Okay, first of all, the staff deserve an applause. There's nothing they wouldn't do for you, even before you arrive. "I have a flight change, can you reschedule the pick up?" "Absolutely, sir" "I need a late checkout, is it possible?" "Of course, sir!" "Can I have some eating utensils in my room?" "Coming right up, sir!" No request is too big or too small. They would go head over heels trying to fulfill your request.
The location is really strategic. 10 - 15 minutes to most of Singapore's tourist destinations. Now, this may have something to do with the size of Singapore, where everywhere is practically within walking distance from anywhere else, but still, to think that you could just walk aimlessly from the hotel and suddenly find yourself on Marina Bay is quite an experience.
The room has a small fridge with 8 cans of free drinks, ranging from beer to orange juice and it's all free, included with the room price and is restocked everyday. I doubt you can drink 8 cans of drink in a day, but it's nice to know that you can be sure your favorite drink is waiting for you when you get back to your room.
The bed is one of the softest, most comfortable beds I've ever slept on. Once you lie down, it's hard to get back up for any reason because all you want is just to stay there and drift to sleep until tomorrow. Have I told you that the bed is really soft? And really comfortable?
Now, here's the things that really don't sit well with me:
1. No variety in breakfast. No buffet option here, all they give you is a form where you mark you choice: eggs + sausage / bacon / ham + side dish (tomato / beans / hash). That's it. I stayed there for 5 days and I literally have to eat these same thing for 5 days straight. Sure, they have some complimentary like cereal and bread, but all in all, it's a far cry from other 5 stars hotel and their all-you-can-eat breakfast. Of all the downsides listed here, this is the one that really hit the sore spot with me. Staying at a hotel usually means enjoying luxurious breakfast fit for kings, not eating food that you can cook at home yourself.
2. Room size is small. I mean really small, 2 x 8 meters. Shaped like a straight 'I' and roughly divided into three parts. There's the wardrobe/fridge part near the door, the bedroom part in the middle, and the bathroom part at the end. Not much space for anything else. If your suitcase is rather on the large size, you'd need some skills to maneuver them inside the room.
3. Not much choice in TV channels. They have 24 channels, and with channel #1 is literally a 5 minutes ad for Amoy Hotel played on endless loop and channel #2 is guide to Singapore, that left you with 22 channels where half of them are either not in English or don't have English subtitle for any program they run. I understand that Singapore is all about multi-cultural and multi-racial, but for English-speaking guest, it's kinda hard to kick back and watch TV when you have no idea what's going on on the show.
All in all, this is a nice hotel in a nice location. And if you could lower your expectation in terms of breakfast and room size, the staff service and attitude more than makes up for the shortcoming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AMOY is the latest boutique addition to Far East Hospitality. Centrally located within Far East Square, a heritage conservation project in the heart of the Central Business District with a vibrant mix of eateries and retail shops, the exclusive 37-room hotel will bring you back to an era that is both historically and culturally rich and diverse. Come and awaken your senses at AMOY. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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