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Singapore Hotel Question

Sun Jan 11, 2004 12:34 pm

Maybe some of you members in Singapore can help me. Usually when I visit Singapore, the first and last night I stay at Le Meridien Changi Hotel, so I'll be close to the airport. This year I tried to book a room there for April, and their website no longer works. I can't even find that hotel on Le Meridien's own website. What gives? It's a beautiful hotel and so convenient, with very friendly staff. Has the name been changed? I can't find any other hotel that close to the airport.

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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Sun Jan 11, 2004 12:59 pm

a) It is no longer a Meridien - it is now called the "Changi Village Hotel"
b) The new owners closed it for renovations
c) It is *supposed* to open at the end of Jan 2004, but thats been pushed back 3 times already so who knows

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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Mon Jan 12, 2004 12:58 pm

Thanks for the information. I have made my reservation for Hotel Asia for most of my stay and the Lion City Hotel for my last night. I've stayed at Hotel Asia several times and like it very much, but I've never stayed at the Lion City before. Is it near an MRT station?

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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:17 pm


Why don't you stay downtown, it's not so far from the airport. I hate the Le Meridien downtown. The only good point is it's restaurant, fabulous evening buffets. The final straw with that hotel is when I waited about 3 hours for room service. I got a standard 'Hope to see you again letter from the hotel manager after I complained in writing'. I like to Copthorne Waterfront hotel very mush though in Singapore.
 
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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Wed Jan 14, 2004 6:46 am

Shamrock104:
Thanks for letting me know about the buffet at the downtown Le Meridien. I'll have to try it.
One reason I like Hotel Asia is that it's right near the Newton MRT stop. It's also very close to downtown without being downtown. I first stayed there in 1996 when a travel agent booked me into it. Every time I've been to Singapore since, I've chosen to stay there myself. But when I arrive in SIN very late or leave very early, I like to stay in a hotel near the airport for the first and last nights. That's why I used to stay at Le Meridien Changi. When I arrive around midnight, I want to get to the hotel quickly.

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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Wed Jan 14, 2004 6:52 am

I've found that with a midnight arrival (and I've had a bunch of those this past year into SIN), it usually takes about 12 minutes and S$20 by cab to the SunTec area hotels and about 18 minutes and S$25 to the Orchard Road hotels. I guess you can use that info when deciding if you want to stay downtown. It is usually 2-3 minutes quicker heading TO the airports in the early morning as you don't have to spend time driving around in the maze of roads to exit Changi from the taxi stand!

Another option you might consider is to stay the first night at the Transit Hotel inside the international transit area and then clear customs in the morning when you wake up. You can then ride the MRT into town which is the cheapest and easiest option IMHO. Only problem is if you have checked bags, you will need to tell the airline of your plans so that they can put your bags into storage overnight while you stay in the Transit Hotel.
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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Wed Jan 14, 2004 8:20 am

Am flying there next week and have booked into the Marina Mandarin which is part of Marina Bay which is great and pretty close to the hubbub at Boat Quay nowadays. Other excellent hotels there include Pan Pacific (stayed many years ago), Oriental and Conrad to name a few. The Ritz Carlton is also there but was very disappointed on my last visit 2 years ago.

I too dislike the Meridien Orchard Road - since I am a 'Moments' member - that would have been the obvious choice but Orchard Rd just doesn't do it for me anymore and whenever I meet up with mates - they're always in the City/Quay areas anyway.
 
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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:42 am

I've recently started using the Phoenix Hotel on Orchard Rd (by Centrepoint) primarily because it is well priced but also because you can get a 6pm checkout which is perfect if you are flying a redeye to Europe Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Fri Jan 16, 2004 11:38 am

The Ritz Carlton is also there but was very disappointed on my last visit 2 years ago.
Just curious, what was disappointing? I too was there about 2 years ago, stayed for about 8 nights, and loved it. Also, The Oriental (marina) was very nice. Didn't enjoy the orchard road hotels quite as much.
 
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RE: Singapore Hotel Question

Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:27 pm

Le Meridien Changi is now closed for renovations, it should open this year. Yes, Hotel Asia is walking distance from downtown, but yet quiet enough.

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