A very center of Singapore
A very nice city center hotel. Rendezvous Hotel Singapore is situated in the heart of the civic, cultural and commercial district. The hotel is away only a few minutes from MTR station. A good pool, but not much sun as it is down yard.
Great Location, Good Hotel
Reviewer : Trip Advisor Member, Calcutta, India
We stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore durin 30 Sep to 4 Oct 2006 and in fact I chose this hotel based on reviews read on tripadvisor and am glad I did. It turned out to be pretty decent place. We arrived on 30th morning around 8 a.m. and the check in was smooth. We were just told to go in for breakfast while the rooms got ready and both our rooms were ready by the time we finished breakfast. Of course one major reason was that one room was pre-booked from the 29th (Singapore check-in's are 2 p.m onwards) but even the second room was given to us early at no extra charge.
The daily breakfast spread was sumptuous and appetizing enough to last the day if you wanted it that way.
The hotel location is superb - just down the road from The Raffles and a choice of eating places across the road - Delifrance, Koppitam, etc
The hotel rooms are a trifle small and in one room the bathroom exhaust system was not working properly, which caused some inconvenience to our family members staying there. That should certainly be looked into.
Otherwise a pleasant hassle free stay.
A little gem
We stayed at the Rendezvous for 8 nights in mid-September as part of a group of about 14 who went up to Singapore to celebrate a 50th birthday! (Don't ask!)
From photos on the Internet, I was dubious about the hotel (a little) but reassured by the comments here. I needn't have worried. We have stayed in hotels worth 6 or 7 times as much per night, and NOT enjoyed them the way we enjoyed the Rendezvous.
Couldn't be better if you tried. At the end of Orchard Road, on the corner of Bras Basah and Bencoolen. Easy walking distance to Orchard Road shops, Bugis Street markets, the Raffles, even Clarke and Boat Quays, Arab Street and Canning Park (you must see the Battle Box museum!). we only caught taxis to Mustafa's in Little India. Despite the humidity, we walked up to 7 hours a day!!! (And we're no spring chickens!) Just over the road is an Asian-style food hall called "Kopitiam" (coffee time -- get it?), which sells fresh, tasty, filling and authentic meals -- from Vietnamese to Thai to Chinese to Indian and even Italian! -- for an average of about $4.00 Sing. a meal. The banana split is a favourite -- 3 scoops ice-cream, a banana, whipped cream, nuts, cherries and syrup -- for Sing. $3.80! A large bottle of beer (Heineken) is just $5.60 Sing.
Meals -- breakfast included on our trip was quite outstanding. Buffet-style, it included scrambled eggs, chicken chipolatas, waffles/pancakes/French toast, one daily "special" (chili con carne, baked beans, beef hash), bacon; then a fresh section where the chefs cooked eggs to your request (omelettes, fried etc.); Indonesian noodles or rice; Singapore noodles; fresh fruit; juices; iced milk; cold meats and cheeses; salad; tomatoes; sweet pastries of all types; miso soup; congee; toast; tea and coffee. Not bad, huh.
There's a pool and spa outdoors; a gym with good (underused) exercise facilities; a sauna; and a pool seating area with "room" service.
Power adaptors in your room let you plug in most voltage-compatible appliances (like our mobile phones).
The bar is staffed by a lovely young lady (when we were there) and drinks are two-for-one during "happy hour" (which is about 11.30 am to 8.00 pm). They're still expensive though -- but that's endemic to Singapore! (Our friends paid $108 for a bottle of WA wine in a restaurant that we can buy here -- in Perth -- for AUD$12.95 on special at Liquorland!)
Clean, clean, clean. It looked nice, felt nice and smelled nice! We were on the third floor ("Storey three" according to the talking lift :-)), a non-smoking floor. Our room overlooked Bencoolen Street. It isn't flash, or the most modern, but it is comfortable. EXCEPT that the bed was "hard" -- and I mean "hard". However, after two nights our bodies adjusted and we slept the sleep of the righteous after that! The bathroom was clean, the water hot and plentiful and, as usual, the bar ridge ridiculously small :-) Just throw out their stuff and stock it with your own. The TV is quite small, but in keeping with the room (which is not "huge" by any standards) and the cable TV stations available for free are "reasonable" rather than lavish. If you like sport, you're well catered for!
This was the pub's highlight. The people are genuinely lovely, especially the cleaning staff. They are also very efficient. We would go down to breakfast, then go back up to find our room totally serviced, cleaned, bed turned down, deodorised and ready to go. Wonderful stuff. Curiously, though, keep an eye on your toilet tissue. It must be expensive because it isn't renewed until both rolls (there are two) are almost gone. However, they always made it in time :-)
The coffee shop in the atrium/courtyard is expensive. You can do MUCH better than $6.00 a cup of coffee!
The money changer in the same location will negotiate on price, depending on how much you want to change. Don't take the exchange board at face value!
The 7/11 over the road in Bencoolen Street is very convenient -- but hideously expensive! Ask for directions to a "Cold Storage" or "Carrefours" store; there are two within 10 minutes' walking time from the hotel. Munchies, drinks etc. are much cheaper.
Taxis are cheap and very well airconditioned. Strongly recommended.
Well, that's about it.
Would I go back to the Rendezvous? You bet -- in a heartbeat.
(BTW, the taxi drivers don't say it in the French way "Ron-day-voo"; they say it the way it looks! "Ren-dez-voos" won't get you any blank looks! :-)
Clean rooms, mediocre food
Breakfast is ruined by stewed coffee out of an urn; sliced bread only (no fresh loaves); and orange "juice" of the syrupy type you haven't drunk since your seventh birthday party. So if, like me, you enjoy waking up to fresh coffee, fresh bread and fresh juice, then breakfast will be a pretty miserable experience. (The Club lounge breakfast is no better.)
Rooms are fine, though; but the quality of the breakfast is not commensurate with them.
Surprised this hotel rates so highly
We stayed here rececently on two separate nights on the way to & back from Vietnam.
I would rate this hotel as only average. The room was small & a bit dated. The bed was as hard as I have ever slept on.
We had a drink in the Lobby Bar which was very expensive but did not eat in the restaurant. Breakfast was not served until 7:00am which was too late for us for our connecting flights.
The staff were pleasant enough without being overly friendly. We were woken at 2:30am with a knock on the door for 'room service' but not only did he have the wrong room number, he was on the wrong floor.
One feature of this hotel which is excellent is its position, very handy to everything.
I would not stay here again, rather try another hotel.
Well we only just managed to get in this hotel on 28th December, and booked when we got to the airport.
Great thing about Singa's is it is so easy!!!
Last time went to Singa's (September 2000), we stayed at the Westin (tallest hotel in the world - but since been taken over and now really expensive!)
Rendezvous Hotel was in the heart of wherever we needed to go, and was perfect for New Year. Is only a 10 minute walk from the main town, 20 mins from Orchard Road (main shopping road).
Everything is in main reach - buses, food, and RAFFLES!! (My Fiance proposed in Raffles while we were there, so it was great not to be too far from that gorgeous hotel).
Food was plentyful for breakfast - continental, American, English, you name it! We ate out other times of the day. Corner restaurant over the road which serves a variety of dishes, which you just go up and get, and only cost about £1.50!!!
Not worth getting the upgraded rooms, which my other half paid for 30 Dec - 1 Jan, as he proposed on the evening of 30th and wanted a superior room. The room was no different to to one we had stayed in for the previous 2 nights, all that you got extra was a few snacks and drinks for a couple of hours on the top floor. We only went as it had been paid for, but we were dying to go into town.
Totally recommend this hotel for any age group, as you will not be disappointed.
Would like to Rendezvous again!
Stayed for 3 nights in late October. We took a twin with an extra bed and a double.
Got a really good deal (I think). Paid US$66 for the double and US$91 for the twin with the extra bed. Buffet breakfast was also included.
We went at 7am and was told we could get one room immediately and the other at 2pm but were pleasantly surprised told it was ready at 10am. Likewise we kept one room till 3.30pm on the day we checked out.
Really clean place and better than the 3 star rating given in most websites. Staff was friendly and prompt. The superior interconnecting rooms we got we a bit on the small side.
Broadband internet and internet on the TV is available but REALLY expensive compared to outside.
Pool is nice and clean.
Good location about 50m from Dhoby Ghaut MRT (subway) station and walking distance from SimLim Square.
This is at the beginning of Orchard road and is quite close to Plaza Singapura mall.
Careful of the free voucher for a meal. We thought it was for all of us but turned out it was for only for one person!
This hotel is well located within walking distance to Dhoby Gaut MRT. We travelled as a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Booked through Qantas holidays - family connecting room. Rooms are a bit small but did not spend much time in them. The rooms were always clean and staff friendly. There is a 7/11 store across the road and a food hall which is open for breakfast.