I stayed in the $6.6 billion mega-hotel in the heart of Singapore, and it wasn’t anything like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Singapore is known worldwide for its extravagance and wealth, and it’s the setting of “Crazy Rich Asians,” the summer blockbuster everyone’s talking about based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan. And at the heart of Singapore is the extravagant Marina Bay Sands resort and hotel. At its opening in 2010, Marina Bay Sands was...


Crazy Rich Asians

Singapore is known worldwide for its extravagance and wealth, and it’s the setting of “Crazy Rich Asians,” the summer blockbuster everyone’s talking about based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan.

And at the heart of Singapore is the extravagant Marina Bay Sands resort and hotel.

At its opening in 2010, Marina Bay Sands was the world’s most expensive stand-alone casino, featuring 500 tables, 1,600 slot machines, and priced at around $6.6 billion USD.

In June, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un toured some of Singapore’s most luxurious tourist attractions – including Marina Bay Sands – and the local crowd greeted him like a rock star.

Marina Bay Sands is also home to a luxury 5-star hotel, shopping mall, convention center, museum, two theaters, multiple upscale restaurants, and two floating pavilions. To top it all off, a Skywalk connects its three buildings and features restaurants, an observation deck, and an infinity pool that looks out over Marina Bay.

  • Summer blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians” is set in Singapore, which is known worldwide for its extravagance and wealth.
  • Marina Bay Sands is a landmark in Singapore, featuring a hotel, casino, museum, shopping mall, and incredible views of the city and the bay.
  • I stayed at Marina Bay Sands to see if it’s really worth the expensive price tag, and frankly, I was disappointed.

I recently got the chance to stay at Marina Bay Sands and experience its best-known attractions. Here’s a look inside:


I got to the Marina Bay Sands (sans security escort) via Singapore’s super efficient metro, which stops directly underneath the hotel.

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The subway stop leads directly into Marina Bay Sands’ giant shopping mall, home to a host of luxury designer brands.

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Seen from the outside, here’s the full view of the Marina Bay Sands complex from the water. The structure on the left is the ArtScience museum, designed to look like a lotus flower.

Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands

Source: Marina Bay Sands


The hotel and SkyWalk are over 50 stories high, and just the SkyPark is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall.

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Source: Marina Bay Sands


Outside the entrance to the hotel is a lineup of high-end sports cars. At first, I thought these were guests’ cars, but then I realized that you could rent a selection of supercars from Ultimate Drive. $280 buys you 15 minutes of drive time with a Ferrari.

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Here’s a look at the stunning interior features of the inside of the hotel. Moshe Safdie architects designed the entire resort.

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Source: World Architecture News


The decoration of the hotel is very baroque and doused in golds, oranges, and blacks. It’s supposed to make you feel like a million (or billion!) bucks, I suppose. But it can look a bit dark if you aren’t near a window.

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The bed in my hotel room was super comfy, as expected, but honestly the decor of the place was all very dated. It seemed like it was cutting edge when it opened, but now it’s kind of drab for a hotel that costs $500 a night minimum.

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If you get a “harbor view” room, you’ll end up with a pretty spectacular view. Unfortunately, if you end up on the city-side, you’ll be facing the Marina Bay Sands’ giant mall.

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Seriously, the view on the harbor side is incredible. You can get a full view of Gardens By The Bay, and the SuperTree Grove, home to unique vertical gardens that resemble trees. At night, the entire bay, including the SuperTrees, are lit up in neon.

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