Typically when considering whether to house assignees in hotels or serviced apartments, the length of the assignment is often considered. As revealed in our guide to employee mobility earlier this year, hotels are chosen for assignments of less than a week, while serviced apartments are the preferred choice for longer stays.
Speaking exclusively to Human Resources, Arthur Kiong, chief executive officer at Far East Hospitality, explains that both leisure and savvy corporate travellers are happy to trade services for space, and they see serviced apartments as particularly attractive alternatives to hotels for mid to long-term stays.
But what happens if assignees want the end-to-end experience of hotels as well as the space and home-style environment a serviced apartment provides?
Here’s where Village Hotel Changi (VHC) and Village Hotel Katong (VHK) enter the picture. With their recent pivot towards long-term stays as well as spacious rooms, assignees no longer have to sacrifice the end-to-end experience for more space. Superior rooms start at 24sqm and 29sqm respectively, while the executive suite at VHC boasts a generous 51sqm and the suite at VHK has a 55sqm living area.
Not only does opting for the suite experience offer more living space to assignees, the suites feature useful in-room amenities such as a washer/dryer as well as a fully equipped kitchenette for those who enjoy cooking frequently. The suite experience also comes with access to the club lounge – that is inclusive of daily breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails and canapes from 6pm-8pm.
Your passport to convenience
Conveniently located within close vicinity from Changi Business Park, also known as the Central Business District of the East, getting to work on time will be a breeze for the business traveller.
Village Hotel Changi and Katong provide free shuttle services on weekday mornings to the nearby business districts of Changi South/Changi Business Park, Changi North Tai Seng Road, Chai Chee Technopark, and various industrial estates in Eastern Singapore (Kaki Bukit, Ubi, and Bedok South) from as early as 8 am.
Work aside, the two hotels under Far East Hospitality’s Village brand will enable business travellers to immerse themselves into the Singapore way of life. On the bedside table in each room, residents will find the Village Passport – a pocket-sized handy book, specially curated to acquaint guests with the hotel’s vicinity.
The content of the Village Passport is unique to each hotel, given they are located in various areas. Aligned with the Village brand tag line of “Live like a Local”, it serves as a guide, introducing local flavours, activities and heritage/cultural landmarks to help guests eat, play and explore like a local.
Savour the sights and sounds
To allow guests and their families to stay connected locally, both VHC and VHK provide handy smartphones with free local calls, unlimited data and international calls to selected countries for most of its room categories.
The immersion into the local lifestyle doesn’t stop with that thoughtful gesture – even the hotels’ décor reflects the vibe and heritage of its surroundings.
During the early 20th century, Katong was the home to Singapore’s Peranakan population who were known for their zest for colours. This is beautifully mirrored in the décor, with an exquisite display of Peranakan dinnerware and tea sets in the hotel lobby and the walls of each room adorned with Peranakan-inspired motifs.
Set within the charming and laid-back Changi district, VHC’s décor also draws inspiration from the lush foliage of its surroundings, with light and airy hotel rooms accented with wooden finishing.
With such care and time invested into the finer aspects, it is safe to say business travellers and their families have everything they need for a comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable stay in Singapore whether they are staying for days, weeks or months.
To sweeten the deal, all of these come at an extremely reasonable rate from just S$140++ per person, per night, with a minimum booking of seven nights for accommodation in the Superior Rooms. Additional perks such as daily transport credits of S$10 and daily buffet breakfast are available for an extra of S$20++ per room per night.