The ONE°15 Marina Club located in the exclusive Sentosa Cove of Singapore is definitely one of the most unprecedented lifestyle destination. More importantly, it offers world-class marina facilities for boat-owners as well as club facilities for her esteemed members. What a lot of people do not realise however is that certain parts of the marina club is actually open to public as well. For instance, the WOK°15 Kitchen offers a really affordable weekend buffet lunch (inclusive of dim sum) that everyone (public and members alike) can take advantage of.
The ONE°15 Marina Club also has 26 nautical-themed rooms and suites which offer scenic views of the marina as well as the nearby hills in Sentosa. While I have stayed at the W Singapore - Sentosa Cove previously, I was rather excited to check out the Marina View Room over at the ONE°15 Marina Club. I got to the country ahead of time and since I had a lunch reservation at 12:00PM, I decided to try my luck at checking-in before lunch (approximately 11:50AM) to leave my bag but I was quickly turned down at the reception. In fact, I was immediately told that "[the check-in time] is at 2:00PM". Needless to say, I was pretty disturbed by the fact that the receptionist did not even look to check whether any rooms were available. With that being said, I did receive a phone call half-way through lunch notifying me that my room was ready though.
The Marina View Rooms here at the ONE°15 Marina Club are one category above the lead-in room type - the Hill View Room (which are actually slightly bigger). The room that I stayed in was approximately 35sqm in size and the design of the room was actually quite simple and clean (which I love!). Complimentary WiFi is provided though logging in actually requires a generated access code (which was handed to me upon checking-in) instead of the usual room number and last name. That said, the WiFi was actually fast enough for me to watch plenty of Netflix in bed. The Marina View Room also comes with a 40-inch LCD TV that has a number of cable channels but as I have mentioned, I was happy with both the speed of the WiFi to catch up on TV Shows as well as the amazing view from my private balcony.
Looking out to the peaceful Sentosa Cove and having a view of the marina at the doorstep of your room is simply therapeutic and it was everything that I needed that weekend (especially after jostling my way around Hong Kong the previous weekend). There is also a small coffee table as well as two chairs on the balcony where you can sit and enjoy the view.
The Marina View Rooms here at ONE°15 Marina Club comes with either a queen-size bed or twin beds but what is interesting is actually this control panel that you find on the side of the bed - this allows you to control everything from your air-conditioning settings to the lights that you can find throughout the room. On the other side, there is a bluetooth speaker with a USB charging port which makes it perfect for you to use your iPad and mobiles phones in bed without having to worry about running out of juice. The bed itself was also quite comfortable and even though it is definitely not as fluffy as say the Heavenly Bed, it provided the right amount of back support for a good night's sleep.
There is also a mini bar fridge here in the Marina View Room and it has been left empty intentionally for you to stock up your own snacks and drinks. There is actually a Cold Storage grocery store located just three minutes stroll away so don't worry about having to bring in what you think you want - simply purchase it from the supermarket here instead.
Tea and coffee-making facilities can also be found in the room - to be honest, I was quite surprised to find a Nespresso machine here (even some five-star hotels in Singapore do not have it in their rooms) and two complimentary coffee pods are provided. I believe they are replenished daily when your room is being made up but I can't be sure. Teabags are also provided on the side if you prefer to have your dose of caffeine in a different flavour profile.
The bathroom in the Marina View Room comes with a deep-soaking bathtub that is actually lower than 'ground level' - this means to say that you actually need to step down into the bathtub when you actually use it. The design of this shower and bathtub hybrid (essentially a 'shub') is actually quite clever since you will still get to enjoy a rainshower (especially since the bathtub is low enough) and a soak whenever you like. In fact, you can even enjoy a rainshower while enjoying a soak in the tub - unreal! There is also a built-in television in front of the bathtub so you can actually enjoy your favourite TV programs while relaxing in the water. Since the speakers are located behind the TV, the volume is actually louder outside than in the bathroom
On the other side of the bathroom, you will find the toilet as well as a sink with mood-lighting installed - how's that for chic? You should be able to find most amenities here and the hairdryer is located just under the sink if you are having trouble locating it.
I understand that the hotel used to provide Miller Harris bath amenities but I think they have replaced them with simpler and cheaper in-house branded bath and body gels now. I also thought that some bath salts (which fit into the whole nautical theme) by the side of the tub would have been good though honestly, I never quite understood the use of them - do they really help you to relax?!
If you wish to head outside the ONE°15 Marina Club for food, enjoy a leisurely walk by the marina and find yourself at the Quayside Isle in less than five minutes. There is a pretty decent selection of restaurants over here and if you are looking for recommendations, Gin Khao Bistro as well as Blue Lotus are both good (even though the latter is fairly inconsistent). If you are looking for cheap local food, there is a Let's Eat restaurant which is located at the corner of the Quayside Isle that sells local delights like the Chicken Rice, Laksa and much more.
I took a slow stroll back from the Quayside Isle to the ONE°15 Marina Club after finding some food and was craving for a drink. The ONE°15 Marina Club does not have a executive lounge that guests staying over can access (and I do not expect it to have one - this is not a chain business hotel anyway) but I was seriously in need of a drink so imagine my surprise when I found out that the Boaters' Bar (located in front of the marina club) has a happy hour promotion that runs from 6:00PM to 9:00PM every day (expect Mondays and Tuesdays).
Cocktails are priced at a reasonable S$13++ per glass (all-day) and bottled beers are 1-for-1 during happy hour. The bartender who was there (unfortunately, I did not catch his name) was also someone who seemed to not only know what he is doing but he also gave me the impression that he is actually happy to be there - seriously, there is a lack of quality waitstaff and service workers in Singapore so that is definitely a breath of fresh air. The Boaters' Bar also served up local delights like Hokkien Prawn Noodles, Beef Hor Fun as well as Lobster Laksa for a reasonable price. I was actually craving for pizza so I ended up ordering one at the bar and while it was quite good, it took quite some time to come.
I got back to my bedroom after a number of drinks and was half tempted to sleep on the chair outside - enjoying the breeze while looking out to this view was truly calming.
I got up fairly early the next morning and headed down to Latitude for buffet breakfast. Since I actually got there before 8:00AM, the restaurant was almost empty and so I picked a table that faces the marina once again. There was a 'live' egg station so I ordered myself a plain omelette and picked out some of my favourites in the buffet spread. Expect to find some hot dim sum, noodles, rice, cold cuts, sausages, hash browns, bacon as well as breakfast cereal here at Latitude in the morning. There seemed to be an issue with the coffee machines while I was there so I ended up with an earl grey tea instead.
If you are here with your family, you would be happy to know that there is a freeform swimming pool here at the ONE°15 Marina Club where guests staying over are welcome to use as well. In fact, since it is actually on the street level, you can actually enjoy the marina view while working on a tan. The ONE°15 Marina Club also has Segways that the hotel guests can rent to explore the surrounding area easily.
The ONE°15 Marina Club is a refreshing change to the usual city staycations that I do over weekends. If you are looking for a trendy hotel with an amazing pool, the W Singapore - Sentosa Cove is your best bet but if you are looking for something a little more affordable but more importantly, someplace a little more laid back and family-friendly, the ONE°15 Marina Club offers you to chance to experience the Sentosa Cove life for a weekend without having to shell out large amounts of money.
In fact, the weekend lunch buffet over at WOK°15 Kitchen is priced at just S$38++ per adult and I am just not certain that you can find anything that is cheaper and better at this price point in Sentosa Cove.