We spent 8 nights here in August 2012- our family with another family. The accommodation itself is really wonderful both outside and inside with gorgeous garden. Carefully renovated, beautifully maintained, it has a uniquely Peranakan feel. There is a great play area with Little Tikes toys (castle, house, cars) for our 2 & 3 year old kids with plenty of room for them to run around. However, there is no fence around the pool so we did need to keep an eye out for the children.
In the 4 bedroom Penang suite where we stayed, the ceilings are high so it has an air of spacious living. The welcome hamper was a nice touch. All items are listed and priced so you know how much everything is if you break or lose it (e.g. coat hangers are $3 each). The breakfast was not exciting (especially for being in food-loving Singapore) but given this is not a huge hotel with a large turnover of guests, it's also understandable. Though we consciously tried to be careful about air conditioner usage, we still exceeded the daily limit and had to pay extra at the end of our stay.
I removed my wedding ring to apply sunscreen on the kids and left it on an outside chair. I was devastated that when I rang the office, the ring wasn't found. But thankfully, the CCTV verified that an external contractor took it so it was returned to me. I'm very thankful for such great security in place.
This place is located around 10 min walk to Eunos MRT, 8 minutes to the bus station, 5 min to some great restaurants along Joo Chiat Rd and is less than S$10 taxi ride to East Coast Parkway which is fantastic for seafood, bike riding and enjoying the beach.
If I had any suggestions to make- selling washing powder at the office would be handy (cos for short term stays like ours, we wouldn't go through a box), fitting each apartment with a first aid kit, providing cloths in the kitchen to wipe down bench tops.
Though expensive, it was a very special home to return home to each night in Singapore and the pool was a lovely place to relax. Thank you to all the staff at Lotus @Joo Chiat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reflecting the cultural heritage of the Peranakan (Straits Chinese) community, Lotus at Joo Chiat is situated right in its heartland, Katong. The painstakingly restored conservation shophouses and apartments offer our guests the opportunity to experience a unique stay with a personal touch and hospitality. Lotus at Joo Chiat also features 23-serviced apartment (studio-4 bedrooms) for minimum bookings of 7 nights for each stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lotus At Joo Chiat Hotel Singapore
- Lotus At Joo Chiat Singapore