Albert Court Village Hotel – Stay Village and Discover with Trishaw Tour12 February, 2012
Location is one of the most important factors in determining accommodations during our trips. In that aspect, Albert Court Village Hotel scores very highly especially for tourists who would like to experience Singapore’s multi-cultural enclaves. Located on the fringe of the arts and cultural district, this charming boutique hotel comprises restored pre-war shop houses with Straits Chinese carvings and motifs. Albert Court Village Hotel is within walking distance to the busy streets of Little India where you can savour the best of Indian food with the array of North and South Indian restaurants along Race Course Road. Waterloo Street is sort of a mini-Chinatown with the popular Goddess of Mercy temple rubbing shoulders with a Hindu temple and a church.
Shopping-wise, Albert Court Village Hotel is just a 3-minute walk away from Sim Lim Square – a collection of shops selling all electronic gadgets e.g. cameras, laptops and phone accessories at competitive prices (bargaining skills required to get the best deals). For the ladies, Bugis Street is just a quick ten-minute walk away past Waterloo Street where you will find a collection of shops selling dresses, accessories, shirts etc.
As part of the Culture@Village package offered by Albert Court Village Hotel, guests who booked this package are entitled to a complimentary trishaw tour around the vibrant enclaves of Rochor, Little India, Bugis and Dhoby Gaut district in Singapore which would provide you with a quick preview of what to see and do around the area from the comfort of your trishaw. Read on to find out how PassportChop.com readers can enjoy a 10% discount when you book Culture@Village package simply by registering your booking here at the booking form below!
Despite being restored pre-war shop houses, each of Albert Court Village Hotel’s 210 rooms and suites offer all the modern amenities valued by today’s contemporary business and leisure travellers. Wired and Wireless internet is available in each of the rooms and you can also look forward to the convenience of a LCD TV in both the living room and bedroom (if you are staying in a suite). There is also a daily breakfast and evening cocktail service at the ground floor which also serves as a lounge and reading corner for guests to relax with newspapers and latest edition magazines e.g. Time, The Economist, Travel and Leisure. If you need a cup of hot coffee or Milo, you can also self-help with the hot drinks dispenser or the cappuccino machine at the ground floor – well thought-out gestures for guests in need of their regular caffeine fix or working though a late-night report!
After a long day of exploring the areas around Albert Court Village Hotel, guests can also look forward to relaxing at the hotel’s outdoor jacuzzi with separate Hot and Cold pools or at the in-house sauna facilities. To work off the calories gained from all the feasting of delicious Indian cuisine, a well-equipped gymnasium with running/cycling machines and free weights is also available for guests – towels are provided in the gym.
As part of our Culture@Village package, we took a trishaw ride with the aptly named “Trishaw Uncle” company, along distinctive local iconic landmarks such as the Mustafa Centre, Sungai Road Thieves’ Market, Sri Veeramakailamman Temple and other hidden gems along Arab Street.
The 30-minute trishaw tour which took the following route: Albert Court Village Hotel > Short Street > Rochor Canel Road > Serangoon Road > Campbell Lane > Dunlop Street > Serangoon Road > Syed Alwi Road > Weld Road > Arab Street > Queen Street > Middle Road > Prinsep Street > McNally Street > Short Street > Albert Court Village Hotel was as exciting as it was eye-opening to see Singapore up-close from a different angle.
The trishaw is powered by a electric motor which is kick-started by the pedalling of the trishaw uncle and at the steady state, the motor returns approximately 3 times the power each time the uncle pedals. Thus the exciting part comes when the trishaw had to stop with the traffic due to a red light and had to start moving fast enough to overtake vehicular traffic – remember the electric motor does not provide any power when pedalling stops and the kick-starting will take a few cycles of pedalling!
The trishaw ride tour around Little India and Bugis area was a great experience as our trishaw uncle was able to provide brief nuggets of interesting information about each area e.g. along Desker road where transvestites would hang out in the evenings and the expansion of Mustafa Centre over the years. Just a tip – Take your trishaw tour in the evenings around 5pm when it is not too hot and there is still daylight to enjoy the tour. These trishaw uncles are quite experienced so just sit back and relax as they bring you through side-alleys and navigate through traffic to present a side of Singapore you have never seen before. Furthermore, you can enjoy a 10% discount when you book Albert Court Village Hotel’s Culture@Village package here at PassportChop.com – see below for more information.
For more information, please contact Albert Court Village Hotel at:
Call them at +65 63393939
Map of Albert Court Village Hotel