- No views. Being a rather short building and surrounded by other tall buildings like condominiums means they block your view of everything. So don’t go there expecting a view.
- No bathtubs, even in the more-expensive club rooms. Looking at the other reviews in this tripadvisor website, I’d have thought that bathtubs are the norm, but I learnt from the staff that only suites have bathtubs, and I don’t see this mentioned in the hotel’s website.
- The breakfast is nothing special. Save your money, go for the no-breakfast option, and cross the road to Marine Parade hawker centre and eat the same and much tastier food at a fraction of the cost.
- The pillows are too soft. Gave me no neck support and I woke up with a stiff neck. However, I recognise this is a personal preference thing as some people just prefer very soft pillows.
- The steam room has no lockers for you to put your things or room cardkey.
- The pool is small, really just for you to get wet in. forget about sunbathing as the surrounding tall buildings effectively blocks direct sun rays, except the noon sun that beats straight down.
- The Peranakan theme is basic at best, limited to some motifs in the decoration and a teapot set in the room. I don’t see other evidence of Peranakan-anything as claimed by the hotel. But then, could be that I was expecting more from the hotel’s description.
- Location, location, location! The hotel is literally minutes away from shopping centres, East Coast Park, and lots and lots of eating places, yet without the feeling of being crowded (like in Orchard Road). There’s an NTUC supermarket below the hotel, so you don’t even need to cross the road if you need to buy some snacks or toiletries.
- Friendly staff, clean rooms, clean beds! Friendly staff makes your day. My appreciation to the Malay male staff and Chinese female staff (regrets I didn’t note down their names!) at the club lounge who made every effort to make sure my wife and I were well-attended to.
- Even though my ‘not-so-nice’ items outnumber the ‘nice’ items, I will certainly stay at Katong V again because it fulfills my criteria for a staycation – clean rooms, reasonable price, and good food and lots of places to explore in the neighbourhood.
My wife and I enjoyed the club lounge very much. We liked to just sit in there, chill out, take our time to sample the snacks and teas, and chit-chat the time away. That said, those who don’t need this need not go for the club room option as the extra room size is not very significant anyway, especially for singles or couples. And the snacks in the club room were the same for the two days we were there, so it got boring eating the same snacks for another day. And the snacks were not something special, just three types of Danish pastries, four types of cookies, and a selection of teas and coffees. You’re really paying for that opportunity to sit in a big lounge to while your time with virtually no one around (read: don’t have to squeeze with anyone), and having personal service from the hotel staff. As for the free internet access, there are two terminals in the lounge, you won’t need them if you have your own laptop or tablet with you. I also saw two terminals at the hotel lobby though I didn’t go check them to see if they are for internet usage.
The snacks changed at 6pm with finger food, some desserts (I loved the chocolate!), fruit and wine served. Those can serve as a light dinner if you don’t mind, and if you have gone for a heavy breakfast and lunch at the nearby eateries.
Therefore, basically, it’s like chilling at Starbucks with no crowd, free flow of snacks and tea/coffee, and no waiter/waitress to chase you away. So go for the club lounge option only if this is what you want.
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Thank you for taking time to provide such a detailed review of your recent stay at Village Hotel Katong.
The hotel has an array of Peranakan inspired designs from the entry motifs, the display cabinets in the foyer, to the bright colours in the rooms and small ornaments throughout all areas. It was important that the hotel worked in with the local Peranakan culture which is also reflected in the dining experience at the hotel restaurant named Katong Kitchen.
I am pleased to advise you that last week we have acted on adding a firmer pillow to all the rooms so our guest have a choice each time they stay for their liking. We have also reviewed our Peranakan Lounge offering to ensure that we provide more rotation to the offerings for our longer staying guests. I thank you for these feedback points which has enabled us to act immediately.
I appreciate your great feedback on the team and will also be sharing this with them at our next meeting.
Next time you stay, be sure to try out our Premium Peranakan rooms that have a bath tub and will also have the access to the Peranakan Lounge. It is well worth trying it out.
Village Hotel Katong
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