Hotel Ibis in Bencoolen is one of the reasonably priced and the most practical hotel to stay when you go to Singapore. Why you ask? One word: Convenient.
The “Benefits Room” where I checked in has a mobile phone that you can use while you’re staying in the hotel. The phone has FREE 3G mobile internet, which is perfect if you want to update your social media of your whereabouts or use waze, search for your way around on the internet or google the best spots and restaurants to go to. I used it mainly to find my way around and contact people on my Facebook. The mobile phone also has UNLIMITED CALL AND TEXT both locally and internationally (for selected countries only though), which again was convenient for me as I often need to use it to call my friends who I was supposed to meet up with.
Apart from that, the hotel also has iPads and MAC PCs at the lobby that you can use just in case you forgot your laptop or need to use one… and it’s FREE to use. There’s also a touch screen concierge just in case you want an interactive map of the area or print a post card to send out.
Then there’s also the bamboo bikes that you can rent just in case you want to roam around Bugis area. Unfortunately, I do not know how to ride a bike so I wasn’t able to experience this. But I just think it is a pretty neat idea that you can borrow a bike from them any time you want (although, it is at a first come first serve basis).
There’s also the laundry room complete with washing machines and ironing set. Plus an iPad that you can use while waiting for your clothes to spin and dry. So convenient.
And of course, Ibis in Bencoolen is conveniently situated at the heart of Singapore, near so interesting spots like the Singapore Art Museum, Arab Street and the temples plus it is walking distance to various shopping centres like the Bugis Village and Bugis Junction Mall. Here are a few of the photos I took during my street photography adventure in Bugis last month.
I was able to tour around Bugis area for about 4 hours while going back to the hotel once in a while to refill my water bottle with cold sparkling water (or regular water), that you can borrow from the “Le Bar” or purchase from them for 12 SGD.
At the end of the tour, I just laid back in my room and snuggled in my comfortable bed and soft pillows as I switch through channels, while enjoying a mug of tea I made from the coffee and tea making facility. Their rooms are small and pretty simple, nothing too fancy. The only thing is there is almost no space for walking and if brought tons of stuff then you’ll barely be able to move around.
I just love that there are enough sockets for charging batteries even usb cable port just in case you forgot your charger and you only brought your cable.
And their shampoo, conditioner and bath gel does not come in the little hotel bottles but they have the big bottles fixed on the walls of the bathroom. I suppose this is to save up and for economical purpose.
The next day I enjoyed a nice brekky at the hotel’s Taste restaurant. Their breakfast spread’s pretty decent, not the best but okay for a 4-star hotel. And the ala-carte menu is also affordable so that is a plus.
Did I also mention the cool little gifts I received from Hotel Ibis Bencoolen? The sweet and eco notepad and pens! <3 Thanks AccorHotels! <3