January 11, 2017

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

Towards the end of 2016, I traveled to Singapore to spend a weekend in this wonderful city. The trip was full of excitement as it was my first time in Singapore. I have always been fascinated by its vibrancy, and for staycation aficionados like myself, Singapore is indeed heaven on earth. What a great way to start the New Year with my very first staycation feature for Singapore, and there is no better choice of hotel than Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore.

It was lunchtime when I arrived at Changi Airport. While waiting for my luggage at the arrival hall, I connected to the airport's free WiFi and booked my ride to the hotel through the GrabCar mobile application. It was a smooth drive from the airport to Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore which took only about 30 minutes. The total bill was SGD22.00 which was not bad considering the distance and the overall convenience of the travel.

I love the design of the front office where a pile of vintage suitcases were fashioned into front office desks. Checking-in was hassle-free, especially because the hotel already has my personal details on record as a Shangri-La Golden Circle Member. After handing my passport, I was asked to electronically sign the guest registration form and the electronic key cards were issued in no time.

Tourists can choose between the Superior Room or the Deluxe Room which are both measuring 25sqm. The room amenities are basically the same except that Deluxe Rooms are located on higher floors and have a better view of the greenery surrounding the hotel.


I stayed in a Deluxe Room furnished with a King Bed. As you can notice, the warm color theme of the lobby is also expressed inside the guestroom. The beige wall, the brown headboard, the orange wall art and the copper bedside lamps add warmth and coziness to the room. Read more►

Guests staying at the hotel's Club Rooms enjoy exclusive and complimentary benefits including all-day drinks and snacks, mid-afternoon culinary treats, and evening cocktails. The Club Lounge at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore features an ultra modern, chic yet relaxed vibe.

Similar to the Club Lounges of Shangri-La Hotel properties, the Club Lounge at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore promises a spectacular view of its immediate surrounding. I particularly loved the view of the iconic Tourism Court building which serves as the headquarters of the Singapore Tourism Board.

It was a short yet enjoyable time spent with Inna, and before she went back to her duty, she handed me an invitation letter to the Club Lounge and informed me that she has extended to me a complimentary access to the Club Lounge during my stay. Inna embodies the legendary Shangri-La hospitality loved by many international travelers and staycationers worldwide.

After freshening-up, I went back to the Club Lounge in time for the Happy Hour where guests can enjoy free-flowing wines, cocktails and beers paired with a buffet of light snacks and warm dishes. I started off with wine and premium cheeses and nuts. I then tried some of the warm dishes served that evening. My top favorites were the Singaporean Fried Carrot and the Steamed Soon Kueh.

Later that evening, I checked out Jen's Kitchen On the Go, the cafe which I mentioned earlier in the article. Jen's Kitchen On the Go is open 24 hours and serves coffee, tea and fruit juices, as well as sandwiches, cakes and other light snacks.

Still full from the dishes I had at the Club Lounge, I only ordered a Ham and Egg Sandwich (SGD8.00) and a Cappuccino (SGD8.00). There were also other guests dining at the cafe that evening. Some of them were working with their laptops, while some were simply enjoying a conversation with friends.

As I mentioned earlier, free WiFi internet access is available with the hotel's premises and that is true for this cafe. And because no password is needed to sign-in to the WiFi, both checked-in and non checked-in guests can take advantage of the fast wireless internet.

I spent the rest of the evening at the cafe doing research on the various cultural and dining spots to include in my itinerary for the following day. The Jens Heart Map located next to the elevator lobby was also a big help. This wall map is a unique concept developed by Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore which allows guests to share recommendations of local attractions and restaurants in Singapore.

Having a Club Lounge access, I had the option to have a full breakfast buffet at the J65 (the hotel's all-day dining restaurant) or a continental breakfast at the Club Lounge. Since I will be spending the rest of the day exploring Singapore, I opted for a lighter breakfast at the Club Lounge.

As soon as I was seated, I was immediately offered with coffee or tea. Since it was a weekend, most of the guests were locals on staycation and foreign guests on a weekend vacation in Singapore.

I was only expecting continental breakfast items on the buffet spread, but I was surprised to see a couple of warm dishes as well. There's bread and pastries, cheeses, jams, cereals, salad and fresh fruits, yogurt and chilled juices.

I started my breakfast with eggs benedict, hashbrown and bacon. I had cappuccino to wake me up. My second plate consisted of fried rice, scrambled eggs, sauteed green peas, chicken sausage and chicken siomai.

Service was consistently outstanding. The lounge attendants anticipated my needs, from offering a refill of my coffee, to clearing my table of used plates, to checking how my food was.

Singapore is one of the bike-friendly cities of Asia, this is evident in the bike lanes present in main roads and parks. To support this cycling lifestyle, Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore provides checked-in guests with complimentary use of their bikes.

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore is located near the Singapore Botanic Gardens which can be reached through a leisurely walk or by cycling. The hotel also has a 24-hour gym which check-in guests can use free of charge. A morning swim is also a good idea to wake the senses.

By 10:00am, I was ready to explore Singapore. I booked a GrabCar from my phone going to my first stop. 328 Katong Laksa is located along East Coast Road in the area of Katong residential area. I ordered a small serving of Laksa (SGD5.00), one serving of Otah (SGD1.30) and Fresh Lime Juice (SGD1.80). Having my first taste of authentic Singaporean laksa was a very memorable experience for me.

From this laksa place, I walked all the way to Koon Seng Road in the Geylang area. There I saw a row of Peranakan Houses that gave me a glimpse of Singapore heritage. I find it admirable that Singaporeans were able to preserve their ancestral houses which now serve as windows to the past for the present generation.

From Geylang, I booked a GrabCar ride going to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple located in the Chinatown district. This imposing structure houses a temple and a museum, and is a popular destination for tourists. The place is well maintained and entrance is free of charge.

From the temple, I crossed the road towards the Maxwell Food Center to try out the Chicken Rice (SGD5.00) at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. From Maxwell, I walked back to Chinatown for some souvenir shopping.

From Chinatown, I booked my ride going to Orchard Road for some more shopping. I visited Paragon Shopping Center to buy phone accessories, and I also checked-out some of the boutiques at ION Orchard to shop for colognes. Before heading back to the hotel, I had dinner at Putien, a Michelin starred restaurant at ION Orchard serving authentic Chinese cuisine from the Fujien Province.

One day is definitely not enough to explore Singapore. During this trip, I decided to skip the touristy areas and focus instead on cultural spots and dining destinations. I will reserve the Marina Bay area in Central Singapore for my future trips.

The following day, I decided to try out the full breakfast buffet at J65. It definitely has a bigger dining area with plenty of space to move around. The buffet spread is obviously more extensive compared to the Club Lounge, but what really caught my attention were the Singaporean dishes included in the buffet.

Being a foreigner, it was a feast to my eyes to see dishes such as laksa, nasi lemak, mee goreng and roti prata altogether in one buffet spread, side-by-side with Western and Chinese dishes. This time, I skipped coffee and opted for teh tarik to complete my Singaporean breakfast experience.

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore was indeed an ideal choice for first time visitors to Singapore, and for staycationers and business travelers alike. Its location is perfect whether you wish to explore different parts of the city or just stay within the area to relax and enjoy this quieter side of Singapore.

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore (Book Now)
1A Cuscaden Road, 249716, Singapore
Contact: +65 6738-2222
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