The reason why we chose Orchard Hotel for our staycation is that the price is reasonable. We paid for the junior suite at $320++ ($370 with gst), which is at a similar price to the smallest room at Marriott, their neighbour.
We requested for The Green Room but they did not reserve it for us. Instead they gave us the Blue Room. The receptionist is very professional by the check-in process took way too long.
Junior Suite – Blue Room
The suite’s design goes in a circle: kitchenette => living room => bedroom => toilet => walk-in closet => kitchenette.
You enter the room and there is a small kitchenette with hotplate and a microwave. If you have leftovers the night before, you could heat them up here.
After the kitchenette, you enter the living room with a two-seater and an armchair. The bar fridge is strangely placed below the tv, and not at the kitchenette. The soft drinks in the fridge are free, but not the beer or nuts. You’d think for a suite, they could have offered complimentary beer and nuts.
How ugly are the curtains. Why don’t they change them?
After the living room, you come to the bedroom where the ugly curtains make another appearance. There is another tv in the bedroom, but it is so dangerous to put vases at the head of the bed.
I sleep easily but I couldn’t sleep on the bed. It’s too hard. My home’s bed is more comfortable than this hotel bed—that isn’t right.
After the living room, the toilet. Dual basins on the left, bathtub on the right, and at the end, a shower with two types of showers, and a dressing table with a hairdryer. They use an unrecognisable brand for shower gel and shampoo.
Finally, we come to the walk-in closet with a safe and an ironing board. And then we come a full circle back to the kitchenette.
There is a lot of wasted space in the design of the suite, space that could be used more efficiently. Also it seems strange that the toilet is bigger than the living room or bedroom.
One of benefits of getting a suite is the access to the club room. There are free tea (3pm-5pm), cocktails (6pm-8pm), and breakfast (6.30am-10am weekdays, and till 10.30am weekends). We were there for tea.
The club room is nice and quiet. But it’s very bothersome and inconvenient that our room is in the Orchard Wing and the club room is in the Claymore Wing. So to get to the club room, we had to get down from our 17th floor to the ground floor, walk across the lobby to the other wing, and then take a lift up to the 17th floor of the Claymore Wing. (The gym and pool are in the Claymore Wing too.)
After tea, we played a game of huge chess by the pool on the 4th floor.
And we swam. The pool is very pleasant. The water tastes clean and it’s empty. Mostly angmohs suntanning. No noisy kids. But what is irritating, like the nuts and beer in the suite, is how stingy the hotel is. You have to sign out for towels, and they don’t provide water at the pool. You have to buy at the counter.
The gym is also nice. New and clean.
Breakfast at The Orchard CafeWe had the option of having breakfast either at the Club Room or The Orchard Cafe and we went for the latter because it is always packed day and night, and because it has a better spread than the club room’s.
I have to say, I really admire the people working at The Orchard Cafe. It must be exhausting working continuously from breakfast to dinner.
Back to breakfast. It is a great spread: Chinese dim sum, Indian daal, bacon and eggs, cheese and cold cuts, cereals and fruits.
The breakfast is also very fun. We saw a machine that makes omelette:
By the way, the human-made omelette was still runny and tasted better. But sooner or later, the machine will catch up.
To sum up:
-better value than most hotels in city area
-nice club room
-good breakfast spread with a fun factor
-suite and club room in different wings of the hotel
-suite and gym/swimming in different wings
-stingy with amenities
Orchard Hotel Singapore
442 Orchard Road Singapore 238879
tel: +65 6734 7766
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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.