Village Hotel - Live Like a Local
Most of us book hotels based on our different preferences, whether you're looking at proximity, affordability or luxury. If you're slightly adventurous and prefer experiencing the different places you visit through the eyes of a local, then this hotel is for you. Live like a local, eat like a local and stay like a local! Village Hotel Bugis is situated in a culturally rich and iconic neighbourhood. Singapore is known for being a melting pot of cultures and right at Village Hotel Bugis, you will send yourself deep within the comfort and hospitality of the Arab, Peranakan and Indian cultures, free for you to explore and experience, due to the hotel's close proximity to the Arab, Peranakan and Indian districts in Singapore.
Right at your doorstep would the historic and colourful Kampong glam district. Arab Street is full of charming cafes, bars, designer boutiques, textile shops and eateries. Bugis Junction is also a short walk away, where you can explore the mall or navigate Bugis Street, a Singapore market that provides accessories, clothings, food, beverages and many more. If you're up for it, you can even explore the 24-hour Mustafa Centre in Little India!
To facilitate your local adventure, they even provide "passports" to their guests detailing a map and list of local favourites that they recommend you to go! It's a cute little book in our Singaporean passport colours, filled with information about all the local hidden gems!
Village Hotel Bugis has a wide variety of rooms for you to choose from, regardless of whether you are travelling with friends or family. Room prices stated below may vary!
The Superior Room is great for friends or a romantic getaway with your partner. It rooms 2 persons and it's perfect for you to unwind after a long day of exploring and immersing yourself in the different cultures in Singapore. It comes with a bathtub and rain shower and many necessities, such as a kettle, television, ironing board and iron and an in-room safe. You can request to configure the bedding configurations, opting for either 2 single beds or a double bed, depending on what's desirable for you.
This room can incur costs from $112/night, which actually is not too bad if you think about the central location and the convenience you'll be getting. You can even go to their website and use their 360 degree room tour function if you're not convinced.
The Deluxe Room has everything the Superior Room has to offer, in terms of space and necessities. The only thing different is that you won't have a bathtub in your bathroom, just the rain shower.
This can be a great option to those who find that they might not want to use a bathtub, opting for a standing shower instead.
This room can be booked from $119/night.
Made in Singapore Room
This room is interesting, because as its name suggests, the room is actually designed by budding local talents. Influences from the Malay, Arab and Middle Eastern culture are taken into consideration with the design. There is also a unique tabletop design showcasing Singaporean's commonly used Singlish phrases. The room houses 2 guests and has everything the Deluxe Room has, except an additional perk, which is access to the Club Lounge with all-day light refreshments and evening cocktails!
There is only ONE Made in Singapore room, which makes this room very exclusive.
As the name suggests, this is catered to families and houses up to 3 guests. It has everything the Deluxe room has to offer, except it has an additional bed for the 3rd guest.
Kids Themed Room
This is a great room for families travelling with younger children. Again, this has everything the Deluxe Room has to offer, except it comes with a King sized bed and a sofa bed. This room houses 3 guests and as the name suggests, the room is full of themed decor to amaze and entertain your children.
The sofa bed is perfect for kids and it's placed near some children's toys and furniture, essentially giving your child their own fun kid's corner.
This is another variation of Deluxe Room, except you gain access to the Club Lounge with all-day light refreshments and evening cocktails. This room houses 2 guests and I heard the city views from these rooms are phenomenal.
This room can be booked from $154/night.
Finally, you have the Club Suite. This is the largest room so far and offers a separate living area, other than a bedroom. It houses up to 2 persons and you get everything the other rooms have to offer and access to the Club Lounge as well. This is a really great room if you appreciate space. If you're travelling with friends, this could be a great room to gather in to have late night chats and bonding sessions, before retreating to your individual rooms.
This room can be booked from $280/night.
I'm not sure about you, but I look forward to the pool when I book hotel rooms and Village Hotel Bugis' pool looks amazing. It's an outdoor pool with deck loungers and pool towels. It's a great place to take a dip and do some suntanning under the Singapore heat. Singapore's weather is a great pairing with a pool and some sunblock.
Village Hotel Bugis also has a gymnasium that's open 24-hours, for those fitness buffs who wants to sneak in a little workout...even on vacation. While I can't relate, it's great that they have this option for people who might. The gym has the latest fitness and cardio machines and it is very well-equipped.
They also have a Club Lounge, specifically for Club Room and Suite guests to enjoy light refreshments, relax and enjoy free-flow cocktails and canapés from 6PM - 8PM. It's a great place to chill out after a long day with your friends and chat. This is a special service to guests who reside in club rooms and aboce only!
Village Hotel Bugis also has two dining establishments - one of which is a Halal certified restaurant called The Landmark that offers a multicultural menu of North Indian, Mediterranean, Western and Asian cuisines. It is open daily from 6:30AM - 10:30PM and their buffet spread is incredible.
The other restaurant is called Mooi Chin Place. It first opened its doors in 1935 and have been serving authentic Hainanese cuisine for the longest time. It is opened daily from 11AM - 10PM. However, do note that they are not halal certified.
Overall, Village Hotel is a great place to consider if you want to live like a local. Many times, we go abroad and only manage to scrape the surface of beautiful countries and travel destinations because we don't try to look at the place through the eyes of a local. Singapore is more than just what is depicted in Crazy Rich Asians and all the stereotypes you can think of. Start with booking a place that is near local hidden gems. You might never find a better way to travel ever again!
Village Hotel Bugis
390 Victoria Street Singapore 188061 (Nearest MRT Bugis)
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