So late last October, I got to do a review of Hotel Jen Tanglin, Singapore – but since it was for work, I couldn’t put this up on my blog until our December issue was published. It was hard waiting, since I LOVED the stay and couldn’t wait to share the experience. :)
Owned by Shangri-La, the Tanglin branch underwent a multi-million dollar face lift last year.
Everything from the decor and the rooms to the personalized service is targeted at the young and chic urban traveler. What I liked best is that they package everything as an experience, rather than just a stay. The hotel supports the local indie scene through events,and promotes the rich art and culture that Singapore has to offer. It’s like staying over at a friends place, where they recommend all the cool places to hangout at :D
The lobby’s design is inspired by the world traveler: the concierge counter, for example, features stacked suitcases, the cushions are shaped like bicycle wheels, while the chairs bear resemblance to airplane seats! At the end of the hallway near the lifts are bicycles mounted on the walls, creating a trick-art effect. :)
Near the lifts is a map of Singapore, where visitors can ‘stick’ their own recommendations on places to visit and restaurants to explore :)
My room for the night was The Club Room. Loved it at first sight – it was so cozy! Although the space wasn’t big, there was an ultra comfy king-sized bed with fluffy pillows and duvet, a bay window sofa with awesome city and pool views, and an adjacent bathroom with high-pressure shower. Warm tones and lots of wood makes one feel immediately at home.
Comfy couch by the window came with lots of hipster pillows; great for selfies :)
Instead of having a mini-bar stocked with the usual snacks and drinks, the Club Room has freshly cut fruits as a healthy alternative. :)
We adjourned to the Club Lounge, a comfy lounge space where guests can enjoy light snacks and coffee all day long, mid afternoon treats, daily breakfast, cocktail hour and more. Lunch was served for our #LeaveBoringBehind media session, where we got try local delicacies with a twist from five different Jen hotels as part of their Ho Jiak! promotion.
Pulled lamb sandwich , inspired by the Nyonya pongteh.
Nothing beats tender streaks of marinated lamb + fresh salads in warm toasty bread.
The Laksa Johor Slider was one that everyone came back for seconds. If anyone has been to the Malaysian state of Johor, you’ll know that the laksa there uses spaghetti as its noodles. The version here did a fun take by turning the dish into a burger, with spaghetti buns and a fish patty.
Laksa Lemak Singapura incorporated laksa chilli paste into fried rice for a fragrant, aromatic taste, served in cones of banana leaves with a side of juicy, giant river prawn.
Singapore’s Chilli Crab needs no introduction, and the version here has been made into a fondue with a bread bowl, served with various veggies and sides for dipping.
Last but not least, all the way from Hotel Jen Manila, the Ginataang Turon combined glutinous rice ball filling with the classic fried banana fritters for a crunchy, warm dessert – a fitting end to an awesome meal! :)
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Jen Tanglin; it’s perfect for young, urban travellers who crave comforts away from home with a personalized touch.
More info on hoteljen.com/singapore/tanglin
:) Stay tuned!
*Photos not watermarked are courtesy of Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore.