As you all may have known, the family and I had just returned from our weekend vacation to Singapore early last week. It took Sister and I a while to decide which accommodation to pick this time round. Accessibility and location were the main aspect that we put into consideration when choosing our accommodation as we had parents traveling with us this time round.
We thought that it was best to stay in an accommodation whereby it could be easily reached via public transportation. Sister suggested V-Hotel Lavender but I am not sure if parents would be comfortable with the room size as Mom once complained the size of the bathroom at Kingwood Boutique Hotel. The bathroom of V-Hotel Lavender was smaller than that.
While scouting for hotels via Agoda, I decided to try my luck with serviced apartments though I knew they would be expensive than hotel rooms and I came across Louis Kienne Serviced Residences Havelock. Much to my surprise, the price of their two bedroom apartment per night was about the same as what V-Hotel Lavender was offering for two standard rooms. We then decided to pick Louis Kienne Serviced Residences Havelock.
The hotel lobby is not very spacious but able to accommodate a group of people comfortably. As the service lift is not on the same ground level with the lobby, a ramp was built for disabled guests and convenience for guests when pushing luggage.
We booked ourselves a two bedroom apartment. We were assigned on the 8th Floor and we got Room 802. It was near to the service lift. The hotel did well with sound proofing as we did not hear much footsteps or voices when guests walked pass by.
We got a living room, kitchenette and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. There was even a small storage room where you can store your luggage if you do not want them inside the rooms. The sofa in the living can be converted into a sofa bed but chargeable at the rate of S$80+ per night.
The mini kitchenette was well equipped with induction stove top and microwave. They even provide dish wash detergent. Cooking pots, glassware and cutlery were provided as well. You can find basic kitchen necessities provided. Mom cooked instant noodles for breakfast in the morning we were due for check out.
The room came with a big wardrobe, equipped with a safe deposit box to safeguard your valuables. Laundry hangers were provided but limited and Sister had to borrow some from parents’ wardrobe. And oh yeah, they have bathrobes too!
Another plus point of the room was that electric sockets are all over the room. Therefore, it would not be a problem if you have many electronic devices which require charging on everyday basis. When we were staying at V-Hotel Lavender previously, both Sister and I had to take turns charging our mobile phones, tablets and camera.
Bathroom came with the most basic toiletries and freshly laundered towels were replaced on everyday basis. Do remember to bring your own toothbrush, toothpaste and shaver as these three were not provided. I liked that they have ample cabinets for toiletries storage in the bathroom. There was one underneath the wash basin and another one on top encased with a vanity mirror. It came with florescent tubes but unfortunately they were not working.
Verdict: Louis Kienne is rated 4 stars on Agoda which I think they deserved the rating. Location wise, it is subjective to preferences as it depends on which public transport you frequent. If you are used to taking MRT, it is quite a walking distance between the station and hotel. However, Louis Kienne can be easily reached by bus. There are two bus stops located in front of the hotel – Ganges Avenue and Opp Harvest Mans.
On the day of our arrival, we took MRT from the airport and alighted at Outram Park Station. It took us more than 40 minutes to locate the hotel on foot as there were road construction/maintenance along the way. We tried asking for directions to the hotel but majority were unable to direct us as Louis Kienne is a fairly new hotel. If we had alighted at Tiong Bahru Station in the first place, it would have saved us time trying to locate the hotel.
In terms of eateries, I could not say much as we did not attempt to find eatery nearby the hotel on foot but I remembered seeing a food court on our way to the airport. I think the said food court can be reached in within 5 to 10 minutes of walking. Reception is not 24 hours. If you are arriving after reception hours, you will need to inform the hotel early so that late check-in can be arranged.
WiFi was complimentary. Internet speed was fast as I was able to download some drama series episodes rather quickly. However, the downside was that you have to reconnect regularly especially if left idle overnight.
In total, we paid for S$815.01 for our accommodation of three nights. I would say the price was reasonable given the standard room size for hotels in Singapore.
Louis Kienne Serviced Residences Havelock
554 Havelock Road,
Tel: +65- 65919888