Saturday, June 2, 2012

YMCA International House @ One Orchard: A Hotel-Like Hostel In the Heart of Singapore

                                       YMCA International House @ One Orchard

Though essentially tagged as a hostel, YMCA International House offers hotel-like service comparable to what I had experienced at the JICA Osaka International Center (OSIC) in Japan- just without the bathtub. Smiling Smiley Face


For starters, their lobby had that sort of convention-like feel that was both charming and unassuming.

                               Hallway of YMCA International House @ One Orchard

The surrounding areas and hallway were spotlessly clean which somehow became a prelude to Singaporean culture at its finest.

                                             Sign on the Wall: NO DURIANS

Though I really really love durian, I'm not at all surprised that YMCA had this sign plastered on one of its walls. Just a few days after our stay here, I saw a similar sign at Piccolo Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

                     Twin Superior room at YMCA International House @ One Orchard
(SGD 180++ or PHP 7000 per room per night)

Once again, I got that strange feeling of deja vu because it bore a striking resemblance to my room at JICA OSIC- fairly small but still homey and clean beyond compare.

The bathroom was just oh so clean!

Allow me to give you a grand tour of YMCA:


                                                     Glass Encased Shower 

                                                      With Matching Heater to Boot

                                               An Array of Toiletries In Tow 

                                             Plus A Couple of Free Bottled Water 

                                      Work/Vanity Area with Enough Elbow Room

Oh yes. The TV worked perfectly!

                                                Coffee, Tea or a Blow-dry perhaps? 

We mainly lived off our suitcase so we weren't able to use the cabinet that much.

The best thing about YMCA International House was that accommodations included free buffet brekkie during our entire stay.

                     My boys were clearly excited to dig into the buffet brekkie that day.

Here are some of the dishes we feasted on:

                                 Nasi Lemak: Rice with Fried Fish and Shrimp Paste

                                                       Fresh Salads

                              Sausages, Hash Brown, Eggs, Tofu and Kaya"Siopao"

                                                     Fresh Fruits

                                                        Sweet Beans

                                           Toasted Bread with Jam and Butter

                                           Chiffon rolls, bread pudding and sausages

                                             Dalandan Juice and Coffee

One downside would have to be that the breakfast menu didn't change a bit during our four day stay.  What was worth raving about was how kind the staff members were!

                            At the Poolside (YMCA International House @ One Orchard)

Although Ren and Bala came with Rolandito-my bro-in-law and fellow blogger- to the pool area, I believe Rolandito was the only one who got to try it. I on the other hand was still sleepy at the time so I just asked Bala to snap some photos for me.

                                                   My last photo in Orchard...

If ever we would come back to Singapore, I would most definitely book a room at YMCA International House once again. For starters, it's just walking distance to the Asian Food Channel (AFC) Studio,  Charlie Brown Cafe & 313@Somerset, and practically a stone's throw away from the National Museum of Singapore which I intend to explore over and over again.

                                       K-Pop Class at YMCA International House

Besides, I wasn't able to enroll in their K-Pop Class too which is a good enough reason to come back once more.

YMCA International House @ One Orchard
One Orchard Road, Singapore 238824
Tel : (65) 6336 6000
Fax: (65) 6337 3140

Superior (Single / Twin)S$ 180.00++ per room/night       (Php 7000)
Family DeluxeS$ 215.00++ per room/night       (Php 8000)
Junior SuiteS$ 260.00++ per room/night       (Php 9500) 
Students BedS$ 40.00++ per bed/night           (Php 1600)
Extra BedS$ 30.00++ per bed/                   (Php 200)  

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