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30 April 2015

Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan: Perfect for a Weekend Staycation

Travel and staying in a hotel, with all the little perks that come with that, is always fun, right? But sometimes you just can't give up the additional time needed to jet off somewhere or maybe you just don't want to for once. So how about a staycation instead? 

We've done this before in Singapore and really enjoyed it so that's exactly what we did again recently, this time at the Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan in Kampong Glam. They also have other hotels in Singapore located at North Bridge Road, Hongkong Street and Chinatown. For our stay we decided to go for a Saturday night and made a proper weekend of it with me even taking the Saturday off work! This also meant we got to play tourists and explore a little more of the Kampong Glam area during the day, check out my post of what we got up to here!


Exterior of Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan
Image courtesy of Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan

Anyway back to the hotel and our stay. The hotel, which opened in July 2014, is housed in a row of seventeen two-storey conserved shophouses. I realised that this was the first time I'd ever stayed in a shophouse, not really that surprising perhaps but still quite exciting. A boutique style hotel, it only has eighty-eight rooms and once you are inside has a really calming feel to it despite being so central. The hotel has a decor that draws inspiration from the heritage of South-East Asia and the whole place has a 'serene urban sanctuary' feel. There is plenty of greenery throughout to give you a feel of being close to nature, some of the rooms have gardens and in one part of the hotel, although covered, the corridor is semi open so you can hear the birds singing, see the greenery and feel the warm tropical heat.

There are six different categories of room on offer depending on your budget and needs and for our stay we were in a 'Clover Plush Queen' room. At Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan as well as the regular rooms they also offer some unique room choices. Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan is all about the urban sanctuary idea and being able to get close to nature with guests being able to opt to stay in one of their Garden rooms complete with a patio and funky vertical gardens. There are also a number of suites suitable for families or for that very special occasion. Some of these are split over two levels, complete with a private living area. You really get the feel of being in a shophouse in these with the upper level taking you right up to the roof. Their most exclusive suites, the 'Garden Suites' are even more special. There are three of these available to guests, one is Indonesian inspired, one with a Peranakan feel and the third with a Thai inspired theme, all of which feature a private garden. The Thai one is also extra special as it is the only one to feature a built-in hydro bath too.

Back to our room though which was a perfect base for a one night stay such as ours. All rooms come equipped with a well stocked complimentary mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities, unlimited Internet access (perfect for all your social media updates or to catch up on work emails if you really must) and local calls, as well as an en-suite bathroom with shower. We did have to call down to reception to get some more tea (we'd drunk all that was left in the room) but this was not a problem and the tea was quickly delivered to us. Our room was tastefully decorated, the common theme throughout the whole of the hotel interior is a dark brown colour palette with warm lighting. The hotel design is very contemporary and complimented with tasteful and historic touches. Our room was quite cosy and compact size wise but didn't scrimp on design. The en-suite was a good size and offered all the complimentary toiletries you would typically expect to find. We did notice that because the shower door only opened inwards into the shower cubicle this meant that due to the positioning of the shower in the bathroom there was only a narrow space to get through to enter and exit the shower, but this was only a very minor detail. The bathroom walls (as you can see in the photo below) are glass, again giving a modern contemporary edge to the room, but there is a frosted part large enough to protect your modesty!

Most importantly though the bed was very comfortable, a good size and with pillows that you could get totally lost in and we got a very good and peaceful night's sleep. After our busy day of walking, exploring the neighbourhood and eating we were more than ready for a relaxed evening and our bed. We woke up refreshed the next morning and ready for breakfast (served until 10.30am) in the hotel restaurant. The breakfast consisting of some Asian inspired dishes plus meats, cheese, fruit, yogurt and so on. 


Interior of a Plush Queen room, similar to ours
Image courtesy of Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan

Interior of a room, similar to ours
Image courtesy of Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan

Interior of an en-suite bathroom, similar to ours (though the toilet and sink were the opposite way around in our room)
Image courtesy of Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan

If you run out of things to do during your stay or it's just too hot (or wet) to venture far, the hotel offers its guests access to a small gym with all the basic equipment you would expect to find. We didn't make use of this, I'm not a gym person, but this can be accessed 24 hours a day so no excuses if you are! There is also a cosy lounge for guests who want a little time to themselves. The hotel has a restaurant on site (as I mentioned above) with room service also available until 10pm daily. We didn't dine their in the evening (opting to head out to the nearby Kampong Glam area instead for food) but did go there for our breakfast the next morning as I mentioned.

All too soon though it was time to head back to reality once more and home. We had a great time at Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan. It's the perfect spot for your own staycation or as a base if you are visiting Singapore or indeed a business traveller. 

Exclusive Reader Offer!

Now you've read about mine how do you fancy a stay of your own at Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan and even better at a discounted rate? If you do then you can currently enjoy a discounted stay of 30% off the Best Available Rates until 31 December 2015, Terms and Conditions apply.

Terms: 30% discount off Best Available Rates, only through direct booking via sherrine@hotelclover.com - please quote 'expatadventures'  (Terms & Conditions Apply) 


Duration: Valid until 31 December 2015


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Hotel Clover 
33 Jalan Sultan
#01-01
Singapore 198965

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Tel: +65 6830 7888
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Thank you to Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan for the kind invitation.

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