We have been to Singapore twice already but the first time we stayed there was in Marriott Hotel along Orchard Road. That time, I was still a travel agent so I get a lot of discounted hotel vouchers and was a part of Marriott Hotel's Specialists. Not anymore...
So, the second trip to Singapore was a little laid back in terms of budget because we had to book two double bedrooms as we are flying from Dubai to Singapore to meet my mother-in-law who was flying in from Manila with her daughter. It was a surprise birthday gift last October 2008. She thought it was a simple get-away trip given by my sis-in-law to her. Little did she know that we were already in the adjacent bedroom waiting to pounce on her. It was fun!
The YWCA Fort Canning Lodge was the hotel of our choice because of the spacious rooms with clean bathrooms and simple layout. I requested for adjacent rooms and we were gladly given two rooms right away without any fuss. Our rooms were facing the park so it was nice waking up to see beautiful "greeneries" and it was a bit quiet. Nearby too was a church and a mall. The location of the hotel was just behind the famous Orchard Road and nearby Dhoby Ghaut metro station. Going around was ver easy.
I would like to commend the friendly staff of the hotel. From the moment we checked-in until we checked-out, everyone was all smiles. They even gave my daughter free breakfast even if it was not included on the fees we paid.
The hotel's premises is very simple. Just few lounge chairs in the lobby, a grand piano in the middle, a big restaurant on the side and small shops for souvenirs and Christian items. It has a wide outdoor pool in the second floor too.
They have a wide array of continental breakfast offered. The food was rather great considering their status as an accommodation. I could not complain really. Everything was nice and cozy.
For the price of US$256.50 per room on the whole 2 nights stay is not bad because we had a good rest and relaxation time there without the noise of busy Orchard Road. My family and I will definitely stay here again on our trip back to Singapore.