2 Days 1 Night Staycation at Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel – Day 2 (June 2015)

Day 2 – Novotel Clarke Quay

There was nothing planned that required us to get up early so it was a joy to take our time to sleep as much as we wanted and wake up only when we felt like it. By the time we got up, it was close to 9 am. While nothing in particular was planned in the morning, we had invited our parents to have lunch with us at The Square Restaurant. So breakfast was a quick one at the McDonalds.

McDonald's Fast Food
McDonald’s Fast Food

Since the swimming pool water was rather cold under the afternoon sun the day before and the pool was blocked from the morning sun, we decided not to swim. Thus it was just an easy morning to read the newspapers and to watch some TV programs before meeting my parents for lunch.

Singapore River view from room window
Singapore River view from room window

The espresso coffee maker was put to good use again. This was our first indulgence for the morning. The coffee kicked start our day and got us ready to begin a brand new day of leisure.

TV with fridge and mini bar inside cabinet and espresso coffee maker
TV with fridge and mini bar inside cabinet and espresso coffee maker



While waiting for my parents, we left the hotel to look around the vicinity. It was a stark contrast to the nice and colourful ambience at night in Clarke Quay. Clarke Quay was very quiet during the day. While the place was clean, there wasn’t much to offer during the weekend. It might probably be busier during weekdays where lunch crowd might be present around noon.

Clarke Quay from the bridge
Clarke Quay from the bridge
Clarke Quay along Singapore River
Clarke Quay along Singapore River


Riverside Point from Clarke Quay
Riverside Point from Clarke Quay
Quiet during the day at Clarke Quay
Quiet during the day at Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay entrance from the bridge
Clarke Quay entrance from the bridge
Clarke Quay view from the corner of Novotel Hotel
Clarke Quay view from the corner of Novotel Hotel

So with some occasional joggers running along the river, there wasn’t much to see notwithstanding the river taxis were still in operation during the day. It is much better and more enjoyable to take a ride on the water taxis at night than during the day, not only because the area would be brightly lighted but also much cooler.

Clarke Quay across Singapore River
Clarke Quay across Singapore River
Riverside Point and Clarke Quay
Riverside Point and Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay and Novotel Hotel from Central Mall
Clarke Quay and Novotel Hotel from Central Mall
Another water taxi cruising to Marina Bay area
Another water taxi cruising to Marina Bay area


Riverside dining along Singapore River
Riverside dining along Singapore River
Bridge near Clarke Quay MRT Station below Central Mall
Bridge near Clarke Quay MRT Station below Central Mall
Water taxi on Singapore River
Water taxi on Singapore River

So back to Liang Court for some window shopping before meeting my parents, we went to the supermarket for another round of visit. The promotion booth for cheesecakes was still there but we didn’t help ourselves with another sample as we would rather reserve our stomach for lunch. We didn’t make any purchase because we would be collecting a member’s cake to bring home from The Square restaurant after lunch.

Food on promotion in the supermarket
Food on promotion in the supermarket



It was more or less the same as the day before but the crowd was noticeably absent before noon which was still too early for shoppers to begin their shopping activities. Then we went up to the nice shop where we were thinking of buying a hanging clock the day before for a look. We still didn’t change our mind and we moved on to other shops.

Lalu Specialty Shop
Lalu Specialty Shop
Liang Court Mall
Liang Court Mall

Soon my parents came and we met them outside the McDonalds. We then made our way to level 7 and went back to The Square Restaurant for lunch. The restaurant was packed just after noon probably due to Father’s Day celebration.

Restaurant Entrance
Restaurant Entrance

We were ushered to our table and we discussed what to order. Buffet lunch would be out of the question as we would not be able to eat very much so we poured over the a la carte menu again. Since the laksa our girls had the night before was very good, my wife and mom ordered laksa. I ordered Wagyu beef burger while my dad had seafood hor fun.

Entrance to The Square Restaurant
Entrance to The Square Restaurant

With our food ordering out of the way, bread and butter and dipping sauce arrived quite soon. While we were busy spreading butter on our bread, a restaurant staff came over to invite us to join in a crispy crepe making event during this Father’s Day celebration at the restaurant. With wife egging me on, I obliged.

So I was invited to a table with all the ingredients and equipment prepared near the exit to the swimming pool. A restaurant staff Jeremy introduced himself as the chef for this event and Mohamed who invited me, helped me put on an apron and hat to get this event rolling. I happened to be the first to try out crispy crepe making. Jeremy demonstrated once and it seemed so easy for him to get the crispy crepe done with some nuts, chocolate chips and other mouth watering ingredients added.

Then it was my turn to try out as Jeremy explained the process again. The first time was a flop. The batter seemed to stick to the wooden stick after turning more than one round. So I tried again. It was still the same tragic outcome. I had a go for one last time. This time it was still not successful but much better than the first two tries. With a hole in the middle of the crepe, I still couldn’t add any sweet ingredients to complete the crepe making process.

It was three consecutive failures, albeit, it was good fun. I thanked Jeremy for his time and patience and I was given the first crepe he made for our desserts later.

Games area outside The Square Restaurant
Games area outside The Square Restaurant
Father's Day Gift from the Hotel
Father’s Day Gift from the Restaurant

Back to our table our food were already there. Again, the portion was huge and we shared some portions with each other to sample different dishes. Because the restaurant was packed, we only had a square table for the four of us so there wasn’t much space to maneuver our plates around. So we got rid of the bread basket and dipping sauce and other unnecessary items on our table to make space so we could enjoy our lunch properly. While having lunch, the restaurant manager presented my dad and I a small Father’s Day gift. It was a nice gesture indeed.

Father's Day Lunch
Father’s Day Lunch

Eventually, we survived our lunch and with belly filled up we left the restaurant. We also collected our Accor member’s cake where we were entitled to every year. So our children back home would have afternoon tea when we reached home. Back to our room, we used the toilet and brushed up, collected our bags and descended back to the hotel lobby on the seventh floor again to check out.

Hotel Main Lobby on level 7
Hotel Main Lobby on level 7

Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel has been one of our favorite hotels for a staycation. It is located at Clarke Quay where food and shopping are in the vicinity. Liang Court Shopping Mall is also just next door. Taking an MRT train to the Clarke Quay Station walking across the bridge will bring us to the hotel. There is also a bus stop right outside the shopping Mall connecting to the hotel. The hotel also has a self-service laundry facility.

Self-service laundry facility
Self-service laundry facility

Crossing the main road from Liang Court Shopping Mall is the Fort Canning Park. From the top of Fort Canning Hill, you may enjoy a splendid view of the city centre. Catching the sunset or watching the city gradually lights up is a good option if you don’t wish to travel far away from Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel in order to continue with the night life at Clarke Quay later in the evening.

Exit Central Mall from Clarke Quay MRT station
Exit Central Mall from Clarke Quay MRT station
Restaurant outside Central Mall
Restaurant outside Central Mall
Riverside Point and Clarke Quay
Riverside Point and Clarke Quay


Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel from Central Mall
Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel from Central Mall
Central Mall from the bridge to Clarke Quay
Central Mall from the bridge to Clarke Quay
Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel
Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel

Along Singapore River, the ambience at night is just right for an evening outing for a walk or dining along the river. A water taxi station is just across a street from the hotel. Hop onto a water taxi, you could enjoy the lighted city skylines at night along the river all the way to the Marina Bay financial district.

Amazing night scene at Singapore River Clarke Quay
Amazing night scene at Singapore River Clarke Quay


Novotel Hotel across the Singapore River
Novotel Hotel across the Singapore River

Having settled our outstanding bills, my parents and us went separate ways. They continued with their shopping while we took a cab home.

Though it was a very short stay and spent only a day with our children, we were nevertheless very satisfied. After our North Vietnam trip last December, we never thought we could get together again for a break so soon.

Going overseas together would be close to impossible with everyone’s conflicting schedules but staycation is still within reach. Perhaps next year we might try to have a staycation over at the Sentosa Island, if everyone is keen.

So our next trip would be in September for a weekend break in Medan just for leisure and shopping.


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