Singapore Staycation Breakfast Guide: What can you expect during Phase 2?

How are Singapore hotels changing up their breakfast offerings during Phase 2 staycations?

One of the biggest changes to the staycation experience during Phase 2 comes at breakfast. Current government regulations (and an overwhelming sense of hypochondria) mean that buffet spreads are out of the question at the moment. But people still need to be fed the most important meal of the day, so the question then becomes- what now? 

There are three main models that hotels can adopt:

  • Offer an a la carte buffet in the restaurant
  • Offer a set menu in the restaurant
  • Close the restaurant and do in-room dining only

Obviously, a la carte buffets are the preferred way to go, because guests can get unlimited helpings. Set menus can of course be good quality too, but more often than not they’re used by hotels as a stealthy way of cost-cutting. 

To try and give a clearer picture of which hotels are opting for what option, here’s a compilation of various staycation-approved 4 and 5 star hotels, their breakfast policies, prices, and menus where available. Hopefully this gives you a better picture of what’s on offer before you book.

See the breakfast guide here

What are hotels doing for breakfast?

W Kitchen Table
W Kitchen Table

A la carte buffets and set menus are now neck and neck. Of the 33 hotels in the sample, 16 offer an a la carte buffet, and 17 offer set menus. 

Hotel ALC Buffet Set Menu Price (Adult)
Amara Sanctuary Sentosa   $20
Andaz Singapore   $35
Ascott Raffles Place   $25
Capella Singapore   $45
Capitol Kempinski   $45
Fairmont Singapore   ?
Four Seasons   Varies
Fullerton Bay Hotel   $45
Fullerton Hotel   $45
Goodwood Park Hotel   Varies
Grand Hyatt Singapore   $40
Hilton Singapore   Varies
Intercontinental Bugis   Varies
Le Meridien Sentosa   $30
M Social Singapore   $20
Mandarin Orchard   $38
Mandarin Oriental   ?
Marina Bay Sands   $45
Marriott Tang Plaza   $35
Oakwood Premier AMTD   $22
Oasia Hotel Downtown   $30
Orchard Hotel Singapore   $28
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel   $20
PARKROYAL Beach Road   $28
Raffles Hotel   $72
Ritz Carlton Millennia   Varies
Shangri-La Hotel   $28
Sheraton Towers Singapore   Varies
Sofitel City Centre   $42
Sofitel Sentosa   Varies
St Regis Singapore   $49
The Barracks Hotel Singapore   $40
W Sentosa   $48

What’s surprising to me is that some hotels which were historically known for their buffet spreads have switched to set menu style breakfasts. This is the case at the Shangri-La, for example, which only serves two starters and a single set at The Line right now.

Furthermore, not all hotels have reopened their restaurants yet. The Ritz-Carlton Millennia, Le Meridien Sentosa and PARKROYAL Beach Road, for example, still serve breakfast via the in-room dining menu (which also means no refills). 

The median price of an a la carte buffet was S$43.50 per adult, with a low of S$20 (M Social and Amara Sanctuary Resort), and a high of S$72 (at the Raffles, where else?)

Are there any discounts for breakfast?

Fullerton Hotel Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak at Fullerton Hotel

Generally no. However, if your room rate does not include breakfast, some hotels may offer a discounted price if you purchase it at check-in, as opposed to at the restaurant itself. Be sure to ask upfront.

If you’re an Accor Plus member, it may sometimes make sense to not book the breakfast-included rate. That’s because you enjoy up to 50% off dining, including breakfast. Black-out dates may apply for the discount, so it’s best practice to confirm before your stay. 

As a reminder, small business owners can currently get a free Accor Plus membership with the Singapore Airlines Business Card. The card’s first year fee of S$299 is waived, and you also enjoy a free hotel night each year. 

Great deal: AMEX Singapore Airlines Business Card waiving first year fee- get Accor Plus for free (plus one hotel night)

How have my breakfast experiences been so far?

15 Stamford Breakfast
15 Stamford

I’ve reviewed the following hotels during Phase 2 so far:

Of the 6 hotels which served breakfast, my ranking (from absolute best to absolute worst) would be:

  1. The Capitol Kempinski
  2. Raffles Hotel Singapore
  3. W Hotel Sentosa Cove
  4. Mandarin Orchard
  5. The Fullerton Hotel (they were serving a set menu when I stayed, which has since been switched to a la carte buffet)
  6. Marina Bay Sands

The highs have been very high, the lows, very low. The single best breakfast experience so far has been at The Capitol Kempinski, where 15 Stamford delivers the same high standards you’ve come to expect at lunch and dinner. Nothing is too much to ask, and the kitchen will happily do special orders too. 

Capitol Kempinski Breakfast
Capitol Kempinski Breakfast

The worst has been Spago’s at Marina Bay Sands, a great insult to the restaurant which does such amazing food during lunch and dinner. You pay the same price for breakfast as at any other 5-star hotel, and the food is low quality, bland, and borderline inedible. Oh, and if you want fresh orange juice, they’ll charge you an additional S$7++. 

Marina Bay Sands breakfast
Marina Bay Sands breakfast

My next stay will be in a few weeks at the Andaz Singapore, which just reopened for stayation guests. Fortunately, the early reviews on breakfast have been very positive, so this should hopefully strike another high note. 

Conclusion

When Phase 2 staycations restarted, I mentioned it’d soon become clear which hotels would use the restrictions as an opportunity to innovate and improve their service experience, and which would use it as an excuse to cut costs. 

I think that’s nowhere more evident than at breakfast. At some point it’d be interesting to do a crowdsourced report card, but until then, do share any stories you might have. 

How’s your hotel breakfast experience been like during Phase 2? 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Renz

Chose dim sum set @ Fairmont Prego… came with miserable 3 siumai, 3 hargaw and 3 small soon kueh… thats all… in the end go out to toastbox and eat again. lol…

JW19

Shangri-La Valley Wing Summit Room – Phenominal. Caviar and champagne for breakfast, all hot dishes made to order. Service could do with some polishing though. Will likely beat the Kempinski’s.

J. Lin

Very helpful, thank you. Just cancelled InterContinental booking after finding out their club lounge is closed which they will put you to Ash & Elm restaurant.

Ryan

Just returned from a staycay at Intercontinental Bugis. Club experience at Ash & Elm is certainly worth it. The pastries are certainly high-quality, and offer a good variety everyday (menu changes everyday). Breakfast, however, was a nightmare. Waited 1 hour for the food today… That’s the only negative experience. I was upgraded from Twin Club Heritage Room to the Royal Suite as the upgraded room for being Spire Ambassador (to Junior Suite Twin) was being taken out for maintenance. Excellent deal for my stay.

Cliff

I had a staycation earlier this week at Grand Hyatt. The a la minute breakfast buffet was not too shabby, though some dishes like the char kway teow and pancakes could be improved. They did not tone down on the spiciness level of some dishes, like the mee goreng and the chili egg in the nasi lemak (I wonder if that is usually the case or simply because most, if not all, people staying now are locals).

SKT

Why is it called a la minute and not a la carte?

S. Ng

Breakfast at St Regis was a very underwhelming selection, reservations weren’t honored due to ‘high volume’ of diners and the promise of in-room dining in lieu was not followed through. The butler hotline was unanswered and after the stay, I requested for a manager callback to provide feedback but the call never came. Very disappointing.

James

I’ve just been to Hilton Singapore last weekend. It is in room dining with set menus.

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