30 Bencoolen is that hidden gem everyone wished they knew about earlier. Nestled right in the heart of Singapore’s hip arts and cultural hub, this city hotel’s close proximity to the famous Orchard Road shopping belt is evidence of its strategic downtown location. Embrace the hotel’s modern decor and understated design from the anodized trellis, marble grey countertops and ash-grey timber look-alike homogeneous tiles flooring.
Stepping into the cool lobby instantly left us with a great first impression courtesy of the warm, neutral tones, spotless floors and sleek interiors. Check-in was also ultra smooth primarily due to the round-the-clock Whatsapp service, which ensured that we could resolve any queries prior to and during our stay.
Boasting 15 floors with a gorgeous 14-metre rooftop pool and state-of-the-art gym, 30 Bencoolen beckons your patronage for several reasons. Albeit compact, this hotel in Singapore caters to a myriad of travellers from families with young tots to romantic couples and business travellers whose time is of the essence. Tuck into gourmet coffee and all-day dining at Local Restaurant and Bar or chill out in comfortable rooms that prioritise your well-being. With everything else only a heartbeat away, we couldn’t wait to discover beyond the facade of this cosy sanctuary! Read our full 30 Bencoolen hotel review to know more about this new Singapore hotel in the city centre.
The premium 46 square-metre Family Room in this city hotel is an ideal pick for those travelling with their loved ones. Offering two separate rooms linked by a connecting door, parents can unwind in one room without having to worry about their kids in the other. Suitable for up to four guests, the rooms are tastefully-designed and feature both a large King bed and two cosy twin beds. There are also two separate en-suite bathrooms for added convenience.
The plus point of the Family Room has to be the sprawling balcony that overlooks the streets below. You can also opt to dine alfresco style thanks to the quaint dining space that will give you and your family utmost privacy. Aside from that, the kids can also enjoy the extra space and let loose. Courtesy of the useful in-room smartphone, make use of the Whatsapp concierge service and simply send a message to the number provided for any queries or advice needed. With everything at your fingertips, the Family Room ensures nothing short of a smooth and memorable experience.
Replete with an en-suite bathroom and a stylish living room, this spacious temporary abode is perfect for families and lone travellers alike. There is simply more room to relax and enjoy, all courtesy to the nature of a suite. For those on business, complimentary high-speed WiFi as well as a large desk will ensure that your workspace is optimal. We loved the free handy smartphone that allowed us to stay connected and tap on the Internet as we navigated around using top-notch city guides.
Spanning 42 square metres, we revelled in the suite’s ample amenities and took comfort in the warm furnishings and dark wood details, perfect for us to switch off and recharge. Just imagine unlocking your door and walking into a room that automatically lights up to greet you. That’s exactly what you get at the rooms here in 30 Bencoolen. With the auto room light up function, you don’t have to worry about fumbling to slot in a keycard just so you can turn on the lights – simply waltz in and start enjoying your room straightaway! Other amenities in our suite included plush beds that were exactly what we needed to retire to for a good night’s slumber, along with blackout curtains and firm fibre pillows which certainly added to the fine touches of this room. Needless to say, the Junior Suite left us absolutely rejuvenated.
Unlike the Deluxe Room, the Deluxe Balcony Room of this hotel in the city centre comes with the inclusion of a fully-furnished balcony that’s dressed in accents of grey and brown against the pop of greenery from nature. Complete with rattan-woven furniture for lounging around with a book and mug of coffee, or for the clinking of cocktail glasses as the evening backons, we found the balcony to be a welcoming space for some fresh air.
The Deluxe Balcony room in this city hotel is simply ideal for a romantic staycation or a weekend retreat with your best friend. Spend the night chatting under the stars before stepping back in for a good night’s rest, or sleep in till noon and have brunch with a view. Other than an adjacent balcony, the room comes befitted with coffee and tea making facilities, mini fridge and high-speed WiFi. To top it all off? A lavish king-sized bed and a pillow menu of hard and soft pillows await as well! For a no-frills room that has it all – the Deluxe Balcony Room is definitely it.
At 23 square metres, the Deluxe Room may not be the epitome of luxurious in terms of spaciousness, but it certainly does make the perfect cocoon for a couple’s staycation. Cosy up with your significant other on the comfortable king-sized bed as you watch television, or order room service up to your doorstep for when you feel like having breakfast in bed. There’s no reason not to treat yourself like royalty while you’re on a staycation in this hotel in Singapore!
Fully equipped with complimentary WiFi, universal powerpoints and built-in USB charging points at the desk as well as beside your bed, you’ll find that there’s really no reason to leave the comforts of your room at all! For couples who live to roam and explore, make full use of the free-for-use Handy smartphone available, which allows you to stay seamlessly connected by tapping onto unlimited mobile data as you explore your surroundings. The gadget also allows guests to make international and local calls and also includes access to the hotel’s services and a city guide too! With everything you need packed into the Deluxe Room, trust us when we say that it has all you need for the perfect getaway.
We were incredibly impressed with the menu choices, which featured stellar highlights such as the Local Nasi Lemak, 30 Ben Beef Burger and Asian Vongole amongst a dizzying array of other Asian and Western options. The fusion dishes were impeccable and flavoursome! We also loved the delicious sides, namely the Spam Fries and the Har Cheong Wings – absolutely yummy. This in-house restaurant also boasts a plethora of mocktails. Go for the must-try specialty known as the Local Freeze! The distinct sour plum flavour was something we really savoured down to the last sip.
To round it up, the warm ambience courtesy of the anodized trellis ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows made the informal space very comfortable to dine in. Whether you choose the hearty buffet spread and aromatic coffee pairing or opt for the easy breezy all-day dining, your stay at this hotel in Singapore will be nothing short of fantastic.
Don’t we all love those dreamy infinity pools that provide superb vantage points of the surrounding landscapes and vistas? 30 Bencoolen’s rooftop pool, perched on the 15th floor, does not disappoint. We loved how the 14-metre pool was simple yet alluring with its emerald green accents. Sun worshippers can get quite the tan up here by chilling on one of the sun loungers. For those who prefer to dip in at night, enjoy a languid swim beneath the dazzling canopy of stars above you.
Tip: Don’t miss out on the cosy jacuzzi tub where you can relax and wash your worries away. Located at a cozy corner, we really enjoyed the blissful dip.
This state-of-the art gym here prioritises your convenience since it remains open throughout the day. We did not have to rush and squeeze in our workouts in the presence of other guests. Go ahead and run on the treadmill or choose to lift some weights. This compact space allows you to maximise your exercise time and stay active during your entire stay in this hotel in the city centre. There’s no reason now to say that you have no time!
If you look close enough, you will be able to spot these intricate Rafflesia-like patterns all around the hotel from the lobby area, furniture to the ceiling. Backed by warm lighting, these motifs really give the hotel added style and class as well as a consistent overall theme – ooh lala!
You may find Bencoolen to be quite a quirky name for a district. Here’s a brief history lesson to enlighten you! Bencoolen was named after Bengkulu, which was located on the west coast of Sumatra, by the British in 1685. When founder Sir Stamford Raffles came to Singapore in 1819, several Bencoolen men accompanied him during his sojourn and settled in that particular area. Now known as Bencoolen Street, this precinct was named based on this significant historic reference.
In a bid to be more environmentally friendly, the hotel has seen a reduction in traffic lanes from four to just two lanes. This is to facilitate more pedestrian space where people can walk or ride their bicycles hassle-free. A pretty awesome effort right?
Nestled within the only district that has three MRT stations, 30 Bencoolen is one of the most accessible hotels you’ll find in Singapore. As soon as you step out of the hotel, you’ll be able to get to three different MRT lines, all walking distance from the hotel in the city centre.
30 Bencoolen is right in front of Bencoolen MRT Station (Downtown Line), a three-minute walk from Bras Basah MRT Station (Circle Line) and a five-minute walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (North-South and North-East Line).
If you’re taking a taxi, just tell the driver to go along Bencoolen Street and you will see the hotel after passing NAFA Campus 2 and Bencoolen MRT Station.
For those who are looking for the best that Singapore’s art scene has to offer, you can go museum-hopping or visit different cultural spaces around the area. Simply take a short four-minute stroll to the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and the Singapore Art Museum at Queen Street (SAM@8Q) which is just a further three-minute walk away. Both SAM and SAM@8Q focus mainly on contemporary art in Southeast Asia, and are brimming with interactive and colourful exhibits no matter the theme. Move on to the National Museum (five-minute walk from hotel) and National Gallery (15-minute walk) to marvel at more art pieces which pertain more to Singapore’s heritage and history itself.
For those who want to experience the vibrant cultures that our multicultural society has to offer, try visiting Little India for colourful sights and tantalising smells or head to Chinatown to interact with locals, visit temples and indulge in street food while exploring the bustling markets.
They don’t call Singapore a true “food paradise” for nothing! If anything, Singaporeans of different races and religions all bond over one true love – food. Foodies, rejoice as you tuck in to good ole’ local fare at Makansutra Gluttons Bay by the Esplanade (six-minute walk) or tuck into other delicious cuisines at the wide range of dining options available. Restaurants and cafes litter the streets so be rest assured that you will never go hungry! Be spoilt for choice with authentic Japanese cuisine at Nobu-ya or drop by cafes like Montana Brew Bar and Curious Palette.
Once you’ve satisfied your growling tummy, hit the shopping streets for some retail therapy! After all, the famous Orchard Shopping Belt with mega malls like Ion Orchard, Plaza Singapura and Somerset 313 are all just a train stop away, or a 15 to 20-minute walk away. For budget shoppers who would like to bargain for cheap souvenirs, make a beeline for Bugis Village where you’ll be able to score some thrift buys and little knick-knacks. For those who prefer it upscale, then the Shoppes at Marina Bay will do you just right. Whatever your craving or budget, there’s surely something for everyone.
Can’t sleep? Well, good news for the night owls, because the party starts when the sun goes down! Head to the local watering holes near the hotel for a drink or two, or head to Clarke Quay or CHIJMES to soak in the vibrant nightlife that Singapore has to offer. Get those glasses clinking as you sit back and enjoy chill vibes with the accompaniment of live music bands.
For those who prefer an alternative mode of entertainment (sans alcohol), head to Gardens by the Bay (15-minute walk) to be dazzled by the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show from 7.45pm-8.45pm. Still too early? How about going for a midnight movie at The Cathay? Snag yourself a bucket of popcorn or a tray of nachos and you’re all set for the night! Don’t worry if it ends too late – after all, your comfy abode is only a five-minute walk away!