Oasia Downtown unlike most buildings which try to blend in with the neighboring structures chose to stand out from the rest. The hotel tower is wrapped with fire engine red structural steel cladding which also acts like a trellis support from which climbers grow. It is truly a towering landmark that can be recognized in the skyline even from afar.
The contrasting red and green colors shout "Christmas" all-year-round and the fresh, tall Christmas trees at the lobbies surely add to the festive cheer. They were decorated with paint-sprayed stars made from recycled Oasia water bottles and old newspaper origami.
We checked-in on Christmas Eve and were led to the Club Floor. The area was impressive with all the casual seating areas surrounding the lobby and the infinity pool. Christmas piano music rang in the air but the ambiance was classy rather than festive. There were a couple of staff who welcomed us and there were quite a few guests here and there. They served coconut water as refreshments.
THE CLUB ROOM. Our club room was spacious and modern. The room is equipped with the usual hotel necessities with the unique addition of a yoga mat. The floor-to-ceiling window is draped with sheer and block-out curtains but views are somewhat obstructed by the red structural steel clad of the tower which is the hotel's distinctive feature. The wooden cut-out panels and the warm tones of orange and copper creates a very cozy feel to the overall theme.
THE TOILET. The toilet and bath is actually incorporated into the rest of the room because it can be opened almost fully with three sliding glass doors. However, I believe it cannot be locked from the inside. There's a bathtub, rain shower, spacious countertop and in-house speakers. The sink which looks a bit shallow to my liking proved me wrong as the water pressure is just right not to create any splashes. The steel ledge in front of the counter can also be used as an iPad or a phone stand or to dry a small towel.
CLUB LOUNGE AND INFINITY POOL. Refreshments for Club Room guests are available at the Lounge. There are comfy seating inside the cafe and lots of stylish seats if you choose to dine or just relax al fresco. The infinity pool is centrally located where you have unobstructed views of the city but at the same time, the "city" has unobstructed views of you as this area can be viewed from nearby guest rooms and the adjacent condominium as well.
ROOFTOP POOL AND TERRACE. For a more casual feel and in keeping with the industrial style brought about by all the steel columns, guests can opt for the rooftop pool, there are two identical pools and a restaurant in the middle. We tried the pool on Christmas morning and needless to say, the water was freezing! But the girls had short but awesome time there surrounded by lush greenery and blocked from the sun.
My favorite aspect of the stay was the fact that because the hotel opened just over a year ago, most of the facilities are still new, the public and private spaces were generous and the place was not very crowded even during the holidays. However, note that the hotel is not kid-friendly as one staff highlighted. Kid swimmers can use the rooftop pool, but also, the only water space for toddlers to play is where the sun loungers and the steel columns are. The rest of the water depth is 1.2 meters. (Good thing we brought arm floaters for the girls.) The Club Lounge is also surrounded and spotted with feature pools at the same level as the floor without any barricades so young kids must be supervised at all times.
Overall, it was a splendid Christmas holiday. We enjoyed our stay, the food, and the time spent with each other. And at this point, we would like to greet everyone a very Merry Christmas! Until our next family staycation and hotel review!