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Lloyd's Inn 3.5

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Pros

  • Central location, minutes on foot from Orchard Road and metro
  • Individually styled, contemporary rooms with outdoor bathrooms
  • Outdoor eating area with microwave, coffee machine, and vending area
  • Secluded garden has shallow pool and seating
  • Luggage storage and a shower-room in lobby
  • Elevators to rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Cons

  • Features are limited -- there's no restaurant or gym
  • Open showers may not suit everyone

Bottom Line

The three-and-a-half-pearl Lloyd's Inn is a trendy boutique hotel, hidden away on a quiet residential road, within walking distance of shopping on Orchard Road. Fort Canning Park and the riverfront are also nearby. Its 34 rooms are sharp and simple, with flat-screen smart TVs and outdoor showers, and many feature additional outdoor space. There's a useful alfresco dining area for preparing drinks and snacks, but no proper restaurant. The secluded garden is well-designed, and has a small splash pool and comfy chairs. Overall, this hotel is a quirky, stylish place, and a nice alternative to your typical mid-range city hotel. However, guests looking for a more traditional base could look at similarly priced Orchard Parade Hotel, which has a larger pool and gym.

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Scene

Boutique hotel with pretty grounds and stylish urban decor

Lloyd's Inn is a minimalist boutique hotel with a stylish monochrome finish. Tucked behind high hedges in a quiet residential neighborhood, guests enter the hotel through an iron-framed raised walkway, looking down over the landscaped gardens below. The modern white-washed lobby has a central sofa and a large angular plan of the area on the wall, and leads through to partially outdoor walkways and elevators to the rooms. Floors and walls throughout the grounds have a raw, unfinished look, with exposed concrete and creating a rough urban style. The design is contemporary in the extreme, and perfectly fitting for this most urbanized of nations. Even so, there are softer moments, too -- the exteriors have a real secret garden feel to them, edged with ivy-covered walls and looming leafy trees. The hotel is popular with tourists looking for an intimate alternative to the many upscale chain hotels in the city. It also attracts locals looking for a designer staycation.

Location

Quiet part of town that's only a five-minute walk from Orchard Road shops

Lloyd's Inn is tucked away in a residential neighborhood located between Orchard Road and Fort Canning Park. The location is excellent for seeing the city, especially for those who like to explore on foot. It's a five-minute walk to Singapore's best shopping strip on Orchard Road, and 10 minutes to historic Fort Canning Park. A 15-minute walk south of the hotel leads to the restaurants and boutiques of Robertson Quay and the riverfront. For destinations farther afield, it's a 10-minute walk to Dhoby Ghaut Metro station. With three lines, it's an easy trip to most central destinations within 30 minutes, including Chinatown, the business district, Clarke Quay, and attractions on the marina like Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer. Travel time to the airport via the metro is about 90 minutes, or a 20-minute drive. 

Rooms

Individually styled, contemporary rooms with partially outdoor showers, many with small private patios

Rooms at Lloyd's Inn are contemporary and done up in a sharp minimalist style. They're individually designed in a variety of themes -- from The Standard to The Big Skyroom, which features an open-air bathtub. The entry-level rooms are compact, but well-designed, with large windows with leafy vistas. Many rooms have outdoor space. Big Garden Rooms have three beds, and The Business Rooms have an upstairs bedroom. Amenities across all rooms include air-conditioning, flat-screen smart TVs, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, safes, clothes rails, irons, and work tables. Top-end rooms add bathrobes and flip-flops, plus smartphones and tea/coffee facilities. A notable feature across all rooms are the bathrooms, which all have partially outdoor rainfall showers, screened with plants or canopies. Decor is simple and bright, with a good range of bath products. Some of the larger rooms also include a bathtub. Guests have reported problems with mosquitoes due to the open bathrooms, but the hotel does provide mosquito coils and there are doors from the main bedroom closing off the outdoor bathrooms. 

Features

Outdoor eating area, plus a pretty garden with a dipping pool and free Wi-Fi

Lloyd's Inn has an outdoor pantry area where guests can prepare basic meals and drinks. It includes a microwave, sink, coffee machine, and vending machine, plus tableware and an ice machine. Unfortunately, there is no restaurant on-site. A free Asian breakfast is provided via vouchers in a nearby restaurant, or guests can pay a top-up fee for a Western-style breakfast (also nearby). The hotel garden is a pretty, secluded space with some sun loungers and stylish hanging armchairs, plus a small pool, big enough for dipping or sitting to cool off, but not for swimming. The front desk is open 24 hours a day and offers free luggage storage, plus there's a guest bathroom in the lobby with a shower -- useful for late or early flights. There's elevator access to the rooms, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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Address

2 Lloyd Road Lloyd's Inn, Singapore 239091, Singapore

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