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#1 B.feral3

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

We're heading over to the UK next year. When travelling with the kids we always stop for at least one night in each direction. It gives us a shower and a bed before jumping onto that next horrid long haul flight.

Emirates have the best fares at the moment for our dates and destination so we've decided on 2 nights in Singapore on the way over and 2 nights in Dubai coming home.

I was after some accommodation recommendations in these cities. Central to everything, not necessarily the cheapest place. Also, who has taken kids to Dubai? Is there more to do than just shop? Sightseeing options would be great if anyone knows first hand.

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Edited by Bek+3, 17 March 2013 - 09:59 PM.

#2 Apageintime

Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

Singapore has some great accomodation down on sentosa island which would be great for kids. Its right near universal studios.

Singapore is pretty cheap to get around (even if you stick to taxi's).

Dubai, there's indoor skiing, some great mosques, beaches if you like swimming. The old school would be interesting if your kids are school aged (Al Ahmadiya School). You can also ride camels. There would be plenty to do for kids on a stopover in Dubai I think.

#3 Fabulous

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

We stayed at the Intercontinental hotel in Singapore last year with our kids and really liked it. We caught the train from the airport to our hotel which was a breeze. It is in a central location and there is an indoor shopping centre joined to the hotel

#4 carls888

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

In Singapore we like the Intercontinental or the Ritz Carlton.


#5 2bundles

Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

Marina Bay Sands. A swim in the rooftop pool is an experience in itself!  
On Sentosa Island, we found the Festive Hotel was the only one with family rooms.

Dubai - Atlantis to stay. Try Arabian Adventures for a desert tour.

#6 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

Dubai - heaps of stuff for kids to do. Wild wadi water park, ski Dubai (indoor snow skiing, I kid you not), ice skating, kidzania, Arabian adventures tour.

#7 B.feral3

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:18 PM

This is perfect feedback. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much. It better to hear it from people who have been there and done that than pick something from a website or brochure.

Thanks again.
Oh, and I had no idea there was so much to do in Dubai. We thought we'd be shopping and looking at buildings for 2 days!!

#8 dynamitee

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

We stopped over in Dubai for three nights in june and stayed at the Atlantis.  Kids refused to leave the hotel because of the water park.  Plus they got to swim with the dolphins.  I wish we'd stayed a week.  And the food, oh the food ...

The other similar option on the mainland is jumeirah beach hotel - it also has a water park attached.  

If you are going during the summer season you pretty much won't want to do anything else.  It was 44 degrees when we were there.

#9 B.feral3

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:39 PM

Bugger. I've looked at the Atlantis through Emirates own stop over packages site and accommodation booking sites and they all say that we exceed that maximum amount of guests for one room.  ddown.gif It looks fantastic though. WOW!!! I'll call them on Monday and double check. When I leave out our then 20 month old we can stay but if I put him in we can't!!

Off to Google the other recommendations. Thanks again.

#10 babychacha

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:43 PM

We stayed here for a few weeks. Serviced apartments. Not that you'll need to do any washing or want to cook dinner but its nice to have a mini kitchen.

Its above a shopping centre with supermarket, food outlets, etc.

Great swimming pool, small indoor and outdoor play areas for kids. Its about 10 mins from the main shopping drag - Orchard Road - which I preferred but still had everything going on.


#11 iwanttosleepin

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:44 PM

Would recommend Jumeirah Beach hotel in Dubai.  Great Location.  Free access to the Wild Wadi water park and heaps of restaurants onsite.

Atlantis also a great place, but not as close to the rest of Dubai.

#12 B.feral3

Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:57 PM

Just bumping this thread.... life has got in the way and we still haven't booked anything.

I am having a lot of trouble finding anywhere that will allow all 5 of us in the one room.

My question though, would you recommend we stay on Sentosa Island or in the more central district? We thing we might visit the zoo or aquarium while we are there. Not sure yet. We're only there for 2 nights on route to London.

Also, hotels around Clarke Quay seem more reasonably prices. Is this really out of the way though in terms of getting to the attractions and walking to shops and restaurants?


ETA: We are half considering staying at the YMCA International at this point because the hospital is the only place that will put us in one room!! Does anyone have feed back re this? It's still about AUD 260 per night for the family room but anywhere else we will be paying that + PER ROOM X 2.

Edited by Bek+3, 17 March 2013 - 09:58 PM.

#13 Aisimali

Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:47 AM

We stayed at Furama Riverfront as a family of six in an executive suite. We paid around $300 a night I think. (It was a few years ago) I emailed them directly to confirm our numbers and then booked through expedia.  We booked as 2 adults, 1 child and 1 infant using existing bedding and then requested roll away for our other 2 children. As it was our luggage arrived 28 hours after us (we were returning from London) and they couldnt have been more helpful.
I wouldnt stay out at Sentosa for a 2 day trip unless you only wanted to visit out there. Taxis are so cheap in Singapore so we just used those to get around.

#14 2bundles

Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:01 AM

We stayed at flora park apartments in Dubai. They were central and very spacious and across the road from the mrt.

Can't help with Singapore. We struggled to find hotels to take 2 kids!  Clarke Quay would be fine. Everything in Singapore in close.

#15 carls888

Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:45 AM

We have just booked at the Mandarin Oriental and they do a free night offer, which makes it work out cheaper. In a suite they will accommodate a family. I think it was stil $400 per night though.

My SIL booked at Swissotel and they allowed a family there too, but with the MO offer it works out around the same price for us.


#16 B.feral3

Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

Thank you very much. I am looking into all these options now. I think I am just going to email hotels directly. I'm finding the accommodation search engines so temperamental. I put in 2 adults and 3 kids in for the Furama Riverfront and a list of room options came up which was great. Lucky I didn't book though because when you click on the room, the fineprint says max 2 occupants or 3 with a rollaway charged a 60 per night. Annoying!!

#17 Lil-Mum

Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:15 PM

Watching this thread as we are also planning to go to Singapore and Hong Kong in September and need accommodation for 2 adults and 3 kids.

Let me know if you find any suitable accom in Singapore, Bek+3.

#18 vonmax

Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:20 PM

Ive booked the Bayview Hotel for us.Nowhere near as flash as some of the options mentioned above but they do have a pool,are close to everything and have family suites that take 4 and the room sizes are supposed to be okay(will find out soon whether this is true I guess!). You can always check out there website to see if  they do roll out beds for the 5th child. Good luck with your search.

#19 monet

Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

I live in Sing but can't help much with hotels as we never need them!  I wouldn't stay out at Sentosa for a short stay.  Clarke Quay has an MRT and plenty of restuarant options around.  I haven't heard much about the YMCA but it has a pool, is close to an MRT and you can walk to the Orchard shops and restuarants.

#20 B.feral3

Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:26 PM

Thank you all very much.

We have narrowed Singapore down to 2 options. Once I have that booked (tomorrow is the plan) I'll move onto Dubai!!

The the PP who is also looking at Singapore for 2 adults and 3 kids... I'll detail my research!!

Basically, if you put 2 adults 3 kids into any of the popular accommodation search engines (Expedia, Quickbeds etc) you will find there are no results. Even when you put 2 adults and 3 kids into the hotels OWN search engine it will tell you that there is nothing available OR it will quote you for 2 rooms.

I have emailed hotels directly though and get a different story. Several have been more than happy to put 5 in a room. I emailed the Furama Riverfront as suggested by a PP. they were very pricey though. About $350 per night. The YMCA will also put us in the one room - a family room that comes with 3 singles but we can add another single. (Our baby will share with us anyway.) Also, the Swissotel Merchant Court will put us in one room.

YMCA S$235 inc taxes per night including the additional rollaway. (AUD181 per night.) That also includes breakfast and free wireless internet.

Swissotel Merchant Court is S$270 per night including taxes. (AUD208 per night.) Breakfast is approx AUD$30 per adult AUD$15 per child. Also, internet costs extra.

One is a hostel and the other is 4.5 star so it's probably a no brainer, especially with only a $30 per night difference but I can't decide. The hostel seems to be a better location, includes breakfast, and we can browse the web at night when the kids are in bed. (I don't fancy paying what the Swissotel ask for wireless.) Also, even though the room wont be as nice at the hostel, it still seems quite ok. I am happy to spend much more in Dubai than Singapore because in Singapore we don't plan to be at the hotel except to sleep.

Here is someone's blog where they have photographed the YMCA. (It also gets GREAT reviews. So does the Swissotel but I wasn't expecting much out of a hostel but I'm surprised.)


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