Thick, warm bathrobes. Huge, warm bed. Unlimited television. Unlimited bubble baths. Big, soft pillows that will bounce back when you lie on them. Great sleep.
This is what I remember the most during my stay at the Albert Court Village Hotel.
Charming, unique and set conveniently near Little India and Bugis Station, Albert Court Village Hotel strives to provide its customers with both modern day facilities and luxurious time away from the hustle and bustle of the city – even if it’s IN the heart of the city.
Catered to both business and leisure travelers, Albert Court Village Hotel offers 210 rooms divided into two buildings. While one building caters to Club members which is exclusive for executive guests, the other consists of the main facilities of the hotel – its Deluxe rooms, the bar, front office and the Albert Café and Restaurant. The main building is also where the conference rooms are located, the Jacuzzi and the 24 hour gym.
Designed to reflect the growing arts of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Library, Albert Court Village offers its guests with a whole other world in the midst of two popular tourist destinations – Little India and Bugis (which is a famous shopping area for tourists).
In the heart of it all, lays a vintage two-building structure, separated by a charming heritage-looking, cobblestone street.
When I was walking to the hotel, we went down near Sim Lim, so we had to walk a few blocks just to get there. It was a hustle in Sim Lim, there was a lot of people. My first impression about the place was that it seemed a little crowded.
But as I walked on and I caught sight of the ancient-looking clock that marked Albert Court, I couldn’t help feel like I’d just walked into a different dimension of Little India. Despite the busy street of Little India and Bugis (which I only discovered on my second day), I was completely at rest at the hotel.
From the outside, the hotel was definitely different than other hotels I’d ever been in.
Built with gorgeous architecture that somewhat reminded me of Barcelona, maybe even the Rome because of its cobblestone-like tiled streets, I thought the restaurants and the tables set outside were an added bonus to the charm of the hotel.
Inside the main building, the first thing that I noticed was the escalators. Yes, there were escalators, which I thought gave the hotel a really different aura.
I didn’t miss out on the architecture inside either. There were beautiful designs on the ceiling and each floor had a different color if you look up from the second floor lounge.
Since I’d gotten a Club King Room, my room was located in the other building, the Club building and the front desk officer was kind enough to show me the way.
My room was air conditioned and it consisted of a huge, king-sized bed, a big LCD television, a desk and mirror, hair dryer, bath tub, security vault, complimentary coffee and tea and a minibar. Although I would’ve loved a different view outside (my view was the main street. It wasn’t totally bad, but I have a thing for the charming cobblestone street), I couldn’t ask for more for a weekend of leisure and fun.
Both the bed area and the bathroom were spacious too, which is a huge factor since I don’t like feeling lonely and claustrophobic in a hotel room.
The Wi-Fi was fast, which I appreciated since I have work online.
But it was the little things I totally appreciated – the alarm clock with all the access to the lights just right beside my bed; the huge pillows, which I never really notice in other hotels, in Albert Court, I really loved them because I could sink into it, but not too much. It gave just the right comfort for a good night’s sleep. Lord knows I have problems sleeping and the pillows were so comfortable I felt like sleeping all day!
And the bathrobes! Oh the bathrobes. Their bathrobe and I developed a very friendly, first-name basis love relationship. I am totally going to go back for you, bathrobe.
During the first morning, I chose to have breakfast at the executive area. Guests have three choices – either at the Executive area, the Albert Café and Restaurant or the Kookaburra, a restaurant just along the street, still within hotel grounds.
Both the executive area and the Albert Café have the same menu, only the one at the Café in the main building was more comprehensive. I think both menus could still be improved, but I have to compliment the pastries and the pancakes (which I got to eat on the second morning).
For me, there are many things that make a hotel stay memorable. Maybe it’s the staff. Maybe the soft bed, or the big bathtub. Everyone has their own criteria of a great stay and admittedly, my criteria changes by my current mood and state of mind.
With all my work and the impending pressure, I can definitely say that Albert Court was able to give me the relaxation for the weekend – the comfort, the friendly staff, the exclusivity and the quietness, the soft bed and pillows, the bathtub, the Wi-Fi and simply the homey and cozy atmosphere – check.
And for that, thank you Albert Court Village Hotel!
ALBERT COURT VILLAGE HOTEL
180 Albert Street
Tel : +65 6339 3939
Fax : +65 6339 3253