Singapore is perhaps my favourite spot on the planet. At least I can say it’s the most wonderful place I have visited to date. Its climate, cuisine (that should be plural), its architecture, history and also its people make this an unmissable city vacation.
It’s a shame that Singapore is so often viewed as just a stop-over. Folks are likely to stay for just a day or so; they love it but then move on. For me it’s a destination in its own right, with hotels and restaurants to fit every pocket and plenty of things to do when one isn’t either sleeping or eating, although dining is a 6 times a day hobby in this region.
Innotel Hotel Singapore ticks boxes for comfort, quality of service, location and price. It’s new with contemporary design, light and bright and described as a boutique business hotel. It’s appealing to business travellers as well as tourists, an intimate hotel but with personal service that one would likely only have experienced in a 5* classic chain.
The jet-lagged guest will be glad of the warm welcome. They will be seated at a desk to check in, escorted to their room, and their bags delivered. Each room has the following facilities:
Complimentary broadband internet access
Complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms
Complimentary drinking water (that’s an important extra in this climate)
TV with cable channels
DVD player in some suites
Tea- and coffee-making facilities
Electronic in-room safe
iPod / iPhone docking station in some suites
You will enjoy a shower and some sleep, but once you are revived you won’t be lost in an anonymous crowd. You will be a name at Innotel. Just sit in reception for a moment and you will be recognised and asked if you need anything. Would you like directions? Perhaps some advice about a favourite restaurant? Staff here want you to enjoy both Singapore and your stay in Innotel.
It’s hard to find a better location for one’s stay: just a short walk to Orchard Road and a few yards to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station (the Singapore equivalent of the Underground). That might not mean much to a first-time tripper to Singapore but this station puts you between Chinatown and Little India, and within striking distance of every other attraction in this city-state. Chinatown and Little India are the two iconic neighbourhoods that you will want to visit, though. Both have retail therapy opportunities aplenty as well as restaurants in which to relax, and temples in which to contemplate. This is the Singapore of vibrant colour and flavour.
Innotel Hotel is designed with the busy business traveller in mind. It has all the technology one would want to maintain contact with local and international clients. Staff here can assist with your every communication need; cabs can be called and faxes forwarded.
This hotel has a café attached. PappaMia Bistro and Bar is on the ground floor and the place for your nearest breakfast. You might consider that option on your first morning while you are still getting your bearings. Do try a local speciality, Kaya Toast: this is a sweet spread made with coconut. Have this with a cup of coffee or tea or as part of an Asian breakfast of steamed buns and dim sum. Breakfast is served between 7 am and 9.30 am daily. The bistro is open throughout the day till 11.30pm for lunch and dinner and all-day delicious grazing.
Innotel Hotel Singapore gives great value for money. But more than economy, this boutique hotel offers a positive impression of the city. The location is hard to beat but the staff are its strongest asset. You might not remember the smart wallpaper but the charm, smiles and courtesy of the staff will assure your return to Innotel.
Innotel Hotel Singapore
No. 11 Penang Lane,
Singapore 238485 (@Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 6327 2727
Fax: + 65 6645 0808
Visit Innotel Hotel Singapore here
Hotel review by Chrissie Walker © 2018