A Budget-Friendly Stay in Singapore: Ibis Styles on Macpherson
After a chaotic travel day with flight cancellations and delays, our seemingly easy trip to Singapore from Bali was not off to a great start. So after a few hours, we made it and thanks to Ibis Styles, we had a place to stay with them as they hosted us for two nights at their location on Macpherson. I promise that despite the hosting, the below is 100% honest review of my time at this Ibis.
Long Story Short
The best part of the Ibis Styles is by far their rooms. They are small but beautifully done and thought out. The bed and headboard are the stars of the room. Which as a traveler, is all one really wants. A clean and comfy bed. Plus for those of us that carry some extra weight, the beds are sturdy and the showers big! Another plus was the location. Despite not being in the center of Singapore it was easy and straightforward to get to. The hotel offered free shuttle service from the hotel to the MRT station throughout the day (which was FANTASTIC). Just make sure to talk to the fabulous people at the front desk to get the times.
Grab is also a fantastic option and though not cheap it didn’t break the bank and does save you time getting from point A to B. Grab drivers are always around so you will never wait more than 2 minutes before one appears to pick you up. Also, shoutout to the front desk staff who despite handling massive groups were always quick and efficient whenever I had a question or needed any help!
Let’s Talk Basics
We stayed in a room overlooking the pool and a bit of the city. If you face the pool, I should warn you that the floor to ceiling windows do expose you slightly but they are tinted and offer pull-down shades that will allow you to enjoy some light without feeling like you are being watched. If you can, get a room on floor 7 or higher for a bit more privacy. The bed is by far the best part of the room as I said. Sean and I slept 3 nights and we haven’t felt that well-rested in awhile (this might also be because there weren’t any roosters outside our house like in Bali!).
The bathroom at least in my room had a little surprise. I won’t ruin it for you on but if you ever go, check the closet door and see what happens :). The bathroom was clean and the water pressure and temperature was ace. With it being so hot and humid in Singapore, I enjoyed my cool evening showers and warm showers in the morning! More and more hotels are finding ways to going green and Ibis Styles nailed it. They offer an in the room recycling bin but also how they served water was fantastic. Instead of plastic bottles, Ibis gave us a glass jug of water each day! Brilliant and smart. Plus, we could easily fill it back up ourselves if we ran out.
Bonus: Keep it in the fridge for when we came back from an evening exploring and enjoy a nice cold glass of water before jumping into the pool!
The Pool and Arcade
To be honest, the arcade was a bit of a let-down but for those that like Super Mario you are in luck. Outside by the pool, two dart games are available too. It’s a fun way to unwind after a long day of walking with a drink in hand. The pool at this particular Ibis is really nice, though a slightly confusing layout. I think this is in part to accommodate the number of outside tables needed for breakfast time. It is a bit of a maze to get to the loungers but the pool is beautiful, with palm trees and the perfect way to cool down. Especially after a day at Universal Studios!
At night, the pool is light up, the palm trees have a few fairy lights and the breeze (it is on the 4th floor) is really great. Ibis gifted me one entree to try out from their new BBQ Pool Party menu at the Chat and Chow restaurant. I ended up getting the fish and chips. The fish was pretty dang good, and the fries were just alright. The fish was the star of the plate. What I enjoyed most though was the environment as I ate my meal. It was chill and it wasn’t overpriced. The restaurant is perfect for those tired from a long day of walking or if you get into Singapore a bit late and don’t feel like eating outside Ibis.
That Free Breakfast Life
Included in your room price is a breakfast buffet at the Chat and Chow on the 4th floor. They churn this buffet out each day with slight variations of food. There was an array of options due to the demand of different people from different cultures and ages. Coffee machines await you offering basic coffee and espresso, juice and a salad bar and slices of bread with jam and butter. Is it the best breakfast buffet I have ever had? Nah, not even close but for the price, you are paying the value is good. You will eat enough to help sustain you until your next meal which is what one wants from a free breakfast. Plus, their samosas are really good! I do recommend getting their early as it gets very busy in the last hour.
I enjoyed my time at Ibis Styles on Macpherson. It is still being built up but I slept well, the rooms were clean and it was easy to get to where I needed. Singapore can be expensive so finding an affordable place to stay is really important. Especially when there is so much to do in Singapore that does have a price tag attached. So by staying at Ibis, you allow yourself more cash to spend on those activities. See what I got up to in Singapore here and thanks again for the hosting Ibis, till we meet again!