Yotel Singapore Orchard Road (starting from about $180++ on weekdays and about $250++ on weekends) is a busy city hotel, so when you check in and out, you may have to wait a short while during peak hours.
The rooms start from 16 sqm, rather small but not as small as Japanese rooms. It is worth getting the Premium Queen View room (one step up from their standard room) just to have a bird’s-eye view of Singapore.
Although the room is cosy, I adore the smart and innovative design of the room. New BTO owners can come here and be inspired.
Each corner of the room is equipped with amenities that you can find in 5-star hotels. Almost everything except for bathrobes.
There are many things I like about the room, but perhaps the best feature is the ceiling-to-floor glass panel in the bathroom, giving a panoramic view of Singapore.
I’m sorry the photo here doesn’t do the bathroom an iota of justice, but if you are there in real person, the view is quite spectacular and uplifting.
All facilities (restaurant, gym, pool) are found on the 10th floor of the hotel.
I swim often in public pools (which are dirty, the last time I swam at Bishan pool, I got sick) so I relish swimming in hotel pools which are generally clean.
However, this pool, while picturesque, needs maintenance. The water tasted like sweat. I stepped in and stepped out immediately.
Maybe there should be signs to tell people to shower before stepping into the pool. I know it’s basic hygiene but not everyone does it.
On the other hand, the gym is great. Many new equipment.
There is still much space in the gym. I’d suggest getting a barbell rack and a power rack to complete it.
Breakfast is at Komyuniti which is also a coworking space and a nice bar.
There aren’t many items for the breakfast buffet–but there is a live station for eggs–and the restaurant is packed!
Although the selection isn’t extensive, the food is done excellently. Had a delicious, satisfying meal.
On the whole, if you’re a tourist, I would highly recommend the hotel. It’s right in the heart of the shopping district and is affordable to stay a few days. I noticed many Thais and Indonesians staying here. Sawadee! Southeast Asians know a good deal when they see one.
If you’re Singaporean and like to imagine you’re Fann Wong walking down from her Orchard penthouse, then this is for you. I had a great time pretending to be rich. The staycation gave me the courage to step into Cortina Watch that day. LOL.
-near Orchard MRT
-Love the location! Right at the heart of Singapore
-compact but equipped with many amenities
-breakfast items are limited but done excellently
-swimming pool’s water needs to be changed more regularly
366 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238904
tel: +65 6866 8000
Directions: If you’re taking the MRT, the best way is to enter through International Building and take the lift to the second floor.
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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.