If you're going to Singapore for a shopping vacation, it only makes sense to get a hotel just a short walk away from the city state's shopping hub: Orchard Road. Sure, the hotels can get pretty pricey right on location itself, but Hoiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre is distanced enough to maintain a reasonable balance between busy street and convenience.
This isn't my first time staying here, and things haven't changed much over the years. Upon arrival, the staff are attentive and friendly, providing good service to us throughout our stay. Connected to the a lounge area complete with a low platform for musicians, the reception is classy well-lit. The sofas here are comfortable too. At night, a singer and pianist are usually stationed at the lounge, serenading guests while they enjoy drinks from the bar.
During this visit, I was spending a night with my aunty and sister to catch The Phantom of the Opera live at the Marina Bay Sands Mastercard Theatre (which was awesome, by the way). We got a premier twin room which came with two beds, wider than a single but slightly leaner than a queen-sized bed. We made use of the flat screen TV, though the video quality seemed a little bit off during this stay. There was even an iPod dock on the bedside table - convenient for all you Apple users.
Our room was at the very end of the hotel corridor, so the view was mostly of the construction site next door. It wasn't noisy though, so that was a relief. However, if you look out into the distance, you can just see Marina Bay Sands looming over the trees. It's a pretty sight at night.
I don't exactly remember when was the last time I visited, but I did use the pool on that occasion. The pool is on the roof of the building, surrounded by high walls covered in creeping vines and greenery. There's also a wading pool as well as a hot tub just off the side. The hotel gym is also on the same floor - the windows have a view of the pool.
The hotel is pretty huge, and I think it's emphasised by how you can look down the floors here all the way to a lounge below. The corridors stretch out from here, so there are a lot more rooms than you would expect. It's pretty cool. From here you can't see the restaurants located within the hotel itself, which are accessible from the lobby. The two main restaurants are Tandoor, which serves Indian cuisine and Window on the Park, where you can try both international and Asian style dishes. I can't be a judge to the food here though, as I have yet to get the chance to try them out.
I had a good stay here; the service is good and the amenities are nice. They even offer free wireless Internet to all rooms, with the condition that only four devices can log on from one unit. Definitely a good choice for a trip to Singapore, taking in the proximity to public transport and shopping options.