Friday, April 16, 2010

Staying at Ibis Bencoolen

Being that most of our budget was already eaten up by our fare, I had to cut back on how much we were going to spend for accommodation. With such short notice, all I could manage was a stay at Ibis Bencoolen. It is an economy (no frills) hotel, still part of the Accor group but unlike our stay at Grand Mercure Roxy wherein we got the room at promo rate, we definitely paid full-price this time around (Our bill for a 4-day stay at Ibis Bencoolen turned out to be more expensive than our 5-day stay at Grand Mercure Roxy ).
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Checking in, the staff was friendly and very efficient. The vingcard was in my hand in no time.
ibis bencoolen lobby
Lobby has high ceiling to give the guests that feeling of space which doesn't really translates to the room.

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Hallway leading to the rooms.

It isn't as cramped either. Whoever designed this space really made good use of every nook and cranny.
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I think all rooms at Ibis Bencoolen are the same: queen size bed, table to the side, a very small closet space, small fridge, tea/coffee-making facility, safe, and flat screen TV.

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Whoever designed this also made good use of lighting and mirrors to brighten up (giving the illusion of more) space.
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From this angle you can see the bathroom which I'll be showing to you in the following pics.

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The bathroom. Rather small but it has everything you need plus hair blower. There's also an outlet for electric razor.

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Might I suggest bringing your own toothbrush and toothpaste as what you can see above, that's all the toiletries the hotel is providing.

view from ibis bencoolen
The room faces Bencoolen street. You can see Nanyang Academy across.

What mattered is that the room was clean and cleaned everyday, the bedsheets were made of cotton and (I think) at least 300 TC, and the staff efficient and friendly. Included in what we paid for was unlimited wi-fi and buffet breakfasts (which I am going to write a separate post on). It is also cetrally located. Bugis Station is relatively near the hotel (about 4/5 blocks away), there's a hawker center right at the back of the hotel, 1 bus ride away from Orchard Road, malls and art galleries abound the area... In summary, there's a lot to do even just within the vicinity of the hotel! Bottomline: this is a no-frills hotel so guests have to manage their expectations! And don't forget your toothbrush!


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