Last weekend, we checked-in to Hotel Jen Tanglin for a staycation. It is located within the quieter end of Orchard, along Cuscaden Road (very near Botanic Gardens). Formerly known as Traders Hotel, it has undergone an extensive $SGD45 million makeover in 2015, and now reflects a modern functional design concept to meet the needs of today’s modern travellers.
When the first Hotel Jen in the world opened in Singapore Orchardgateway in 2014, I was SO impressed by the quality of its rooms as well as its affordable prices. If you are looking for a budget-friendly hotel along Orchard Road that is extremely convenient with a beautiful swimming pool, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is definitely a great choice. Check out my previous review of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s Club Deluxe Room.
Hotel Jen is a new brand of fresh, friendly and fuss-free mid-range hotels by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Some of you may be aware that there are two Hotel Jens in Singapore. Now, let’s check-out the second Hotel Jen – that’s Hotel Jen Tanglin. This 4-star hotel offers amazing staycation packages starting from just S$176++ per night! Find out more. 😀
We stayed in a Superior Room that is cosy and chic, complete with everything we need for a relaxing stay. After the extensive transformation, the room looks like brand new (nothing like the previous room at all). Totally amazing! 😆
Featuring a warm, playful and earthly interior, the Superior Room is 25 sqm in size and it comes with a super comfortable king-size (or twin) bed, a smart en-suite bathroom (no bathtub though), a mini fridge, as well as panoramic view of the surroundings.
I particularly like the tawny-leather headboards with brass lamps, and textured accent wallpaper with motifs such as fish or bicycles. At the opposite end, there’s a white faux-brick feature wall with a sleek TV mounted on it.
You may have noticed the bay window sofa with three Hotel Jen Signature pillows. This is the perfect place to get some sun in the day while you read a book. Well, this isn’t a sofa bed, but it has a pull-out drawer with steam iron and ironing board in it.
Additionally, I like how the denim-effect lounge chair gives the room some contrast. The white marble nightstands complement the wood flooring and furniture in the room. There is also a large work desk with universal sockets and even USB ports for your power-hungry devices.
Look! There’s a strip of LED lights at the bottom of bed that gives the look of a futuristic floating bed. Haha! It’s SO unique, I even took a video of it so that I can use the same design if I get to renovate my home again in future LOL. 😀
Wifi is complimentary, you also get unlimited access to PressReader which has a really impressive catalog of up-to-date newspapers and magazines from all around the world. You can also make use of the Handy smartphone with free international calls and mobile data usage.
Overall, the design (a mix of modern, vintage and Singapore-themed décor) is pleasing to the eyes and with a homely feel too! 🙂
A staycation is never complete without diving into a swimming pool! 😆
On the 4th floor, there’s a 30-metre free-form outdoor swimming pool with a shallow section for kids, a baby pool, and plenty of bright yellow parasols shading loungers. Yup, time to soak up the sun and get some fresh air! There’s also a 24-hour fully-equipped gym next to it.
Now, let’s talk about food! There are 4 restaurants and 2 bars in this hotel.
Jen’s Signature Food
Ah Hoi’s Kitchen
Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go
Bars & Lounges
Jen’s Signature Cocktails
The vibrantly outfitted J65 serves international breakfast, and buffet-style lunch and dinner that showcase a range of sumptuous Singaporean delights. Buffet breakfast at J65 is a pretty extensive affair – I was seriously impressed with the variety of food. Apart from the usual hotel breakfasts (e.g. egg station, fried noodles and sausages), there was also a Nasi Lemak counter (with condiments), a fishball noodles station, made-to-order laksa station and a huge selection of other dishes such as roti prata, dim sum, porridge, oatmeal, etc.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such a great variety of breakfast items – it was definitely a pleasant surprise for me! 😀
The lobby-level Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go offers coffees and light bites. There’s also the spice-centric Ah Hoi’s Kitchen that has made quite a name for itself as a must-visit restaurant over the last few decades. Chili Crab and smokey Char Kway Teow are the must-try here! Rumpole’s Bar, on the other hand, serves all-day nibbles and drinks in a cafe-meets-pub space.
With all said and well stayed, our staycation at Hotel Jen Tanglin was definitely one of the bests that we’ve had. Tucked at the corner of bustling Orchard, yet filled with the tranquillity of Tanglin and steps away from the Botanic Gardens, the location is perfect for those looking to indulge in a full weekend of retail therapy and nature walks.
This coupled with the cosy room with luxurious linen! We just slipped between the crisp, white sheets of the comfortable king-size bed and cuddled up with a fluffy pillow before falling blissfully asleep. Ah, our sleep banks were finally charged to the max! 😀
One thing that is worth mentioning – there’s a free shuttle service (ran hourly during our stay) that goes from the hotel to Takashimaya, Orchard MRT and Shangri-La Hotel. You can also walk to Orchard Road which is about 15 minutes away, or rent a Toyko Bicycle for free.
At the time of writing, Best Staycation Ever! Package is priced from just SGD 187++ per night. You can even enjoy 20% on your room rate when you book at least 45 days in advance. And if you need more than 1 room, pick the Family Value package (from SGD 290++ per night) to enjoy 50% off on the second family room. 😉
Staying with Jen is like staying with a friend!
Hotel Jen Tanglin truly impressed me in every ways – it’s honest, fun and incredibly affordable. Filled with the little touches and attentiveness, I felt like I was staying with my best friend! I’ll definitely look forward to my next Jen adventure.