Lovely hotel close to the airport

We chose Champion Hotel as we were were in transit between Africa and New Zealand and wanted accommodation in close taxi distance from Changi Airport. The Champion Hotel proved to be exactly what we needed. It is modern, clean and attractive. It is well lit and nicely decorated from the lobby to the rooms. Staff were attentive and pleasant and went out of their way to get us into our room two hours before check-in time after a long and tiring flight. There were taxi’s on the doorstep when we needed one at 6am the next morning and staff on hand to help us get to it. The rooms are lovely. They are uniquely furnished and have all amenities. The bathrooms are clean and modern and the shower in the room we had had hot high pressure water to die for in our exhausted state. Air conditioning worked perfectly for the temperature. There is nothing we could say that might be the least bit critical with the possible exception of the view from the window, which was sort of suburban. The price was more than reasonable for the quality of the hotel. Some travellers may be put off by the location but it suited us well as we enjoy busy ethnic environments and the range of restaurants, shops and nightlight they provide. Champion Hotel appears to be in a distinctly Malay/Indian area of town and there is a very strong Muslim presence which is reflecgted in shops and eating places. However Joo Chiat Road, in which it is situated is a great walk in the early evening, and the selection of restaurants, particularly as you walk further down the road is very varied and ranges from Asian street stalls with very tasty food, some very good Chinese restaurants and even a little enclave of European food places. We were delighted to find some little stores selling some delectable after dinner sweet deserts which we talk back to the hotel. Being a Muslim area there did not seem to be a lot of liquor on sale, however the is one big liquor store to the South of the hotel on the same side, and the 7-11 and other grocery stores of a supply of beer and some wine. Champion Hotel is warmly recommended, and we suggest you treat the location as an experience rather than a reason not to visit.

- John M   Auckland Region, New Zealand   Aug 2015

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