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October 10th 2011
Published: October 10th 2011
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Spartan........Spartan........Spartan........

Clean and well serviced
I go to Singapore rather frequently on business and usually have nothing to write about. That just about summarises the place. It's safe, clean, organised. You go there, arrive at Changi Airport which is just about the best in Asia, get an impeccably polite taxi down town, whip through the check in procedure at your (usually shockingly expensive) hotel and reverse the process on the way out.

Nothing untoward happens, and nothing interesting happens either. It's too expensive to eat really well and the night life.... well, Orchard Tower is known as the "Tower of Whores" - but that's also organised and if you want to take one of the various Vietnamese, Russians or Thais (No, I don't!) for extra curricular activities, you also pay about three times the going rate elsewhere in the region.

That's Singapore - I do my shopping in the Emporium or Paragorn in Bangkok and buy the same stuff cheaper.

So why write about it now? This time I decided to avoid the Orchard Road rip-off 4 and 5 star hotels that are now charging upwards of $250.day (and the Singapore dollar is abou at par with the USD) and try something a
... but Good Value... but Good Value... but Good Value

At $179/night this is about the best value in Singapore before you descend to the bug-house level.
bit cheaper.

Hence the Ibis Hotel on Bencoolen Street. You can walk to Orchard Road and to other tourist places, so as a location it's still central enough. Taxis line up at the back of the hotel and so are convenient.

What I found was a cheap (by Singapore standards - $179/night) hotel but one where we were greeted with a real smile and where the service was excellent. The little bar in the rather austere lobby served a decent Chardonnay and had fixed iPads with all kinds of useful info at a touch.

The rooms were basic but new and very clean. They were serviced on time and everything worked. As for breakfast, great - exactly what I could get in the luxury hotel I stayed in on a previous visit in the upgrade ($70) business lounge. At the Ibis it was part of the deal, fresh fruit, a coffee machine that produced as much latte as I wanted to drink, newspapers, fruit, scrambled eggs and bakey.

So there you go. Not the most exciting place I've ever stayed or one with any character (Ibis is a French group with the same format scattered around the globe) but for doing business, a pretty good deal.

Ibis Hotel
170 Bencoolen Street
189657 - SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE
Tel.: (+65)65932888
Fax.: (+65)65932889

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12th October 2011

Sorry to post here on your article about Singapore but I just read your honest appraisal of Manila. I agree with your blog & I hope that the Philippines, in general, will improve. I guess that the only place for us to go is up. I surely wouldn\'t like things to get any worse because I live here. I would also like to apologize (on behalf of my fellow Filipinos) for the offensive comments that you received. Our government is currently trying to pass a bill regarding internet harassment. I hope that it will discourage bigoted and threatening comments to blogs in the future. If the economic situation of my country improves then maybe so to will the sensibilities of my people.
12th October 2011

Fully Agree
I must say, your review is spot on. We stayed in Ibis last May and we were more than happy with everything they offered for the price. We walked everywhere from the hotel so location is great ;-) Really enjoy your writting.

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