Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Marina Bay Sands 滨海湾金沙酒店

The only place that I would like to check out during my short holiday back home was the newly opened Marina Bay Sands hotel.
在我短暫的回家假期裡,我只想去剛開始營業的濱海灣金沙酒店看看。

Sky Park 空中公園
 
You'll need to queue for the $20 Sky Park tickets at Tower 3 if you would like to check out their stunning view and incredible swimming pool that was only accessible to hotel guests. If you applied for their privilege card, you can get a 30% off voucher for a Sky Park ticket. If you dine at their Sky Park restaurants, you can also access there for free.
想去空中公園的話,得在第3塔買$20的入門票。上面的風景很漂亮,但是獨特的游泳池只開放給住客。假如你申請會員卡的話,就能享有一次7折的入門票。假如在上面的餐廳用餐的話,可免費進入。

The Sky Park is located at floor 57 and there are only two restaurants: "Ku De Ta" and "Sky on 57". Reservation is strongly recommended because when we were there, both were fully booked till 9.30pm. Both restaurants are reputable for fine dining but Sky on 57 was said to be heavily short handed and unable to receive phone calls.
空中公園位於57樓,有兩家餐廳:Ku De Ta和 Sky on 57。我強力推薦預約,因為我們去的時候兩家都已經客滿了。而且Sky on 57因為人手不足,無法接電話!

We lingered around till sunset for the night view. Their pool was cool.
我們在上面逗留到日落看夜景。游泳池很酷~

We can see our durian head Esplanade from here.
從這裡可以看到遠方的榴蓮頭。

We can also see the river filled with wishing boats and Fullerton Hotel behind.
還可以看到浮滿了許願船和的新加坡河和對岸的Fullerton Hotel.

This is the nice looking Flyer, which has the most boring ride.
美麗的Flyer,但是坐上去很悶。

Restaurants 餐廳
This is some waste-of-water show at their convention and shopping mall at the opposite, where the casino is.
對面的會議所和購物中心,也就是有賭場的建築,有時會有這種浪費水的秀。

Due to the school holidays and end-of-year season, all restaurants that we went to were fully booked although it was a Monday night. Even food court was crammed with people. It was a huge disappointment that many restaurants were still unopened. Hotel staff were not even sure about the store and restaurant locations or whether they had opened or not. Overall, it was a chaotic and confusing experience.
雖然是星期一晚上,但是因為是學校假期,又加上是年末,所以我們去過的餐廳都沒位了。 連食閣都擠滿了人潮。很多餐廳也還沒開始營業,讓我大感失望。就連酒店人員都不太清楚商店和餐廳的位置和到底開了沒有。總得來說,是一個很混亂的經驗。

We finally went to a cafe called Beanstro near the Chanel boutique, which was the only place with seats at 8pm.
我們終於在一家靠近Chanel的咖啡店“Beanstro”吃晚飯。在8pm是我們唯一找到位子的地方。

We ordered roasted lamb leg $29 and it was really well done, finally something good for the night.
我們點了$29的羊腿,終於結束了我們又混亂又飢餓的夜晚。

Their Florentine fruit cake was really good too.
水果蛋糕也相當好吃。

This Linzer surprise cake was not bad, with a fruity flavor and strawberry glaze on top.
這Linzer蛋糕也不錯,有水果味道和草莓醬在上面。

My thoughts 感想
My opinion about this place would be better if only all restaurants are opened and hotel staff were well informed about their shops and restaurants. I could sense that they were heavily short-handed and could not handle the holiday crowd well.
我覺得假如所有餐廳都開始營業,和酒店員工都了解他們的店鋪和餐廳的資料的話,將會更好。我也可以感覺到他們因人手不足,無法很好地應付假期的人潮。

I would also rather have the traditional store listing like what Suntec has, than the interactive store directory map, which was responding poorly. If they can improve their communication between the concierge and restaurants, we wouldn't have to walk from one place to another place to ask and waste our time and energy. My rating for this place would be excellent if only all shops and restaurants are opened.
我也比較喜歡像新達城一樣的店鋪目錄和地圖,因為電子目錄反應不好。酒店和餐廳的溝通也有待改善,害我們走來走去問來問去,浪費體力和時間。假如所有的商店和餐廳都開始營業的話,給與這地方的評價才會更好。

To get there by public transport 公共交通:
Take MRT to Marina Bay(North South line) or Promenade (Circle line) mrt, then take a bus down. There should be a small notice pasted somewhere, which teaches you how to get to MBS. Otherwise, you can always ask the MRT staff.

From Marina Bay mrt exit B, turn right and you'll see MBS. Walk towards MBS and cross the road. From there, many people simply chooe to walk, but if you're lazy like us, just turn left and walk to the bus stop to take bus 106 or 133. If you're lost, taxi fare costs around $7 during peak hour.

搭地鐵到Marina Bay(North South線)或Promenade(Circle線)地鐵站,然後轉搭巴士下去。快出地鐵門卡的時候應該會貼有告示,教你如何到濱海灣金沙。要不然可以問那裡的工作人員。

從Marina Bay地鐵站的B出口轉右,直走過馬路可看到MBS。假如選擇走到MBS的話,可以繼續往前走,要不轉左到車站搭106或133巴士。假如迷路的話,計程車費在繁忙時段約$7。

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