For our second trip to Singapore we planned to stay again at the Fairmont Hotel because we had loved the location on our first visit. However, their prices had risen significantly so we went searching for an alternative and TA reviews led us to The Residence at the Singapore Recreation Club where we booked four nights.
As mentioned in a few reviews, the taxi driver had not heard of the place, but I had printed out a Google map and we arrived with only minimal fuss (it’s a little tricky because of one-way streets around the Padang). Taxi fare from the airport with the after-midnight surcharge was $25. There was a worker in the building lobby when I arrived to let me in; hotel reception is located upstairs but there is an elevator.
We had requested a quiet room away from the street noise and were given room #309 overlooking the Padang at the end of the hall. Outside our room was the terrace that is shared by all guests and, unfortunately, our end was covered and had seating so smokers tended to hang out there. And that location we discovered on our last evening was directly over an entertainment space that could be used by Club members. Our last night was a living hell as someone was celebrating a birthday or something with a live band, and at least one guest decided he could sing (very off-key)) with the group. It went on for hours even though we placed several calls to reception. Apparently the Club members can do whatever they want--hotel guests be damned. Even my husband who is deaf in one ear could not sleep; we could literally hear all the lyrics.
The room itself was fine, but with not a lot of floor space as there were two double beds. There was plenty of storage room with two shelves for suitcases. There was a nice refrigerator and a big television with HBO and other cable channels. The bedside table did not have a clock, but did have an IPOD dock. The lighting over the bed was very dim making it difficult to read. The beds were very comfortable. As mentioned in other reviews there were 3 steps down from the entry door and bathroom level to the bed area and it is not lit. Knowing this I brought a battery-operated night light to set on the steps and it helped. The AC seemed to have a mind of its own.
The hotel lobby is fairly small but had a computer for guests to use for free (the room also had very good wifi –also free). One big advantage of staying here are the fitness facilities. The gym had a good selection of equipment and the pool area was wonderful. There’s a desk where you can pick-up pool towels and get a locker key. There’s a very large pool for swimming, a smaller “falls” pool, and a children’s pool. The restaurant is located on the same floor as the fitness facilities. Breakfast consisted of a variety of western and Asian choices but the hot items were not really hot. They will do eggs cooked to order.
The hotel is located across the street from the Raffles City Plaza which has numerous upscale shops and lots of food choices including the Jason's Market which is a wonderful grocery store with deli and bakery.
The reception staff was very nice and provided lots of visitor information. Unfortunately their hands seemed to be tied when it came to the nightmare party night. It is my understanding this hotel was added to the club to help with its financial survival. I would suggest someone make the club members aware that hotel guests need to have some rights (i.e. the right to be able to sleep at night) if they want to keep this establishment running profitably. It’s a shame our pleasant stay was ruined; we will not book here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 26 deluxe rooms, in a central location conveniently located near the business district, major attractions and shopping centres, The Residence at Singapore Recreation Club offers travellers an oasis of entertainment and pleasure. Located just minutes away from Singapore's newly opened integrated resorts, it is perfect for those new to the Lion city or visitors who want to experience Singapore in a new light. ... more less
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