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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Goodwood Park Singapore
- Hotel Goodwood Park
- Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore