I went to Singapore last week for a very short vacation. Inspite of all the bad reviews that I’ve read about the Oxford Hotel, I decided to stay there. Mostly becauses I didn’t have much of a choice.
I got in at around 1:30 in the morning. The front desk officer was pleasant and was ready with my hotel room key card. There was no bellman to help me with my luggage but I didn’t really mind since I only had one and it was a stroller type. When I got to my floor, the airconditioning was a nice welcome. It was cool and there was no smell unlike some of the budget hotels that I’ve stayed in. The carpet was a little worn but there was no danger of tripping because the worn-out parts were neatly taped-over.
My room was quite small. I was on the 7th floor which was a non-smoking floor. It had two beds, a TV, a writing desk, an electric kettle, and a personal refrigerator. The airconditioning system in the room was not centralized so you can control it any way you want. The TV had around four English channels. The toilet and shower room was nice and clean. Well, except for the stains on the mirror which were probably brought about by age. The shower had a temperature control which was very easy to use unlike some hotels that require you to turn knobs and press buttons that either scald you or do nothing at all. The counter was wide enough for my toiletries so that was a good thing for me. They went paperless with the DND signs. Just switch on a sign and it lights up near your door. The beddings were a little old. I was afraid I was going to rip the blanket. But it was clean and that was good enough for me.
The breakfast buffet needs a lot of improvement. Basically because there wasn’t really much in it. They had eggs and toast and cereal. The other dishes were just not appetizing for me. Mostly because they were cold. Or maybe I was too early.
After my lame attempt at breakfast, I went to the front desk and asked for directions on where I can find golfing equipment stores. They were very helpful and even told me which stores had a sale. Now that’s customer service for a shopper like me.
The hotel is situated in an area where you can walk to most places. You can walk to Bugis Village for bargain shopping and to Suntec City for the high end items. There are also different places to eat nearby. If you’re craving for a pizza, just walk over to The Pizza Place. The people there are nice as well. Or if you feel like becoming a vegetarian for one meal, then you can walk over to the vegetarian restaurant too.
If you’re into culture, the Singapore Art Museum is right beside the hotel. The oldest Catholic church in Singapore, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, is also nearby.
I stayed there for three nights and I would say that my stay was okay. The staff were nice and the place was not bad. If or when I go back to Singapore, I would definitely stay at the Oxford Hotel. However, if it’s for a special occasion like a honeymoon, I would find another place. The Oxford Hotel is where you stay when you are not too picky with where you sleep. If all you need is a clean bed, a clean bathroom, and a cool place, you can’t go wrong with this hotel. But then again, to each his own. Maybe I was just lucky to have arrived on one of the hotel’s good days. This review is based solely on my experience.