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Fragrance Crystal Hotel, Singapore (3*)

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Fragrance Crystal Hotel is a budget hotel located in the middle of the red light district in Geylang area. It is around 30 minutes by taxi from the airport.  They have three types of rooms:

  • Superior: 12 sqm, 1 queen-size/2 single-size bed, shower
  • Deluxe: 13 sqm, 1 queen-size/2 single-size bed, shower, mini  fridge
  • Superior family: 15 sqm, 1 Queen-size and 1 Single-size bed
The room and shower is standard for budget hotel, basic but clean. Interior is minimalist yet practical. Mini fridge is only available at deluxe room, no wardrobe/closet/drawer and window at all rooms can not be opened (locked permanently).

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All rooms has got facilities:
  • Free Wifi
  • Cable TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Telephone (Free Local Call)
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
Another items:
  • Safe is available at the front desk
  • Iron and Ironing Board is available upon request

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Fragrance Crystal is only a 15 minute walk from the nearest MRT station called Aljunied, a 5 minute walk from bus station and also easy to find a taxi from the hotel. Many local restaurants and shops which are also a walking distance. The hotel has no restaurant or breakfast room but there are many choices outside.

I stayed in this hotel last December for 3 nights. To be honest, this was my first time to stay at the hotel in this area, so I did make a lot of searches about the hotel and reviews before decided to book the room via Agoda. I was traveling with another 3 friends stayed in this hotel, and thought this is Singapore, there should be no problem to stay in red light district area. My thought on this hotel:

PROs

  • Inexpensive room rate, unless you make the booking last minutes and at high season period (as my experience).
  • Easy access for public transportations.
  • Easy to find restaurants, but mostly Chinese food.

CONs

  • Location is in red light district area, so many massage parlors and adult shops in this particular area. Not recommended for any woman traveling solo or with children. It is safe, but not comfortable.
  • Could not get rest in this hotel as it is very noisy. You could hear other guests talking in the hallway, or from other room, even in the middle of the night or very early morning. Based on review, people suggested to request a room at higher floor which is relatively more quiet. I got a room on the 4th floor and it is still noisy.
  • No fridge, no wardrobe/closet.

SUMMARIZE

Fragrance Crystal is value for money accommodation and has highly access public transportation. But, better to find another accommodation outside this area first. There are many affordable accommodation in Singapore. To me, I think this would be my first and last time to stay here.

I was staying in the hotel from 30 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017. I booked via Agoda.com. I got the rate was USD 93 net/night, yes, it’s a little bit overpriced for room in that area, but it was peak season (end year) and I booked very last minute. I think in the normal season, the rate should be around USD 45 – 55 net per night. If you like to check the current rate, please click here. Or you may compare the rate with my other favorite hotel booking platform; Hotels.com.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and never failed me. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information

Fragrance Crystal Hotel

50 Lorong 18 Geylang, Singapore 398824

Phone: +65 6844 7888

http://www.fragrancehotel.com/hotel/fragrance-hotel-crystal

Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang

Mungkin sebagian besar dari kalian sudah akan bilang: “mana bisa”. Tapi saya percaya banyak juga yang sudah mengetahui hal itu bisa dilakukan karena para traveler sekarang sudah pintar mencari cara untuk mendapatkan “good deals” dalam traveling.

Ada beberapa cara untuk mengumpulkan poin/miles/mileage penerbangan tanpa kita harus terbang sama sekali. Pertama kita rencanakan dahulu, kita akan fokus mengumpulkan miles penerbangan apa, apakah dengan Air Asia, Malaysia Airline, Garuda Indonesia atau Singapore Airlines. Dengan kita memfokuskan pada satu penerbangan, pengumpulan poin tentunya akan lebih cepat. Kenapa hanya empat airline itu saja yang saya sebutkan? Karena saat ini, baru empat airline itu saja yang mempunyai Loyalty Program yang bekerja sama dengan merchant/partner lain di Indonesia selain penerbangan, sehingga kita bisa mengumpulkan miles tanpa terbang. Lion Air dan Batik Air juga mempunyai Loyalty Program, namun dua Loyalty Program ini hanya mengumpulkan poin dari penerbangan yang sudah kita lakukan.

So, beberapa cara yang dapat kita lakukan untuk pengumpulan miles penerbangan, tanpa kita terbang sama sekali, sebagai berikut:

KARTU KREDIT CO-BRAND AIRLINE

Pasti kalian mempunyai kartu kredit kan? Jika ingin fokus untuk mengumpulkan miles penerbangan, sebaiknya ganti kartu kredit kalian dengan jenis co-brand airline. Di Indonesia saat ini ada beberapa bank yang menerbitkan kartu kredit tersebut (saya fokus di empat Loyalty Program dari empat penerbangan diatas). Kartu kredit co-brand airline itu antara lain:

  • Kartu kredit BCA KrisFlyer (co-brand BCA dengan Singapore Airline)
  • Kartu kredit Citibank Garuda (co-brand Citibank dengan Garuda Indonesia)
  • Kartu kredit BNI Garuda (co-brand BNI dengan Garuda Indonesia)
  • Kartu kredit CIMB Niaga Big (co-brand CIMB Niaga dengan Air Asia)

Kelebihan dari empat kartu kredit co-brand diatas, dapat dilihat disini.

note: sampai saat ini (June 2017) Malaysia Airline yang mempunyai Loyalty Program dengan nama Enrich belum bekerja sama dengan perbankan di Indonesia untuk menerbitkan co-brand kartu kredit/debit card. Enrich baru bekerja sama dengan CIMB Bank dan Maybank di Malaysia untuk co-brand kartu kreditnya.

KARTU KREDIT NON CO-BRAND AIRLINE 

Jika kalian sudah mempunyai kartu kredit (non co-brand airline), tapi tidak mau mengganti dengan yang co-brand airline, kalian masih bisa mengumpulkan miles penerbangan dari kartu kredit jenis non co-brand ini. Setiap kalian belanja, poin dari kartu kredit tersebut dapat ditukarkan dengan miles penerbangan. Kartu kredit yang bekerja sama dengan airline untuk penukaran poin adalah dari perbankan sebagai berikut:

  • Kris Flyer (Singapore Airline): kartu kredit Amex, ANZ, BCA, BII, BN, CIMB Niaga, Citibank, Danamon, DBS, HSBC, OCBC, Panin Bank, Permata Bank, Mandiri, Standard Chartered dan UOB. Untuk detail jenis kartu kredit dan jumlah perbandingan miles konversinya, bisa dilihat disini.
  • Garuda Miles: Hampir semua kartu kredit perbankan di Indonesia bekerja sama dengan Garuda Miles. Untuk detail jenis kartu kredit dan jumlah perbandingan miles konversinya, bisa dilihat disini.
  • Enrich (Malaysia Airline): kartu kredit Amex, BII, CIMB Niaga, Citibank, HSBC, Standar Chartered dan Danamon. Untuk detail jenis kartu dan jumlah miles konversinya, bisa dilihat disini.
  • Big Air Asia: BNI, Danamon, Mandiri, Panin, CIMB Niaga, OCBC, BCA, Standard Chartered, ICBC dan UOB. Untuk detail, bisa dilihat disini.

KARTU DEBIT

Sampai saat ini, jenis kartu debit perbankan yang bekerja sama dengan airline baru dari Bank Mandiri, BNI, BRI dan BTN khusus untuk miles penerbangan Garuda Indonesia.

Selain itu ada beberapa jenis tabungan perbankan dimana kalian bisa mengkoversikan poin di tabungan tersebut dengan miles penerbangan, yaitu: poin extra tabungan CIMB Niaga, poin reward di Tabungan Bunga Harian bank Commomwealth dan poin reward Manchester United Debit Card (bank Danamon).

PENGINAPAN/AKOMODASI

Untuk pengumpulan miles penerbangan dari penginapan/akomodasi, ada dua cara:

  • Booking langsung ke hotel terkait (pastikan memberikan nomor keanggotaan loyalty program kalian saat membuat reservasi ke hotel tersebut). Untuk detail airline yang bekerja sama dengan hotel/akomodasi ini adalah (klik link pada airline): Singapore Airline, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airline. Untuk Air Asia saat ini baru: jaringan Hotel Hilton, Sunway Hotel, Tune Hotel dan jaringan Swissbel-hotel International.
  • Agen booking hotel/online hotel booking. Ada beberapa online hotel booking, dimana kita bisa booking hotel via website mereka dan sekaligus bisa mengumpulkan miles penerbangan. Website hotel booking tersebut antara lain: Agoda.com dengan program PointsMAX (detail bisa dilihat disini), Rocketmiles.com, Kaligo.com, dan Booking.com.

RETAIL/PEMBELANJAAN

Ada beberapa merchant belanja yang bekerja sama dengan airline untuk pengumpulan miles, sebagai berikut:

  • Kris Shop (Khusus untuk miles Kris Flyer/Singapore Airline).
  • Grand Indonesia. Kalian harus mendapatkan membership reward Grand Indonesia (namanya GI Card) dahulu, lalu poin reward yang terkumpul di membership tersebut dikonversikan ke miles penerbangan favorit kalian. Saat ini GI Card baru bekerja sama dengan Singapore Airline dan Garuda Indonesia. Info mengenai GI card, dapat dilihat disini.
  • Pacific Place. Mekanisme sama seperti GI Card, kalian harus mendapatkan membership reward Pacific Place (namanya Pacific Privilege Reward) dahulu, lalu poin reward yang terkumpul di membership tersebut dikonversikan ke miles penerbangan favorit kalian. Saat ini Pacific Privilege Reward baru bekerja sama dengan Singapore Airline dan Garuda Indonesia.
  • Zalora.com. Bekerja sama dengan Air Asia Big. Detail dapat dilihat disini.

REVIEW PERJALANAN

Kalian dapat menulis review mengenai kunjungan kalian ke hotel, restoran, atau tempat wisata dalam Bahasa Indonesia di TripAdvisor (untuk pengumpulan miles Garuda Indonesia dan Air Asia Big) dan Garuda Indonesia Holiday untuk memperoleh miles tambahan dari penerbangan Garuda Indonesia.

TELEKOMUNIKASI

Khusus pengguna Telkomsel Gold dan Priority, kalian bisa menukarkan poin reward di Telkomsel Poin dengan Garuda Miles (perbandingan konversi: 500 Telkomsel poin –> 500 Garuda Miles).

SEWA MOBIL

Untuk di Indonesia, sewa mobil yang bekerja sama dengan airline hanya Avis dan rentalcar.com, untuk pengumpulan miles Kris Flyer (Singapore Airline) dan Garuda Indonesia.

KEANGGOTAAN GYM

Khusus pendaftaran keanggotaan gym atau aktivasi paket fitnes baru dari Celebrity Fitness, kalian akan memperoleh 1,000 miles langsung. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut mengenai program ini, hubungi call center Garuda Indonesia di 08041807807 atau +62 212351999 atau outlet Celebrity Fitness langsung.

Dari beberapa alternatif pengumpulan miles diatas, pasti ada salah satu yang paling cocok untuk kalian lakukan. Dari pengalaman saya, pengumpulan miles dengan kartu kredit co-brand merupakan cara tercepat karena dengan pemakaian kartu kredit co-brand tersebut poin yang terkumpul langsung dikonversikan ke miles dan jumlah perbandingan konversi lebih bagus dibanding konversi kartu kredit non co-brand.

Selamat mengumpulkan miles untuk mendapatkan tiket terbang gratis! Jika ada pertanyaan atau masukan, feel free to leave comment 🙂

H Sovereign Hotel, Bali (4*)

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Club Premier Room

H Sovereign hotel is located near Bali international airport. Therefor, it is perfect for anyone who arrives in Bali so late, or has to catch up very early morning flight. The hotel has 198 total rooms with five categories:

  • Deluxe room: 25 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Club premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Junior suite room: 39 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Executive suite room: 56 sqm, king bed, separate living/sitting area, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge

For all types of rooms have got this facilities:

  • 42” IP LED TV
  • Satellite TV Channel
  • Air conditioning
  • Body heat power sensor
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee & Tea Maker
  • Mini Bar
  • Wardrobe
  • IP PABX Telephone
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Room

H Sovereign hotel also provides a fully-equipped gym, spa, sauna, jacuzzi, yoga room and swimming pool at the rooftop. From this rooftop pool,  guests can view both sunrise and sunset, and sometimes a birds eye view of the planes taking off and landing.

Bath

Bathroom

For dining, H Sovereign has a Kitchen Meliwis restaurant (serves for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Owl Stone cafe and bakery (for coffee & baked goods), and 7 Clover Sky bar at the rooftop for light snacks & refreshments (started at 04.00PM till around 01.00AM).

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Corridor

The hotel is only a 10-minute drive from Bali International Airport, a 15-minute drive from Discovery Shopping Mall and a 25-minute drive from Kuta Beach.

I stayed in this hotel last January 2017 and booked for Club Premier Room. Based on my experience, these are “pros” and “cons” when stay in this hotel:

PROs

  • Very good quality of bedding (premium goose down pillows, luxury bed mattress and sheets). I am impressed with this quality of bedding as it’s very rare to meet this kind of luxury at 4 stars hotel.
  • Large and quiet room
  • The rooftop pool with stunning view
  • Location: in the main road of Tuban Street, near airport, close to Kuta area
  • Value for money: I booked for premier room with the rate about USD 54/night and got free upgraded to Club Premier Room and one free airport transfer. The booking made via Agoda.com. You may take a look the current rate here.

CONs

  • The hotel needs to pay attention on the maintenance. If you see picture number two, there is small area of paint peeling off on the wall near the bathtub.
  • The corridor is a little bit dark that gives impression of gloomy and not attractive.
  • Food at the restaurant is average, but this is not big issue for me.

SUMMARIZE

Recommended hotel to stay if you arrive in Bali very late or have early morning flight. Please make sure to compare with other recommended airport hotels: Hilton Garden Inn Airport Bali and Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport to get the best value for money accommodation. You may use Agoda.com and Hotels.com or other hotel platform to make the comparison. And if you decide to make booking via Agoda.com, please firstly read about my thought on “PointsMAX”; it’s interesting way to get an extra benefit from your accommodation booking.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and never failed me. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information:

H Sovereign Hotel

Jl. Raya Tuban No. 2, Lingkungan Tuban Griya, Tuban, Bali, 80361, Indonesia
Phone : +62 361 301 5555 Fax : +62 361 301 5588

Website:    http://hsovereignhotels.com/    Email:    reservations@hsovereignhotels.com