Marina Bay Sands Hotel Review – is it worth the expense?

Marina Bay Sands

We had been dreaming about staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore for many years but never could justify the expense. However, for a special big 50th birthday, we decided to blow the budget, and tick off one of the things on our bucket list. So we booked to stay for one night before we joined our cruise on the Mariner of the Seas.

Transfer from Changi Singapore Airport to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel will provide a Limousine transfer, however, the cheapest rate at this time $120 (£60).

Tip – Get a normal taxi from the airport, this is very easy to do. We followed the Taxi signs just outside the arrivals hall and found it easily, we jumped in a taxi, paid $24 (£12) and arrived at the hotel 20 minutes later.

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Hotel

Things in Singapore do not come any bigger than the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. It has 2,561 luxury rooms and the triple towers are joined by the world’s biggest cantilever roof by a huge boat like platform that serves as a resort. The sky park as it is called has restaurants, gardens, an observation deck and an enormous 150-metre infinity pool. It is an iconic landmark that can be seen from miles away.

Checking in at the Marina Bay Sands

We had booked a Grand Club Room so were able to check in at the Club desk. This was situated in Tower one and easy to find. The service was excellent and very efficient, the concierge took care of our suitcases and they were delivered to the room. Check in time at the Marina Bay Sands is at 1500, however, we arrived extremely early at 0900 due to our flight time. This was not a problem as the concierge looked after our bags and we were given access to the pool area until our room was ready.

Tip – get there early and it gives you more time to spend in the pool.

The Room at the Marina Bay Sands

We booked a Grand Club Room with City View which was situated on the 37th floor in tower 2.

Here is a video tour of our first impressions…

As you can see we were chuffed to bits with the room, when the curtains opened the view was just spectacular. The bathroom was amazing with a separate shower, toilet and stand alone bath with stunning views over to the Gardens by the Bay. This was an extremely comfortable room with a lounge and dining area included and we couldn’t fault it.

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View from Grand Club Room 3769

The city view at night was something like have never experienced before, we hardly slept as we just could not get enough of this view!

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Singapore skyline view from our room

Tip – Pay the extra for the city view and the Club55 as it really is worth it.

Club benefits at the Marina Bay Sands

Staying in a Club room gives you access to Club55 a first class lounge on the 55th floor which has amazing views both towards the city and over the Gardens by the Bay.

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View of Gardens from Club55

Breakfast was served in Club55 and was excellent, the bacon was superb the best we had ever had it, it just melted in your mouth. There was a great selection of usual breakfast fare and some more unusual fare which went down very well.

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Breakfast at Club55

Between 2pm-4pm, afternoon tea is also served, this includes all soft drinks, pots of tea and coffee, cakes, cookies, fresh fruit with clotted cream. There is also savoury snacks and a particular favourite of ours was the spicy chilli crisps.

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Club55 executive lounge

Between 5pm and 7pm there are complimentary alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages available, along with a buffet selection. The champagne and cheeses with truffle puree went down particularly well.

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Champagne time in the Club55

The service was second to none and our waiter Kodies was exceptional.

Tip – Make sure you utilise these facilities as the views are amazing and the service superb.

The Infinity Pool at the Mariner Bays Sands Hotel Sky Park

The infinity pool is on the 57th floor within the Sky Park and is the largest in the world at 150 metres. It is open from 0600 to 11pm, in fact the pool was busier at night than it was in the day. Your room key card gives you access to the pool.

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Infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands

The pool is as impressive as we expected but the water was surprisingly cold. We were a bit nervous swimming to the edge but actually when you look over the edge it is not a sheer drop it is stepped so didn’t freak us out!

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Chilling at the edge of the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands

Here’s a little tour of the Sky Park including the pool area….

We have never experienced anything as spectacular as this pool area and we would of loved to spend more time here.

If you are not staying at the hotel you cannot access the pool but you can access an observation desk at the Sky Park at a cost – details are available here.

Tip – Make sure you visit the pool during the day and during the evening as it is a very different experience.

Checking out of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Check out was at 1100, the concierge service was efficient and smooth. We asked for a taxi to the Marina Bay Cruise Centre which arrived promptly, when we got in the taxi we realised that it was not a normal taxi but a limousine taxi which has a fixed fare of $50 (£25). This was unfortunate as our taxi ride was very short, you could see the cruise terminal from the hotel and would of cost us approximately £5!

Tip – don’t just ask for a taxi, always ask for a normal taxi not a and don’t get in before you check this.

The Location

The Marina Bays Sands Hotel is in the perfect location. The Bayfront MBS is directly by the hotel so exploring Singapore is easy. Normal taxi’s are also readily available.

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Gardens by the Bay

Within the vicinity is 800,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, housing many top designer names, called the Shoppes, it has a canal running through its entire length. The world’s largest Louis Vuitton store is found here. Every night there is a 13-minute laser, light and water show called Wonder Full. The Gardens by the Bay are within walking distance and the famous Merlion also sits across the bay from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

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Merlion

The Cost of staying at the Marina Bay Sands

The Grand Club Room cost a total of $775 (£380) for one night. We could of paid approx £280 for a lower floor with a garden view but paying extra for the Club55 access and the city view was priceless.

Tip – Do be aware that everything in Singapore has tax added 10% service tax and GST 7% total so the price you see is not always about what you pay it is always 17% more, so always check the total.

Conclusion

Was the Marina Bay Sands Hotel worth the expense?

Well that would be a big fat YES, it definitely was worth every penny!

Our one night staying here will always remain as one of the best nights of our lives, and we know we will talk about it fondly for a very long time. Our advice to you is if you are thinking of booking a stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel then do it!

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51 Responses to Marina Bay Sands Hotel Review – is it worth the expense?

  1. Frank says:

    Looks amazing! $775 per night amazing, I don’t know. That’s a lot of cash for one night. We’d probably more likely come for a few drinks and retire back to the YMCA (my lodging the last time in Singapore).
    Beautiful photos, it is definitely worth a visit.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Hi Frank,
      It was a lot of cash but justifiable only due to the big 50 birthday! It is an amazing place and is definitely worth a visit. Thanks for the comment.
      Carole

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  5. Anisa says:

    Wow Wow Wow. When I was last in Singapore this wasn’t even built. I have heard lots about it but loved seeing your video and hearing your perspective. I hope to visit someday and will definitely follow your tips – they are really helpful. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    • Thanks very much for your comment. It was a wonderful experience that we said we wanted to do once in our lifetime, but now would like to repeat. It really was worth splashing out! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  6. This looks like a fantastic way to celebrate a big occasion. I’ve always wanted to stay there whenever we visit Singapore, but the price (and having to get a 2nd room for the kids) has kept me away. The view is wonderful, and I’m glad to know that the infinity pool is not, in fact, a steep drop off.
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    • Hi Michele,
      Thanks for the comment. It really was a wonderful experience and one we would like to repeat. I have a real issues with heights and was very anxious after paying so much that I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy the pool, but it was fine. In fact when you get to the edge and look down there is another ledge so not a sheer drop. The views are superb and at night it was magical. Would definitely recommend a stay but maybe when the kids have grown up so you just have to pay for one room!!
      Carole.

  7. Garth says:

    Wow well done you two for splashing out! We did a similar thing in Las Vegas at The Wynn for Phil’s 40th! Looks like you had a great time and the room with those views are breathtaking!! When we visited Singapore we went to the Marina Bay Sand’s rooftop bar, and were very jealous of the hotel guests with that incredible infinity pool! would loved to have tried that! especially that urban view at night, must have been great with all the skyscrapers lit up! thanks for sharing your story!

  8. Must of been an excellent experience judging by the pictures alone!
    Love the food and the infinity pool and completely agree with you on the view.

  9. Wow, what an amazing Hotel. I have seen it in Singapore but have never stayed there. Its expensive but worth it for a 50th Birthday. I agree the Club Pass is the ticket. What spectacular views from the room, pool, club house and restaurants. Great review, love the photos and video and pinned for later. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment. The club pass is well worth it for the extras especially in an expensive city such as Singapore. The views were something we had not experienced before, amazing! Would love to go back. Thanks for pinning!

  10. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Birthday trip! It is nice to hear that you had a great time. A bit sad to read that the water of the swimming pool was cold 🙂 The food looks amazing and your room looks so so big on the video!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing an honest and informative review with us 🙂
    Patrick and Cecile from http://www.travel4lifeblog.com

    • The room was a great size and the views amazing. Even though the water was cold we did enjoy our time in the pool, something I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do as not so good with heights. Thanks for your comment.

  11. Wow! It looks absolutely stunning and guess what? I just sailed past it this morning. I took a few photos from the yacht but the sky was not very clear and therefore the photos not that good! Oh wel,l I will just have to visit Singapore again and before I do I will have to save my pennies so I can stay at the Marina Sands! Thanks for an informative review and awesome photos!

    • Oh wow sounds like your on a great trip, where are you heading on your yacht? We are so glad we saved our pennies as it was so worth it, and would love to stay there again. Thanks for your comment.

  12. SamH Travels says:

    Wow that view!! I think I would have stayed up all night starring at it too. The video is a great touch as I loved your reactions when you opened the curtains! yes it’s a lot of money but worth every penny for a view like that !

    • We didn’t get a lot of sleep! This was the first hotel where the curtains opened as soon as you put the lights on, great effect and then that view did blew us away. Was so worth every penny. Thanks for your comment!

  13. Jenn says:

    This place looks great! I keep seeing it pop up all over social media too! Thanks for sharing your experience here… We may have to go check it out for ourselves one day!

  14. Happy belated birthday!! And I don’t blame you for splashing out for such an occasion – it’s definitely worth it, you deserve it! What is there not to love though – those stunning views, afternoon tea, complimentary champagne … now you are talking my language, this is just heaven! I’m not going to mention the infinity pool, I’m far too jealous (darn, I just did!). So glad you had an amazing time and it was worth it! #feetdotravel

    • It was definitely worth paying extra for the Club Room all the added extras did make the stay perfect, and the pool…..thought I would mention it again lol! It really was a special time and a night we will never forget. Thanks for your comment!

  15. Lisa says:

    I can see paying it once for the occasion and just the sheer wonderful experience. Those views can’t be beat and just the extra goodies. Yeah, I would do it too! Glad you enjoyed with NO regrets.

  16. Travel Lexx says:

    Wow, I have toyed with the idea of staying there previously but just couldn’t quite afford it on my way home from living abroad and travelling for two years. Looks like an absolutely stunning experience and I will have to definitely do this one day. I have been to the observation deck and even the pool area (if you dress up nicely and say you are going to the bar, they will let you in) but staying there is a different thing altogether! Thanks for sharing

  17. Vyjay says:

    That was a lovely experience and total value for money. We saw the marina Bay Sands, but only from the outside during our last trip to Singapore. I look forward to celebrating a birthday or anniversary there, seems a great idea.

  18. Lauren says:

    Singapore looks amazing! I’m hoping to travel through here at some point and hopefully will get to visit this incredible hotel!! Totally want to try out the first class lounge 👏

  19. David says:

    The Marina Bay Sands is really a modern icon of Singapore but I’ve never known anyone or read an account of staying there. Glad to hear its worth the price. The club benefits seem pretty good too. Really looks like quite a spectacular place.

  20. Helena says:

    What a great read! I stayed in the Marina Bay Sands quite a few years ago and absolutely loved it!

  21. Kreete says:

    This is amazing! I have always wanted to stay there and now I know I definitely will one day! I thought it would be more expensive than that, and I am glad to find out it’s not. Loved the videos you uploaded too! Made me feel like I was there with you! Thanks for the review and I am glad you had such an amazing time! I wouldn’t want to leave the hotel haha!

  22. Well that has made my mind up! We are definitely going to stay at some point! I think for £380 it was fantastic – last time in Singapore I just looked longingly at the hotel – next time we are in!!!! Thanks for posting !
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    • It took us ages to book it as we kept trying to justify the expense, however it was the best decision we made! If you can afford to upgrade to Club it really is worth the added extras, and the city view was amazing we hardly slept! Do it you won’t regret it 🙂

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  24. Ruth says:

    I think this place is on every traveler’s list. I would have upgraded too. I mean, if you are going to stay there one night to celebrate, well, it is better to do it in style. I think I will stay for the pool and the views but glad to know there is good food too. #WeekendWanderlust

  25. Great post guys. We visited the MBS when we were in Singapore and went to the rooftop bar to watch the sunset. The views were stunning! I totally understand splashing out for the big 50, but even then I think I would struggle to spend that much on one night. With that said, that’s just me, and I can definitely see why you would think it’s worth it. We saw a BBC show recently called ‘beyond the lobby’ where they went behind the scenes at the hotel and it was insane! Good tips on taxis etc and useful information re: location. Thanks for sharing.

    • We watched the show to it was amazing to see what happens behind the scenes. The way they care and give out the uniforms was a fantastic system! Thanks for your comment.

  26. I only visited on a long layover but can see how wonderful that hotel would be to stay in. Not sure I’d ever leave with all the Club 55 amenities!!

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