton, Singapore Riverview is now open!

A Good Option for more affordable Starwood Stays

Stayed July 2016
Published July 2016


Four Points by Sheraton (FP or 4P) is a budget brand in the portfolio of Starwood Hotels for the readers who are unfamiliar with Starwood Hotels.

I have previously reviewed FP Namsan, Seoul and found it quite fine.

As a Starwood fan, I have been excited about our very own FP in Singapore after the announcement that Riverview Hotel was converting to the brand several months ago.

The hotel underwent major refurbishment and was scheduled to open on 1 July 2016. I have been to Riverview Hotel on several occasions for dinner, and thus the hotel is not new to me.

However, this would be the first hotel opening I am invited to and I was so excited!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Hyatt Regency DaNang: Luxurious but perhaps forgettable

Hyatt Regency DaNang

Right at the Marble Mountains, Luxurious but perhaps forgettable

Stayed March 2016
Published June 2016



My first long visit to Vietnam and I really loved it!

This was over the long weekend of Good Friday and I had already booked my stay at a different hotel much earlier. A very fantastic one. But this entry on the Hyatt Regency, so please 'stay tuned' for the update.

While planning for the flights, I found out it was much cheaper to fly the day before my confirmed hotel booking and thus I had to extend my stay for a night in DaNang. As I love to try different hotels, I looked for another place to stay. After some research on the (poor) availability (of chain hotels) and prices, I settled on the Hyatt Regency.

The price was less than 5 million Vietnamese Dong (I really had problems with the currency), which works out to be less than SGD$300 for the night.