Parents around the world all know this: You can’t really, truly relax until you know your kids are safe, happy, and occupied. More so during a staycation, when all parents want to do is to get away from the hectic life momentarily and yet not having to fret over having to keep the little ones satisfied.
More hotels and resorts are definitely getting it, which are making it their business to cater to guests of all ages... with plenty of kid-friendly amenities and special spaces to entice families. And one doesn't get any kid-friendlier with kid-themed hotel rooms AND colourful themed bedding to brighten up a staycation!
To celebrate the festive season - that's Christmas & Chinese New Year - Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre is currently offering the Very Important Kids (VIK) Club for a limited time from now until 29 Jan 2017, which features special room set-ups for the little ones, welcome packs and a host of other kid-friendly amenities.
There are 2 packages available - BOOMi and Ocean themes. The latter features ocean-themed bedding while the former has the adorable BOOMi Bear plastered all over the room.
Nothing like brightly-colored bedding to endear the monkies to a hotel room!
Colourful bedding aside, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre has the reputation as one of the most centrally-located mid-range hotels in Singapore. Located just behind Centrepoint, it is within walking distance to the entire Orchard Road stretch.
We were upgraded to the Junior Suite, and had 2 extra single beds in the room. But if you have 2 or 3 kids, the Premier Room will suffice because did you know that Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre is one of the few hotels in Singapore that offer TWO double beds under the twin category? For a family of 4 or 5, there isn't any need to book 2 separate hotel rooms for that one staycation!
Of course, all BOOMi staycation packages come complete with kid-sized BOOMi-themed bathrobes and bedroom slippers too.
Upon check-in, all young guests are also gifted a BOOMi welcome pack which consists of a BOOMi sling bag, luggage tag, stickers and activity book.
Guess who is the one smitten with the welcome pack?
Guests who book the Ocean-themed package will receive the VIK Welcome pack which contains a sling bag, cap, toothbrush set and water bottle.
The pamphlet lists down 5 tasks that kids must complete during the staycation so as to obtain a small prize during check-out time.
Tasks include finishing one's breakfast to earn a stamp, and also giving the front desk staff a Hi-5!
One of the more unique tasks involve getting kids to take a selfie with the concierge staff, which the monkies duly completed.
Proof of their selfie. Heh.
And in return for their efforts, they were each rewarded with a Holiday Inn Singapore collar pin.
Nothing too fanciful, but it sure made the monkies' day... since no kid will be able to resist completing tasks and collecting stamps, no?
I have to say the Explorer's Guide is pretty refreshing and another equally unique feature of a staycation at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre is tablets are provided for the kids upon check-in as well.
Rather than the usual XBOX or Wii game consoles in the room, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre gives the option of loaning the tablets to younger kids free of charge. And the good thing is the tablet ONLY comes loaded with educational games from TOCA BOCA... and nothing else.
Ale is a huge fan of TOCA BOCA games, so it is not difficult to imagine how happy she was.
On every staycation, the first thing the monkies want to know is, does it have a pool??? Yes, this hotel has a great pool area located on the roof. There is also a toddlers pool for younger kids and a jacuzzi tub for those that like to soak and chill.
Buffet breakfast is available on the 2nd floor in Window on the Park, and the buffet spread had a good variety of breakfast items ranging from Western, Indian to local dishes.
The restaurant even stocks up on mini board games, books and other activities to keep the kids occupied during meal times. Something that I know that parents will highly nod in approval!
And since we stayed over the Christmas period, the hotel also organised kid activities for the little VIPs in one of its function rooms.
The monkies tried their hand at dressing up their own Gingerbread Man... and devouring it soon after.
Oh, and did I mention that all kids get a welcome drink as well?
This must count as the first time that parents do not get a drink, so I just had to make do with the potato chips. Sob.
With kids staying AND eating for FREE at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, it's no wonder that the monkies thoroughly enjoyed our short stay.
Personally, the hotel exceeded my expectations by offering a few features of what you might find in more upmarket properties. The rooms are spacious and comfortable while the hotel is not only kid-friendly but kid-preferred, judging from the monkies' happy faces.
The package includes a 2D1N Weekend Staycation in a Double Beds Premier Room.
Congratulations to CAROL NEO! You have won a 2D1N Weekend Staycation in a Double Beds Premier Room at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for prize collection details. Thanks!
Terms & Conditions:
- Staycation redemption is valid til 29 January 2017
- Maximum of 2 Adults and 2 Kids
- Valid for stay on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night only
- Prize voucher is non-refundable and non-redeemable for cash
- Room is subject to availability
- Prior reservation is required. Call +65 6733 8333 for reservations and enquiries
*Winner(s) will be contacted via private message for their contact and prize redemption details.
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
11 Cavenagh Rd, Singapore 229616
Room Rates: From $188++ per Premier Double Bed Room
Tel: 6733 8333