March 26, 2009 / 9:58 AM / 10 years ago

Hotel costing too much? Try an all-inclusive stay

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.

An undated handout photo shows a room at Boutique hotel Quincy in Singapore. REUTERS/Handout

Boutique hotel Quincy ( 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.

Daryl Lee, deputy director of Far East Organization’s hospitality operations and mastermind of the all-inclusive concept, said he expects that the global recession would mean more guests for Quincy.

“There are resorts that offer all-inclusive stays, but we believe we’re an industry-first in terms of city hotels,” Lee said.

The hospitality sector globally has been hit hard by the economic slowdown, with many businesses cutting back on the amount of travel employees do as well as their budgets.

($1=1.507 Singapore Dollar)

Editing by Valerie Lee

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