~ luxury resortel ~

12

a most breathtaking

vista. a panorama.

a sight to behold

13

instead, we have the

only room with a large shrub

obstructing our view

 

 

2019  – a haiku challenge. 365 days, 365 poems.
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Somerset Liang Court, Fort Canning, Singapore

Somerset Liang Court is nice apartment-style accommodation. Three of us managed to get a room that sleeps four (maybe 5 on the sofa bed) and of course we had ample space; living room, en suite in the master bedroom and a large kitchen area with washer and dryer. It was great for our week-long stay in Singapore.

Location-wise, it’s perfect. Walking distance to Clarke Quay and minutes to the MRT which will take you anywhere (it’s on the same line as Chinatown and other relevant touristy places).

We had a bit of a weird check-in, however. Although we had paid upfront, (and we had confirmation from out travel agent that accounts were settled,) the receptionist refused to give us any confirmation that our payment had been received by the hotel, claiming she was ‘unable’ to. We also had not been explained that there’s a button on the wall beside the bathroom lights which controls the hot water heater, so my mother had some cold showers until we figured out that the switch must be turned on and stay on, and that the housekeeping may have been switching them off during the day. We also had a complete fuse outage one evening, as the hot water generator needed replacing and short circuited out the whole flat. Service staff were prompt in addressing this, however.

With water damage on the bathroom door and an old hot water system, we left under the impression that we got a good room rate because there are things about the hotel that need updating and renovating.  Also, it turns out the promised views of the nightly Marina Bay lightshow is not a guarantee as it depends which direction your room is facing. We were satisfied with our stay, actually, perhaps a little disappointed.

 

 

 

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Flinders Backpackers, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Flinders Backpackers is your conventional backpackers hostel. Basic. Weird stain on the mattress. Paper thin walls.

The only common space is an all in one. As you exit the elevator, the first thing you see are the lines for the front office. Look left and there’s the huge kitchen space, tables and chairs, piles of luggage that didn’t fit inside the $2 lockers. Look right and there’s a mess of people, playing games, reading, eating, drinking. Some call this a homely vibe, communal and inviting. I found it chaotic and overwhelming.

I shared a room with friends on level 9. We could still feel the bass from the nightclub on the first floor through the walls. I know we paid basic rates for bare minimum facilities, and I wasn’t expecting the Ritz. But I felt uncomfortable with the ultra-sterile chlorine/bleach smell that permeated even the curtains.

Honestly, the hostel forced me out onto the streets and into the city. For that, I am grateful. I did not wish to stay in that place any longer than I needed to.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Ibis Styles, Kingsgate Hotel, Melbourne 

The Ibis Styles, Kingsgate is a standard accommodation that fills your needs without luxury trimmings. My main issues were that the water in the shower fluctuated between lukewarm and hot during my stay there. (I understand they’re undergoing renovations at the moment as well?) I also had issues with the breakfast service in that my family was accidently double billed,  and thankfully this was painlessly rectified soon after, thanks to the concierge for their understanding. Regardless of these concerns, it was clean, easy to get to from Southern Cross, close to trams along Bourke Street (and perfect for the NYE fireworks which, incidentally, we were there for). Honestly, stock standard accommodation. 

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Ibis Christchurch, NZ

The Ibis is a hotel chain where you can pretty much expect what the facilities are like as well as the standard of accommodation.
 What makes Ibis Christchurch really special is the warmth of service from the staff. Their attentive hospitality was very much appreciated when we had a late night check-in, and we had various transfers and activities to confirm. They chose to go above the call of duty to help us. 
The hotel is right at the heart of Christchurch CBD which makes is a central location to anything you’d need- it’s all within walking distance.

 The buffet breakfast at this hotel is great value (considering the lack of reasonably priced brunch spots in the immediate area).
On a side note, The local community has shown such great resilience and strength of spirit to continue on after tragic natural disasters. It was humbling to see the rebuild effort. I recommend going to Christchurch to see and support the city, even though a lot of it is still under construction. 
We had a relaxing time and we were satisfied with the facilities.

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The Elizabeth Hotel, Singapore

The Elizabeth Hotel suited our needs. It was a short walk to Orchard road, but not right in the hustle and bustle, which provided us with a little oasis. The staff were very welcoming and hospitable. They helped us understand the city and organise tours and activities. 
The facilities are great, the pool is lovely, the gym is good enough and the buffet breakfast is exciting and delicious. In fact, the restaurant is a highlight as the windows offer a beautiful view.
 Our rooms were satisfactory (beds a little hard though). One thing we did appreciate was that the hotel supplied a mobile phone for personal use, local and international calls, and Internet which is super handy when trying to navigate the city. 

I would definitely go back to The Elizabeth.
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Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.