For the first timers to Singapore, getting to the V Hotel Lavender is pretty easy via public transportation. It should only cost a few dollars to get to the hotel. From the airport, the MRT (train) is located in Terminal 2. Depending on which airport terminal you arrive in, you will either have to take a shuttle or tram to Terminal 2. From Terminal 2, take the escalator down to the MRT (train) station and you will see trains on both sides. Since the airport is the last stop, take either train. The train will stop at the Tanah Merah interchange and doors on both sides of the train will open. Exit the side of the train that will allow you to transfer to other train just outside that is heading toward Joo Koon. Stop at the Lavender station and walk toward exit B. Once you get up the steps, look toward your right. Hotel V will be at your diagonal behind the food court. Thus, you can either make a quick right and then a left, or walk past a bunch of shops and make a right. Either way will work. Total trip time should be around 30 minutes or less.
On my first encounter with the check in staff, I was greeted with straight faces. But upon interacting with them, I would say they are pretty friendly. I even had some friendly conversations with their staff in the elevator. You will need to use your card key to operate the elevator.
Please bear in mind, I booked a Standard room which is the smallest available. So your room may be different. As stated in some reviews. The room would not be considered spacious. But it's good enough for me. The ceilings are high and the window goes all the way up to the ceiling as well. There is a ledge next to the window where you can put your luggage. The ledge is about 2 feet wide. The queen bed was spacious. There is about 2 feet of space surrounding the bed from the wall, window ledge and business desk opposite the bed. Two bottles of oxygenated water are provided each day. A coffee maker and coffee powder is provided daily. The in room safe is spacious. and even has a light when opening the door. From what I understand all Standard rooms will face a concrete wall. Room 42 (regardless of floor) will have a concrete wall about 5 feet away from the window whereas room 1 will have a concrete wall about 2.5 feet away from the window. Initially, I was disappointed. But this is actually a nice advantage as you can keep your curtains wide open for sunlight while maintaining a sense of privacy unless you know Spider Man is in town. BTW. Both room 42 and 1 are located near the escalator.
Two large bath towels are provided in the bathroom with no hand or face towels. But if you really need a face or hand towel, you can just buy your own at Chinatown or Little India. The shower stall is a bit cramped. When putting my hands to my waist, my elbows can touch the walls. Like other reports, my bathroom did smell like a sewer in room 1 but not in room 42. So I guess not all rooms have the sewer smell problem. On my two stays here, the bar of soap was consistently in the drawer of the business desk in the room instead of the bathroom where I would normally expect the soap.
Wi Fi worked flawlessly for me. But you have to ask the front desk for the slip of paper with the username/password (good for 24 hours) for each day of your stay. So you might want to ask for all the slips when you check in to avoid having to go downstairs every day for a new username/password. Computers are also available downstairs for $4.00/30 minutes.
The room climate control on the wall works fine. Temperature is adjusted at 0.5 C increments. At low fan speeds, noise is minimal. Lighting in the room is impressive with four light switches to adjust to your comfort level.
The water in the swimming pool is a bit cool due to the lack of sunlight from all the rooms blocking the sun that surround the pool. There is a bathroom and two enclosed private showers for guests of the swimming pool.
Bed is firm but very comfortable. The pillows are just right for me. The cushioned chair for the business desk is quite comfortable and suitable for hours of sitting without discomfort.
Check out is 11:00 am, with penalties for checking out after 11:00 am.
There is a food court downstairs open 24 hours which works out very well if you find yourself waking up hungry at 3:00 am from jet lag.
Overall, I would stay again. The bed is comfortable, the climate control works fine and the location is very convenient. For the money, I'm not sure I can do better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- V Hotel Lavender is an exciting new hotel located just above Lavender MRT station with direct access (via MRT/tube/subway) to/from the airport and various parts of Singapore (for instance, only stops to City Hall or Promenade Station). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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