Travellers coming to Singapore often find hotels to be a little pricey. The cheap ones don't do your stay here in Singapore any justice either, as they are likely to be love hotels (a nicer name for budget hotels which have hourly rates for purposes you should know about). And hotels are sometimes just a tad too space-constrained.
Enter the world of serviced apartments. For the traveller who wants that little bit more than just a hotel room, a serviced apartment has everything that a hotel can offer, except it's more like a home away from home.
Citadines Apart'hotels is managed by The Ascott Limited, a member of *Capitaland, and is suitable for the independent traveller who wants the convenience of a hotel and the comforts of home right in the middle of a bustling city. Especially if you are staying for a month or more, you want something like an apartment you can call your own.
*Capitaland requires no introduction if you are familiar with real estate development - they are one of Asia's largest real estate companies, and personally, I find their developments to be of high quality and very top-notch.
I had the privilege of staying at Citadines Mount Sophia for a weekend, and I have to stay, I wished my stay was much longer than that. Reason being there is so much to do around the area - good food, museums, malls, the cinema, good lounge bars, Little India... 2 nights ain't enough for me.
Citadines Mount Sophia shares the same complex as Wilkie Edge (a good point to note if you are taking the taxis) is a 10-15 minute walk away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, which is where the mall Plaza Singapura is. It is also a 10-15-minute walk (I have short legs) away from Little India MRT Station.
Do check out Little India if you have time to explore Singapore. It's one of my favourite places to explore on a Sunday, with so much going that every turn is filled with colors, spices, and oodles of smells. ^^
Each Citadines room is cleverly designed so that you can transform your living area into a home office, cocktail party venue for friends, or a guest room for your friends.
This is plenty of space for 2 people. But if you require more space, they have 1-bedroom and 2-bedrooms units for you to choose from as well. You can look up the room layouts here.
Notice that little orange sofa in the corner? That's actually a sofa bed, so if your friends wish to stay over after a whole night of partying/play, they can. And the sliding door between the bedroom area and the living area means that you still maintain your privacy. =)
In case you're wondering, yes, they provide these little amenities as well, together with bath gel and shampoo, so you don't have to bring your own. Should you forget anything, you can get them at the nearby convenience stores or shopping malls.
Citadines is known for its eco-friendly design. We stayed on the 9th floor, which has an open corridor to allow for natural ventilation. Their efforts to Go Green can be read here.
|The view outside my door.|
With so much good food around the corner (in the whole of Singapore, to be exact), you will want to workout to avoid feeling guilty for overeating. On level 2, they house a pretty well-equipped gym which I really like.
Should you need to exercise at odd hours, you may ask the staff to open the gym for you. At Citadines, it's about flexibility and services customized to your needs. ;)
On the same floor is also where the launderette and the breakfast lounge is.
Washers and Dryers in the launderette. You need a token to use each machine, and tokens can be purchased from the front desk at $4/token.
This is where your daily continental breakfast is served.
You can view this 6-minute video which shows you more about the Citadines Mount Sophia here.
Citadines is just one of 3 service apartment brands managed by The Ascott Limited. They also have Ascott The Residence, the more premium brand for the traveller who expects luxurious living nothing less than the best, as well as Somerset Serviced Residence which is designed with families in mind.
And this is something to be proud of - The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company, and since it's opening in 1984, it has grown to be the world's largest serviced apartments operator, with 32,000 serviced apartment units in over 200 properties. And in June this year, The Ascott Limited has been conferred the Business Superbrands status in Singapore, the first serviced residence company to do so. Quite a feat eh?
Independent savvy traveller I am.
I'm already looking at their serviced apartments in Bangkok and Europe for my next holidays, and oh boy, the rooms look really good~~~
Pssst!!! They are currently having a few promotions for their serviced apartments in Melbourne, KL, China, Europe and Bangkok! Do check them out for your accommodation needs if you are visiting these places!
Currently they also have weekend staycation promotions at Ascott Raffles Place with daily rates going from $240. Should you be looking for a retreat or a romantic getaway with your special someone, you can make your booking here.
You may want to follow The Ascott's Twitter account or Citadines Facebook Page for updates on their promotions! =)
Till next time!