Stayed at IBIS @ Novena for three nights the end of 2011 and found it could possibly become a regular base for our regular stop over stays in Singapore.
First the location: some reviewers have lamented about its distance from the closest MRT. I find this strange as one has to walk less then 10 minutes up Irraday Rd. to the NOVENA MRT. More than half the way is even under a covered sidewalk they have probably build for the hospital patients along this street with little traffic (a couple of medical & care facilities are on this street).
Little traffic also means the location is comparably quiet if there is such a thing in Singapore. Busy Balestier Rd is in close proximity although this new hotel (opened in 2011) is soundproofed. Ask for a room towards the court yard (inside) so there will certainly be no issue with outside noise. If you have people talking and shouting out in the corridor, this is still a problem though as the doors do not seem very well insulated.
The major problem for us was the small size of the rooms which is a known feature of the low price IBIS chain hotels. Usually this is not an issue but if you are staying as a couple and have lots of luggage, space gets tight. You are compensated with a new room which then compares favourably to those older Singapore hotels in the same price bracket where installations are older and carpets worn. Note there is no carpet in the room which I find more hygienic in the first place. If you want to limit you hotel cost you will thus have to make the choice between a more modern no-frills IBIS and an older hotel which not only comes with larger rooms but also facilities like swimming pool and gym etc.
We found staff in this hotel generally helpful but do not expect to have your luggage shifted to your room. You will get a trolley to do so. Given that this is a hotel of a larger chain, there also seems less flexibility if things are out of the norm, e.g with your booking and you might have to fight a bit harder to get your point across if the handbook prescribes some rules for the receptionist and the duty manager.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Singapore Novena is minutes away from the CBD of Singapore and Orchard Road. The first international 3-star hotel in Novena, it is within walking distance to Novena MRT station, Corporate Offices, Tan Tock Seng hospital, Medical Centers and Shopping Malls. It features 241 stylish designed rooms with timber floors, free Wi-Fi internet access, 1 restaurant/bar and free parking. Free Ibis shuttle available to and from the hotel to listed Medical Centers and Orchard Road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Singapore Novena Hotel Singapore