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“Old but well-equipped and spacious” 4 of 5 stars
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Somerset Orchard Singapore
Ranked #93 of 215 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Old but well-equipped and spacious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

After reading many of the reviews here we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of our two-bedroom apartment. We emailed ahead and requested a quiet apartment higher up and they emailed right back to say that was OK. The two-bedroom apartment was spacious (esp by Asian standards), with two good-sized bathrooms, nice fluffy towels, and very clean. We didn't really cook but it was very handy to have a fridge and a microwave. We were very happy with the place because we thought of it as an apartment and not a four-star hotel room.

Room Tip: We requested a quiet room facing Koek Road and it was great.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Stayed at the 2 bedroom apartment for 3 nights in November 2012. The apartment was old but with the price we paid for was cheap for a 2 bedroom. Location was good near to orchard central, centrepoint and 313 somerset.

The resident lounge, where the breakfast located, was very small. Limited food. The lift looks very old.

The service was top notch. Would stay here again if came with more than 3 people.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Ahmedabad, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This was our second visit to Somerset Orchard. We were very happy at our first visit when we had been there before 3 years.
However, we were thoroughly let down this time.
The entire property looked poorly maintained and ill-cared for. Not what you commonly note for an Ascott residence.
It was not a 'serviced residence' to start with. There was no service. Our appt. on the 7th floor was cleaned by shabby housekeeper. The quality of cleaning was very very poor. Bedsheets not changed.
The bath tub was detached from the floor tiles. Hygiene of the bathrooms was also poor.
The kitchen platform was too small and there was hardly any space between the cooking hob and the washing sink.
The residents lounge as before is too small. Residents have to play 'musical chairs' to find a breakfast seat. You are greeted by an overworked lady who we feel like is the only responsible person for breakfast. She seems to be cooking, serving, refilling, washing and cleaning. Your conscience bites you to even ask for something from her.
This place. needs an urgent facelift and staff upgrade.

Room Tip: Not worth the expense
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank aarya
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Bangkok
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The property is in good location but very old. The whole property needs renovation. I stayed in a Studio room, with one working air conditioner which is a little noisy and one not working. The room is in good size for two persons, but the bathroom is VERY small. The bathroom has an unpleasant damp smell, and dim lighting. The spring bedding and pillows can cause you terrible back and neck pain.

The room that I got is on the Orchard side so it is very noisy until late night. If you a light sleeper, you will have problem get yourself to sleep.

In room amenities, as this is a serviced apartment so not many amenities provided. There is only a soap/shampoo dispenser attached to the wall at the basin and the bath tub. And one body lotion tube.
There is one bathrobe, no slipper. Hair dryer, iron, and ironing board are provided.

Room rate is include breakfast and internet. The internet connection is free and easy. The breakfast has not much variety. Some fruits, pastry, milk, a juice. A coffee is made from the machine, but the test is so light.

I think the room charge is too expensive for the quality and the services provided. They charged for the whole stay at check-in. With the same price, I can stay at a 5-star hotel with a lot better service. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t refund me the money if pre-checkout.

Room Tip: Avoid a room on Orchard Road side. Very noisy from the traffic on the street.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank I_am_Fira
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed in one of the two bedroom apartments are were really happy with the accommodations. We've visited Singapore a number of times before, and have usually stayed at one of the more "budget" hotels like the Porcelain, so having this much space was a real treat. It is much less expensive than getting 2 separate hotel rooms, and gives a LOT more space. There were two full bathrooms, a dining area with a large table and a living room with a couch, chairs, desk and TV. There was good, free wifi. The rooms were not decorated, so felt a bit cold, but the furnishings were all comfortable and the kitchen was well-equipped. The breakfast was adequate with eggs, a vegetable dish, sausage, fruit, cereal, juice/coffee/tea and some breads/pastries available. The rooftop swimming pool was quite nice, and there is a small fitness center with a sauna. Everything was spotlessly clean.

Staff were all very nice and helpful. The location was terrific, with lots of restaurant options available and the MRT about a 5 minute walk away. No hawker centers in the immediate vicinity, but several food courts in the nearby shopping malls with very good and inexpensive food (we liked 313 Orchard, 5th floor) . The regular price of the apartment is pretty high, but we found a discount on Booking.com that made our apartment a real bargain for what we got.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Trinidad
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Everything about this place is absolutely amazing. The breakfast, room, staff, location and amenities is awesome. Probably the best place I've ever stayed at. Definitely recommend it!!! Words cannot really describe how amazing this place is...so all i'll say is that Somerset Orchard Serviced Residence is simply 'WOW'.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Overall Somerset Orchard Service Apartments on Orchard Road, Singapore turned out to be a less than positive option us me and my family staying in Singapore for a couple of weeks during August 2012. The accommodation rooms required updating eg, the electric switches were placed bent, the plaster work was poor, the air condition units were broken made a lot of noise. The bathroom, the tiling was in poor shape, the sealant around the baths was coming away, shower curtains were off colour and smelled of damp, files roamed around the bath tub and sink. Hotwater finished too quickly there was never enough. The Residence lounge was way too small and the breakfast selection there was not good quality. Kitchen - the cold water was not connected to the sink tap. And there was no drinking water available. There was unsufficient cutlery and cups. When turning the stove on the electricity in the apartment would cut off. The gym was absolutely and utterly inappropriate. The equipment was old and the free weights were too light. There was no bench to use. The pool was deep (good) but on the small side. The bedroom curtains didn't close properly. The strobe lighting was old school and distracting. Loud music every night kept me up - there was a nightclub or something that continued to play music that came into the apartment, and I was on the 10th floor! The fact that we had poor choice of TV channels was terrible given the amount we paid. The childerns play area upstairs – this is in poor state of repair and probably a health hazard. My children refused to go close to it. Finally, the price for 18 days was over $7200 and money was taken out immediately from my account thus locking me in. Plus they took an additional $250 SGD authorization for a deposit!! The only positive was the entrance porters, they were welcoming and polite always. The website is misleading. For a service apartment in 2012 on a popular stretch of Singapore, this place is not in keeping.

Room Tip: Avoid it. Better off staying in a hotel and it'll probably cost less.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Somerset Orchard Singapore
Address: 160 Orchard Road | #06-01 OG Orchard Point (Entrance via Koek Road), Singapore 238842, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore > Orchard Road
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 215 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Somerset Orchard Singapore 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Somerset Orchard Singapore offers spacious and comfortable apartments located just off Orchard Road. The Somerset MRT (Subway) is only a few minutes walk, giving you access to the Central Business District and many destinations in Singapore. The convenient location makes the residence ideal corporate and interim housing for the expatriate and family. Stroll at your leisure to the abundant and varied restaurants and shops in the main shopping district. Whether for business travel, holiday, project assignment or relocation, you can enjoy city living in the security and comfort of a private apartment. ... more   less 
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