When I began travel hacking, I knew I would be getting a return on my investment for putting my time into researching loyalty programs by receiving room upgrades and what not. Well it seems that sometimes if you play your cards right, you score big. This is the most expensive hotel room I’ve stayed in to date, and its at the Intercontinental Singapore.
I booked a King Shophouse Room ($369 SGD before tax) with the BOGO Ambassador Certificate, something you receive that allows you to book two nights at the price of one after enrolling into the Ambassador program. I had the intention of being upgraded 1 category to the newly renovated King Shophouse Suite ($648 SGD before tax). My IHG app indicated that I was. However, 1 week before the stay, I was upgraded to the Executive Suite ($1053 SGD before tax). Even though this was better value, I preferred quality to size. Upon check-in at the executive lounge, I expressed my disappointment and kindly asked (I knew it was a long-shot!) for an Ambassador Suite ($1593 SGD before tax) which i received. Due to the BOGO certificate, I was effectively paying around $200 SGD/Night for a room that costs almost $2,000 SGD/Night!
After waiting for an hour for my room to get ready (which I didn’t mind), and trying to contain my excitement, I received my key card and went to the top floor of the hotel. As the lift doors opened, I saw the double doors to the Presidential Suite which seductively called out to me as I walked past them. The living room is absolutely huge, with floor to ceiling windows and a raised ceiling height. A dining table and sofa chairs, enough to host a big party. In fact, I daresay this room is bigger than a 4-room HDB flat.
The living room has a separate work desk from the bedroom, in its very own enclosed space. The furnishings were decorated with displays of ceramic art which gave the room a kind of blend between a Colonial and Chinese theme.
Since this year is the SG50 milestone, the Ambassador Gift that I received was tailored around that. This is Baba the lion, which can be friends with my monkey plushie from the Conrad Bali Resort .
The bathroom was small in comparison with the rest of the humongous room. I would have at least expected double-basins. But this was understandable since the room is of a dated format and they have not come to renovating the upper floors yet.
The club lounge at the Intercontinental Singapore is considered as one of the best Intercontinental Club Lounges in the world, and it holds up to its reputation with a great afternoon tea and a bustling cocktail hour service with quality food made better by the service-oriented lounge staff.
Unfortunately, I did not like the main buffet spread here during breakfast, and it fell short of my expectations. Nevertheless, they had quite a number of live stations and food quality was above average.
This was a very exciting stay for me, and exactly the reason why I really appreciate the Ambassador program and recommend it to others. It also reminded me why I started this blog. I look forward to more insane upgrades in my later stays.
The Ambassador enrollment costs $200 USD, and you immediately get the value back with a BOGO Certificate, on top of an Ambassador status at all Intercontinental Hotels (recognised as Platinum level), and a jump to IHG Gold status. It is also the first step of an easy journey to instant IHG Platinum, the latter being an enrollment into the IHG Dining Rewards program.