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I like to think of Singapore as a second home as I have travelled there quite frequently and use it as a jumping off place to other destinations due to the availability of cheap flights and ever changing city scape. It is just a great place to visit.
My wife and I booked this hotel as we are members of the Accor Advantage Plus Club and it is one of the recommended hotels.
On arrival we were booked in extremely fast and taken to our room which was supposed to be a Superior King Suite but it ended up being a twin. It was the first time in 30 years my wife and I have had to sleep apart on holidays. We complained to the Manager, pointing out that we had booked a specific room type and that as Club Members were entitled to an upgrade. She apologised and promised to do something about it but it would be the next day.
On the following day we were moved to the right room and I must say it was very nice with plenty of room, a good sized bathroom and excellent views of the city.
The hotel reception is on the 7th Floor as is the restaurant where you have breakfast which was excellent, no shortage of variety or quantity.
The hotel is situated right next to Clarke Quay where there are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and retail shops. The hotel even has a small shopping complex complete with supermarket attached to it which was very handy.
Once we got over the initial problem of the hotel mix up we had a very enjoyable stay and found the hotel very courtious and willing to help. It is centrally located with a MRT not that far away. All in all not a bad hotel.
The Elizabeth in Singapore is what I would call a "family friendly" hotel that has very nice rooms and an atmosphere conducive to a calming, relaxing holiday.
Given that it is off the main drag (Orchard Road) one does get some exercise to ward of the ills of over eating in Singapore by walking up and down the street to Orchard Rd. Unfortunately the nearest MRT is a long way away but it is still worthy of consideration as a nice place to stay.
This was our 5th trip to Singapore and every time we go we stay at a different hotel to get a better feel for the place. This trip was excellent, the rooms were larger than expected and the service on check in check out was very fast and convenient.
The location of the hotel was excellent, very close to the main business district and on top of an MRT station which made it easy for getting around.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
I must confess that I was a little disappointed with this hotel as I had booked well in advance and had requested a "suite" as well as a fruit platter and champagne on arrival (Wedding Anniversary). The room was hardly what one would call a suite and was quite tacky to say the least. There were stains on the carpet, the bathroom had mould in the shower and I am still waiting for the fruit platter and champagne (even though I paid for it).
On the up side, at least the food for breakfast was OK.
My wife and I have visited Jurong Bird Park twice over the years and the last time was quite interesting, especially Lorikeet Loft, which is basically Australian birds that interact with visitors. They are very friendly (as long as you have food for them) and are quite happy to walk all over you, sit on your head etc. If you have small kids make sure that you get some food for the birds so that the kids can experience them up close and personal, it was a great day.
As an old soldier I could not go to Singapore without visiting Kranji War Memorial. This place is absolutely beautiful and is a glowing tribute to the people of Singapore.
It is maintained in a pristine condition making it a pleasant, although emotional, visit and I recommend it to everyone that has an interest in Australian history. To get there go by train to Kranji and then either cross the road and get a bus for about $1.00 or a taxi for $4.00, you will not be dissapointed.
Changi Chapel and Museum holds a special place in the hearts of many Australians and if you are visiting Singapore you must go and see it, especially if you had relatives who served in the Australian Army. I consider myself to be a fairly strong person but this even brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat.
For those that want a different experience then I strongly recommend the Cheng Ho River Cruise dining experience. This is a unique way to see the waters surrounding Singapore as well as enjoying a sumptious feast on board a replica Chinese junk.
The trip lasts for a couple of hours which is plenty of time to enjoy the sights and tastes of Singapore. A great way to celebrate that special event or just a romantic dinner with that someone special.
For something totally different book a dinner on Singapore's famed Cable Car, yes you heard correct, have dinner on the Cable Car between Mt Faber and Sentosa Island. As you travel on the cable car you get to enjoy fine cuisine whilst looking down on Singapore Harbour.
While it is a bit expensive it is worth every cent and an experience that can be relived over and ovr again.