I would have given this hotel 5 stars but for a very serious error in the cost we agreed to. We had communicated via email and were given a price, but when it came time to pay the balance on leaving, the price went up. The only reason given was that the staff member who made the agreement was supposedly wrong and if we didn't pay the new amount, then the difference would have to be personally paid by the staff member. This appears to be a common ploy, a disagreeable play on our emotions.
As other reviewers have noted, the location is perfect. It is a short 150m walk to entrance 'A' of Dhoby Ghaut MRT; alternatively, the bus stop is a few metres from the hotel entrance. You can catch the number 36 bus directly to and from Changi airport, the trip takes approximately 70 minutes. Train to the airport takes about 40 minutes with 2 changes, a taxi takes about 20 minutes. The hotel is close to various shopping malls, the newest and largest is Plaza Singapura.
The rooms are generally clean except for the curtains which are grey from dirt. Complimentary bottled water is provided every day. We had a family room with a queen and 2 single sized beds. The rooms are air-conditioned and have a bar fridge and cable TV. The hot breakfast has a wonderful variety of Halal Western and Halal Asian choices. I really liked the miniature savoury chicken hot steamed buns, the sweet carrot / coconut cake and nasi lemak. There is the usual toast and jam, baked beans, cereals, boiled or scrambled eggs, tea and coffee. There are no fruit or vegetable juices, only orange cordial and water.
The outdoor roof pool is just perfect to cool down or swim the 20m length. It is even a good spot to watch the daily evening laser light show at Marina Bay Sands.
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- Also Known As:
- Ymca International House Hotel Singapore
- YMCA One Orchard Singapore