The first thing that struck me about this place is that it is a little tired. I agree with the previous reviewers that it certainly is not luxurious but it was clean and had everything we needed.
We wanted more space than just two hotel rooms for 2 adults and 2 kids, and a small apartment was what we were looking for. In that sense it was perfect. What I didn't like was that the apartment seemed a bit dark and that the bathrooms are not well-ventilated and smelled a bit damp, especially after the doors were closed all night. The one thing that did bug me was that the balcony light can't be turned off and the curtains don't close all the way in the master bedroom.
Basic crockery is provided, and tea and coffee. Fruits, drinks and snacks can be bought from the 7-eleven across the street.
The rooftop pool is great not only for the kids. There is a playground on the rooftop as well, though I would have used something more solid than glass for the barrier (quite scary for people afraid of heights).
Breakfast was provided in our rate and was of acceptable quality and with sufficient choice. Again, if you are not expecting luxury then you won't be disappointed.
There is construction going on in the road in front of the hotel but this is only during the day so it didn't bother us.
Location-wise, it is excellent. Convenience stores and fast-food outlets (including Subway and Coffee Bean) are near by. Two MRT stations are within walking distance: Bras Basah station (2 minutes' walk) and Dhoby Ghaut a bit further up. The purple line from Dhoby Ghaut takes one to Harbourfront (Sentosa) in no time. Bras Basah is on the Circle Line which takes one to Clarke Quay.
Also within walking distance is the National Museum, which is really worth a visit, especially on a rainy day.
Muslim travellers may find it convenient that there is a mosque is located on the same block.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in Singapore's former civic district, Somerset Bencoolen is strategically and conveniently located. A luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, it nonetheless puts you just minutes away from every imaginable pursuit. Elegant shopping, fine dining, pulsating nightlife, as well as museum exhibits and world-renowned cultural performances are all within easy reach. ... more less
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