Hello there! :)
So sorry for the lack of posts! We transferred to the house that we'll be renting for a year and it took a week for us to make the internet+cable work. But now that we're connected again, I'm gonna blog regularly na! Okay, I'm crossing my fingers and toes here. Haha.
Anyways, on to the real post...
Since our assignment is long-term, our accommodations are at our own expense. The company, however, booked us at a hotel where we could stay for two weeks while looking for a house. I, along with 11 other teammates, am checked in at Santa Grand Hotel.
SGH is in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown and because Chinese New Year is just around the corner during our stay, the very street that the hotel is in is almost always jam-packed. Our consolation is that it's a few minutes walk to our office and the MRT station so there's really no complaining :P
This is the reception area and that's their friendliest front desk officer, Kelvin.
Our rooms are in the third floor and these two iPads are what's gonna greet you as you step out of the elevator. Yup, WiFi's free! :-) Perfect for OFWs like us. Haha!
And my keycard.
Oh, what can you say about the wifi password? :P
There's my room! ^^,
Before anything else, picture muna :D
If I remember it right, I got a Deluxe Room priced at SGD 144.50 per night (again, don't convert! haha!). I think we got a discount because their published rates say it's SGD 250 (corporate stuff, maybe). My room is a bit small for it's price but it's all mine so I didn't mind the size.
Let me show it to you.
Here's one side. The room has windows but sadly, I don't think it can be opened. And even if it can, it opens up to... wait for it... another room's windows. Haha!
The other side. The cable TV only has 10 channels! Yung iba dun, Chinese pa! At the very least, it has HBO :-)
A closer look at my bed. I loooooooove the headboard. It's simply classy. The bed's just how I like it in terms of firmness. The pillows I love too! But sometimes the sheets are itchy. Sometimes lang naman.
At the corner is a pole where you hang clothes. I don't have a closet in my room but I think it's okay because a closet is creepy for someone who has wild imagination like me. Haha.
Now the bathroom... I like the shower and the lavatory but seriously, it's just too cramped :-(
The wallpaper caught my fancy. Love the color and the texture.
This is the breakfast area. I adore the couches! Royalty ang peg! :-)
The breakfast spread is super limited. The free-flowing drinks made up for it, though.
Yup, that's just about it.
And this is what we ate for 14 effin' days! In fairness, my stomach got used to it by the fourth or fifth day. And it's free, okay.
Meet auntie who serves the breakfast. Always with a smile. I love her, so I took a picture of her before we left :-) By the way, most of the staff are very accommodating except for that one lady who scolded my friend when the power in her room went out. Haller, it's not her fault! And for the record, that's not how you treat paying guests!!! Oh well.
And like I said, the couches are love so I'm not checking out without a picture on it :-)
Considering the amenities, location and service, I'm giving Santa Grand Hotel 4 out of 5. There's definitely room for improvement but overall I had a pleasant stay.
More SG posts coming soon! :D