Nestled away from the city centre in a quiet and private settlement in the West, Park Rochester Avenue Hotel needs no introduction when staycation-ers or travelers crave a quiet respite from the concrete jungle of Singapore. Just a mere 6 stops away from the city centre and 5 minutes to the Buona Vista MRT, I had the pleasure of checking into Park Avenue Rochester Hotel, where I had planned a surprise birthday stay-cation. We booked the a 2D1N stay in a 1-Bedroom Suite which spacious personal sanctuary where we relaxed in comfort.
Since it was a surprise staycation, I had several requests such as early check-in (for preparation purposes) and extra key card. The guest relations executive at the concierge/front desk was really helpful with handling our requests, and the traditional check-in with the registration formalities was smooth and speedy.
What I loved about the room is though the white walls make for a great backdrop, the beige in its furnishing does not compete with the accessories and furniture the way other colours might. There’s also this lounging area right at the window side which I am totally inspired by to include for my future home! The view from that leads out towards the lush greenery right before the high-rised buildings of National University of Singapore.
The suite came with our very own kitchenette, complete with a living room and a bedroom. Almost similar to a service apartment, the homely furnishings are clad in a beige and white theme mirroring a contemporary living space.
The bedroom was even better in terms of the look and feel – full sized window and queen sized bed taking the spotlight. From furniture to colours, patterns to pictures, the entire design set at Park Rochester Avenue Hotel is a careful curation of elements for a warm and homely space.
The bathroom was adjoined to the living room and bedroom area, and it was extremely spacious. I was really amazed at the size of it as I was always used to the typical ones with just a showerhead. Complete with a bathtub and separate toilet and shower.
We had guests coming over in the evening, so we had them gathered in the living room. The room felt almost like our very own, with everything at hand (literally, everything was at arm’s length – television, microwave, refrigerator, etc.) A well-lit fireplace would be the perfect addition.
The next morning we headed for an early morning breakfast at Cali Cafe, where we had a simple spread to get us ready for the day. Cali Cafe is an intimate dining space where a selection of delicious Asian and Western are lined up in buffet style.
A colourful and nutritious spread at Cali Cafe
Right after our brunch, we hopped over to the pool located on the 4th floor of the hotel. The pool is located at the fourth floor and it felt like a private pool for us, coupled with a mini garden and Jacuzzi area. There was also a mini waterfall inviting us in!
There is also a gym area but unfortunately it was under maintenance during our visit. To enhance their guest experience, Park Avenue Rochester Hotel has partnered with their tenant, Celebrity Fitness.
There are a couple of sights to see and do just within walking distance – Star Vista 5 minutes away (for that shopaholic in you), or a romantic evening at the Rochester Park where popular dining destinations such as 1UNA, Beerfest and Da Paolo Bistro Bar reside.
Article contributed by Keith Russell Jonathan
Photos by Xue Wei
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