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SPG Mileage Run – 3 Hotels in 7 Days

Before the combined rewards programs becomes effective on 18 August between Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards and Ritz Carlton Rewards, I thought it would be a good mileage run attempt to stay in SPG hotels while I was in Singapore for one week last month.

Singapore Nights from Courtyard Marriott Novena
Singapore Nights from Courtyard Marriott Novena

To qualify or maintain for an SPG Gold elite status is quite achievable as I’d only need to fulfill either 10 stays or 25 nights in a calendar year.

The perks of having a hotel elite status are:

  • Multiplier points
  • Room Upgrades
  • Early Check-In
  • Late Check-Out
  • Complimentary breakfast (at certain properties)
  • Special line at check-ins

I initially became loyal to SPG not because of these perks, but because the fact that SPG points is transferable to over 30 airline partners including Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, American Airlines and many more. I’ve covered the value of becoming an SPG member in the past and how I love this universal hotel rewards program.

I had flown in a number of premium cabins thanks to SPG points – among them are:

With the 25% bonus points for every 20,000 points transferred, this is a very generous bonus as no other programs would offer this kind of transfer bonus on a regular basis.

Another experience we’ve benefited from the program was for our trip last year in the East Coast when we stayed in  4 cities and 4 hotels for free  (Boston, Providence, Cape Cod Bay and New York City).

The advantage of the recent SPG acquisition by Marriott, is the status match benefit, which means if you’re a Gold elite status with SPG you’ll be a Gold at Marriott, and vice versa.

Here’s a link to a more detailed explanation on the combined rewards effective in August 2018.

I’ve highlighted the 3 hotels that we’ve stayed in in the photos below, one hotel is a winner for the pool and facilities, one other hotel has a great sizable room and immaculate service, and the other offers a unique experience but had an OK room,  so none of the three really exceeds in all factors.

 

Courtyard Marriott Novena (Marriott Rewards)

This hotel has an extremely humble entrance right behind Novena Square and next to Mt Elizabeth Medical Center.

The hotel lobby itself is located on the 22nd floor and the ambience completely changed into a luxury hotel once you’ve reached this level.

Sky 22 - Courtyard Marriott Novena
Sky 22 – Courtyard Marriott Novena
Check-in at 22nd Floor
Check-in at 22nd Floor
Sky 22 - Courtyard Marriott Novena Restaurant
Sky 22 – Courtyard Marriott Novena Restaurant

With my husband’s current platinum status with Marriott Rewards, we were assigned a room in the top-floor with a great view overlooking the city.

View from our room on the 30th floor.
View from our room on the 30th floor.
Guest Bath
Guest Bath
Guest Room
Guest Room
Guest Room
Guest Room

I was quite surprised with how small the room was considering there’s 4 of us staying in the room.

Unfortunately the room sizes in this hotel were all the same size so we couldn’t get upgraded to a larger or suite room, which is something I had missed when making a reservation. However this property is one of the affordable Marriott hotels in Singapore during this high season of the school holidays, so budget worked for us quite well.

View from Gym 33rd Floor
View from Gym 33rd Floor
Rooftop Pool
Rooftop Pool
Rooftop Pool 33rd Floor
Rooftop Pool 33rd Floor

Highlight from this hotel is the rooftop pool and breathtaking view of the city.

 

St Regis Singapore

St Regis Singapore

As glamorous as this hotel is, I’m personally not a fan of a classic palatial look and prefer a modern or eco-friendly type of hotel.

But this hotel does offer a first class service the moment we arrived.

St Regis Check-In
St Regis Check-In
St Regis Lobby
St Regis Lobby
Astor Bar
Astor Bar
Lady Astor Room
Lady Astor Room

St Regis Singapore Living Room St Regis Bathroom

Personalized Welcome
Personalized Welcome
Welcome Note from the Butler
Welcome Note from the Butler
Pool Area
Pool Area
St Regis Gym Facility
St Regis Gym Facility

Highlights from this hotel is the personalized Butler service, gym facility and location.

 

Le Meridien Sentosa 

Le Meridien Sentosa is located right across the Imbiah Station Monorail. One of the best ways to get around Sentosa Island is by monorail and this hotel offered just that.

Right at check-in, the reception immediately identified my husband’s SPG Platinum status and organized for a free room upgrade to a suite with an outdoor jacuzzi.

Part of the benefits of becoming a Gold or Platinum member is the 4PM late check-out perk which they offered straight away but had to decline since we’ll be flying out around midday anyway.

Le Meridien Sentosa Lobby
Le Meridien Sentosa Lobby
Le Meridien Sentosa Lobby
Le Meridien Sentosa Lobby
Guest Room
Guest Room

It was pretty impressive how the room has a generous size of outdoor space and Japanese onsen experience, but the guest bedroom itself was pretty ordinary, including the bathroom.

Le Meridien Sentosa Bathroom

The highlight of this hotel was the breakfast selection and of course the jacuzzi, but other than that the hotel itself was a little outdated and room sizes are not as spacious as other hotels.

Outdoor Area
Outdoor Area
In-room Japanese Onsen Experience
In-room Japanese Onsen Experience

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