When the marketing of the YMCA invited me to stay at their hotel at YMCA One Orchard, I was taken aback and asked, is that a Hotel? Having walked past there multiple times I didn’t even realise it was a hotel. Did a quick Google, and they are actually a 3 stars hotel.
YMCA One Orchard is a social enterprise that provides hospitality training and employment for youth with special needs. Basically, they trained youth with special needs so they can gain employment in the service and hospitality sector.
Since Mother’s Day is around the corner, I invited my mother and my sister to stay with me. A good chance to have a real proper break from the kids, which is the 1st time ever since I had my number 1.
Their usual check-in is at 2 pm and check-out time is 12pm. I had an extended checkout time at 3 pm due to Mother’s Day promo.
Even though there are a few groups of people checking in, the check-in process is a breeze, maybe due to Friday and it wasn’t a holiday peak period. So it’s still manageable. The lobby lounge is also very comfortable, and they have a mini-bar (accept cash only) and a few vending machines.
YMCA One Orchard Room Overview
The room I booked is a deluxe room which comes with 4 single beds.
Overall the room cleanliness is there, not dusty. Plugs are available on all bedsides except the one near the window. The bed is comfortable, although I wish they can give 2 pillows for each bed instead of 1! Their biggest room is the Junior suite, which is 32 sqm. The Deluxe room is 14 sqm.
I wasn’t expecting any drink condiments, but they provide packet teas, coffee and 4 mineral bottles for their guest. The room is also equipped with an ironing board, hairdryer, water flask and mini fridge.
My 1st impression of their toilet is, wow quite big. Although it’s a little old (in terms of design and the showering heater), still acceptable to me. The toilet doesn’t have a ventilator, but it has 2 small windows for air circulation.
They also provide 4 big towels and a toothbrush set for the guests.
YMCA One Orchard Hotel Facilities and Dining
Behind the lobby cafe, is the gym area. Didn’t have time to explore the gym, but I saw one person working out there when I went to have a quick peep.
They have a rooftop swimming pool, which is open from 7.30 am to 9.30 pm (no lifeguard on duty). Not very fanciful, but the view is very nice! The pool is good enough if you just want to swim and sun tan as it is also equipped with pool chairs.
For dining in, you can go to The Social Kitchen. Hotel guests are entitled to a 10% discount. The social kitchen provides vocational training and employs persons with special needs.
Things To Do Near YMCA One Orchard
Besides the usual shopping, eating and massage spa you can do around YMCA One orchard, you can also visit places like
– National Museum (2 mins walk) The nation’s oldest museum that seeks to inspire with stories of Singapore and the world.
– The BattleBox (7 mins walk) A former WWII British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill in the heart of Singapore City.
(The Battlebox will be CLOSED for public access from 22 MAY 2023 onwards.)
– Fort Canning Tree Tunnel (3 mins walk) One of the iconic photo spots in Singapore, good for your Instagram photo taking!
– Fort Canning Park (3 mins walk) It’s one of Singapore’s most historic landmarks. Lots of photo-taking landmarks and play areas for the kids too.
Overall Stay Review
Even though without the full facilities and amenities like the hotel we usually stay at, overall it’s enjoyable, especially for the price ($188 for the Mother’s Day package) which is very affordable, as they are located right in Singapore’s famous shopping district.
We spent most of our time outside shopping and enjoying all the girly stuff so just booking to stay, I would say it’s worth staying. In any case, if you just want a short gateway or are a tourist looking to stay in town, you can consider staying with YMCA One Orchard.
Tips: You can use Shopback, SeekSophie, Fave to check for activities, massage/spa and dining deals around the area.
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