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Historical Traveler Reviews York Hotel Singapore
We had a 3 night stopover at the York in end of October 2005.Service on our arrival was very poor and not friendly at all.We complained about our first room they placed us in on the 2nd floor (the view..not clean..and 2 beds). We were on our honeymoon, which we had advised the hotel prior to leaving Australia, to which they insisted they knew nothing about.They then moved us to the 10th floor, better view (at night) but still not that clean. It was presentable. There were still traces of hair through the bath, mould in the shower, water leaked all over the floor also when you showered, spatters on the mirror, carpets were stained..half the switches on the nightstand didnt work,radio didnt work at all, etc. No one would help us with our inquiries at reception, tour desk or concierge..we were brushed from one to the other.So we grabbed a map and just investigated for ourselves.Yes the hotel is in a good location for shopping and eating. The pool was small. The best service was from the pool attendant, a lovely man.This was a stopover after 3 weeks in Phuket Thailand and we wish we had spent that extra 3 nights there.We had nothing but excellent and friendly service in Thailand.So the York was a huge disappointment.The hotel needs an overhaul and the staff need some lessons in hospitality!We will be looking for another hotel should we choose to stay in Singapore again.
We stayed at The York Hotel for 6 nights in Sept 2005. Upon arrival we confirmed our original request of a non-smoking room with queen size bed. The friendly staff member informed us that there we no standard rooms left that met our needs and upgraded us for free to a pool-side cabana.
I stayed in this hotel on way home to Oz from England for 3 nights. I found the location quite good, very close to Orchard Rd and the MRT. I finally found out how to turn the lights on after a quick phone call to reception. You have to insert your entry room card into the slot near the entrance door and leave it inserted until you leave the room again. Not everyone knows this, so just in case you are an older person like me, this info helps. The only few complaints I had were that the hotel is on a bit of a hill and after a long days slog of sight seeing, shopping and humidity the last few laps were a drag. Also the buffet type restaurant close by the foyer always smelt of fish at lunch/dinner times. The restaurant seemed to be frequented mainly by Singaporeans at these times. I had to hold my nose until I reached the lift. The hotel was good value but don't think I would stay here again, I would pay extra for a newer built hotel on the flat.
Our family of 2 adults and 2 children stayed here for two nights on the way to Australia. The hotel is close to Orchard Road, convenient for shopping and eating out. The bedroom was very spacious plenty of room for a family of four. The bathroom I felt was a little small. There was a strong musty smell throughout the hotel especially by the lifts and the bedrooms. The food was fine but we generally ate out most of the time.
Perhaps it may be time for some refurbishment but having said that the hotel itself and rooms were adequate although we did notice a musty smell as we entered the hotel. Check-in was quick and we were soon on our way to our room.
The most positive thing that I can say about this hotel is that its in a great loacion, just off Orchard Road. We stayed here for two nights on our way back to the Uk. We had a room on the top floor, the 13th, it was clean, large and spacious but old and dated as is the hotel itself. The fire alarm went off during our stay at 0400hrs and, although it was a false alarm, it was chaos. After walking down 13 flights of stairs and standing around in the street for ages nothing seemed to be happening. Staff did not have a clue what was going on and did nothing to help or reassure their guests. Eventually people just gave up and went back to bed ! Breakfast at the hotel is basic as is the pool. there is also a charge of 126 Singapore dollars if you wish to keep your room for a late checkout. The York is functional but not luxurious and we would not return here.
we stayed 3 nights at the York hotel on our way from Australia to Britain. The hotel is showing signs of wear and is looking a bit old and dated. The room was large and reasonably clean however there was a damp and musty smell. I overheard a couple of other guests request room changes due to the smell and uncleanliness of their room but I found apart from the smell, which wasn't too bad once we turned on the airconditoner, the room was ok. The location is good just a 5 minute walk to Scotts road, Orchard road and the MRT station. The hotel is on a bit of a hill which could be a problem for people who have difficulties walking or as I found a bit hard after a full days shopping and armfulls of bags. Would I stay there again?, I would have to say no. I would pay the bit extra per night and stay at a newer hotel. Accomodation in Singapore is so reasonable I would opt for a newer hotel.
My family and I stayed at the York Hotel for 5 nights in February 2005 when we attended the Kenneth Copeland Ministries Singapore Victory Campaign. Being Malaysians, we were entitled to the Rest & Relax package promotional rates which really suited us since we had 2 small children. This is a 4-star hotel and there was nothing pretentious about the hotel and it just does what a hotel is supposed to do - provide good accommodation in a nice, friendly, comfortable, clean and cosy environment. The service was quite good and the hotel personnel were friendly. Special mention must go to Mdm Helen Gouw, the hotel's sales manager who made us feel very welcome. She even bought a soft toy for our baby girl.
Wonderful stop over!
We stopped over in this hotel for two nights on our way to Australia. It has a great location, and very friendly staff. The hotel is very grand and breakfast is fantastic!!! Lovely facilities, I would highly recommend it!