During the September school holidays, we went for a staycation at Festive Hotel. Festive Hotel is one of hotels at Resorts World Sentosa, and known to be the more family-friendly one. So let’s check it out!
Parking at Festive Hotel
Finding the correct place to park at the HUGE carpark of Resorts World Sentosa is no mean feat. Because there were NO direction signs inside the carpark pointing to Festive Hotel! This is because Festive Hotel is not directly linked to the carpark. So here are directions to the nearest point in the carpark to Festive Hotel:
1) Go to the WEST Carpark. You will be entering from the basement level.
2) Follow signs to Convention Centre / Hard Rock Hotel.
3) Go up to LEVEL 1 of the carpark. This light green SS 09 zone is the nearest zone to the lift lobby.
4) Park as near to this green lobby for the convention centre as you can.
5) Go into the above lobby and take the lift up to LEVEL 2. Then EXIT the building and turn LEFT.
Enter Festive Hotel from the side entrance as shown in the photo above.
Festive Hotel Lobby
When traveling with kids, there is nothing more welcoming when you enter a hotel lobby than to find a play area for kids! Here are Festive Hotel, there was a Lego shop at the lobby, providing Lego tables to keep the kids entertained while the parents check-in!
Official check-in time was 3pm and check-out time was 12 noon. We arrived at about 2pm and were delighted to be able to check-in right away!
Around the Hotel
There was a strong orchid theme throughout Festive Hotel. Orchid btw is Singapore’s National Flower.
You can find the orchid on the carpets.
And in the lifts.
During our first stay, we booked the deluxe room which only had 1 king bed. Kids aged 12 and below could stay for free if they were using existing bedding.
If you need more space, you can either book adjoining rooms, or book their Family Room. Below is a photo of our family room during our second stay here.
The toilet was spacious, but it didn’t have a bath tub. Which was pretty disappointing for the kids, because the one thing they looked forward to in hotel stays was to soak in a bath tub.
The room had a balcony. But we were struck by haze when we were there so we didn’t bother much with the balcony.
I think our room was supposed to have a view of the cable cars (which would have been pretty cool). But the cable car was not running while we were there?! Maybe due to the haze. Anyway here is the night scenery from our room:
Hot water flask, bottled water and some tea / coffee / milo sachets were provided. There was no mini bar (not that I ever used one in any of my hotel stays).
If you need some snacks, there was a snack vending machine next to the lift lobby.
Together with the snack vending machine, you can also find the ice machine.
On the television, there were movies-on-demand. Selection was nothing to rave about, I have seen better.
I know I also complained about crappy movie selection when I was at Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson. You know what? I think I should that take complaint back. Because at least the moves there were free. Here at Festive Hotel, the movies were chargeable. The kids wanted to watch Transformers, but it cost a whopping $19.26!
Festive Hotel Swimming Pool
Since there was no bath tub nor free movies, we decided to get out of the room in spite of the haze to head down to the swimming pool.
The swimming pool here was open from 7am to 8pm daily (except Wednesdays where it is open from 9am).
There was a water play area next to the swimming pool.
Since we were only here for a day, we didn’t swim here and headed for the more famous swimming pool at Hard Rock Hotel.
Hard Rock Hotel Swimming Pool
Update: Hard Rock Hotel Swimming Pool is now only accessible to guests of Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, and not guests of other hotels at Resorts World Sentosa such as Festive Hotel. We have kept the information on the Hard Rock Hotel pool below for reference, should the pool be a deciding factor for you between choosing between staying at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore and Festive Hotel.
Guests of Festive Hotel were free to use the swimming pool at Hard Rock Hotel. Use the side exit (near the lift lobby) of Festive Hotel to get to Hard Rock Hotel.
The pool here was open from 7am to 8pm daily. There was a towel counter right beside the entrance to the swimming pool, so no need to bring your own towels.
And welcome to Hard Rock Hotel’s superb swimming pool – which looked more like a beach!!
There was a water play area and a slide beside the pool. But the slide was not open when we were there. (Bummer.) The kids had a blast at the water play area – literally!
Okay, here’s one more photo to prove that MF was actually perfectly happy and having loads of fun:
And so was the little one!
As it turns out, the water play area was not the most enticing part of the swimming pool at Hard Rock Cafe. It was the pool bar.
The kids had a swell time sitting at the pool bar, sipping orange juice and eating nuggets!
And of course, not forgetting the fries. LOL!
At Hard Rock Hotel, you can also find a Kids Club where you can drop off your children. Staff will be there to conduct activities for your children.
Opening Hours for Kids Club: 10am-10pm Daily
(Last registration at 9pm)
Charges: $12 per hour per child
Minimum Age Requirement: 3 years old
Getting to the Casino / Attractions
There was a shopping arcade stretching between the various hotels at Resorts World Sentosa. To get to the attractions and casino, walk along the row of shops until you hit the escalator going down.
Take a ride down the fancy escalator…
And voila! You have arrived at the Casino!
To get to other attractions, make your way out to the forum where you will find escalators to go back up to the street level where the attractions are.
Free Night Time Shows
If you are at Resorts World Sentosa with kids, chances are you won’t be heading to the casino at night. But don’t forget to catch the following shows – they are FREE!
Crane Dance takes place at 9pm at the Waterfront. Please check the schedule online because there are some nights where the Crane Dance does not take place.
Lake of Dreams
The other show to catch is Lake of Dreams which takes place at 9.30pm at Festive Walk. Again, do check the schedule online to see if it is on while you are there.
Information on Festive Hotel:
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
- Take North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station.
- Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.
- Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station and walk straight until you reach the Lake of Dreams.
- Walk up the flight of steps next to the Lake of Dreams until you reach a lobby with a pair of Botero statues.
- Turn right to Valiram and walk past the row of boutiques to get to Festive Hotel.
Tel: +65 6577 8888
Official website: Homepage
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