The Philippine media group for the World Street Food Congress 2013 was billeted in Days Hotel in Zhongshan Park. The hotel was a 3 star hotel but very new having opened only last December 2012. The location wasn’t very convenient but for the price and amenities I recommend this hotel for those looking for a bargain and a good deal.
Here’s the hotel’s blurb from their website:
Opened in December 2012, Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park is part of the Days Inn Hotels Brand by Wyndam Hotel Group, the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company.
Facilities in this newly opened 3-star hotel include an all-day dining restaurant, a 24-hour gym and 405 stylishly designed guest rooms, each equipped with a 32-inch flat screen TV with cable channels, complimentary in-room WIFI, and in-room safe deposit box. Just across the hotel is Zhongshan Mall, where shoppers can find a supermarket, pharmacy, a series of retail shops as well as food and beverage options.
Situated within the central district of Novena, the hotel is a mere five minutes’ complimentary shuttle bus ride away from the vicinity’s shopping malls and office towers, Novena MRT train station, Novena Medical Hub, Mount Elizabeth Hospital and located along the Balestier Heritage Trail that glimpses into Singapore’s past.
My first reaction when I entered the room was, “My room is orange!” That’s a big plus since you may have noticed it’s my favorite color. The room was small and just enough for two adults to fit with minimal bumping. Despite it’s size I really liked my room because of all the small details they crammed in. It’s like they put all the things they know guests like and applied it to the room.
Detail #1: The sheets were luxuriously soft and the bed had just the right amount of firmness. Another amazing detail were the 4 pillows on the bed. 2 were soft and 2 were firm. I’ve never encountered such a good mix even from 5 star hotels.
The TV had basic cable with CNN, BBC and Channel News Asia. No movie channels.
Detail #2: The bedside alarm clock radio served as a charging dock and speaker for my iPod. I was also able to plug my usb cable and it charged my iPhone 5. I didn’t even need to bring out the Singapore plug adaptor and usb plug adaptor that I brought.
The plate of fruit was a nice touch. Too bad I wasn’t able to eat any of the fruits since I was always full during my entire 4-night stay.
The small seating area near the window is also a good place to place your second luggage or carry on.
It was smart of them to hide the refrigerator under the side table.
The bathroom was a tight squeeze but highly functional.
Detail #4: The toilet flush buttons were placed on top of the counter and a handheld bidet spray was provided. Kudos to their effective space planning.
Detail #5: Don’t you just hate using a shower without any space for your own toiletries? I just loved the large wall cubby that can fit more than enough bottles and whatnots for even the highest maintenance person.
Detail #6: It’s not really a make or break detail but I give them points for putting the shower drain in the corner and making it look so clean and modern. Standing on a metal drain while taking a shower is not a good thing.
A room safe is always a plus. There’s also a hair dryer in the drawer below the safe. I’ve never ever used a hotel’s iron before. Have you?
- There’s free wifi in the room.
- The rooms are very clean and new.
- The beddings are luxurious and similar to what 4 and 5 star hotels use.
- The price of S$180-200 a night is affordable compared to hotels in the Orchard Rd. area.
- The location is not near any MRT station. A taxi ride to Orchard Rd. on a Sunday afternoon cost around S$5. They do have a free shuttle that will take you to the Novena mall where there is an MRT station.
- You can hear noise if people shout in the corridor. Trust me there was a lot of shouting by my unruly Asian neighbors late at night. When they went back in their rooms all was quiet again.
Days Inn Singapore at Zhongshan Park
1 Jalan Rajah Road Singapore 329133
telephone: (65) 6808 6868