Hotel Review: Park Avenue Changi

Managed by UE Park Avenue International, Park Avenue Changi is a 251-room business hotel built within an integrated development in the heart of Changi Business Park. Situated within walking distance to Expo MRT station, Changi City Point shopping centre, Singapore Expo exhibiton & convention hall, and UE Convention Centre, this hotel is a gem within the eastern business district.

The hotel is a good choice if you have business dealing in Changi North, Changi South, Loyang, Tampines, Bedok or Chai Chee TechnoPark. It’s right next to Singapore Expo and UE Convention Centre, super ideal if you are coming for seminars or trade shows in these places.

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Bird’s eye view of UE Convention Centre from the rooftop deck

Another plus point is that the nearby Changi City Point is known for its outlet shops. The shopping mall has a lot of sports and apparel brands there.  Singapore Expo is regular venue for consumer fairs that offer fantastic discounts on electronic, beauty products, etc so if you stay here, make sure you check out the sales there.

Though it’s quite a distance from the city, Park Avenue Changi is just next to Expo MRT station, which is only one station away from Singapore Changi Airport, hence it’s very good for those on layovers, without the hassle of traveling to city. It’s also a wonderful place for local couples looking for a quiet staycation. There are restaurants, cafes and even a NTUC FairPrice supermarket next to the hotel.

If this is your first time coming to Singapore for sightseeing, it’s a bit far from the rest of the tourist attractions. But don’t worry, it’s easy to travel since the MRT station is just next to the hotel. Bear in mind that they are constructing the Downtown Line (to be completed in 2016), so you have to walk a slightly further distance.

PAC Deluxe King

Deluxe Room

PAC Executive Deluxe (2)

Executive Deluxe Room (One-Bedroom Suite)

PAC 2-Bedroom (1)

Two-Bedroom Suite

Room-wise, my favorite has to be the Two-Bedroom Suite. Previously, Malaysian blogger Emily2U had written about the Executive Deluxe Suit of their sister property, Park Avenue Rochester. The experience is similar. All Park Avenue’s suites come equipped with washing machine, dryer and kitchenette with stove and microwave oven. In fact, the most unique thing about this hotel is that it has an large number of suites (80 out of 251 rooms) and the Executive Deluxe is their signature room. Another special feature of their rooms is that their Deluxe Room has a see-through shower room, which I think some couples will love. 😉

PAC gym

Decent-size fitness centre with Technogym equipments

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Rooftop lap pool with sunny loungers

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The rooftop deck offers an overview of Changi City

It’s an interesting integrated development concept, with the level 10 lap pool and gym located at the same floor as the serviced offices. I find the rooftop pool is small but it offers a view and good for cooling off after using the gym. The gym is fairly decent in size, equipped with trackmill, spin machines and weights station.

Another important thing to note is that there is no in-house restaurant but the hotel partners with nearby food providers. Weekday breakfast comes with a choice at Yum Cha Restaurant or Muthiah Restaurant. Weekend breakfast are served at Muthiah. In-room dining service is done by Slackers Bar and Cafe.

Overall, I will give it a 3 stars rating (for leisure travel) and 4 stars rating (for business travel). The rooms are really comfortable and basic necessities are within convenient reach. Being close to the MRT station is a big plus otherwise this property will be too isolated.

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Park Avenue Changi is currently running a weekend staycation promo from S$168++ for Deluxe Room with free unlimited WiFi, local calls and complimentary parking for one car. Offer valid until 31 December 2015, other terms & conditions apply.

Address: Park Avenue Changi, 2 Changi Business Park Avenue 1, Singapore 486015

Website: www.parkavenuechangi.com

Central reservations: +65 6830 8360 (hotline), pareservations@uel.sg (email)

Best Budget-friendly Staycation Chalet – Treehouse Villas @ Changi

It’s been a long time since I attended a birthday party at a chalet, and due to my hectic work I was in a desperate need of a cheap and good staycation in Singapore. Through my BFF’s recommendation, I chose to spend my 30th birthday at Treehouse Villas @ Changi for a relaxing weekend with a few friends.

Treehouse Villas @ Changi, managed by MINDEF/SAF as part of their staff welfare, is the perfect place to unwind without the usual skyscrapers, shopping malls or HDB apartments. To complement the lazy weekend, we ordered sushi platter and Japanese pizza through Foodpanda for dinner. My friends are too shy to be in this blog so bear with my narcissistic photographs as I introduce this budget-friendly resort to you. (Read on till the end and find out how you can win $15 Foodpanda vouchers.)

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A stone throw away from Changi beach and 5-10 minutes walk to Changi Village, Treehouse Villa @ Changi is the perfect location for weekend stay. I love that it’s away from city, and if you’re craving for adventure, hop on the bumboat to Pulau Ubin or soak in the sunset at Changi Point Costal Boardwalk.

Once you stepped inside Treehouse Villa resort, you will experience its Balinese-inspired ambiance and greeted by its cow mascot as the chalet ground. Surround by trees, you can hear birds chirping in the morning. Each chalet unit is of either a 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom and can accommodate a big party, especially good for birthday party, family with kids or Christmas celebration. The 2-bedroom chalet I booked has a king-sized bed and a fold-away mattress in the master bedroom; the other guest room consists of a queen-size bed and single bed – which can allow up to 6 people to stay overnight.

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Each unit has two shared bathrooms, cable TV, free WiFi, barbecue pit, smoking corner, refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven and various utensils and cutlery to support your cooking needs . My favorite area is the bathroom on ground level because it has a sheltered outdoor bathtub. The resort also provides every unit with complimentary tibits & bottled drinking water, free barbecue supply, and mahjong table. Additional charcoal and BBQ accessories can be purchased from the clubhouse.

You can order BBQ packages from the clubhouse directly but one day advance order is required. Alternatively you can call for your own catering. For us, we booked our food delivery via Foodpanda, to me that’s the best for small groups. Our sushi platter and pizza from Nihon Mura was delivered within 1.5 hours.

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Only one parking lot is allocated to each villa, but there is alternative public car park near Changi Village. This area is usually quiet but it can get really packed on Saturday evening, so arrive early or you will face parking problems. There isn’t a swimming pool but sports facilities are available at the nearby clubs. You can rent a bicycle at Changi Cycling Service Pte Ltd located at Changi Village, produce your Villa card key and get special rate.

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In terms of service, the staff are friendly and helpful in general. Standard check-in is at 3pm and check-out before 10am. Friday was laundry day and we waited till 5pm for fresh towels to be sent to our villa. One important thing to note is that the reception is closed over the weekend so if you need any assistance, do it before they knock off on Friday.

Pricewise, Treehouse Villa @ Changi is unbeatable. The 4 days 3 nights off-peak weekend package costs around only $360. If you are planning for a weekend staycation for a group of six, it’s only $20 per person per night!

Address: Treehouse Villas @ Changi, 326 Sealand Road, Singapore 508252

Getting there:
Nearest MRT stations are Pasir Ris, Tampines, and Tanah Merah. Take Bus 29 from Tampines interchange and alight at Changi Sports Club along Netheravon Road. Alternatively, take Bus 2 from Tanah Merah station and alight at Changi Village terminal. I took a taxi from Tanah Merah and the 15-minutes journey costs less than $9 on a Friday afternoon. If you’re driving, take TPE and exit Loyang Ave, or drive along ECP and exit Changi Coast Road.

Booking tips:
Unfortunately, this good deal is only available for SAF regulars, i.e. full time staff in Navy, Army, or Air force. If you are a NSF or NSman, you can get your friends working in SAF to book for you. This is how I get my booking now. If it’s the non-peak season, they will allow you as proxy and your friend doesn’t need to check-in for you.  Remember to book in advance, as it is subjected to balloting, hence it’s best to avoid school holiday season and public holiday to increase your chance. And since there are more 2-bedroom than 3-bedroom villa, it’s easier to ballot for the 2-bedroom chalet.

*Thanks for all your comments and emails but I’m unable to assist with booking the rooms as I’m not a staff of SAF.

Win Foodpanda Vouchers!

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To win the Foodpanda voucher, simply answer this question: How old is Malcolm Sunny this year? Reply in the comment below, make sure I can contact you via email.

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