I recently attended a Christmas event hosted by Far East Holdings for the media. It was a wonderfully put together dinner, and with a great mix of people. It was nice to meet the people from Far East as well as other people from the media whom I’ve never met before. Anyway one of the highlights of the evening was that I won a staycation from Village Hotel Changi! One of my team mates that evening was from Kids ‘r’ Simple, who is no stranger to the Village Hotels – you can read her posts here!
Since we were already in the school holidays, I quickly arranged for a staycation and off we went! I will do a brief review of the hotel, without going into the tiny details like taking photos of the bathrooms and all, because you will be able to easily find this online.
I do find that the lobby and common areas seem a little worse for wear and could use a good sprucing, although I loved the bright airy atrium. However, the rooms are well maintained, which I think is more important than having a nice lobby but a shabby room. We liked the hotel and the connecting king-twin bed rooms was perfect for our family of 5. Even with the aircon turned off the room was just the right temperature. I liked the handy phones provided in each room which you can use to surf the net or make local and international calls during your stay, and I found it especially handy when the wifi was slow and patchy. I know it’s supposed to be a holiday so I should also be taking a holiday from surfing, but still…..
We found the Executive Lounge and Breakfast at Salt Water decent, although not impressive. The service standards overall was friendly and professional, and more impressive than the food. If you’re as sweet as us, don’t forget your mossie spray if you’re at the koi pond on the 6th floor, or basically anywhere outdoors, including the trampoline next to the saltwater pool on the first floor, or across the road at Changi Village hawker centre.
We also loved the pools! They’re not large but the one on the upper deck had great views.
Village Hotel Changi is located right across from Changi Village (confused yet?), where it is very happening, and across the road from the ferry terminal to Pulau Ubin. It’s a great base to explore the area and even take a day trip to Ubin! We didn’t have time to do this though.We are very very seldom are in this area other than going to the airport, so it was a good chance for us to do something different. We found a one night stay was actually very short – there is so much to see, do and eat in the area! 2 nights would definitely have been better. We took things leisurely and just barely managed to go bowling and cycling.
We have not done any staycations since 2013, so it was a nice break from the ordinary, and also felt like we were on a real holiday. Most importantly the kids enjoyed it, maybe because we are much less strict with snacks and soft drinks on holidays! I wouldn’t mind staying here again since there is so much to do in the area, and I can see why the Village Hotel Changi makes a good quick stopover for tourists if they want to stay somewhere near the airport (and they have frequent shuttle buses to the airport), yet want a very local flavour.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.