Since writing about the Hilton foodie staycation packages in Singapore, I knew I had to live it. I love food, I love fancy hotels; this had all the allure of a venus flytrap (and I was the fly). In fact, after not one but two foodie staycations at Hilton, I’m intimately familiar with the Treasures of the Sea High Tea Staycation and Opus Steak-cation.
During the initial launch of the Hilton foodie staycation packages, a few perks such as early check-in was available—I was lucky enough to have taken advantage of this tiny fine print to avoid any crowds during check-in. Alas, due to rising popularity of staycations in Singapore, it’s now a gamble at the check-in counter queue. Will you be in your room by 2pm? Or will you be spending your staycation in the hotel lobby? Who knows.
That said, most hotels have adopted allocated check-in timings since the explosion of demand, and I believe Hilton has since implemented this protocol as well to deal with the influx. Anyway, upon checking into Hilton Singapore and getting your room key, you’ll be prompted to make a reservation at Opus restaurant so you don’t risk running out of seats. Or steaks.
All Hilton Singapore ‘Foodie Staycation’ packages will include one night stay in a Deluxe Room category for up to two adults, daily sumptuous Hilton breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi, complimentary parking and of course, the dining experience according to your selection.
King Hilton Deluxe Room
The 32 square metres deluxe category room is the cornerstone of every Hilton foodie staycation package and where you’ll spend the night recovering from the onslaught of food coma.
It’s an updated modern layout with a great view of Orchard Road, along with a glass work desk and chair. Well, not just any chair, it’s an extravagant Herman Miller ergonomic chair—for remote workers like myself, it’s a welcome touch for my ample behind.
The deluxe room is spacious enough to prance around given that I’ve survived in way smaller rooms, so there’s not much to complain here. The bathtub could be bigger, but hey, it’s a concise room that serves its purpose.
Onwards to the foodie part of this staycation which one would partake according to your reservation timing. Technically this review experience is composed of two separate visits to provide a comparison between two of the more popular packages.
Treasures of the Sea High Tea
If you prefer a light seafood driven brunch packed with variety, pick this package.
The Treasures of the Sea combo comes with a seafood platter high tea set for two along with a bottle of prosecco. Here’s what to expect:
- Chilled seafood platter (Maine lobster, oysters, tiger prawns, black mussels)
- Ocean-inspired canapes
- Assorted desserts
- A bottle of Prosecco
This had all the makings of a promising high tea set, complete with a tiered stand filled with an assortment of canapes and desserts along with a bottle of bubbly. Bubbles never fail to elevate me to a joyous mood and one can’t help but smile while sipping prosecco and nibbling on the bite-sized snacks. If it were a free flow prosecco situation, my opinion would be markedly more biased.
What elevates this high tea set, however, is the cold seafood accompaniment. You’re going to have to get down and dirty to peel through the shellfish with your hands, as with any casual seafood experience. I can’t imagine anyone de-shelling lobster with a fork and knife. The seafood’s freshness was decent as one would expect from a standard hotel line.
The whole Treasures of the Sea High Tea Set portion was appropriate, although compared to the days of wanton hotel buffet attacks, it was considerably more subdued.
To book Treasures of the Sea High Tea Staycation, click here.
By far the most popular staycation and what probably created such immense interest in Hilton Singapore’s foodie staycation package is the famed ‘steak-cation’. The marketing executive who came up with this pun deserves a raise I reckon.
What caught my eye was not just the glorious sharing steak dinner experience for two, but also, two whole hours of free-flow wine.
You steak sharing choices include:
- Premium Butcher’s Platter of 600g Black Angus bone-in ribeye, 150g Wagyu rump Cap, Braised Wagyu short rib & gourmet beef sausages;
- 1kg Black Angus Porterhouse, marble score 3
- Signature 1kg US Black Angus bone-in ribeye, dry-aged, marble score 4
- Wagyu and lobster of 500g Australian Wagyu sirloin and Marine Stewardship Council-certified Boston lobster
- 1.2kg whiskey-aged Rangers Valley Wagyu Tomahawk, 360 days grain-fed, marble score 5 (+S$20)
As I did this staycation with another couple, we managed to try the dry-aged Black Angus bone-in ribeye along with the Wagyu and lobster sets. If you’re familiar with dry-aged steaks, you’ll appreciate the deeper, complex flavours which definitely gets my thumb of approval. The black Angus might not be as fat as the wagyu, but for its sophisticated nutty profile, the tradeoff is worth it.
With the free flow wine, this package has the biggest bang for the buck, assuming you’re mildly alcoholic like me. Free flow wine? More like free flow #winning, am I right?
Overall the food experience was great, while service was at times sporadic. It is to be expected with a fully packed restaurant, and it’s evident the more experienced staff handled the situation more adequately with fewer mistakes compared to the junior staff. But we’re here to have a good time, so give and take.
To book a foodie Steak-cation experience, click here.
Aside from the room and foodie package, Hilton’s excellent central location in Orchard Road is a major plus point. There’s a ton of great dining places just a stone’s skip away such as Sushiro, Bistro Du Vin and Mui Kee porridge. Shopping and entertainment are also easily available if you wish to walk the grounds.
Hilton’s deluxe category is a classy comfy room with everything working as it should. One minor discomfort was the worn fluffiness of the pillows, but that was easily solved with a call to reception for new pillows.
Judging from what you would usually pay to have a similar meal at Opus restaurant or just booking a hotel stay at Hilton, the foodie package is excellent value-for-money and one I recommend you seriously consider; especially the Steak-cation deal.
My preference for staycations usually involves two nights to truly immerse myself for a full day without having to check-in and out.
This leads to a final thought I had that perhaps can be clarified on Hilton’s tech side is: how do I book a Hilton foodie staycation for two nights? But with one meal? There doesn’t appear to be custom options easily accessible via a few clicks, so you’ll probably have to call to enquire to expand your foodie staycation booking.
Treasures of the Sea High Tea Staycation prices start from S$245++, while Opus Steak-Cation starts from S$265++.
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Our Rating: 4 / 5
581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883