After a short time in transit we boarded the 787 Dreamliner to Singapore, it was our first time on this airliner. Our chosen seats were in Row 17 again but this time the configuration was 3 3 3 so we had another passenger sitting with us. Again, good, attentive service throughout the flight. We managed a few hours sleep but I did manage to watch another good film, “The Railway Man” starring Colin Firth.
We landed in Singapore’s Changi Airport just after 2.00 pm and both immigration and baggage reclaim were quick. It had been our intention to take the hotel shuttle bus but we were told that one had just left so we would have to wait awhile for the next.
We wanted to be on our way, so we decided to take the MRT (Metro) instead so we obtained EZ-Link cards (similar to UK’s Oyster card), and added some value to them. It was necessary to change twice to reach Clarke Quay and I was a bit apprehensive how it would be with heavy luggage, but like everything else in Singapore, it worked well and there was step free access at each station.
It was only a short walk from the MRT station to the Holiday Inn Express, Clarke Quay our home for the next seven nights.
First impressions were good, an ultra modern hotel with polite receptionists and speedy check in. Our room was on the top floor and had far reaching views over to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The room had floor to ceiling windows making it very light and was very stylish being open for only one year so everything looked very new and of a much higher standard than in Holiday Inn Express hotels found in Europe. Up one floor we found a rooftop lap pool and jacuzzi with an attractive sun terrace, fluffy pool towels were even provided. Also on this floor was a small, well equipped gym – facilities usually only found in full service Holiday Inn’s.