Friday, January 12, 2018

Weekend Staycation: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Family Package

About 1 month ago we enjoyed a weekend family staycation at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.

In a way, it was a nice holiday to get over our long Japan holiday hehe and a simple, relaxing time to bond with the family in the comfort of a luxurious 4 star hotel before we started hustling for the new year.

And since it's been a crazy 2 weeks settling into our new family schedules for 2018, let me just say that I'm truly glad we went for that staycation haha. 

What I like about the location of Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is that it's outside the bustling Orchard Road that's mad crowded during the holiday season, yet close enough to go there, Chinatown, or even Marina Bay Sands if we want to.

It is also a mere 5 minutes walk from Robertson Quay {one of my fave areas in Singapore}, or Tiong Bahru, a charming neighbourhood home to an eclectic variety of beloved eateries and cafés, and local shops.

We've stayed at a few Holiday Inn hotels and resorts over the years {e.g. Holiday Inn Resort Batam, Holiday Inn Bali Benoa}, and they never fail to impress us with their special attention towards families and children not just with their staff service, but with their amenities and facilities too.

This time, we took advantage of Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium's current Famtastic Weekend Staycation package which includes,
  • Kids Welcome Pack
  • Family Movie by the Pool
  • Kids In-hotel Activity
  • Buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids 12 years and under 
  • 30 mins Kids Free Play at Waka Waka {5 mins walk away, giant indoor kids playground at Annex @ Furama}
  • Polaroid Memory Photo upon check-out
  • Complimentary Parking
  • 15% OFF Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant and 1-for-1 lunch / dinner buffet at Atrium Restaurant

Lil Pumpkin literally ran to our hotel room and was absolutely thrilled when she went in and saw her cute Kids Welcome Pack!!

It included her own pair of kids bathroom slipper, soft fleeced animal bathrobe {hotel use only, available for sale at $21.40 nett per piece}, tooth-brush, Milo sachet and a little game book pack to keep her entertained during our stay.

Not that she needed extra entertainment, really, as there was heaps of things to do at the hotel and honestly not enough time..

We were given a room on Level 22 with a double and single bed... and it also came with the usual amenities like TV, kettle, mini fridge, bath-tub, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap etc. Very comfy and spacious.

As soon as we settled in our room, I brought her down to the hotel pool at Level 6 for a splashing good time.

Gonna give myself props for actually remembering to bring our water guns for the staycation hehe..

Oh, if you need to, you can also borrow kids floats from the reception area.

Unfortunately, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium does not have a Kids Club, but every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm - 5pm, Famtastic Weekend Staycation children guests get to enjoy a complimentary in-house activity such as finger-puppet making, cookie decorating, play-doh sculpting, or water-colour painting.

These activities are supervised by at least 2 hotel staff experienced in dealing with kids so parents can choose to leave their kids alone there if they are comfortable with it and go for a quick date hehe, or stay there and join in the experiences too.

For the younger ones not interested in those activities, there are also toys available for play. Would be nice if they had some family board games available too..

When we were there, Lil Pumpkin spent some time painting with her daddy and the hotel staff before she decided that she wanted to join us in the hotel gym for a workout before dinner..

Later that night, we were having an early Christmas dinner with my parents as Atrium Restaurant was having their annual Festive Delights buffet, which we ate at 2 years ago.

Had good memories of the restaurant and buffet so looked forward to eating there again... but also needed to make sure that we earned our extra calories for the feasting!!

The hotel gym is located next to the pool and is pretty well-equipped. Managed to get a decent whole body workout in before our meal.

There were some machines there which I've not seen before but found to be very versatile, and it's a good thing that they are open 24/7 as I needed to head back there after our buffet dinner for some extra cardio haha..

I'll share more details of this hotel gym later on as part of my gym reviews series.

Atrium Restaurant's Festive Delights buffet {click to read my review & see more pics} did not disappoint and especially with the 15% additional discount for hotel guests on top of the one-for-one promo, it made for a really satisfying, value-for-money deal.

Sumptous fresh seafood such as Snow Crab, Oysters, Crayfish, Sea Snails, Mussels, Prawns etc. is part of their mainstay but there is also Whole-baked Salmon, Fresh Sashimi, Signature Laksa, Chilli Crayfish {the boy's go-to dish for the night haha}, Lamb Stew, Kueh Pie Tee and so much more!

Just for December, they also added Christmas delights such as Roast Tom Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing marinated with Fresh Herbs & Spices in Natural Turkey Jus & Baked Honey Glazed Gammon Ham with Orange Cinnamon Sauce over at the Carving Station but with the Chinese New Year season coming up, you might want to head down on 15-17 February 2017 for festive CNY treats to usher in the Year of the Dog.

I saw on their website that during those 3 nights {6.30pm - 10.30pm}, there will be a special Atrium Restaurant Yusheng Station to toss to prosperity and other highlights include Black Pepper Crab, Chinese Beef Steak, Drunken Prawns in Herbal Broth, Braised 10-headed abalone with vegetables, and Deep-fried Nian Gao etc.

And yes, the one-for-one promo applies during the CNY festive dates too.

As we were so busy feasting and chatting, we missed the special movie screening for Famtastic Weekend Staycation guests at the poolside about 8pm. It's a lovely move-under-the-stars treat as the guests get to relax on comfy beanbags at the pool deck while snacking on complimentary popcorn and water/soft drinks.

Might be too cold for a dip then but if you're up for it, the pool is still open then until 10pm as well hehe.

We all concussed out that night on our comfy beds and woke up about 9am to head down for breakfast. The boy went down to gym first {what's new?? heh} and met us at the Atrium Restaurant for a sumptuous international buffet breakfast.

The restaurant was sooooo packed!!! We had to wait a while for our table but everything was very systematic and just like last night, the service staff were very efficient and prompt in clearing empty dishes and getting your orders.

Lots of food choices again ranging from a variety of bread, cornflakes, salad, muesli to the usual Western dishes like sausages, bacon, pancakes etc.

There's also an Egg Station where the chefs will cook the eggs to your request and have them sent to your table. You don't even have to wait for them to be ready as all you have to do is to pass them a little card with your table number on it. 

Oh FYI, families dining at Atrium Restaurant can also ask to borrow a pack of Holiday Inn's exclusive Chatterbox Conversation Cards that encourage the family to chat and engage in meaningful conversation.

It's just a deck of cards of random questions to ask one another but it encourages you to talk to each other and find out things about one another you might not have known. Lil Pumpkin loved the game and I loved that we didn't keep looking at our phones throughout the meal...

The boy had to go back to work for a while so Lil Pumpkin and I had another dip in the pool while he was away... although he did come back to join us in the pool as Lil Pumpkin wanted to play with him there too #daddysgirl

The outdoor pool gets plenty of fresh air & sunlight, and has a clear view of its surroundings but I reckon I'd have liked it better if there were some waterplay features for the kids at the wading pool, or even some pool toys available for rental.

After that, it was time for check-out.. boohoo! The bad thing about weekend staycations is that they end wayyyyyyy too soon!!

Just before we left, the friendly staff took a Polaroid picture of our family for us to take home a little piece of our unforgettable weekend at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. So sweet of them..

There's 9 long weekends for 2018 so if you are thinking of going for a weekend staycation then, check out the Fam-tastic Weekend Staycation package that is available for booking every weekend from SGD 220++ per family.

The next one is for Chinese New Year in February so you could stay at the hotel for your staycation, and also take advantage of the value-for-money CNY buffet dinner at Atrium Restaurant that I mentioned earlier {15% discount for hotel guests + 1-for-1 deal} to host your CNY family gathering!! #winning #yourewelcome

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Fam-tastic Weekend Staycation
317 Outram Road
Tel: 6733 0188
Price: From S$220++ per room per night. Kids 12 years and under stay & dine free {T&C applies}

*Disclosure: This is a review for Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. All opinions my own.


nina said...

This looks absolutely lovely. The hotel is so clean and what a great range of food. One of my prerequisites, when I go on holiday, is that it has a gym. Can't go on holiday and not do exercise! I love your matching mother and daughter outfits - how cute!

Theresa Mahoney said...

It looks like a really lovely place to stay. It seemed like you had the pool almost to yourselves, which I think it a nice perk. Too many people splashing around and having to maneuver around makes it no fun.

An Apel a Day said...

I worked at Holiday Inn. It was my first real job besides babysitting.

How fun to feel like you get away, but don't have to drive and drive.

Veronica Lee said...

It certainly looks like a lovely place to stay. Their Famtastic Weekend Staycation package sounds wonderful.

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

What a fun place for a staycation, Ai.. I know it’s only January but I do believe I need some good vacation as well! I’m a platinum member of IHG as well :)