I considered myself blessed for having a chance to visit the Lion City for the 5th time. And how was it different from my earlier trips to Singapore? Staying in two premier hotels on two consecutive nights made it uniquely special this time. I was fortunate to be invited to do such. Simply thinking about it may already be tiring for others, but for someone who has an itchy feet and a passion for exploring new things during traveling, it’s something to be excited about!
After our impressive but short overnight stay at The Elizabeth Hotel, my mom, my aunt and I checked in at Orchard Parade Hotel.
Located where Sinagpore’s most famous shopping district begins, Orchard Road, Orchard Parade Hotel is approximately 10-minute walk to ION Orchard Mall, Wisma Atria, Tang Plaza, Lucky Plaza (where most Filipinos and Filipino shops are!), Paragon Mall, Ngee Ann City and Takashimaya Shopping Center. The location is just prime and so accessible to everything – food, shopping, MRT stations!
Because we arrived early morning of Sunday without prior request for an early-check in, our game plan was to leave our luggages at the concierge and then hear Catholic Mass and proceed to our touristy destination after.
As soon as we alighted from our taxi cab, helpful & courteous staff at the facade greeted us with friendly smiles and carried our luggages to the lobby; it’s not extraordinary, I know, but these little things made us feel so welcomed upon arrival.
The Lobby & Reception areas.
A fellow Filipino, by the name of Chona was one of the reception staff that day. She asked me to fill out the check in card and advised me to return around 2:30PM. She gave out luggage card and our things were kept safely at the back of the concierge. Everything was done smoothly. Thumbs up for that!
We returned on the dot and checked in at 2:30PM. Here’s how our Deluxe Room at Orchard Parade looks like…
Honestly, I found the room very basic. It looked a bit old compared to other hotels in Singapore that I experienced the past years. However, the strong points of the Deluxe Room we stayed in include fast and free wifi connection, and ultimately, cleanliness!
I appreciated the presence of a 2-seater-couch but wished the coffee table was wider. Nevertheless, it was functional as we used it when we eat our takeaway-dinner.
If you’ve been to Singapore, then you know that most hotels there could cost you an arm and leg. Surprisingly, even those classified as budget hotels can be expensive than you think, despite their rooms have no windows that could make anyone claustrophobic in an instant. The Deluxe Room of Orchard Parade Hotel on the other hand, has the best view you that can stimulate and perk you up! Lush green, inviting swimming pool, the works! Imagine you’ll wake up to a morning view such as this. Nice, isn’t it?
The wardrobe keeps all the essentials – a safe, a flat iron & ironing board, a few hangers and bathrobes, 2 pairs of hotel slippers, a shoe cleaning materials, and a hair dryer, I think. I just forgot to check if they keep a long umbrella there too.
I also found the toilet and shower simple and small. But more importantly, like the room, it appeared almost sterile.
Just few steps outside the lobby, there are fine choices of restaurants, coffee shops, and a wine store that can entice someone with discriminating taste. Then again, there’s something for the budget-conscious too. From convenience store that’s open for 24 hours, coffee and pastry shops and a lot more affordable restaurants and food stalls that are located a stone’s-throw-away.
We rested all night and our first priority the next day was : BREAKFAST BUFFET!
We had breakfast buffet at Tunglok Signatures located at the second level of Orchard Parade Hotel. Elegant, spacious, Oriental-themed yet laid back ambiance. Just wonderful!
And the food? The buffet spread was modest in volume but nonetheless could fill your tummy. I liked the free flowing coffee, tea and fresh juices. But it would be better if they could offer more kinds of dim sums and add a few more dishes next time.
Here are my plates, some are my relatives’.
One last look prior checking out…
Overall, I can personally recommend Orchard Parade Hotel for its prime location, decent and clean Deluxe Room and toilet despite small and a little old, fast and free wifi connection, satisfying eat-all-you-want-breakfast and more importantly, good service from hotel staff.
Orchard Parade Hotel | #1 Tanglin Road S247905 Singapore | For more details and reservation, kindly visit their website of the Orchard Parade Hotel by Far East Hospitality here : http://www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/orchard-parade-hotel.aspx
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Thank you to Far East Hospitality & particularly to Orchard Parade Hotel and The Elizabeth Hotel for sponsoring our 3D2N stay at respective hotels this October 2013. We really appreciate it! Special thanks goes out to Ms. Ericia Li, Ms. Christina Tan & Mr. Mike Cheong for generously responding to my emails and request.