We arrived at this hotel on 20th August at around 8am. I had called ahead and asked for a 3rd bed in the room and thought I got a reasonable price of $80. When we arrived the room was ready and we went straight to it exhausted. My son was thirsty and I allowed him to drink a bottle of water from the fridge only to discover that its cost was about £4.00 - so beware! If you come out of the the hotel and right then right at the lights you will see 7-11 across the road where drinks are far cheaper. The breakfast was included in the room price and was very nice indeed, a selection of everything from boiled eggs to omelettes etc. We were not allowed to eat on the first day because we were not supposed to check in before 2pm however they were kind enough to let us have the room immediately. On the last morning we left before the breakfast room was ready but they let us go in and help ourselves tobreads, pastries fruit and juice which I thought was good of them - but then we had paid for breakfast for this day! The room was spacious even with the 3 quite large single beds. The linen was crisp and clean and the beds were made and room cleaned everyday that we were there. We were on the 10th floor and view was very nice and we did not hear any of the work that has been discussed on this site, unless we went outside.
There is a small swimming pool on the 5th floor with sunbeds but we did not use it although it was quite peaceful there.
This hotel is excellent for its position in singapore. Immediately across the road is the Chijmes food complex. We went to carnivores as many people on here have mentioned it. However, we were not impressed as it was fairly pricey for what it was. Chefs come round with skewers of meat and you turn you table mat to green if you want some and red if you dont. Different meats come out at different intervals - mostly beef I found, but lamb, chicken and fish were all on offer. $45 dollars per head excluding drinks, 7% government tax and 10% service charge. It soon adds up.
If you come out of the hotel and turn left, cross at the lights you will see Raffles Hotel. It was a wonderful colonial building for the rich and famous but a must see nevertheless. If you keep working right past it, you wil come to the Suncity Mall. In here you can buy a one or two day bus sightseeing tour, which offers hop on hop off options for the two days and you can use it much as you want until it stops running, it also offers a boat ride on the river which was very pleasant. I think was paid about $25 for the two days, but it was well worth it as we got to see everything including orchard road where you could get off if you had brought your mortgage money with you!!!
There is plenty to see however this country is very expensive indeed. The "theme park" (sorry i cant remember the name of it) is an absolute rip off. You pay a couple of dollars to get in then pay the the ride, each one between 15 and 29 dollars per ride or £6 and £14. We walked in and walked out!
Sinagpore as a country has no culture of its own and I found this very disappointing - It is just new everywhere or being built. There is this feeling of rushing, very much as in London and I found it stressful and couldn't wait to leave.
The Carlton however, is a great place to rest your head at the end of a busy day sightseeing. My only disappointment with the carlton was that when I came to leave the price quoted for the extra bed did not include 10% service charge and 7% government tax. This annoyed me very much cause i was quoted cheaper in England for the extra bed through the travel agent. Still penny wise pound foolish!!!
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