Thursday, November 28, 2013

York Hotel Singapore near Orchard Road

Singapore hotels are expensive and the most expensive ones (in USD 200 ++ range) are on or near Orchard Road and in Marina Bay Area. Still, there are some very nice mid-level hotels (USD 100 - USD 200) around Orchard Road if you are willing to walk a little.

York Hotel on 21 Mount Elizabeth is one such hotel shinning as one of the best mid-range hotel right next to Orchard Road. The prime location of the hotel allows you to walk to Orchard Road MRT Station in just 5 - 10 minutes. The usual non-peak season price for the York Hotel is around USD 150 which is hard to come by in such a prime Singapore location (these are online reservation prices not reception desk prices. For latest discounts, special offers and prices for the hotel check York Hotel Singapore Agoda Page).

York Hotel Singapore appeals to both business and leisure travelers. Orchard Road MRT Station is just a few stops away from Singapore's Central Business District and Orchard Road itself offers many dinning, night life and shopping options. Besides, bus services to many attractions like Singapore Night Safari, Resorts World Sentosa or Singapore Zoo passes through Orchard Road.

The hotel offers 407 rooms in York Suite, Deluxe Suites, Deluxe Rooms, Superior Rooms and Balinese-themed Cabanas. Facilities of the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, fitness center, business center and hair salon.

And here is the experience: The location of York Hotel is its best feature. 5 minutes walk and you are on Orchard Road (near Paragon) and a little bit more you are at MRT Station. The service and the personnel are cold but still OK if you do not mind it. The hotel is clean and simple. The rooms are boring and like many aging central Singapore hotels the facilities and rooms show their age and needs an upgrade. Having said that the rooms (Superior Rooms in this case) are quite functional. The breakfast is very simple and the tea and coffee was not good. I would breakfast somewhere else but if you need Western breakfast than you do not have many options outside other than fast food chains.

York Hotel Singapore's main asset is its location near Orchard Road.
The rooms do not have free WI-FI and the WI-FI prices are super-expensive. If you will stay a few days and more, go and get 1GB 1 Week Smartphone card from an operator and use it as hotspot for your computer.

This is definitely not the best hotel option in that price range in Singapore if you really want to stay in a central location like Orchard Road and do not mind an aging hotel, York Hotel is there for you. If not, head to Bugis Area where you can find Ibiz Bencoolen, which I believe the best centrally located Singapore hotel in USD 100 - USD 200 price range. The advantage of York Hotel against some other hotels in this price range is its swimming pool which is quite functional in the hot and humid Singapore stay.

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