March 16, 2014

Flying with Chelsea Clinton on Singapore Airlines: Conrad Centennial Singapore

Exploring Singapore
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class Singapore to San Francisco

After arriving on SQ flight 11 at 3AM, we made our way to the Conrad Centennial Singapore where there was no line to check-in.  I had booked the hotel prior to Hilton's point devaluation and was able to book 5 nights in a standard room for 160,000 points (the stay would now cost 240,000 points).  We were actually only staying 4 nights but needed to "pre-block" the night before given our very early morning arrival.

Singapore skyline from the Conrad

Rooms were going for ~$300 USD all-in so I was getting .94 cents/point.  That is actually pretty good for HHonors points.  I had emailed a bit with the hotel to see if we could score an upgrade to the Executive Lounge floor which I had heard was one of Conrad's best.  As a Hilton Gold (earned through signing up for the Citi Hilton Reserve Card) they promised they would do their best but couldn't guarantee anything.


Upon check-in, we were in fact upgraded.  Executive floor access gave us access to the wonderful lounge, free buffet breakfast in the restaurant (which was fantastic) and evening cocktails/snacks.  This is one strategy for reducing out of pocket expense when traveling internationally.  If you can get lounge access at a hotel of this caliber, you get free breakfast and in many cases, the evening cocktails and "snacks" can actually be dinner!  We definitely took advantage of this each night and had many glasses of champagne starting at the gorgeous Singapore skyline.

Emily enjoying the lounge

The room was a fairly standard King room.  Spacious and clean, it was more than adequate for our stay.  Emily's favorite part had to be the Conrad rubber ducky who seems to play nice with our Lufthansa ducks at home.

Conrad Singapore Bear and Duck

The hotel was set in a fantastic location.  We could walk over the Helix bridge to Marina Bay Sands in 10 minutes, was connected to a metro station, and had great views of the skyline.

Conrad Centennial Singapore King Room

Singapore is pretty warm most of the year (no exception during our visit) and we were able to cool off a couple of times in the hotel pool.  All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at the Conrad Centennial Singapore and are looking forward to returning in July.

Conrad Centennial Singapore Lobby

After four great days in Singapore, we woke up early on Friday morning rested and ready to go.  We checked out, grabbed a cab and made our way to Singapore Airlines's First Class check-in.

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