Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay is the perfect choice if you are looking for a good value for money hotel, close to the main attractions of the city and with excellent service. I will break down the reasons why I loved my stay so much in the following review.
Singapore has been on my bucket list for a long time and I just couldn’t wait to explore it. Therefore, I was looking for a hotel easily accessible by both taxi and public transport and with good connections with the rest of the city. Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay proved to be the best choice since I could get pretty much anywhere around the city by bus or subway. Also, I loved that the hotel was within walking distance of Chinatown and the Old Hill Police Station (one the most colorful buildings in Singapore).
2. A green and environmentally conscious hotel
The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel surprised me with smart features that reduce carbon and the energy spent. Did you know that with every night spent at the hotel you save the equivalent power which can light up a typical fluorescent tub for 330 hours? Also, the hotel’s architecture is designed in a such a way to facilitate the natural ventilation of the corridors and allow natural sunlight in the hotel lobby.
Moreover, the hotel is committed to raise awareness about the endangered species of the world through the ‘Save the hippos’ campaign. I couldn’t help but notice the three funky hippos mascots – Hippy, Happy and Hoppy – around the hotel. If you would like to find out more about this project or donate, click here.
3. Reception & Staff
As soon as I entered the hotel, I fell in love with the simple yet practical design. The reception staff welcomed me with smiling faces and told me all the details about my stay and the facilities at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel.
4. Our room
If I could choose only two words to describe our room, they would be ‘smart’ and ‘comfortable’. Although not extremely spacious, the room was equipped with all the amenities for a great stay. We had an iron, electric kettle, minibar, complimentary water, TV, air conditioning, work desk, mini-fridge and great Wi-Fi. One thing that drew my attention was the ready to use Handy Smartphone offering unlimited local and international calls and mobile internet – it was a great add on to our stay.
Also, the bed was super-comfy and I loved that we had both soft and firm pillows. Last but not least, the view from our floor-to-ceiling window was amazing – the Singapore skyline by night is simply breathtaking.
The bathroom has a modern yet simple design. It is equipped with a hair dryer, towels, and toiletries.
Breakfast starts at 6 am and ends at 10.30 am which is perfect for both morning people and the ones who want to sleep more. In terms of food options, the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel breakfast has a wide range of options: pastry, fruits, cereals and international food.
I loved the Grab & Go service designed for the ones who are in a hurry. With this service you can skip the queue and head straight to the Grab & Go counter where you can pick a beverage, muffin or fresh fruits.
6. Rooftop pool and terrace
With such a beautiful view over Singapore, it is a shame not to try the 40 m long rooftop pool at Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel. Unlike other hotels which have small pools just for relaxation, I loved that this pool was long enough for a good swim. If you just want to relax, you can always soak up some sun one of the sunbeds or you can try the jacuzzi.
7. Other facilities
Open 24/7 the gym is the perfect way to start your day. It is equipped with weights, treadmills and bicycles and it has a great view over the city to keep you motivated.
Baker & Cook Kiosk
If you have a sweet tooth, the Baker & Cook Kiosk at Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay has everything you need. It is open from 8.30 am until 9 pm.
If you prefer to do the laundry by yourself, you can always use the self service laundry room.
8. Book now!
We had a great stay at Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay and I would totally recommend this hotel if you are looking for an affordable place, with great service and close to the main attractions in Singapore. If you would like to book your stay, please click here.
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