Singapore is a great place for a stopover, whether it’s a scheduled or unscheduled one like I had a few weeks ago. With a wealth of hotels nearby the hotel and Downtown Singapore around 20 minutes away, where do you stay? Personally, I prefer to stay nearby the airport so I don’t have to worry about traffic or trying to squeeze in one last delicious Singaporean meal, but still with some amenities and sights to see. That’s why I chose to stay at the Village Hotel Changi.
I’d spotted the brightly balconied Village Hotel Changi earlier when I was researching accommodation options. Having experienced sister brand Oasia in downtown Singapore, I was curious to find out more about their other hotel brands.
Village Hotels are all about comfortable, stylish properties in the heart of historic precincts, and bringing the cultural history to the hotel. Their Changi property combines the districts nature and sea breezes with a taste of Singapore, while also being accessible to the local sights and – most importantly on a stopover – the airport.
After hopping on the complimentary shuttle from Changi Airport, I was quickly checked into my room by the welcoming front desk. I was booked to stay in a colourful Deluxe Room but was gratefully given an upgrade to one of the properties spacious Executive Club Rooms.
After a few photos and a quick shower, I quickly fell asleep in the comfortable King Size beds to the sound of CNN News playing on low in the background, waking for only a few minutes to turn it off. I’m not usually a firm mattress girl but a combination of the heavenly pillows and cozy doona meant I had my first decent sleep all week.
The rooms are comfortable and simply furnished with the large beds, bath/shower combination and cozy window seat are the key features of the room. While a little dated, they are well maintained and have exactly what you need. A large desk looking out the sunny window is perfect for any work you may need to do and the TV has access to International channels.
One of the Far More Perks of staying in the Executive Club Rooms is that guests have access to the Executive Club.
Whether you want to enjoy a meal, grab a drink, check-in to your flight, work or relax, you can do it all in the Executive Lounge. I grabbed a cool drink and settled in for some pre-flight relaxation on the balcony – bliss!
If cocktails are more your style, come down to the Executive Club from 6-8pm and enjoy a Happy Hour with drinks and nibbles.
Amenities Worth Talking About
Alongside a gym, two pools – we’ll get to them in a second -, a koi pond where you can feed the fishes and a host of restaurants, you’ll also find a spa tucked away off the lobby of the Village Hotel Changi!
On a walk around the hotel’s ground floor, I’d noticed the Stella Wellness Centre. By a stroke of luck they had a spot open for a spot so I pampered myself. I’m a big fan of reflexology to help treat weary feet and also combat leg or foot swelling after a flight, and just to ‘treat yo self’ every once in a while. With comfy lounge chairs and TV’s showing the latest movies, I was in seventh heaven. Best of all, the price was incredibly reasonable!
The Village Hotel Changi also offers guests ‘Far More Perks‘. If you book a Club Room or Suite at participating hotels you’ll be entitled to a list of perks, including:
- Club Lounge Access
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Two hours of lounge access at any Changi Airport Terminal (valid for 1 person)
- Free WiFi
- Two pieces of laundry
- Hop-on Hop-off city tour
- and more!
Whether you are in Singapore on a stopover or holiday, this is a great perk to have and best of all, room upgrades only cost about S$50 but you are getting S$140 value!
Singaporean’s know how to eat and there is so much choice on offer in the hotel.
The Saltwater Cafe for something traditional, La Cantina on the Level 8 pool deck overlooking the ocean, or perhaps Chou Bei Japanese Restaurant in the lobby will tempt you. There’s also the Vau Wine Bar open daily. But I was most intrigued by The Wine Company.
Set off the lobby, and pictured above, the beautiful decor of The Wine Company drew me into their restaurant. Their menu is classic bistro style with an eclectic mix of Western and Asian, and great South African wines. Best of all, they’re open til midnight most days!
If you want something quick and no-fuss, they even have vending machines which will make hotel meals. With a mixture of Western, Malay, Indian and Japanese food in the machines, Chef in a Box creates healthy meals for between $3.50 – $5 in just a few minutes. Now that’s exactly what I need when arriving into Singapore late at night!
If none of these sound quite right, head across the road to the Changi Village Hawker Centre or to one of the nearby coffee shops which shut around 10pm.
The Most Important Thing…
When you are in Singapore it’s important to keep cool pretty much year round. Luckily at the Village Hotel Changi, you have THREE options to cool down – on the rooftop in the peaceful oasis of the Infinity Pool, in the family friendly Creekbed Pool or just a short walk away in the sea.
Swim or sip a drink at La Cantina restaurant next to the Infinity Pool overlooking the sea and Pulau Ubin or dive and sun bath at the Creekbed Pool, perfect for families and kids because it looks like you are inside a fish tank (and would make great photos!)
Changi is known as a quite a cultural and lively area. Pick up a bike from the Front Desk (complimentary for one hour) and get on your bike to explore.
- Discover the history at The Changi Museum
- Changi Beach Park
- Head to Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa – boats leaves from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. On the island you’ll find bicycles for rent, restaurants and nature trails.
- Play a round of golf at the Changi Golf Club
There is one downside to a Singapore stopover – not enough time to eat all the amazing food and experience the most of each area! The Village Hotel Changi helps bring a little taste of Singapore to you, and maybe next time you’ll stay a little longer.
Village Hotel Changi
1 Netheravon Road
I was a guest of Far East Hospitality while in Singapore.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.