Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hotel Review: Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

Just before Chinese New Year celebrations began, we were in Singapore for a short weekend break. This visit, we stayed in Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, which has recently undergone an extensive $SGD45 million makeover, to mark its transition from Traders Hotel Singapore.

The newly refurbished hotel gives out a fresh, contemporary vibe with many Instragrammable corners to be found around the hotel. There are 565 guest rooms in this 18-storey hotel – with a choice of 6 room types- ranging from a 26m² Superior Room to the 75 m² Premier Suite with prices starting at SGD$250 per night. The rooms are all uniquely different, with four contemporary locally curated wallpaper designs highlighting a Singapore theme (bicycle, orchid, goldfish and shop house).



We stayed in the Club Room, located on the highest floor, with a view of the pool area and nearby residential neighbourhood. The Club Room offers all the features of a Deluxe room, plus Club Lounge benefits. The rooms are thoughtfully appointed, with comfortable king-sized floating beds with 300-thread count linen, high pressure walk-in showers, USB charger outlets, electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities as well as free, fast Wifi connection throughout the hotel. I like the bay window sofa, where I can sit and chill with a book. Our room has easy access to the Club Lounge on the 17th Floor, as the two floors are connected by a spiral stairway. If you're too lazy to walk, you can always take the lift - we were impressed with how fast they always arrive.



View from our Club Room





The Club Lounge is open daily from 6.30am to 10.00pm and is accessible 24 hours with room keys. It is a welcoming, chic space to chill or to enjoy a bite and drink, with fantastic views of the estate's surroundings. The Club Lounge offers daily buffet breakfast, mid-afternoon treats, cocktail hour (wines, cocktails, and delicious canapes) and even instant noodles for supper. Coffee, tea and soft drinks is also available all day, and they went prepare paper cups for you to "tapao" your drinks away. We had breakfast at The Club Lounge one of the mornings, and I was happy to find cold cuts such as Iberico ham and pork bacon. For a wider breakfast spread, you can opt to have it at J65 which offers lots of local breakfast items such as laksa, bak kut teh and chicken rice.


Breakfast at the Club Lounge



Cocktail hour - they serve different canapes every evening! One of the evenings we had the miso pork belly and it was so good!






The hotel swimming pool located on the 4th Floor is surrounded by lush greenery. You can take a swim in the 30-metre long swimming pool, or relax in the outdoor whirlpool or on any of the comfortable lounge chairs at the pool area. They also provide lots of colorful floats (great for relaxing or simply for snapping photos ;)). There is also a 24-hour boutique gym and spa (with sauna, steam bath and indoor whirlpool) in the hotel.




Matchy OOTD with the cute zebra float




The hotel is a 25-minutes drive from Changi International Airport and is accessible via taxi, bus, subway (MRT) and hotel limousine. It is a 10-minute walk the hotel to Orchard Road, or you can catch the hourly free shuttle bus service. Tanglin Mall is connected to the hotel, and offers a range of high quality shops, cafes, and supermarket. Tokyo bicycles are also available free for guests to use and discover the City.




Two new dining outlets are launched in the freshly refurbished lobby level; J65, the hotel's all day dining restaurant and Jen's Kitchen On-The-Go.  J65's name is inspired by the Singapore international dialing code. The interior has a South East Asian modern market feel  and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We tried the Weekend Seafood Dinner (available Fri and Sat - SGD78 nett per person) as well as the Champagne Sunday Brunch (SGD128 with alcohol or SGD 88 without alcohol) at J65 and we were very impressed with the vast selection of fresh seafood, roasts, sashimi, and desserts. Though the restaurant was at full capacity during both our visits, the food was constantly replenished and the service staff was very efficient in clearing our plates. I would highly recommend J65 to those who love buffets offering high-quality, delicious food. For a more detailed review post on J65, please click here.







Free flow Perrier Jouet champagne at the Sunday Champagne Brunch




Jen's Kitchen On-the-Go offers a selection of artisan roasted coffee brewed from scratch by baristas from local coffee connoisseurs, Nomad the Gallant as well as curated teas. Hotel Jen Tanglin are passionate in their support of small and local businesses – the meticulously handcrafted artisan aprons worn by the F&B team members were conceptualized by local designer FIN and commissioned specially by Hotel Jen Tanglin to promote home-grown talent and skill. The buzzy café incorporates a funky Tokyo bicycle as part of the ingenious, contemporary new design. The hotel also houses Ah Hoi's Kitchen, which serves local street food such as Singapore chilli crab and many "zhi char" dishes.



The Tokyo Bicycle can also be found on this feature wall at the hotel lobby - have fun snapping photos here! There are lots of great spots around the hotel for Instagram shots and photos.






Thank you Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore for having us!

Room rates start from SGD$250 per night. Check in time 2pm, check out time 12pm. 

Location: Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, 1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716.

Tel: +65 6738 2222




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5 comments:

  1. I wonder what hotel this was formerly, probably Cuscaden but it sure had had an impressive makeover. Very nice.

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  2. looks like a great hotel to stay in the next time Im in singapore. Thx for the info! :)

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  3. the breakfast looks very impressive - plump poached eggs and juicy sausages and thick cuts of bacon! :) the champagne brunch selection seems absolutely top-notch too!

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  4. What a cute hotel! I love hotels in Asia. They're always a cut above :D

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