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REVIEW: Get to Korea without flying with this themed staycay at Quincy Hotel Singapore

Open grassy space with benches and fairy lights at night
The hotel's outdoor space, The Lawn, decorated with with fairy lights (Photo: Quincy Hotel Singapore)

Quincy Hotel Singapore is a boutique hotel by Far East Hospitality. Located at Cairnhill Road in a quiet residential neighbourhood, it is a mere 10 minutes away (by foot) from the main Orchard Road shopping belt.

From now until February 2023, the hotel is offering a 3D2N ‘Cool Weekend Package’, which is a Korean-inspired staycation experience. It's great for those who miss travelling to Korea but might not be ready to fly over, or those who crave some respite with a themed staycation. We were invited to a hosted stay to experience the staycation experience, and for your convenience...


A small slice of Korea

Now, for those who prefer more details. A myriad of experiences and even meals are included in the package, and we have here a peek into what we experienced over 3D2N.

Hotel room cards, welcome note, a cloth bag and a paper bag on a table.
A bag of snacks and a welcome package from the hotel awaits on the table. (Photo: Elizabeth Tong)

We were greeted by a bag full of snacks (from Korea, of course) on the room's table, along with a set of hanbok (traditional ethnic Korean clothing) for both male and female hanging neatly in the wardrobe.

Lady in a blue and pink hanbok (traditional ethnic Korean clothing) looking out of a window
You can enjoy a modern chimaek dinner in this traditional get-up. (Photo: Elizabeth Tong)

My partner and I wore the adorable matching set in blue and pink. The traditional costumes were easy to put on; great for those who had never worn them before. The traditional clothing comes in three sizes – small, medium and large.

We were encouraged to wear them and take photos around the hotel. For those who have had a ‘hanbok experience’ in one of Korea’s palaces, the experience is similar.

Combined photo of benches in an open space with fairy lights; a plate of Korean fried chicken served with side dishes and beer.
Fried chicken and beer (maekju) or chi-maek, is one of Korea's most popular food items. (Photo: Elizabeth Tong)

This package includes a chicken-and-beer dinner set for two pax at the pretty outdoor space (The Lawn). A kimchi pancake and side dishes are also served. Everything was beautifully presented and perfect on camera, but fall short on taste.

Tons of photo-taking opportunities

Activities for this package were carefully curated to help you get many opportunities to take pretty photos. There is a visit to the Walking On Sunshine hair salon and café, as well as a ‘self-photo’ studio session.

Exterior of Photoholic self-photo studio
Come up with many sample poses before heading in to the studio so you can get in as many shots as you can. (Photo: Elizabeth Tong)

The hotel's vendor for the studio session(included in this package) is Photoholic, a self-photo studio tucked away in the corner of the second floor in Orchard Gateway. The popularity of such studios has soared in Korea, and is increasingly popular in Singapore.

There are no photographers in these studios; visitors snap photos of themselves with a remote shutter within a set time frame. Pro tip: Come up with some sample poses beforehand so you can get in as many shots as much as you can.

Hair salon with a nature-inspired decor
Walking On Sunshine hair salon has a beautiful nature-inspired decor (Photo: Walking On Sunshine, Facebook)

Walking On Sunshine hair salon and cafe is located on the third floor of Orchard Central. The salon is known for its Korean and Japanese hairstylists, while the café serves Korean-Western fusion dishes, and is also known for its ginseng beverages.

A cafe with nature-inspired decor, with many green plants on shelves.
The similarly garden-themed cafe next to the hair salon also hosts regular art jam sessions. (Photo: Walking On Sunshine, Facebook)

The food was as photogenic as the café, but there are tastier fusion options elsewhere. At the salon, we completed a Wash & Blow Dry session in under 30 minutes as part of the package. The need for speed was a distinctly Korean 'ppalli-ppalli' (‘fast fast’) style.

The careful curation of themed activities makes the entire experience enjoyable and stress-free, since the hotel staff will help arrange these bookings on your behalf. But if you are particular about the order of the activities (for example, you only want to do your hair BEFORE the photo studio session), inform the hotel of your preferred days and timings beforehand.

The 3D2N Qool Weekend Package at Quincy Hotel is priced from S$800 nett for:

Two-night stay in the Deluxe Room

Welcome snacks

Daily breakfast (7am to 3pm)

Daily evening cocktails (6pm to 8pm)

24-hour lounge access with light refreshments

A sharing set of fried chicken and kimchi pancake with beer served at The Lawn

Experience at Walking on Sunshine (located at Orchard Central):

Set menu lunch or dinner at the café

Includes 2 mains, 1 fries, 1 dessert, and 2 drinks Wash & blow at the salon

Experience at Photoholic (located at Orchard Gateway):

20-minute photoshoot with 10-minute photo selection

2 x 4R prints and digital copies of printed photos

Valid on Fridays to Sundays

Quincy Hotel, 22 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228517

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