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Goodwood Park Hotel
Ranked #32 of 306 Hotels in Singapore
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“A taste of luxury and colonial past for a reasonable price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

The GWP (GoodWood Park) is located on a small "hill" ( it is worth the exercise to walk down and up to and from Scotts Road and Orchard Road) and allows for a quiet stay, and to luxuriate in its various types of room, suite and apartment offering, after a long day shopping or doing business.

We stayed here many times over the past years to avoid the centre of Orchard Road building construction activity and its related noise.

The GWP staff are very friendly and remember your name throughout your stay, not just because of returning guests, but from the moment you sign in and gave your name at the front office. The concierge is one of the most helpful concierges in Singapore and is very efficient and helpful with extraordinary requests - for example, one day I asked him how to get to an address in Holland Village, and he not only ordered a taxi for me, but personally instructed the taxi driver which routes to take, and made me a copy of the road map for my reference. The front office staff are very friendly and helpful. If they are not able to help you there and then, they will let you know and call back to your room later. If they speak very fast (like they are in a hurry to catch a train) or too soft for you to understand or hear, do take note that this tends to be typical of Singaporean way of talking, and do not take it in a negative way. Sometimes there non-Singaporean staff who are not very articulate in the English language. I would ask them to slow down and speak clearly to avoid any mis-understanding.

LUXURY - In general, GWP offers better - and more - for your money than say, staying at the Raffles. You have different quality and price rooms and suites to suit your taste and wallet. Do pay a bit more for the luxurious suites or for the apartments if you can stretch it. Some are located on the ground floor, close to one big swimming pool located at the centre of the main building, and others are close to a "smaller" pool at the annex at the back of the main hotel.
Families with small children tend to prefer rooms/suites on ground floor facing the "smaller" pool, so that daddy can watch the kids splashing and making noises in the pool while mummy sun-bathes and reads under the trees close by.
Singles and couples with no kids, do take note to better book rooms / suites on the (only one) floor upstairs and away from the pools, if you want quiet. Children's swimming time, when we were last there for a week's stay, was usually late afternoon, after the day's shopping or excursion. We had a late booking and were allocated the "last" suite, on ground floor facing the smaller pool. We were not able to read in peace in our room, not able to watch (and hear) news or movies showing on tv, between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. But after 3 days Management "found" us an upstairs suite which was quiet, more spacious - with a huge balcony with table and chairs and facing a quiet garden (no one went into the garden during our stay) - and with a large bathroom with bath and shower separate from the toilet/wc area.
When booking, you get what you pay, so ask first before you pay.
Then there are the spacious apartments (we stayed there a few times, enjoyed them and looked beyond the "old") right at the back of the property, several minutes walk from the main hotel building. Some reviewers mentioned they are far away from Orchard Road. Perhaps they are not aware of a short cut behind the property, and a walk in the direction of York hotel and Elizabeth hotel, heading down to the middle of Orchard Road, so that Lucky Plaza, Paragon and Takashimaya are just minutes away, if that is where one is heading. The apartments give you more privacy and space, though those close to the lift/elevator are less quiet especially in the evenings.

Also, do pay a bit more to include breakfast if you enjoy a hearty breakfast. The breakfast hall is very spacious, beautifully designed and furnished. You are first greeted by a hostess who identifies who you are, then guides you to your table of choice, asks you for your favourite brew - tea or coffee or something else (the second day she remembers and does not ask), and you can choose from a wide variety of foods, be it western or asian. Eggs sunny-side up or eggs done any way you prefer, are freshly made to order. The dim-sums are "to die for" as they have some of the most well-trained chefs. But if you are a vegan or a vegetarian do be kind enough to tell them in advance, to avoid mis-understanding and "losing face" vis-a-vis asking " why do not have this or that ?".

Luxury is also experienced in the fine dining facilities. The Grill Restaurant served exquisite western fare (the steaks are done perfectly "to your desire"), while the asian restaurants serve one of the best cuisines in town. The GWP takes pride in its fine dinning offerings. That Singaporeans eat, entertain and hold functions there - and this includes their High Tea which is an experience in itself - speaks volumes about the quality of their F&B.
You do not have to dig too deep into your wallet if you want the GWP experience.But if you want to eat cheap at the various local food courts, the nearest one is just a stroll down the "hill" to Far East Plaza (next door to GWP) on Scotts Road, where a Pizza place and a local 7-11 can also be found. In fact there is at least one food court in the basement or on the upper floors of every major shopping plaza/shopping centre.

TASTE OF COLONIAL PAST - you can sense this from the architecture and design of the building itself the moment you arrive at the entrance of GWP, and you feel it once you are walking the corridors of the hotel, and when in your room/suite which though tastefully updated, still show you their brilliant past. The buildings and the property itself are marvellously preserved and tastefully modernised and a stay at the GWP is indeed an experience to remember for a long time.

Give it a try. It is far better than staying at the other historical hotel.

Thank you to the staff and Mangement of GWP for this Singaporean experience.

Dr. G. Seow

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

A lot of history in this heritage hotel harking back to the city's colonial past. Very well located just off Orchard Road on Scotts Road. Easy access to the shopping in Orchard and just 5 minutes by taxi to Chinatown, Little India, Arab Street and Holland Village. The high tea seems to be a favorite attraction but I didn't have time to try it. As expected, friendly and efficient staff.

If you need your TV fix you will be disappointed. The image and sound quality is poor [especially if you're used to digital].

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

We stayed at The Goodwood Park for 4 nights at the start of a six week holiday. We were delighted with this hotel. We hate large impersonal hotels and this was just right. The staff were extremely helpful and never once forgot our names. We had a superb meal in the fine dining restaurant. It is within easy walking distance of Orchard Rd and as we used the hop on hop off buses we got to see everything very easily.
We were disappointed to find that Raffles for afternoon tea was full on both the weekend days and had tea at Goodwood Park instead which was perfect (and a great deal cheaper).
Unlike another guest reviewer we found the cost very reasonable. It pays to shop around!
We highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

I have been linving in Vietam for 20 years, so really I don't mind humidity, but my room at goodwood park Hotel was so humide, I couldn't beleive it. I even asked the room service to change the bedsheet because they were wet. i asked recpetion for help, but nobody did anything. The toilet paper rolls were falling apart becasue of to much humidity. We had a terrible stay. Location is perdfect, the italian restaurent is one of the best in Asia, but the room.... it is like sleeping in a aquarium!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

This review is for the serviced apartments at Good Wood Park; these are the apartments at the back of the Good Wood Park Hotel at 22 Scotts. I stayed in the service apartment for 7 nights with my young son, and it was a mixed experience but generally positive. First the apartments are located at the back of the hotel, a seperate building which you have to walk across a road and through two parking lots, no sidewalks, to reach. At check-in there was a mistake in my booking which required a call from our travel agent to resolve. Once at the apartments, there are two elevators which service the six floors. The elevators ran smoothly and we never had to wait long. The building itself is pretty dated but well kept. The apartment was a split level with the bedroom on the top by the front door, and the living/dining, bathroom and kitchen on the bottom. The apartment had a generally damp feeling so things never quite dried when I hung clothes up. The couch was incredibly uncomfortable but there was a nice reading chair with ottaman. The couch could to convert into a double bed, but the mattress looked very thin and cheap. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking pots, cutlery/dishes, and glasses. The fridge and stove were small but adequet, and there was plenty of shelf space. Bring your own salt/pepper. No brew coffee machine was available; but a hot water maker and instant coffee. The bathroom was clean and well kept. It is recently renovated. There was also a patio which opened from the living room, with a dining table and two chairs. The lock to the door is low so a small child could reach it. The patio railing is a half wall with a built in sitting bench next to the edge; those with little children would want to be careful about this. The bedroom has glass looking out to the living room so you couldn't really have one person sleeping and the other in the living room watching tv. There is no door to the bedroom. There was a closet under the stair case which was great for storing our luggage. Room service was very good; timely, good food, hot. The pricing is middle expensive, relative to other Singapore hotels. Hotel food is generally very expensive in Singapore ($25-45 SD per dish). Complimentary bottled water was replaced daily. Housekeeping was very good (did the dishes!) There is an Isten grocery store at the Ion shopping center (5 mins walk) but it is geared to Asian food products. Find a Cold Store grocery to find more European/American food (Mac&Cheese for example). There is a Pizza Hut in Lucky Plaza which is about 5 mins walk. To get from the apartment to Scotts road, you have to walk down a road (no sidewalk) and a parking lot. All the parking lot walking really reduced the whole experience. It feels like the step-child of the hotel. Internet access is $28 per day *per device*. Additional devices are $28/day each device. All told, I'd stay again but if I found other serviced apartments, I'd try them rather than staying at the Good Wood again.

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Property: Goodwood Park Hotel
Address: 22 Scotts Road Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, Singapore
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Region: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Singapore
#24 Family Hotel in Singapore
#26 Romantic Hotel in Singapore
#31 Business Hotel in Singapore
#32 Luxury Hotel in Singapore
Price range (per night): $223 - $418
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Goodwood Park Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 233
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Goodwood Park Hotel is set amidst on a luxurious 6-hectare landscaped garden within Singapore’s famed shopping belt in Orchard Road. A quiet retreat for guests with the hustle and bustle of the city at its doorstep. It is conveniently located 5-10 mins walk to Orchard MRT Station and upmarket shopping malls such as DFS Galleria, Paragon, Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard; 15 mins drive to Central Business District. A 10-15 minutes drive to the Central Business District and numerous nightlife options at Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, making it an ideal choice for both leisure and business travellers visiting Singapore. Guestrooms and suites at Goodwood Park Hotel feature contemporary amenities with pool or garden views, with some providing direct pool access to one of its two outdoor swimming pools and complimentary internet access for all in-house guests. The hotel’s facilities consist of two outdoor swimming pools, a well-quipped fitness centre, beauty and spa services, five renowned restaurants, a bar, a deli and a range of banqueting and meeting venues to cater to every need and occasion. ... more   less 
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