To all readers of GourmetEstorie, a very Happy 2016 New Year to you! Thank you all for being such supportive readers in these many years. To all new readers, welcome to the site! For this new year forward, I’m pleased to introduce a new “Hotels” section that will capture my experience in both my stays and dining adventures. A new “Japan” section will also open up that documents snippets of my journeys to the land of the rising sun. These are but some of the refreshed content added to the site. As always, enjoy your stay and I hope to bring you more enthralling moments that you may be interested in one day embarking on.
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore is celebrating their official reopening! The former Traders Hotel Singapore is now but a legacy of the past. Situated just off the Orchard Road area, Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore offers good connectivity to Singapore’s shopping district and yet far enough for a quiet but relaxing stay for that staycation over the weekend. With this new launch, the property is proud to present a special launch offer of Club Rooms at a flat SGD$299 a night. Tempted?
In line with its enthusiastic and upbeat branding, Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore offers bicycles for free rent. A great consideration since the Singapore Botanical gardens is a stone’s throw away, and would be great for that afternoon cycle through the park.
Step into the hotel lobby and be greeted with a sight of plush seats, comfy arm chairs for that general moment of lounging around while waiting for your next appointment.
The lobby now houses Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go. This cafe and snack bar offers a selection of artisan products including locally roasted coffee from Nomad the Gallant – a specialist in aromatic coffee blends.
Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go
Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go is open 24 hours, and for those hungry late at night, pop by for a snack or a drink such as a craft beer, cider or a glass of cold pressed juice. Champagne and specially selected red and white wine is also available.
I do have to say, the Apple-Wood Smoked Salmon Salad and the Roasted Beef Salad looks simply divine.
The new, chic reception and concierge area.
Take a ride on the swing!
For the night, I stayed on the 18th floor – the highest floor, and just one level above the Club Lounge. The corridor was particularly striking, with a snazzy and clean feel well captured by the interior’s warm but varied hues.
Club Rooms at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore are Deluxe Rooms plus Club Lounge benefits. They are approximately 25 sqm each, and come with either a king-sized or twin beds. Rooms also boast a city and garden views, with my room looking over the hotel’s pool. The king-sized bed was spacious, slightly firm and cooling. I thought that the “take-off” lighting under the bed was a nifty little feature, giving the illusion of space to the room.
When we checked the mini fridge, we were surprised with two fruit cups and chilled bottled water ready to go. These are part of Shangri-La’s Golden Circle membership benefits. Gold status entitles guests to a serving of welcome fruits, while those on higher tiers have a choice of 3 welcome amenities.
The hotel has also traded out the traditional desk for a side-wall mounted tabletop, spacious enough for a slew of electronics, accessories and the daily shopping bag.
Each hotel room now features a universal powerpoint, with no need for any travel adapters. USB wall ports are also available. My only gripe is that only these USB wall ports are only available at the desk and one side of the bed. It limits the travel partner from charging the phone while lazing around on the bed.
Hidden beneath the couch in the hotel room lies an ironing set ready for the business traveller who needs to quickly press a shirt for that next appointment. What I enjoyed most is the cozy view enjoyed as one relaxes on the couch, admiring the day or night view. A perfect spot to engage in a little reading, or to unwind with a little meal.
A room with a view
Bathrooms are below average in size but decently equipped, though the usual bathtub was sacrificed for a walk-in rain shower. However, having just returned from Japan and staying in a range of hotels, these spaces were almost an adequate luxury. Still, I had slight issues with the toilet paper holder design as it didn’t allow for a smooth roll out of bathroom paper – well tempted most of the time to just remove the roll from the holder.
The walk-in rain shower.
Bathroom amenities presented in frosted packaging for that slightly elusive but classy look. Standard selection of body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion available.
The Club Lounge, located on the 17th floor is available to all guests staying in Club Rooms. The lounge is open and manned by staff from 6am until 10pm. Thereafter, it is accessible on a 24-hour basis with the room key.
Spacious, and seldom crowded, the club lounge is perfect for a quiet spot to have a drink and relax. On weekdays, breakfast is served from 6.30am until 11am. On weekends, brunch is a little more “Jenerous” and served till noon.
Adding to the range of nifty benefits, the Club Lounge features a cocktail hour from 5pm until 7.30pm. During this time, the staff bring out the drinks, ready for you to mix and enjoy. Mid-afternoon culinary treats are also available then and the menu rotates daily.
Start of the Cocktail hour.
Deep-fried net rolls.
The miso-glazed belly pork was buttery and smooth, with a savoury sweet flavour well worth appreciating. Have it with some pickled vegetables to cut any heavy flavours.
Deep-fried sauce glazed chicken drumlets. Decent, but a little sweet.
The fried carrot cake was neat and cake-y. An ok rendition and far from the more hearty, chopped and flavourful variant. Comes served with a side of chilli paste that was simply robust and delicious, so that somewhat makes up for it.
To celebrate the day’s end, tuck in to a range of alcohol and mixers. Be creative or simply engage in a glass of wine, or two.
Unique to Hotel Jen is the “tapao” concept. Brown bags and paper bowls are left in the lounge for guests to take away a little something for the road or the room. A great initiative and I brought back a croissant, some cheese and a canned drink after breakfast.
Breakfast promises a slightly different set up. Having breakfast at the club lounge is best enjoyed by those seeking a little quiet and privacy in the early mornings. While the regular hotel breakfast buffet is still available, dining at the club lounge promises a certain degree of exclusivity with a select range of dishes that are decent enough to sate the morning hunger pangs.
While the hot dishes were rather ordinary (though kudos goes to the wonderfully done and tender pork sausages), I must give credit to the kitchen team’s daily preparation of muesli and yogurt or soaked oats in milk. Healthy, tasty and definitely filling, these were a “wow” for a sweet start to the day.
Club Lounge guests also receive exclusive check-in, reception and concierge with a pressing of one piece of clothing per stay when necessary. Instant noodles are available at night if a craving sets in.
The stay at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore was good, comfortable and worth the night’s stay. I enjoyed the comfortably furnished room, and more importantly, the decently stocked and cozy Club Lounge. The Traders brand subtly fades into the background, and Jen’s more spritely demeanor comes to the fore. From the reception, to the stay and to the brief dining experience, Hotel Jen is uniquely designed and prepped for the young and young-at-heart business traveller in mind. Neat touches like the universal wall plugs and USB ports are minor enhancements, but speak volumes when accessibility is well thought through. Free, unrestricted WIFI (with no password required) is the cherry on the top. However, old stalwarts like Ah Hoi’s kitchen still remains, and is still prepped to serving a good plate of chilli crab. Where things have changed in the dining scene is the new J65, the hotel’s restaurant which has taken over the former Cafe Biz (Look out for the upcoming review of the Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet at J65!). As of now till February 2016, Club Rooms currently go for $299 a night. Those who book at least a month ahead get to enjoy special regular room prices from $170 a night. Very decent deals, and just one more idea for those planning their next trip or staycation.
Thank you Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore for the invitation.
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore
1A Cuscaden Road Singapore 249176