We’ve been married ten years just a few days back, and it was as good an opportunity as any to offload Peter and Hannah at our parents’ Lentor home and for us to have a day and night out without the kids. This would also be the two’s first time away from parents, though both seemed to have not been especially bothered by that!
Our getaway was Wangz Hotel, currently rated #12 off all hotels in Singapore @ Tripadvisor. Admittedly it was a somewhat last minute booking of just a fortnight before the date, and we were lucky to find something that met our preferred wishlist items: free parking, something away from crowds, and at least well-received by guests on the usual review sites.
And our comments after our one-night stay (could only stay this long as I had unskippable meetings at work the following day):
It’s a very small hotel of just six floors of 41 rooms and an additional floor for the restaurant at the top level. There’s perhaps just 6-7 rooms on each floor. Parking is complimentary but subject to availability, and the basement car park has just 8 lots or so. But given the hotel’s size and possible ratio of local guests, finding a free parking lot wasn’t a problem at all. In fact, over just the single day stay, ours was the only guest vehicle parked in the basement.
The hotel is situated in Outram and just a couple turns away after exiting from the Central Expressway. There are late-night eateries and restaurants along the main roads, and several public buses that can bring guests to Great World City. There is also a hotel shuttle bus that takes guests to Outram MRT, Vivocity, and Orchard Road. Though the hotel was situated along major roads, our room was quite well-insulated from sounds both from outside the building and slightly less so from just outside the room. The hotel seemed also bereft of facilities found in large hotels like a swimming pool or children’s play areas, though we’ve don’t always use such in our stays anyway.
We were initially booked in for a Deluxe-type room. We checked in an hour earlier, was advised that our room wasn’t ready yet but there was an alternate Canopy-type room already ready, with this room slightly larger and also with a long bath. The room different was just S$20++ – we went for it.
The room was situated on the fifth floor, very clean with modern fittings and decor, though the on-off switches took some trial and error to figure out what was controlling what. The flooring was especially interesting: it wasn’t carpeted nor parquet, but a sort of heavily textured laminate. It was comfortable to step on, and also seemingly much cleaner than the usually rug-like flooring we see in most hotels. Air-conditioning was managed by a dedicated controller that was responsive to inputs. This shouldn’t be a given as hotels normally use centralized air-cooling and controllers aren’t always responsive.
The room has a complimentary Internet smartphone. Not that we needed it at all, but this is the first time we’ve seen a hotel provide such. In-room WIFI was easy to login, and most importantly – fast and provided stable connections.
The Sealy Posturepedic bed and linen were pretty comfortable and bed sheets satin-like. The frame though oddly sat on rollers, and we kept bumping into the bed and shifting it out of place each time.
The room towels were laundered with a very pleasing almond-like scent.
The mini-bar fridge and hot beverages – mostly Twinings – were all complimentary. Morning newspapers were also delivered to our room.
Amenities included a 37″ Sharp non-HD LCD TV with cable channels. The TV was adequate though wasn’t able to produce particularly vibrant nor sharp video. There was an in-room DVD player as well that we didn’t think of bringing anything from home to watch (though room services probably would have had a library of media to borrow from if we wanted).
The ensuite bathroom was also very clean with good water area control and therefore always dry, with a separate rain showerhead and long bath area. The shower area though has a full length window that looks out to the main road, so you’d want to pull the blinds down lest you provide free shows to vehicles driving past the hotel LOL. On the flip-side, water pressure from both the showerhead and rainshower was somewhat low.
Breakfast was at the roof-top restaurant, and very brightly and pleasantly lit on the early weekend morning, with the sun shining into it. The spread wasn’t especially wide given the very small number of rooms and guests staying, but the item were mostly all well-prepared, and wait service was very prompt and polite.
All in, this was largely an issue-free and also very pleasant and quiet stay, and the things that didn’t work as well were all very minor. Considering the price we paid – which was quite well-below typical rooms of similar size and in-room amenities – we reckon our stay @ Wangz a great deal. Recommend for guests who don’t want to stay in hotels along in the usual main city area.