The Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore is a fantastic hotel option when you’re staying in Singapore for business. The hotel has been beautifully re-designed and upgraded recently, creating rooms that have everything that the business traveller could possibly need.
On arrival at the hotel you will notice a hip, trendy vibe has been established. The lobby staff are dressed in a noticeably different way than the staff of most hotels catering to business travellers. You will find them wearing jeans and sneakers and emanating a cool, relaxed attitude in all they do.What a fun place to work!
There is a funky, casual atmosphere in the lobby, which is very welcoming. Check in was quick and efficient and I was rapidly on my way to my club room on the 16th floor.
All of the rooms at the Hotel Jen are a little on the small side but do you have everything you need. The room was, however, well-designed with a large bed in the centre of the room, as well as a work area and couch by the window.
In my case my room was overlooking the pool, which was awesome, but also distracting! Who wouldn’t rather be lounging by the pool enjoying the Singapore heat instead of working!
There is a functional bathroom in the room, with the amenities you need as a business traveller. Technology is readily available with access at the bedside to control most functions in the room, including the air conditioning and lights.
Also available is a new handy smart phone, which I’m seeing a lot more often in hotels these days, particularly in Asia. These phones give you free access to the internet, phone calls, and maps while you are staying at the hotel. You just take it with you when go out and about. Awesome additional service!
The hotel is large, and well patronised, but you never feel crowded. There are several excellent restaurants including the foyer buffet; a small coffee shop on the side of the lobby; as well as Asian options by the pool.
You can also access a business centre, conference rooms, an extensive spa and beauty centre, and a hair salon all on the premises.
The outdoor pool is a great spot to spend a few hours in the afternoon taking in the beautiful summer sunshine of Singapore. Its a great respite after walking around the city and helps in jet lag recovery.
I had a club room, which gave me 24 hour access to the club lounge. The club lounge is an inviting and spacious place at Hotel Jen, with a very friendly atmosphere. Staff are available in the club lounge throughout the day, to assist you with whatever you might need.
I was welcomed very pleasantly every time I entered the lounge. Throughout the day there are snacks, fruit, tea, coffee and soft drinks available.
From 5pm there is an evening cocktail in the club lounge with good quality wine, as well as canapés on offer. This is a great spot to finish up your day, conclude a business meeting with colleagues, or start your evening before heading out to dinner in a nearby restaurant.
Breakfast is also available in the club lounge until 11am, which is a quieter spot to enjoy a leisurely start to your day than the main dining room.
Expert Traveller Recommends…
This is an excellent business hotel with a good range of services catering to all your needs. The only real downside at the moment is the distance to the MRT (underground railway), which is about a 10 to 15 minute walk down Orchard Road. In the coming years that will change with the new station being built and scheduled to be opened by 2021, but buses are available and will take you to the MRT. Taxis are very cheap in Singapore and Uber’s are readily available, also at cheaper prices than you will pay in most highly developed countries.
I highly recommend booking a club room with access to the wonderful club lounge as it really adds to the quality and enjoyment of your hotel stay.