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Village Hotel Katong by Far East Hospitality 4.0

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Pros

  • In a quiet residential location outside the busy downtown core
  • Five-minute walk to both traditional and modern shopping or dining
  • 15-minute walk to sandy beachfront
  • Bright, contemporary rooms have balconies and air-conditioning
  • Suites include kitchenettes with stovetops and washing machines
  • Nespresso machines in Suites and the Club Lounge
  • iMac workstations in the lobby and Club Lounge
  • Rooftop pool and small gym with steam room
  • Restaurant serves a variety of food throughout the day
  • Free shuttle to Changi International Airport
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Away from the city center 
  • No metro station within walking distance

Bottom Line

Set in the historic Joo Chiat/Katong District -- close to shopping, dining, and the beach -- the four-pearl Village Hotel Katong is a modern hotel with charming touches of heritage in its elegant decor. Pretty tiles and Peranakan-inspired patterns are scattered through the 229 bright, contemporary guest rooms, which all have balconies, air-conditioning and stylish bathrooms. Suites add well-designed kitchenettes and dining space. The small outdoor poor is a nice retreat, and the gym has a steam room. The Club Lounge is a pleasant area to relax in, or use the high-end iMacs, and the hotel's restaurant serves a good selection of dishes from across the world. Travelers who'd prefer to stay downtown may want to take a look at the similarly priced Park Regis near Clarke Quay instead.

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Scene

Sleek and stylish contemporary hotel with colorful influences from Peranakan heritage

Attached to a small shopping center, the Village Hotel springs up behind it as an oasis of calm. The contemporary, minimalist decor in the lobby has an elegant Asian feel with bamboo and orchid sculptures, sleek black furniture, and a scattering of brightly colored furnishings. Peranakan heritage has a strong influence throughout the hotel, from the displays of traditional pottery to the patterns and designs on carpets and furniture. The hotel is long and narrow in design, with a rooftop pool at one end. The Peranakan Club Lounge includes a range of seating from tables to comfy leather armchairs and is a quiet place to enjoy a coffee or use the high-end iMac computers. Guests tend to be tourists rather than business travelers due to the out-of-town location. The hotel's popular for those on a short layover from international flights as well as couples and families who want to be near the beach. 

Location

In historic Joo Chiat/Katong, walk to dining, shopping, and beach in five to 15 minutes

Located on the southeast coast of Singapore in the Joo Chiat/Katong district, The Village Hotel Katong lies outside the city center, between the airport and the main downtown core. It's a fifteen minute drive to Changi International -- the hotel has a free shuttle bus -- and a 10-minute drive into downtown Singapore. The nearest bus stop is five minutes away on foot and will get you to the center in about 30 minutes door-to-door. There are many traditional Peranakan shops and restaurants across the main road from the hotel, and it's a five-minute walk via the road-bridge to the Parkway Parade shopping center. It's 15 minutes on foot to the seafront and beach. Since the metro station is so far away, it's often easier to hop on a bus, and even getting to far-flung attractions like Universal Studios on Sentosa Island can be done in just over an hour by bus. 

Rooms

Bright, modern rooms with charming heritage touches plus LED TVs, air-conditioning, and balconies

The Village Hotel Katong's 229 rooms have a crisp, modern style with Perakanan-inspired touches such as patterned pillows, rugs, and tiling giving them a charming and homey feel. Stylish LED TVs set into the walls contrast with packing trunk-style bedside tables, while designer lighting and balconies coupled with pale wood furnishings create a bright and airy space. Suites have separate bedrooms and a large living/dining area with a table to seat four. Robes/slippers, safes, hairdryers, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi are included in all rooms, as well as kettles, mini-fridges, and irons. Suites add a kitchenette with microwave, sink, fridge, stovetop, and washing machine all discreetly tucked away into a cupboard. They also include Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms continue the pale wood decor with pretty heritage tiling, using a sliding glass door to separate the rainfall shower and stylish countertop sink. The Perkanan Club Rooms feature a freestanding tub in the room, and Suites have a shower/tub combo. Keep in mind that some double beds will be twins pushed together, which isn't always the most comfortable sleeping arrangement.

Features

Pleasant outdoor pool, restaurant, Club Lounge with iMacs, and a small gym

The hotel has a small circular pool set in pleasantly leafy surroundings with a handful of sun loungers around its decked floor. The pool is dwarfed somewhat by buildings on three sides, so it can be shady, but despite that it's a nice space and great for young families. There's also a compact fitness room with a range of cardio equipment plus some weights and a clean shower area with steam room. Katong Kitchen on the fourth floor serves a range of dishes from Asian and Chinese to Western food as well as a varied breakfast buffet. The Club Lounge provides Nespresso coffees, cold drinks, and snacks throughout the day, with bar drinks in the evenings and is available only to Club Room and Suite guests. Both the Club Lounge and the lobby have iMac computers for guest use. Other useful extras include a free daily laundry service for two pieces of clothing, free Wi-Fi, and a free shuttle to the airport every 90 minutes. 

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25 Marine Parade, Singapore 449536, Singapore

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