Other than the luxurious king-sized bed or twin beds, there’s also a bonus sofa bed that folds out to a double bed in all rooms and loft beds to cater to the children in most rooms, so it’s the perfect getaway hotel for families travelling with their kids.
While the hotel is indeed full of colours and fanciful decorations, it failed to leave me with a pleasant vibe. Rather, some of the decor seemed a little tacky and distasteful to me, but then again, classier embellishments have always pandered more to my tastes.
I wasn't particularly impressed by their rooms either. The room that had been prepared for my family smelled musky, and the tables seemed to be coated rather heavily with dust. In fact, when I was lazing on the bed, I was a little horrified to see large dust particulates floating about the room.
Service was mediocre at best, as the corridors seemed to be cluttered with several plates of uncleared trays from in-room dining, and it didn't quite leave for a welcoming sight. The service staff also seemed a little slow on the uptake of our phone requests, and we waited for quite a bit before our requested towels were delivered.
That being said, Festive Hotel does seem like a perfect stay for families with young children. My room came with a separate bunk bed, and I sank to the depths of an 8 year old that day, climbing in and out of the bunk bed I could never have. And just maybe, this might be the only redeeming factor of Festive Hotel.
Besides the decor, there are next to no draws. The lack of provision of free wifi at an RWS hotel is quite a surprise - and an unpleasant one at that. The facilities don't seem particularly outstanding, really, and while I was there, the service staff did the bare minimum - while they were amenable to requests, they were curt, bordering on discourteous.
The private balcony and swimming pool are plus points, though. The private balcony reminds me of the time I had in Australia, staying at the Four Seasons Hotel, Gold Coast, although these balconies are much quieter and more relaxing. The pool is supremely huge, and I do love to splash around in it.
Upon entering the room, there is a slightly musty smell and we kept the balcony doors open for a short while. Other than that, the room is spacious with one king-sized bed, a loft bed and a sofa bed. The space is enough for five adults to sleep comfortably at night. I arrived at about four in the evening and decided to take a short nap. The bedding and pillows was comfortable and soft. There were more than enough pillows on the bed itself. The ceiling will not be the usual plain ones, in the room I was in; they had orchids to admire when you are lying on the bed.
Unlike most hotels, Festive Hotel does not provide free wireless internet. You will have to pay to use the internet if you wish to. If you have internet connection, you will find that the 3G/4G connection there is not that good either.
Along my way to the lift, I spotted a vending machine selling snacks and it will be of no surprise to see that the prices of the snacks available in your usual vending machine are marked up. Beside the vending machine you will spot a machine that dispenses ice cubes. If you need some ice, head down to the corridor.
One other thing to take note would be the cleanliness of the area. It is generally clean however, as the floor is carpeted, there are stands of hair on the floor when we entered. The sofa bed was rather dusty and there were stains spotted on the carpet as well as the sofa bed. I felt that the cleaning could have been more thorough. Otherwise, it was not too bad of an experience, though definitely not the best.
The lobby ushering us towards our selected room was hypnotizingly splendid. The carpeted grounds and the custom-made grey corridors. Boring? Far from it. The rooms took innovation to whole other level. Even the ceiling wasn't flat out banal. Literally. The beds were padded with Simmons mattress. There was even a double decker bed with a sturdy ladder propped against it. Oh, that isn't all there is. There's even a balcony.
Sparkling both inside and out, Festive Hotel formed the ideal setting for photoshooting sessions organised amongst anyone, be it the young or old. I certainly did that. Snapping my shutter here, there, everywhere. My shutter button certainly went off the hooks the minute I ventured into Festive Hotel's compound.
My friend order the deluxe king room which has a queen size bed and a double deck bed which we had fun climbing up and down. The room was bigger than we expected and could fit around 20 people easily. There were quite a few kids staying at the hotel as it's really suitable for families. We had a blast at the hotel and the furnishing and deco really spiced up the party.
I enjoyed playing at the swimming pool playground with my cousin as there were interesting water features. The 1.2m swimming pool was quite huge too. The jacuzzi area did help to relax my muscles a little but it would be even better if there was a bar area along the swimming pool. Best thing was that there were towels provided near the swimming pool.
The swimming pool is huge and I am so satisfied with it. It is almost as big as a standard 50m pool or might even be bigger than that! Pardon my lousy estimation. Television speakers were not top notch. The bass was making a lot of other noises when i turned the volume really high up. Bed was extremely comfortable as though you're sleeping on clouds. The toilets were average in my opinion and it could be a tad bit bigger, i feel.
Ice machine available along the corridor at every level of the hotel. One thing bad was probably the carpark location. It was hard trying to park near festive hotel as there were no proper signage and i ended up parking at hard rock hotel instead. It can be quite confusing trying to navigate around RWS due to the lack of signages.