Hotel Review: The Scarlet Singapore

Here’s my honest review of The Scarlet Singapore!

I was a guest at this The Scarlet from November 15 – 19 2018. I’ll be reviewing my stay based on the 5 most important things I believe a hotel should be rated on: Location/Safety, Staff Friendliness, Room Comfort, Ambience, Amenities.

Location and Safety 10/10

This hotel is conveniently located on the edge of Chinatown less than a 10 minute walk from the CBD (central business district). Singapore is pretty small in general so getting around is easy via taxi or the immaculately clean MRT underground stations. The front desk is more than happy to call a taxi for you whenever you need one.

My favorite thing about the location of this hotel though, is the proximity to the fun local bars in Chinatown. My favorite of which being, Forest Darts Cafe, where the locals come for a night of hilarious karaoke. That being said, the service at this particular bar is a bit racist (they only skip over tables with different ethnic groups in favor of of the local Chinese guests) – but the singing is very funny to watch. I’ll come back to this in a different blog post.

Staff Friendliness 10/10

The staff at The Scarlet are super friendly and polite. All my interactions with them were positive.

Room Comfort 8/10

I arrived after check-in time but my room wasn’t ready and I had to wait in the lobby. I was ok with the short wait, however, when I got to the room it had this weird musky smell that I couldn’t stand, so 2 points off just for that alone. Normally, I’d have asked for a room change but I was exhausted from my flight from Hong Kong so I just went to bed.

The bed was comfortable enough and the room had a fridge which is always a plus for me. There’s also an umbrella in the closet for those rainy Singapore days :D.

My favorite thing about this room however, was the mobile “assistant”. The hotel provides each room with a cell phone for guest to use to make local calls or find their way around the city. Pretty damn cool!

Ambience 9/10

I’m a BIG fan of boutique hotels, and as far as they go, this one was super stylish. It did have a bit of an old muggy feel to it though, hence the point reduction. There’s a difference between antique and just plain old, and this hotel kinda just narrowly misses the plain old vibe.

Amenities 7/10

First thing I’m going to talk about here is the restaurant that’s attached to the hotel. it has different ownership and it complete trash – which really ruins the reputation of the hotel itself. The food is decent but the service is ridiculous.

I went to the restaurant downstairs to get some lunch at Casa Tartufo, and before seating me, the host put his hands in my hair!! He literally reached out and put his fingers on me!! Obviously I was appalled and took a couple steps back but decided to sit down anyway.

This restaurant on it’s own gets a 0/10. Once seated, the host AND the waiter that took my order decided to stand right beside me staring at me and talking about my appearance. Now I’ll say this, a lot of taxi drivers mentioned to me that it’s not very common to see a black person in Singapore, especially one being as dark as myself – but this service was atrocious. I’ve never felt more uncomfortable in my life. I was so uncomfortable that once my food came, I asked for a box, packaged it myself, and went to eat in my room.

The other hotel amenities were fine. I think I just chose the wrong dining option at this hotel(there are 2 others).

Overall rating: 9.4/10

I enjoyed my stay here and would recommend the hotel itself to my friends and followers.

Hotel Review: Meliá Barcelona Sky

Here’s my honest review of Meliá Barcelona Sky hotel!

I was a guest at this Meliá hotel from October 19 – 22 2018. I’ll be reviewing my stay based on the 5 most important things I believe a hotel should be rated on.

1. Staff Friendliness

My rating on the staff at Meliá Sky is a 10/10. Here’s why:

  • Check in was hassle free. We were met by a very polite gentleman around 11pm and he made us feel right at home. He also gave us a pass that allowed complementary entry into one of the local popular nightclubs.
  • At checkout, they stored our baggage for us for countless hours while we went to enjoy the beach, which we really appreciated.
  • We had to work out of their Level Lounge for a bit during the day when it’s quiet. The staff there were more than friendly and accommodating.
  • The only thing I will complain about is that, though they were very sweet, the housekeeping staff wouldn’t stop knocking on our door 😂 Let me explain. We drank too much on Saturday night and were having a bit of a lazy day on Sunday morning. Housekeeping tried to come in and clean the room on multiple occasions between what felt very early and about 5pm when I finally let them in. I’m not deducting any points for this because no one asked me to be that hungover in the first place…but geez let a b*tch sleep!!
Hotel from outside
Lobby area at night
Lobby area during the day

2. Ambience

My rating on the ambience is a 7/10. Here’s why:

A. Cleanliness

There was nothing that stood out to me as unacceptably dirty at this hotel. Although the carpets on the 17th floor where we stayed were a bit worn and looked like they could possibly be stained.

17th floor hallway

B. Decor

This hotel has a very weird theme going. Kinda like it’s trying to be a boutique hotel when it isn’t. Honestly my running joke the whole trip was that it looked like an alien brothel. Like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Which if that’s your thing then you’d love it here.

The only thing I specifically hated was the picture hanging in my room that made me feel instantly drunk upon first glance. It also really didn’t fit the theme.

Trippy picture in our room

C. Serenity

Here’s honestly where majority of the points were deducted. We stayed in 1711 and it was NOISY. Not sure if it was the neighbors or what but on one of the nights it sounded like someone was trying to force their way into our room. We also heard doors slamming repeatedly every single night.

3. Room Comfort

My comfort rating is an 8/10. The beds were comfortable once you got them to stop rolling around. Idk why the hell their beds are on wheels tbh. I did really like the pillows though. It’s hard for me to find pillows that don’t hurt my neck and these ones were honestly perfect.

Our beds

I also liked that the shower and toilet were in separate rooms because there were two of us, so it was super convenient.

Now let me tell you my biggest grievance here. The lighting was terrible and the mirror was half missing or something. Doing makeup in this room is almost impossible.

Size of vanity mirror

4. Safety

My safety rating is 8/10. Nothing bad happened here except for the afore mentioned incident where it sounded like someone was trying to open our door late at night. However, our room didn’t have a safe which I would have liked.

5. Restaurant Options

My rating here is a 9/10. I did like that there were 2 restaurants and bars in the hotel. One by the lobby and one upstairs by the Level. Breakfast hours were reasonable, which is all I can ask for. Nothing worse than waking up too late and missing breakfast.

However the breakfast selection did not taste that great ☹️.

Breakfast buffet

Dinner did taste much better! But for the price I could have at least gotten a side to go with the meat on my plate.

Dinner at the lobby bar

The room also has a mini bar which is handy if you come home drunk, starving, and willing to pay €5 for a mini box of Pringles.

Mini bar in room

Overall rating: 8.5/10