Tuesday, 30 June 2015

15 Interesting Facts About Hotel Jen

Hotel Jensen have been popping up in our little island. But there is more to it than just a new hotel chain. I had the opportunity to stay here for a night, thanks to bff Cheryl Tay, who took many of my beautiful pictures below. Here are some facts which may interest you about this new hotel with a girl's name. 

1. Hotel Jen is a brand under the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts group.

Shangri La has always been synonymous with luxury travel. The same kind of comfort, more fuss-free, friendlier, Hotel Jen is the fun alternative for the independent traveller.
Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay
Big rooms, with all you need for a comfortable stay.

Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay

Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay
Floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can enjoy an unobstructed view of Orchard Road.

Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay

Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay
Beds that you will want to roll around in all day.
Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay

For a nominal fee, you get to enjoy club lounge access which gives you exclusive check-in and check-out, all-day munchies, complimentary evening cocktail daily, as well as a special breakfast buffet which ends slightly later than the usual timing. This was perfect for me as I love staying up late, which usually means I often have trouble waking up for hotel breakfasts. So if I miss the breakfast, I'd still find food to eat here. 

Here you will also find newspapers, magazines, PressReader access to over 2500 newspapers and magazines if the ones in the lounge are not enough for you, and internet surfing desks. 

The Club Lounge is on the 19th floor, so a great view is guaranteed while you relax here.

2. Hotel Jen will take over all Traders' identities.

If you have noticed that Traders Hotels are disappearing, you are not entirely wrong. All Shangri La Traders Hotels are now revamped and transformed into, you got it, Hotel Jen. 

3. Hotel Jen is named after a virtual persona - Jen.

Hi! I'm Jen!  (Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay)
You wish. Lol. Okay I'm kidding.

Jen is this professional hotelier who's friendly, accommodating, loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places. She understands that both business and leisure travellers are getting more independent, and she caters to them by being fresh, friendly, and fuss-free.  ^.^

4. She introduces you to local culture.

Even to the locals. 
Remember these? We used to eat them when we were a child, and many of us would just bite the coloured parts off (because that's the sugary part!) and put the biscuits away!
Bet you didn't know this either! Jen also has a travel blog which can help you with exploring our city!

5. There are 2 Hotel Jens in Singapore.

Hotel Jen OrchardGateway is the first Hotel Jen in Singapore. Hotel Jen Tanglin is the second. 

6. Linked with an MRT station and 3 malls.

Interconnected with 3 shopping malls in the heart of the Orchard shopping district - Orchard Gateway, Orchard 313 and Orchard Central, and linked to Somerset MRT station that can bring you anywhere in Singapore, you can be sure of a weather-proof experience. We all know how hot and humid our weather gets one minute, and then crazy stormy the next, right?

7. All guests are positioned as "Jen's friends"

And all messages to guests are signed off by Jen herself.  
How's that for a personal, friendly touch? =D

8. She provides free Wifi, everywhere in the hotel, all the time. 

This is a GODSEND! I could never understand why many hotels in Singapore, especially the big chains and 4-star-and-beyond ones, cannot provide Internet access for free. Our hotels are so much pricier than those of other Southeast Asian countries already, why make us pay another $20-$30 per day just for internet???

Hotel Jen, you got this one right. BINGO!

9. She knows we need our smartphones.

And she knows they die at the most inopportune times. Or that some of us dimwits and scatterbrains will forget to bring our phone chargers when we travel. That's why Hotel Jen provides guests with complimentary phone charging stations throughout the hotel.

10. You only need to pay for one laundry bag of laundry.

You know how most hotels charge your laundry, should you need to wash them, at stated prices per item? Hotel Jen charges your laundry by the bag. You can choose to just wash 2 socks, or stuff your entire family's laundry into that bag, and it will be the same price. 

11. You get to work out to an amazing view

You get 24-hour access to the gym, which is great for anyone who loves doing their workouts when everyone else is sleeping.

And check this out, you get to workout under the stars!
This is definitely something new to me - spinning under the stars.

You also get to swim here with this view...
Me likey!!!

Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay

12. Jen promises to take care of your stay.

To up the personal friend touch, should Jen be unable to accomodate you when you already have a guaranteed reservation, she promises to rearrange accommodation free of charge, provide you with a complimentary long distance call, and provide transport to and from the alternative hotel.

13. She takes care of your children too, without making you pay a bomb.

Up to 2 children get to stay with you for free in the same room, and if they are below 6 years old, they enjoy free buffet dining in All Day Dining and Pool Cafes when dining with a registered paying adult guest. 

More than 2 children or if you have children between the ages of 6-12, you get 50% off the price of their buffet. Not a registered guest? Your children dines for 50% off too!

Of course they have stuff like meat and amazing desserts, but fresh seafood is always a huge draw! (For me at least!) =D

14. Ladies' Night every Friday from 6-9pm!

Unlimited bubbly, house wines, and ciders for the girls for just S$25. Now you know where else to head to on Friday night, ladies!

15. If you are Jen, you get special treatment for 2015!

Yes you heard me right. Anyone named Jen/Jenna/Jenny/Jennifer/any derivative of Jen will get something special this year when staying at Hotel Jen! 

For the month of July, Jens drink free, while 5 cocktails/mocktails for her friends will go at just USD3(or equivalent) per drink! Jens also get Free massage by the pool in August, and free lunch for Jen's family in October! More details here!

Picture Credit: Cheryl Tay
Anyone needs a staycation? <3

Hotel Jen OrchardGateway is located at:
Orchard Gateway
277 Orchard Road, 238858, Singapore
Tel: +65 6708 8888
Fax: +65 6831 4332
Website: www.hoteljen.com

Monday, 22 June 2015

11 Things to Love about Klapsons: The River Residences Bangkok

So 3 months ago I was in Bangkok, after having not been there since when I was still an aircrew (no I’m not trying to be haolian cos there’s nothing really to be haolian about), and that was like 6 or 7 years ago!


Until today I chide myself for not being a photo whore when I was flying and seeing the world. *kicks myself*

Never mind, luckily I ended up blogging which helps bring me around some places.

I was very blessed to be hosted by Klapsons at their spanking new Serviced Residences in Bangkok.

This place is a little gem. I'll share with you why.

1. Colourful, spirit-lifting guest reception.

The colourful reception area! You'll be greeted by colourful furniture and art pieces from acclaimed Italian Designer Willian Sawaya. See those chairs?
I had a lot of fun with those....
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See what I mean?

2. Details that make you feel like you are really going away to somewhere nice.

I thought this was so cool. Maybe it's just me, but a full touch-panel doorbell and keycard access device is just so cool to me. Helps that it looks really good too!

3. Apartments that feel like home (at a fraction of the price).

The apartment was a great size for 2. There was a living area, a nice bedroom area and a bathroom I absolutely adore. Ours was a 1-bedroom, but there are 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units available too!

4. Comfy beds

A must if you want a good night's rest. I was walking around and exploring Bangkok a lot, and the bed was heavenly to return to and plonk myself on. 

5. An amazing view

 This was taken from our balcony, and overlooks the Chao Phraya River. 
I mean, look at this! 

6. A very posh lobby area. With plenty of mirrors.

We all need to have that final check of ourselves in the mirror before we head out and meet the world. So the mirrored lobby was a plus for me. Add to that the high ceilings and rich leather sofas, your guests will be impressed. ;)

7. Lush greenery within the compound.

I love being close to nature. Somehow having plenty of greenery has a very relaxing and calming effect on me. 

8. Plenty of pools.

One thing I must say I love about The River - the pools.

I could hang out here all day.

The pools were amazing. There were a few pools around - the garden pool, terrace pool, lap pool...so you don't have to worry about overcrowding. Each pool has its own charm so go to whichever suits your mood that day. I suppose this goes with The River theme. =)

If the pools downstairs get crowded and you want some peace and quiet, go upstairs. There is an indoor pool with a nice view, and you can still swim your laps. This is a great option if you want to avoid the sun, or if it's raining. 

9. The private boat to Asiatique

Asiatique is this huge shopping and eating area which combines a night market and a mall, and is only open from 5pm to midnight. Spanning a huge warehouse complex with 1500 shops and 40 restaurants, it'll take you a while to finish this place. So it helps that The River has her own boat to ferry residents to and fro this ginormous playground.

10. Amazing Thai Iced Tea for S$1 just outside The River!????

I just had to add this in. This was our best find. If you have a thing for Thai Iced Tea, you'll be pleased to find that upon exiting The River, a 3 minute walk to the right will lead you to a stall which sells AMAZING Thai Iced Tea. We've had our share of Thai Iced Tea that are too dilute, too sweet, too milky...but this one was perfect. It's like an eating joint without a shop space, just a tentage and a cart. (Sorry I didn't take pictures! Look out for the shaggy dog!) Their Thai Iced Tea was the best we've had. If they don't understand you, ask for "Cha Yen" - that's Thai for Thai Iced Tea. 
This thing, as big as a man's face, only cost us about S$1. Mmm hmm, you're welcome. =D

11. Close proximity to nearby night markets

A night market is just 10 minutes away. When you come out of The River, you can turn right and walk 10 minutes to the nearest night market, or hop onto a taxi to get to Khao San Night Market, or the Flashlight Market, or the Flower Market (there are more!), which are all about 10-15 minutes away!

The very happening Khao San Night Market.

Do I look happy, or what? Lol!

Anyone looking to live in Bangkok for a while? 

KLAPSONS The River Residences Bangkok is at
110/725 Soi Charoennakorn
13 Charoenakorn Road
Klongtonsai, Klong Sarn
BKK 10600
Tel: +66 (0) 2803 8100
Fax: +66 (0) 2861 0366
Email: reservations_theriverbkk@klapsons.com