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Set off yesterday from Whangarei late morning, drove down to Auckland & stayed right next to the airport at the Ibis, believe it or not there was ice on the windscreen in the morning, in Auckland! Parked car in the long stay behind the Novotel & took the Air NZ 8 am to Sydney. After a leisurely lunch at the Terrace checked in for the next …
The journey commences! We flew from Melbourne to Singapore and then headed to our overnight accommodation. The hotel was good for an overnight stay - close to the airport and a comfortable room. The food left a bit to be desired, but overall the hotel served it's purpose.
... translate any of these, but apparently, none of them actually translate. It's all about the context.
Which makes it incredibly difficult for a foreigner like myself. Cool.
I have a lot of fun with my Marketing group from school - consisting of five Singaporeans and myself. They laughed so hard when, in a group text message I replied with:
- you guys should see my face as ...
... many large yellow and orange paper horses suspended over the road. The Chinese New Year had been celebrated just before we arrived and all the decorations are still about all over the City. It is the year of the horse. We passed a very highly ornate Hindu temple. We do not know why it is located in the centre of China Town since most of the original migrants from India settled in the area that is known as ...
... on us today and we decided to walk back to the hostel to shower and recharge with some cereal before heading out again for the night. We are quite spoiled by the breakfast all day here.
We walked down to the Marina Bay area and had about an hour of sunlight left in the day. We headed directly for the gardens there so we could see them before the night lights kicked on and made things look different. We accidentally discovered a giant ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsChangi Village Singapore
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Changi Village Singapore
We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights as we were attending an expo. We were upgraded to a larger room that had a very nice view over the trees to the water beyond. The pool area is excellent and a calm area to relax after a day of business. We visited the local hawker market and had meals there most nights. The food was local, fresh and cheap. We purchased our drinks at the local liquor shop so did not have the expense of using the mini bar. The nearby shopping area also had other places to dine and shops including a beauty therapist where I had a nice facial.
This hotel is a long way out from the main shopping area. The MIT train takes 25 to 30 mins to get into the city and you have to take a 10 minute taxi ride to get to the nearest station from the hotel.However, if you are in Singapore for and Expo or need a break while travelling from Europe to Asia this hotel is perfect. I would stay here again if I was breaking a journey from say London to Australia.
Nice place for stopover
This hotel is quite nice for a stopover as its close to the airport, but i believe the other hotels around Orchard rd are not too much further anyway.
There is a free shuttle to/from Changi airport but it was full both times i tried to use it so ended up taking a cab.
The rooms are a reasonable size, with modern decor and they are very clean. However my room had a strange musty smell kind of like damp. I couldnt pin point what exactly it was, but it was a little off putting.
Breakfast has a fairly wide selection and the quality is quite good.
The local area hasnt got much in the line of things to do, so hop in a cab (very cheap) to Orchard and spend some time there.
10 days of pleasure
We initially made the decision to book the Changi Village Hotel after reading other reviews. Our first visit to Singapore (2 adults and a 13 year old daughter) needed to be as perfect as you could plan for because, let's face it, it is an expensive vacation from the shores of the U.K. It suddenly got more expensive when we tried to board our plane, just to find out that one of our passports was "not in order". Thank goodness that our air travel was with Emirates! Fast track system with the Passport office was eased by their timely intervention and within 48 hours, not only had they smoothed the way for our control documents but we paid no excesses and got no less than 1st class service upon our second arrival. With one quick stop in Dubai, the 16 hour journey took its toll and we were extremely pleased to note the complimentary air conditioned coach of the hotel was awaiting our arrival and moreso, only a ten minute ride from our selected complex. This coach does in fact, attend both terminals of Changi Airport, every hour of the day and as such, became a great way of getting back to our hotel after a hard days shopping and sightseeing, via the other interim modes of transport available to us. The MRT (mass rail transport system), the very frequent bus services and the constant stream of taxis available.
Anyway, something else we learned of earlier in our quest to get this vacation off to a good start is booking rooms at hotels in Singapore. My logic says that a "de-luxe" room is below the standard of a "superior" room, right?? WRONG! For whatever reason this was first determined, do not get led into the falsehood of the description. You will pick up on this when you check out the room rates anyway but if you are booking a "package deal" with an agent, you might not have at first, sussed this out. Our "de-luxe" room standard gave us an external view, more facilities and if you can manage to get to the top floor of the 7 storey (the 8th floor is the roof top swimming pool and health suite) accomodation, then you will indeed, reap the benefits of the outstanding views they have to offer.
We were initially concerned with the possibility of aircraft noise but previous reviews stated that there was not much of it. Sorry guys but you were either so shattered after the long journey's inwards that you slept through all of it or,, as we found out on our extended stay (most visitors to this hotel use it as a short stay accomodation before flying off again to mainland Malaysia or Hong Kong etc.), they DO tend to utilise alternative runways that means the aircraft departing the airport, occasionally do so, in the direction of the hotel. Trust me, Changi airport is VERY busy throughout the day AND the night, so thank goodness again for the good quality of the double glazed balcony doors they use in the rooms. This is a very modern hotel and has a good ratio of staff to visitors. The little extras such as the complimentary bath robes, slippers, daily "Straits Times" newspaper, multi channel plasma TV, fridge and quality safe, all add to the charm of the establishment.
We did in fact, NOT eat in the hotel. When on your doorstep, there are about 20 main road restuarants, serving every type of food you can think of and to top this, a hawkers food centre just across the road, again with about 30 different establishments therein with the average plate of refinery costing less than $2 singapore ($US 1 or 60 pence in UK money), you may quickly see why. $20 singaporian money and you can have a seafood banquet for 3 people, including the drinks!
Access to surrounding islands is also a benefit to staying at this hotel. The adjacent harbour caters for all sorts of excursions from just $2 singapore. That just leaves the shopping (shame the electronic items such as cameras and laptops were not exactly as cheap as you would first assume but clothing, you will bag a lot of bargains) and sightseeing to be done. Again, the hotel scores another few points in being able to provide a daily complimentary air conditioned coach to the downtown areas. It drops you off at a place called Orchard, from where, any part of the island is accessible to you. You make your own way back at your own leisure but this is where their Airport coach comes in handy. Use the MRT to get to the airport and make the short walk through terminal 2 and approach the hotel reservations desk to your right, just before the McDonalds snack bar, and just ask them for transport to Changi Village. It picks up outside at about 20 minutes before the hour. This WILL save you quite a bit of money against alternatives fares, as cheap as they are, it all adds up. Just two tips to end on.. If you are a smoker (like me), don't bother buying any duty free tobacco products on the way in. There IS no duty free allowance for them and they will "deposit" them for you, until you leave Singapore, for a fee. No point in attempting to pay duty on them as you can buy cheaper within Singapore. Expensive as they then are, be careful how you use them. Bus stops and air con restaurants etc. are a no no area and the fines are REALLY heavy.. not as heavy as posessing drugs mind you. Certain amount of heroine for instance and you'll become a permanent resident of Singapore, albeit, about 6 feet underground. No exceptions. We experienced the demise of an Australian whilst we were there so this is no wind up. Apparently, Singapore is a gateway to the west for drugs, so we took an extra few minutes to completely re-check the packing of our cases before we left the hotel and put plastic anti tamper tie seals on the catches straight afterwards. Like I said, they take NO excuses and I would not liked to have been the unsuspecting trafficker. Overall, Singapore is a very CLEAN ( do not drop litter,, there's a heavy fine for that too), pleasant, hottish (95F with a similar humidity index), friendly and scenic island that I can thoroughly reccommend, whether it be for 5 or ten days. The hotel, equally reccommended as being good value for money, strategically positioned with easy access to all you could ever want on your vacation.
Nice Airport-Hotel, but not wow
We stayed there middle of Sept. 2005 for 1 night before we've been flying to Bali. It's about 15 min. by taxi (about SGD 17.--) from the airport. It's indeed more a hotel for stays next to the airport when you have an early morning flight the next day and don't want to go to the city (Orchard Rd. / Scotts Rd.) in the evening. If you want to stay in the heart of the city I really recommend the Grand Hyatt Scotts Road (see my other review from today for Grand Hyatt Singapore). The rooms are nice, but a little bit special with the "light green" colour.
I stayed here because it was close to the office and the airport. It was my first time in Singapore and the hotel seemed a bit too far away from the excitement of a big city, but I was still pleasantly surprised. The lobby and rooms were stylish and the staff was friendly. Perfect for an overnight business trip. Would not stay here longer than one night though. The beds were rock hard.
I'm really impressed
the rooftop pool has a nice view of the Changi beach.. i really enjoyed my stay there in the delux room as i've paid below S$140 for double occupancy (one weekend night only). the hotel and room interior designs is very Zen, the bathroom has a clear glass wall which i found interesting and nice..great for couples actually. the only bit which i thought it was silly was the difference between the superior and delux rooms..the superior rooms are on the lower levels with no bedroom slippers whereas the delux rooms are on the higher levels and they come with bedroom slippers..besides that everything is the same including the roomsize.
The Meridien is just the ticket!
If you are planning a trip which involves a brief stop over in Singapore , you could do no better than stay at the Meridien Hotel in Changi Village.This recently refurbished , 4 star hotel ,offers comfort and style at affordable prices.It has restaurants and bars on site, a fantastic roof top pool and spa treatment centre.
The rooms are designer chic with all mod cons.
If you are feeling adventurous you could venture out for a stroll, stop and sup, and watch the colourful local traders and tourists walk by - or you could just stay in the hotel !
For the golfers amongst you there is a golf course on site, where you can work up a sweat during your stay.
Me ? - I pampered my tastebuds in the restaurants, lounged in the bar at night and savoured the pool and deck area during the day.
Excellent hotel; though it's located on the outskirts of Singapore, but can be resolved by flagging the ever-abundant cabs down. Situated extremely close to Changi Airport, the hotel has a beach frontage. Both the facade and interior are simply chic, snazzy, and contemporary! Features 4 F&B establishments: Saltwater, Ryan's Washoku, Vau Wine Bar, and La Cantina in Venizia-- where La Cantina the Italian Restaurant on the rooftop should be given special mention for its scrumptious and truly authentic Italian food, and friendly service(though it's definitely not a fine-dining restaurant which tabloids claim to be otherwise). The hotel-managed Saltwater restaurant serves excellent breakfast and can match that of a 5-star hotel. The restaurant itself at Saltwater is attractive, and almost resembles that of the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur. Rooms may be small but they are definitely appealing to me. One great feature of the rooms is the stunning bathroom that opens up at your discretion to have a view of your room and beyond! Service-wise, the hotel really needs to keep up with its image as it is not consistent with the various departments--F&B, Housekeeping, Front Office, with Front Office being the one in dire need of improvement: Why be so stuck up? Special mention should be given to Lyna of housekeeping with her vibrant yet warm hospitality rendered during my stay there. Also, the gym is awesome and so is the pool. Executive lounge's a nice, quiet place to hang out in as there is not a single soul(not even the hotel staff) to bother you whilst there. Highly recommended, though uprooting this hotel(*snickers*) and placing it in the heart of Orchard road--which I know will never happen--will be an added plus!