Albert Court Village Hotel is my favourite amongst the Village Hotels.
Set in the epicentre of a heritage scene, the location is prime for cultural enthusiasts and art lovers –the Singapore art museum, National Library and art schools are within walking distance.
Quaint conservation shophouses are reinvented as a holiday retreat.
While many historical buildings have undergone drastic cosmetic alteration to keep up with our progressing nation, a valuable aspect of Albert Court Village Hotel is its well-conserved structure.
I posted this picture on my for a short quiz, asking if anyone knows where the picture was taken. Many guesses were of five-star hotels!
The restored pre-war shophouses are laced with Straits Chinese carvings and motifs that lend an alluring charm to the cosy hotel.
The hotel is a unique blend of antiquity with modern day facilities and amenities that are highly valued by the urbane travellers, earning a stamp of approval by both business and leisure travellers.
Not many hotels in Singapore have guestrooms on the ground floor.
A lush garden will greet the guests as they open their doors. Walkways are lined with trees and plants, exuding a touch of relaxing tranquillity and a breath of fresh air.
There are a total of 210 rooms, with 6 different room types: Club Suite, Club Room, Executive Room, Deluxe Room, Superior Room and Family Room.
The rooms are remodelled to provide comfort and style, without deviating away from its charming vintage character.
The Club Room that I went to comes with basic amenities such as the mini bar, broadband Internet access, cable TV, electronic safe box, hair dryer and International Direct Dial (IDD) telephone.
Broadband Internet access is available in all rooms, but if you do not have a laptop with you, you are free to use the iMac computers the hotel lobby.
Guests staying in the Club Rooms or Suites have exclusive access to the Club Lounge.
The Club Lounge is furnished with a cosy reading corner, stylish sofas, a mega-sized HD television, coffee machine and iMac computers.
The hotel stay comes with complimentary breakfast, where you can choose between dining at Albert Café or Kookaburra Restaurant & Gastrobar.
Kookaburra Restaurant & Gastrobar is on my ‘Want-to-dine-at’ list!
Their Barbecued Kangaroo and Duck Leg & Goose Rillette are highly raved.
Facilities include the gymnasium, Jacuzzi and steam room.
After a long day of exploring the city, you can head to the private Jacuzzi deck for a refreshing dip.
I highly recommend Albert Court Village Hotel for its laid-back atmosphere and strategic location. The Little India and Bugis MRT stations are just 5 minutes away by foot, while the Central Business District and Orchard road are just a 15-minute drive away.
There is a complimentary one-way shuttle service to City Hall MRT station in the mornings that run at a 30-minute interval till 10.15am that you can make use of during your stay.
For dinner, I highly recommend Torte at (Click here for my review), which is just 8 minutes away by foot. Check out their $10 lunch specials and $13 dinner specials. This off-the-beaten-track restaurant comes with advantages such as no service charge/tax and shorter queues. But do note that Torte is closed on Saturdays.
If you’re hankering for a late night snack but sick of the limited variety at 7-eleven convenience stores, head down to the 24-hour shopping centre, Mustafa Centre, for some late-night shopping –it is a mere 10-minute walk away.
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Albert Court Village Hotel
180 Albert Street