Travel Loafers recently sent a client to the F-1 in Singapore. We always enjoy receiving post cards and hearing what are clients get up to. Andy Lewis however, went above and beyond by submitting a multi-part blog, Andy describes the experience of a lifetime whether you are a racing fan or not. He are his thoughts about his home away from home, the Days Hotel Singapore.
Tucked away 10 minutes’ drive from Orchard Road, on the outskirts of Novina, is one of Singapore’s best kept budget travel secrets: the Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park. Part of the Wyndham group of hotels, it’s perfectly located to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city, yet it’s just a short taxi ride from the local MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) train station, approx. 5 minutes and $6 (Singapore).
The hotel lobby is light and airy, with a bell desk to take your bags off your hands on check in. The staff are welcoming and more than happy to try and accommodate your requests or provide some assistance after an international flight.
On check in, we were advised that our rooms were ready, both with a grand view of the local park, Zhongshan. The rooms, are cozy and have enough space to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Immaculate, they appear to have recently been decorated.
A small built in wardrobe and safe back onto the bathroom and shower, where the Days also provide you with complimentary amenities such as shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion as well as tooth brush and tooth paste. The little things make all the difference especially after a long haul flight when you can’t be bothered to dig through your bag searching for the essentials.
The room itself has a huge Queen bed, (and after traveling for over 10 hours and being awake for almost 24 by the time I hit the pit), this felt like a giant marshmallow. A desk along with free wifi allows you to catch up on everything you may have missed back home. Free daily top up of coffee and milk means that the early morning starts for the Grand Prix were a bit more manageable. Also worth mentioning there is a built in flat scree wall mounted TV, with 20 channels from Fox Sports to BBC World News and CNN.
The hotel itself, has a business centre, offers a currency exchange service which is in line with what the banks will charge you and has an on call GP service should you fall ill (which is ideal considering the wide variety of food that Singapore has to offer if your stomach is on the delicate side). For travellers with small children, the hotel offers a baby sitting service. However this is thankfully not a service that I currently require!
On top of this a small gym has enough to make you work up a sweet should the desire take you. Not that you actually need to hit the gym to lose a few pounds due to the humidity in Singapore – be prepared to run to the covered air-conditioned shopping malls whenever possible!
The hotel also has a restaurant, which serves breakfast between 6am and 10.30 am Monday to Friday and 6am to 11am on the weekends, as well as lunch options and evening meals. While we only ate in the restaurant once for breakfast it did appear to be on the expensive side with a limited selection. However this was the only drawback to the Days Hotel.
No matter who you spoke to, whether it was the cleaners and maids, the reception, concierge staff or the shuttle bus drivers, they all made you feel welcome and were all more than happy to help should you have a question.
What the hotel offers extra!
The Days offers a number of extras that you don’t normally find, such as complementary shuttle busses to the local MRT station and down to the DFS Outlet on Orchard Road. As mentioned, free wifi is a big thing and the bathroom amenities are a welcome and rare touch in a day and age when hotels have been seen to lower services across the board.
Another bonus was the extra hour you get before you need to check out. The check-out time at the Days is 12 noon. In recent experiences 11am appears to be the norm now. However the Days give you an hour back, and you will be grateful for it (or at least we were) given that a lot of international flights leave Singapore late evening………23:50 for my flight back to SYD (Sydney) & 23:30 for Tommy’s flight back to LHR (London).
Location, Location, Location
The Days is ideal. Far enough from the 100mph of Singapore city centre on F1 weekend you can relax if you so choose, but it’s close enough to hammer the shops and outlets on Orchard Rd if that’s your cup of tea.
Singapore is indeed an interesting historic city with a lot of sights to take in. In my next blog, I will tell you what I did in terms of sightseeing, and I’ll get to my experience at the only night race on the circuit, the Singapore F-1.
– Andy Lewis
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See you on the road!
Mike & Dianne