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Postby aster » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 7:38 pm

Travailes wrote:I am put off the whole MBS experience to be honest if you believe Trip Advisor and peoples experiences on there which I find reliable. 3* resort with 6* prices.


Actually the hotel rooms are enormous, and the bathrooms huge. Plus you have a spectacular view, a great pool up top, and a very good food court in the shopping centre in front of it.

But overall there is one thing missing: ambiance. The lobby area has none, and the same goes for other parts of the hotel.

I'll take the Swissotel Merchant Court any day...

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 9:03 pm

aster wrote:[..]a great pool up top[..]

I was wondering ... a zoo like experience only from the other side of the fence?

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Postby boffenl » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:15 pm

nakatago wrote:Makes you wanna go...

"THIS.
IS.
SPARTA!!!!"


Then you kick someone over the ledge. That would be priceless.


I absolutely thought the same thing!!!

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:47 pm

boffenl wrote:
nakatago wrote:Makes you wanna go...
"THIS.
IS.
SPARTA!!!!"
Then you kick someone over the ledge. That would be priceless.

I absolutely thought the same thing!!!


Blimey, that's a bit hard-core.

I just felt cheated paying $40 for the missus and I to go up. And then not to get the beer she promised me at the top (as I was wearing shorts).

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 11:50 pm

JR8 wrote:I just felt cheated paying $40 for the missus and I to go up. And then not to get the beer she promised me at the top (as I was wearing shorts).


GIVE.
ME.
MY BEER!!!!


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Postby JR8 » Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:28 am

nakatago wrote:
JR8 wrote:I just felt cheated paying $40 for the missus and I to go up. And then not to get the beer she promised me at the top (as I was wearing shorts).


GIVE.
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Postby ScoobyDoes » Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:25 pm

JR8 wrote:I just felt cheated paying $40 for the missus and I to go up. And then not to get the beer she promised me at the top (as I was wearing shorts).



Yeah, you did it the wrong way round.

You should have gone to the Ku De Ta entrance in the hotel lobby and indicated at the counter you were going up top for a drink. She would have told you then of your unsuitable attire for the lounge bar.

If you were suitably attired, she would have waived you through and wished you a pleasant time :wink:
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Postby Barnsley » Tue, 06 Sep 2011 2:23 pm

aster wrote:BA is good in that miles never expire as long as you clock up a flight or rather some miles once in a (long) while.

I too do not understand how an airline can discriminate against its "home user base" by giving others better conditions, but Lufthansa is even more guilty of this. They require 30% more miles from residents of Germany in order to achieve status compared to the rest of the world, whereas BA requires the same as the rest of the world excluding continental Europe, which has the threshold lowered by 50%.

What hurts though is that whereas BA has a family membership scheme for all to take advantage of, Lufthansa only allows it for residents of the Middle East:
http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/ ... 05951&l=en

This is taking things a bit too far...


From what I read last week , they expire on Nov 19th as you will no longer be able to use airmiles or "Avois" for flights, once they merge the BA/Iberia executive clubs.
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Postby JR8 » Tue, 06 Sep 2011 3:20 pm

ScoobyDoes wrote:
JR8 wrote:I just felt cheated paying $40 for the missus and I to go up. And then not to get the beer she promised me at the top (as I was wearing shorts).



Yeah, you did it the wrong way round.

You should have gone to the Ku De Ta entrance in the hotel lobby and indicated at the counter you were going up top for a drink. She would have told you then of your unsuitable attire for the lounge bar.

If you were suitably attired, she would have waived you through and wished you a pleasant time :wink:



Oh is that how it works! I was wondering whether everyone in there (what a name :roll:) had had to pay for the lift, but that made no sense.



ps. Barnsley, it's the Airmiles scheme that is getting majorly revised, I believe Aster is talking about BA Exec Club points. Trouble with Airmiles is that unless you add points each year they start whacking you with admin fees to redeem any. And if you are based abroad adding miles is not easy. I'm glad that last Christmas I bit the bullet, and emptied my account for good by redeeming miles for cases of wine for my family :)

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Postby BigSis » Sat, 10 Sep 2011 1:22 am

I went up the MBS and yes I thought it was a rip-off, but like most people who go, when you've got friends visiting, you pay for these things.

A couple of things annoyed me (apart from the price which I think should be about $5) - one was that they didn't seem to have a limit on the people they were letting up there and it was packed by the time we left, another was that for some weird reason, they were letting us, the visitors, into the pool deck area which I thought was totally out of order - there were guests sitting in the jacuzzi having a drink and all these families posing for photographs next to them :o and I thought it was pretty bad for security too - anyone could have whipped someones room key or belongings. This was a while ago now though - hopefully they've sorted that out.

The lobby of MBS was as busy as an MRT station too. I wouldn't want to stay there, it's quite tacky really. When you go in the mall, it's almost empty apart from the food court area which is busy too............makes you realise just what the average person around here craves ......and I don't think it's a Hermes scarf

I've been to the Altitude bar up on the building in the CBD and I do prefer it to MBS - you at least get a drink in with the price and there are less people up there. I don't think it opens until the evening though so you can't take sunset pictures

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 10 Sep 2011 2:00 am

aster wrote:
Travailes wrote:I am put off the whole MBS experience to be honest if you believe Trip Advisor and peoples experiences on there which I find reliable. 3* resort with 6* prices.


Actually the hotel rooms are enormous, and the bathrooms huge. Plus you have a spectacular view, a great pool up top, and a very good food court in the shopping centre in front of it.

But overall there is one thing missing: ambiance. The lobby area has none, and the same goes for other parts of the hotel.

I'll take the Swissotel Merchant Court any day...



You want a view? How about this?
Fairmont.
Bottle of iced vintage Dom Perignon.
Hot Asian totty.

Lol.....

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Postby x9200 » Sat, 10 Sep 2011 9:02 am

Phhh :) If you show a picture with a bottle of DP, Tioman, beach, sunset - this would be the view to envy. And AFAIK there are no NV DPs :cool:

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 10 Sep 2011 9:30 am

I was rather taken by the electric curtains. Don't get curtains in Tioman.

Maybe I'm easily impressed :)

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Postby BillyB » Sat, 10 Sep 2011 10:59 am

JR8 wrote:
aster wrote:
Travailes wrote:I am put off the whole MBS experience to be honest if you believe Trip Advisor and peoples experiences on there which I find reliable. 3* resort with 6* prices.


Actually the hotel rooms are enormous, and the bathrooms huge. Plus you have a spectacular view, a great pool up top, and a very good food court in the shopping centre in front of it.

But overall there is one thing missing: ambiance. The lobby area has none, and the same goes for other parts of the hotel.

I'll take the Swissotel Merchant Court any day...



You want a view? How about this?
Fairmont.
Bottle of iced vintage Dom Perignon.
Hot Asian totty.

Lol.....

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And a cricket match in the distance - result!!

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Postby BillyB » Sat, 10 Sep 2011 11:01 am

JR8 wrote:I was rather taken by the electric curtains. Don't get curtains in Tioman.

Maybe I'm easily impressed :)


Which set of curtains are you referring to??!!


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