For people like us who prioritize location, comfort and price, finding a decent accomodation in one of the most expensive cities like Singapore could be a tough challenge and at times, painful on the pocket. It’s a well-known fact that rates of hotels in the Lion City could cost you an arm and leg; well, the story’s different if you decide to stay in box-like room without windows, that comes with poorest amenities (FYI : Been there. Done that!). Fortunately, we’re privileged to appreciate ibis Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen that provides basic needs of a budget-conscious family like mine, without compromising other concerns.
One of my favorite murals in Haji Lane. One of the most visited tourist spots in Singapore. Accessible from ibis by foot. Walking several meters from the hotel to this, certainly spells healthy habit and huge savings on transport.
So what makes ibis Hotel Sinagpore on Bencoolen very appealing to us?
LOCATION and RATES
ACCESSIBILITY via bus & MRT stations, taxi cabs; very near to convenience stores, malls, tourist spots in Singapore. There’s a bus stop right in front of the hotel (and that SGD 193++ on the photo above is the current starting rate per room as of May 2013; highly competitive and reasonably affordable if you ask me. Go finish reading this post and surely, you’ll book your next stay in Singapore at ibis).
LOCAL FLAVORS : CULTURE, RELIGION, FOOD
“Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. Only 1 minute walk from ibis. It’s literally located just behind the hotel. Dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, this temple has existed since 1885. Heaped with hundreds of small statues of gods from Chinese pantheon, the temple transports you into the world of Chinese mythology” -via the hotel brochure.
“Sri Krishnan Hindu Temple. Only 1 minute walk from ibis; just adjacent the Buddhist temple. Declared as an historic site by the Singapore National Heritage Board, this tempole is one of the oldest temples established in the 1870s.”-via the hotel brochure.
Few steps more from those temples and your feet will eventually lead you to Bugis Street, Bugis Junction and MRT Bugis Station.
*Bugis Jucntion | Bugis Village | MRT Station | Bugis Street – Around 5 minute walk from ibis. One of the must-visit shopping havens in Singapore that may stimulate the mall-shopping-rat in you! There are so many shops to choose from inside the comforting airconditioned mall and a lot more of bargain finds from Bugis Street! There’s a volume of eating places too, from hakwer stalls, fast food joints to food court and stylish-themed restaurants. The choice is almost endless! And more important than shopping, we frequented this place for its MRT Station that took us to other places we went to while we’re there.
From ibis Hotel to temples & malls & MRT Station at Bugis; your feet may lead you to other places. As for us, on our third and last day in Singapore, I asked my wife and son if they want to walk from Bugis Junction to Arab Street and Haji Lane while our luggages were kept at ibis’ concierge after checking out on our last day, they agreed. Et voila!
Other suggested nearby must-see places around ibis Hotel include :
- “Sim Lim Square (an electronic shopping complex with shops selling IT components, accessories & gadgets) – 2 minute away
- Little India -5 minute away
- Orchard Road -15 minute away
- The Merlion – 20 minute away
- Esplanade – 1.7 km away
- Suntec City – 2.0 km away
- and many more!”
Must Shout this Out : WIFI is FAST & FREE!!!
The last time I went to Singapore solo and stayed in a super-budget-hotel-without-windows-and-whatnot for one night,
I paid SGD 5 per 12 hour use of wifi.
You won’t have that hassle in ibis Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen.
CLEANLINESS IS MANDATORY
COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST : BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
ibis’ restaurant, TASTE made us satiated during our stay. Tina, Gabby and I were really surprised with the wide choices of food for breakfast! The restaurant’s name is absolutely not a misnomer; actually, it’s appropriately called TASTE because not only the menu each day varies and comes in volume but the offerings are really TASTEFUL!
More than one coffee making facilities. We LOVED it! It was Tina who remindded me, “You need to mention that on your blog (pointing to the coffee machines with her pouting lips), that people don’t need to queue to get themselves coffee or tea because TASTE has two.
Now, here comes the part that we get down to serious business (Read : The inevitable SHAMELESS DISPLAY of what we ate as a family, take note, for TWO MORNINGS, I repeat, two morning at ibis). One of the many reasons why we were impressed with ibis was the FOOD. Sleep was fine because bed and pillows were so comfy, shower with hot & cold water & plentiful towels were okay too, but it truly made our mornings waking up fresh and starting the days in the Lion City with full stomachs! We were happy diners!!!
I even dreamt of bacon from Taste so the next morning, I lived the dream I dream, lol!
So location’s great, cultural, religious and other local flavors are within a stone’s throw away, food is more than awesome, best, the service’s so quick! Honestly, Tina and I were observing the staff at the Taste restaurants and they refill the food warmers and all at the spread in a sec! Staff is more than enough to handle every table at Taste. To us, they deserve a salary raise! The staff at the concierge, even the cleaning crew that makes the room each day were a delight too!
It’s always PEOPLE beyond anything else that make up a business;
that keep the business alive!
Bravo, ibis Singapore on Bencoolen for having simple but functional people!
ibis Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen has 538 rooms that are totally dedicated to comfort; we’re very blessed and thankful to experienced at least one of them during our short stay in the Lion City. And would not mind checking in again the next time we revisit Sg!
ibis Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen | 170 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189657 | Tel # +65 6593 2888
- Fax : +65 6593 2889 | Email : H6657@accor.com | Website : www.ibishotel.com/singaporebencoolen
*While this is a sponsored blog post, the words are all mine unless quoted, and were never influenced by anyone.
*This family staycation in Singapore is made possible by :
iVenture Card Singapore | website : www.iventurecard.com
and ibis Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen | website : www.ibis.com
This post is a part of Singapore Blog Series : May 2013.