When Sarah suggested we do a staycay in conjunction with one of our Nanowrimo Write-Ins at the library@orchard, we did not expect Hotel Jen to point us to one of their promotions. One of the newest hotels along the Orchard stretch, we decided to give it a try.
We got a room with a King bed and a bathtub (much to Sarah’s joy), and according to Lyn, it was more spacious than we were used to. There was a seating area next to the platform to ceiling windows, and a lot of living area where we could game, or just sit around and enjoy the radio and tv programmes.
The service centre was prompt, and quite understanding because we had a huge problem connecting to the WiFi in the room. And while we ended up using our own hotspots or 4G, at least for the first night, the rest of the stay was quite pleasant.
Pool and gym facilities were on the 19th floor, with the pool overlooking Orchard Road. Lyn and I enjoyed the quietness of it in the morning, especially with the Jacuzzi being a turn-it-on-yourself kind of contraption (so we were able to enjoy it for as long as we wanted). The fact that the pool was closed at 10:30 at night also offered up options to have moonlight swims or lounging.
But apart from all these awesome in-room and hotel facilities, I feel that one of the best things about Hotel Jen was their breakfast selection. We got this deal with a hotel buffet breakfast, which is a rare option among our group. However, when we got to the restaurant, we did not regret our decision.
If I had to list it, there was hot food, egg station (poached / scrambled / omelette / overeasy), local favourites, a cereal bar, cut fruits, a bread counter, a juice and sweet cereal bar, and Sarah’s favourite – an ice cream station flanked with cheese platters on either side.
Being the foodies that we were, we enjoyed ourselves; especially with the phrase – “On principle, we should have ice cream for breakfast.”
And there you have it! Hotel Jen generally gave us a good experience with a good promotion package, considering that we were in the heart of town. So if they had another promotion period, I would be sure to check it out if I was in need of a staycation.
For more information on Hotel Jen, click here. Hotel Jen is located at Orchardgateway, in between 313 Somerset and Orchard Central.