Our ears are all out for all kids friendly happenings in town, and recently we’re all thrilled for a newly launched kids-themed rooms along Victoria Street! Liked us, If you have a penchant for the multicultural sight of Singapore and love exploring the streets, Village Hotel Bugis by Far East Hospitality is the perfect staycation accommodation where you should bring your kids this weekend or June Holiday.
It’s perched in the Arab Street and Kampong Glam enclave, and a mere stone’s throw away from Bugis Village and Little India. The location right opposite Haji Lane where hippies love the small boutique outlets stocked with fashion labels otherwise not found in the Singapore malls. Yet, In case you need to find retail chains, Bugis Junction and Bugis+ shopping centres are a 5-minute walk away. Public transport is also a plus point here, with Downtown Line (Blue) launched alongside with EastWest Line (Green), you are literally connected to anywhere in Singapore from the luxury shopping haven in Orchard road to even Botanic gardens!
Our checking in was a smooth ride to the fifteen Floor where we experience the specially customised kids theme room in Village Hotel Bugis which was formerly known as Landmark Village Hotel. Upon entering our room we were utterly impressed by the ocean blue wallpaper with Disney Carz motifs, a King Sized bed, and a lovely foldable bed for the kids!
The unique kids-friendly design was a perfect (guilty, ourselves who used to think this as just a Jaded hotel, we were so wrong!), with fluffy cushions, adorable pillows, puppet dog and carpet with flying rabbit to lighten up the spirit of our little ones (which they did!), extending to the toilet amenities; kids sized bath soap and shampoo, powder, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton buds and even body oil! The kids had their own sweet time, exploring every part of the room discovering all these little surprise Village Hotel Bugis prepared for them while we went down to their pool for a look!
The Outdoor pool is located on level 5 which flaunts a great ambience for event spaces and gatherings. This is where we had our brekkie the next morning by the pool which we had a choice of either dine-in at The award-winning Hainanese cuisine restaurant if you prefer to sample a more local taste buffet at Mooi Chin Place on level 3 with porridge & veg, char siew pau and curry chicken etc or you can swing over to indulge in an international breakfast of Western, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean influences at The Landmark Restaurant lovely tuck by the pool!
The LandMark Restaurant features a large pool terrace and indoor dine-in area with stunning Mediterranean influences decor.
Mooi Chin Restaurant, on the other hand, offers Singapore’s authentic delights with a must try for legendary Hainanese pork chop and not forgetting its Hainanese Chinese rice well known by the locals. As long you show your room key you may choose between both restaurants for your breakfast options.
Facilities are well-equipped within Village Hotel Bugis,on the seventh floor we found the 24 Hours modern Fitness room as well as a coin-operated laundry room for any ironing or laundry needs.
After our trip around the hotel, it was tempting not to head out to the streets (though Village Hotel Bugis is linked to a 3-storey shopping mall, which provides mainly travel agent needs and simple convenience neccessities), and we went straight to Haji Lane to hunt for the real gem!
Be greeted with the rustic charm and hipster stores lining the district of Kampong glam, Haji lane is located directly opposite Village Hotel Bugis, not only we hungry for some local delights but also some unique stores for the little ones.
1. ALL IN
imagine this – A takeaway counter for coffee, cold brew, cold-pressed juices, some pastries and ice cream on donuts! It came in no surprise that they were the same team behind the popular I AM Café for their hearty Halal café food. This was the first store that stopped our pace along Bali Lane, tasty ice cream doesn’t serve on the cone but rather cone on ice cream alternatively why not have a myriad choice of ice cream on Donuts, that is something you surely won’t regret having under the sweltering hot weather. Single scoop goes for $3.90, while 3 scoops are priced at $10.90.
Location: All In At Bali Lane | 660 North Bridge Road Singapore 188797 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Other than cold-brew coffee and ice cream, there are more appetizing pastries for takeaways!
2. I AM CAFE
We walked past the long queue at I AM CAFE and were astonished by the length of patrons. To find out we tried out ourselves! We soaked in the atmosphere of Haji lane and try out their Hot wings $10.90 a 8 pcs drumsticks & wings, deep-fried and coated with the signature savory hot sauce, and add on a Signature crispy thick-cut fries served with mayonnaise, and dip like a Dutch only at $7.90 ( Garlic Mint, Cucumber Dill, Garlic BBQ, sweet Honey Mustard, Spicy Chilli & Cheese add $1 for extra dip), plus a perfectly Charcoal – Grilled “Big-Bear” burger $15.90 with battered onion rings, sunny-side-up egg, lettuce and tomato, then lastly we topped it with a Brushamint $6.90 for some refreshing citrus-based concoction coupled with mint!
Location: 674 North Bridge Road, #01-01
Having sauntered down Haji Lane for years, we didn’t realized there were so much unique kids store, and now we have children, and this is absolutely a quinessential shopping haven for kids if you have a fat wallet!
Water holes lined the street of Haji Lane embed with brightly decorated walls worth snapping your cameras away.
Came about an adorable children toy store Luca & Vic displaying antique mini cars,chic kids shoes, and many other unique gift items for the young at heart! The friendly store lady told us those addictive ride our little was on actually was imported from France, they were all so cute that we wish to bring them home!
More stores selling Kids clothes along the way – here’s Just US that had a medley of babies, toddlers, and female clothing and toys..
Many store front displays their collection of picturesque door decor.. look out for these!
Be blown away by the sight of the Masjid Sultan, located at Muscat Street and North Bridge Road within the Kampong Glam precinct. This massive Mosque in Singapore is considered one of the iconic and focal point for the Muslim community, it’s a must see if you happen to be in the distrinct!
This is one of the less-known museums in Singapore, CHILDREN LITTLE MUSEUM usher bring memories and scenes to the kampong childhood of Singapore, Check out the vintages laying around on the first leel and more Kampong antiques and exhibits on the 2nd level for $2 per pax (everything looks so surreal,gave us hair standing moments).
With all the kids-friendly dine-in options and activities we curated with our strollers and suits, follow our guide and check-in to the Village Hotel Bugis to enjoy a $220++ per night with complimentary wifi-access, breakfast for 2 plus 1 and free hop off, hop on city tour for the Kids First Promotion with your family! For more info, you may visit www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/village-hotel-bugis!
VILLAGE HOTEL BUGIS – KIDS FIRST PROMOTION
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Village Hotel Bugis but all opinon are ours!
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