We choose the Albert Court because of its location close to Bugis Village, the metro (MRT) and shopping even though the price was a bit high. We also really liked the renovated "Shophouse" look of the hotel with its colonial style out front (but not inside).
It is, in fact, a great location with lots of shopping options (Bugis Junction, Bugis Village, technology malls, Little India), great food courts, and it's close to the MRT (not one block like one previous poster said, but 5 blocks to Little India, 6 to Bugis -- still only 10 minutes).
But the price is high and the rooms are extremely small -- more like Hong Kong. We felt very claustrophobic in the room after some of the rooms we had in the rest of Asia for much less. Even the old New 7th Storey Hotel (now sadly gone) had bigger rooms.
Having said that, however, the room did have free wifi and a tub with a proper shower. The room was fairly quiet. There was very little street noise, but our AC unit was quite loud, even on the lowest setting, and the overhead fan looked like it was about to fall off the ceiling.
Staff were great, both at the front desk, the main door and in the restaurant.
The buffet breakfast was good with fresh fruit, cereal, Chinese offerings, and an option for freshly made omelettes. But it wasn't the best: the fruit selection was limited, the "yoghurt" turned out to be some kind of pudding, and the hash brown potatoes were the reconstituted kind. I also do not like seeing omelettes made from an egg mixture sitting in a bowl for who knows how long. Much better to order fried eggs that come from a freshly cracked egg. But this is a common practice at a lot of buffet breakfasts. The breakfast room is also very small for the number of rooms in the hotel and can be quite crowded.
While we were there, we checked out the higher-priced Superior and Executive rooms to see if we could get a larger room. It turns out that the Superior room is pretty much the same size as the Superior, and the Executive room, while slightly bigger, was on the dark and dreary inner courtyard. We chose not to upgrade.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Village Hotel Albert Court is a landmark of Albert Street restored from pre-war shop houses. The Paranakan-styled hotel has enhanced the historical shop houses with modern luxury to endowed guests to enjoy convenience while indulging in its rich cultural guestrooms. This popular hotel lies along the famous street for food and beverage before the 1980s, Albert Street. It was named the Gourmand Street of Singapore in Cantonese. The many celebrated restaurants still exist around the hotel today. The well located hotel is located in the heart of Singapore and is easily accessible to the Business District and Shopping District, which offers convenience to both the business and leisure travellers. From April 2014, experience the newly refurbished rooms designed with the necessities and comfort in mind for both business and leisure travellers as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albert Court Hotel Singapore
- Village Hotel Albert Court By Far East Hospitality Singapore