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YMCA One Orchard
Ranked #21 of 234 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic hotel close to train station very clean with very helpful staff, we were able to leave our luggage until we departed late at night. There is a swimming pool which is fantastic and a cafe too. We were able to walk to many of the sites in Singapore . Our room was spacious and clean. Overall it was good value for money and the staff were so willing to help at all times.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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1  Thank Lib54
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YMCA-IH, Account Manager at YMCA One Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your kind words. It is our pleasure to be of service to you. We are glad that you found our staff to be helpful at times. We would continue to strive to improve to serve you better. And we welcome you to stay with us on your next trip to Singapore.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Having stayed at YMCA Hongkong , we booked YMCA for our short Singapore visit in Sep 2011.But this one was world apart from the Hongkong one.The one at Hongkong is more of a 3-4 star Hotel but this one in Singapore is very basic with small rooms with little amenities.

But the thing working in its favour is the Location.It is right Next to Dhoby Ghaut SMRT station (Which is a junction for 3-4 different lines).If in Singapore , there is no better means of traveling than the SMRT.From Airport , take either SMRT or Bus no.36 which drops you right in front of YMCA.The Main shopping district (Orchard Road) is just 500-1000m from the hotel.We never took a taxi/bus and always traveled by foot to Orchard road.The place has lots of shopping malls and restaurants and you can spend a full day or two on orchard road itself.

Little India is just 2 kms from YMCA and can be reached by both bus & train.If you are taking the train , catch the purple line and alight at Farrer Park station.Mustafa centre in Little India is a great and a cheap place to shop for gifts and even electronics. I bought a LG 32" LED TV and 2/3rd the cost of what i will get in India.

To go to Sentosa , take the purple line from Dhoby Ghaut station going towards Harbour Front and get down at the last stop.From there you can take the Cable car or mono rail to Sentosa.Universal Studios is must for 1st timers in Singapore and for those loving a bit of adventure , Human & Cyclone are 2 roller coasters you wouldn't want to miss.Tip : Avoid a full stomach before getting on to these rides.

For those loving Art & Culture , Esplanade is a great place to visit with frequent art shows & performances.The Famous Merlion is walking distance from Esplanade and a popular place to get your Singapore Picture clicked.Esplanade is second station on Yellow line from Dhoby Ghaut station.

A trip to Singapore is never complete without visiting Clake Quay on a weekend night with best of the pubs and the crowd to keep your spirits up.My favorite place is Hooters right next to the boat quay.

Finally for vegetarians like me , Singapore has no dearth of places to eat.Little India has lot of Indian restaurants.A couple of Subways & Pizza Huts nearby YMCA in a mall called Plaza Singapura.Try the Arabbita Pasta at Pastamania in this mall.Rest assured you would be licking your fingers.

Room Tip: Travel by SMRT.Dhoby Ghaut station is just 100m from this hotel.You can travel to all the tourist lo...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank ramesh_chugh
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YMCA-IH, Account Manager at YMCA One Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated. We would improve to serve you better. We welcome you to stay with us on your next trip to Singapore.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

As a family of four, with a 9 and 11 year old we found this to be a great place to stay. A 'value for money' place with a pool and a lovely breakfast. It was very central, and the staff were very helpful and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jill W
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YMCA-IH, Account Manager at YMCA One Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your compliments. We would strive to improve to service you better. And we welcome you to stay with us on your next trip to Singapore.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

They’re fully booked when I tried to make a reservation from their website. So I made my booking via asiatravel.com. It’s cheaper and I got a free one way transfer from airport to hotel. I am staying with my big family for 4 nights. 6 adults with 2 children. Here are my opinion about YMCA Hotel :

+ Positive
1. Location. This hotel located near Dhoby Ghaut MRT (only 3 minutes walk) and not far from orchard shopping area.
2. Clean and Spacious room. The room was very clean and white. We got twin bed room with connecting door (the family room already fully booked). So, we joined our twin bed into a one large bed. Compare to another budget hotel, YMCA hostel has spacious room, so me and my husband had enough space to open our luggage.
3. Delicious breakfast. Although they served almost the same daily breakfast, it was still delicious (cornflakes, fruits, soup, bean, toast, sausages, egg, and many more)
4. The Wi-Fi was up and down and TV has 16 channels (HBO, AXN, Star Movies, National Geographic, etc). It was OK for us.
5. Clean spacious bathroom with amenities, shower area separate with glass.
6. Comfortable for guest with family. Although we can still hear some vague voices from another room, but it’s ok!

Negative:
1. Not a very cheap hostel, it has the same price with other hotel beside YMCA. But what can you expect? This is Singapore, everything is very expensive.
2. Self service hostel, no bell boy. Bring your own luggage check in and check out. It’s a little bit difficult for us, because we brought 6 big luggage.
3. No security in room area (4th floor). Our room area was separated by one door without security. This area located near public café.
4. A bit crowded in the weekdays, because they have seminar room, kids course, etc.
5. No safety box

Overall, it’s still worth the price because of the location, clean room and delicious breakfast. Definitely will come back :)

Room Tip: i think all room are nice
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Rhily
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YMCA-IH, Account Manager at YMCA One Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you so much for your kind review. It is much appreciated. We would improve our services to serve you better. And we welcome you to stay with us on your next visit to Singapore.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

My husband and I and our 2 children 8 and 15 yrs stayed here for 6 nights in September. I was pleasently surprised by many aspects of this place. Firstly the location is excellent within 2 minutes walk to the MRT. The rooms were a good size the breakfast was good and to our daughters pleasure there was free wifi. When we travel us usally stay in 3.5 to 4 star resorts this was a first for us but as we were in Singapore when the F1 was on the prices of accommodation was pretty expensive so we decided to take the risk and I'm glad we did. When we travel we dont usually spend much time in the room so if you want luxuries you must pay for it but if you are looking for value for money, clean and central location you cant beat it.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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YMCA-IH, Account Manager at YMCA One Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your kind words, it is much appreciated. We hope that you had a pleasant stay in our premises. And we would improve to serve you better. You are most welcomed to stay with us in our premises on your next trip to Singapore.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The YMCA is very centrally located offering value for money accommodation, without all the bells and whistles, where other hotels charge the earth. It provides basic accommodation - a room and a simple breakfast thrown in. This is ideal for anyone who leaves after breakfast and returns only to spend the night. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and the beds comfortable. The air conditioning provides pleasant relief from the heat and humidity. The lifts tend to be slow but one can always take the stairs.

We were there at the end of December 2012 and this is our second time. The reception staff are cordial but not overtly friendly. The cleaning staff are personable and cheerful. The staff serving breakfast are always busy but pleasant and helpful.

Breakfast is usually busy and the turnover is very quick. However the buffet menu has changed and now there is less choice.

It is easy to get around from there, hailing taxis from the front, taking the bus or the MRT. From there it is within walking distance to shopping centres and the National Museum is right next door.

Room Tip: Leave the windows shut to occlude the noise of the traffic.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank savvytraveller_2009
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YMCA-IH, Account Manager at YMCA One Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your kind review, it is much appreciated. We would improve our services to serve you better. We welcome you to stay with us at YMCA International House on your next trip to Singapore.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We found this hotel officious at times. Not sure about the previous poster's comments about no security. We know the security! We arrived after an overnight flight with children. We were too early for check in so we put our bags in storage and wandered the streets. After a few hours we went back to the hotel and asked for a place to sit. We were sent to the members lounge by reception staff. After ten minutes security staff member came and asked if we were members. Said we were not entitled to be there and the president of the club would not be happy. We didn't move. He came back five minutes later and did the rounds of the otherwise empty room. Ten minutes later he came back, he sat next to us and made us feel like squatters or criminals. The upside was we got checked in a few hours earlier although this was not our intention.

Good points: this hotel is well located, value for money in an expensive city for hotels. Close to MRT and walking distance to many sights breakfast is included and adequate. Cleaning staff on level 8 have the best PR. The good morning is genuine and friendly.

The YMCA needs to amend their website obviously. Guests do not have access to the members lounge as stated.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank liemPerth
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YMCA-IH, Account Manager at YMCA One Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your review. The management will check and clarify with the security department and clarify this matter. Hostel guests have access to members' lounge and the facilities alike.

We are glad that you found our location to be accessible and accommodation to be value for money. Once again, thank you for staying with us and we welcome you to stay with us again on your next trip to Singapore.

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Address: 1 Orchard Road Ymca, Singapore 238824, Singapore
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Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #21 of 234 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range: $90 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — YMCA One Orchard 3*
Number of rooms: 111
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