*This is based on a first visit to Singapore.
*If you've had a long flight, relax and grab a taxi from the airport, (S$26).
*I arrived at the hotel at 9 a.m. and, as anticipated, my room was not ready (3 p.m. check-in). Friendly and helpful staff advised me it would be ready for 12. I returned after an enjoyable breakfast and walk in the surrounding area at 11 a.m. My room was ready!!!
*Baggage can be left securely at reception with attentive staff.
*I found all relevant staff friendly, efficient and helpful.
*In-house Trishaw Coffee house great for breakfast. Let the staff know if you are self-serve or table service. I had table service because I wanted to try the Nasi Goreng (a rice dish).The meal and 2 coffees cost less than S$20.
*My room, 823, is accessible by an efficient 3 lifts system. The room was certainly spacious and comfortable. If you like exercise, jog around the bed a few times!!! Furniture and fittings are suitable, with a few "tatty edges" which in some ways can add to the experience rather than detract.
*Importantly, the room was clean.
*I don't watch TV on holiday, but there is a large screen TV in the room.
*Bathroom is clean and suitable. The shower 'blasts' so is very invigourating.
*AirCon is comfortable unless you prefer the "arctic blasts" sometimes provided in Florida hotels.
*There is a safe, minifridge, hairdrier and spacious wardrobe but little drawer space and no iron.
*Big bonus for Brits - same electrical provision as home - no adapters needed. For other travellers, take a British adapter.
*Tipping isn't a big deal, yet, but is becoming more evident and is appreciated rather than expected.
*For a first night experience, and if you like walking, Stroll down Newton Road and Scotts Road soaking up the atmosphere until you hit Orchard Road. Be prepared to be hit by an eclectic mix of Upmarket right through to the other extreme. I did this at 8p.m. on a Tuesday, so it is safe walking at night and people were very friendly in the hustle and bustle of Orchard Street. At night it reminded me of a cross between London's Oxford St./ Piccadilly and Times Square. I ate at a Chinese pavement eatery on Bras Basah Road and strolled back to DHOBY GHOUT SRT station at 10,30 p.m. where easy and efficient underground travel took me from D.G. (which is NS24 on the red north/south line) north towards JURONG EAST and 3 stops to NEWTON (NS21). Cost S$2. 10. A 5 minute stroll and you're back at the hotel.
*Singapore is dominantly English speaking with a great mix of Western and Asian cultures.
*Exchange a S$10 note for some loose change at reception on arrival, certainly if you intend to use any public transport. Always try to keep some loose change at all times.
*Singapore has a great public transport system with a bus stop immediately outside the hotel and the underground station only a 5 minute walk away.
*People pride themselves on personal and environmental cleanliness.
*Go to Marina Bay before dusk and stroll around the footpath (3.5 km) as dusk turns to darkness. There is a lights/lasers/music/water feature display from Marina Bay Sand which has a great view from the Fullerton side. Your camera finger will be burning!!
*If you intend to take the cable car to Sentosa ( I would recommend it), it is S$26 return from Tower 1 outside HARBOUR FRONT (SRT) exit. Finding the Ticket Office can be confusing so head for Tower 1, turn left and go clockwise around the building until you reach the Ticket Office.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the upscale neighborhood, Hotel Royal is centrally located with only 5 minutes drive away from the shopping and entertainment haven of Orchard Road. A short walk will bring you to 3 major shopping centres and Novena MRT Station. Newton Food Centre is about 800m away from Hotel Royal where one can enjoy Singapore fabulous local food. With the prime location, the refurbished rooms and our continued emphasis on service excellence, Hotel Royal strives to provide you “Every Room A Home” feeling. ... more less
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