Hotel costing too much? Try an all-inclusive stay
By Miral Fahmy
SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - For business travelers tired of paying extra for food and services at hotels, a new Singapore property has come up with a recession-friendly solution: the all-inclusive stay.
Boutique hotel Quincy (www.quincy.com.sg) charges a flat daily rate of about 245 Singapore dollars ($162) for a stay with benefits, including meals, drinks, the mini-bar, laundry and local calls, all normally billed separately.
The hotel said its concept would be attractive during the global economic recession. Quincy has deliberately pegged its rates lower than other larger hotels in Singapore's prime Orchard area where it's located.
"Quincy is a solution to the global economic downturn," hotel manager Frank Hardy told Reuters.
"From booking to paying, everybody here is a friend and a VIP. Everybody is the same. Our concept is based on what travelers have been telling us they want -- a hotel that makes their life easier," he said.
Owned by Far East Organization Pte Ltd, the largest private property developer in Singapore, Quincy has seen occupancy rates of almost 80 percent since it opened last month.
The steel-and-glass modern property has 108 rooms with luxurious touches such as a choice of pillows and designer amenities as well as necessities for business travelers including high speed Internet and laptop-friendly connections.
There is also a pool, a gym and sauna. Continued...