Costa Sands Resort Pasir RisHot
A three star resort popular with locals for get togethers and stayovers. A relaxing stay here is guaranteed for families or groups of friends who can shoot some pool or enjoy social gatherings like BBQs. Others include a children’s pool; a bicycle kiosk with adult and children’s BMX bikes for rental; adult and children’s inline skates; group BBQ areas and more.
When I first stepped into the chalet, it was admittedly quite appalling. The floor was dusty and grimy, it was warm and stuffy and the stairs leading up to the room upstairs were slippery. All it took was a couple of minutes to clean everything up, but come on, proper cleanliness is one of the most basic requirements of any chalet! The bedroom itself was pretty alright, with a working and fairly strong air-conditioning unit as well as well maintained beds and blankets.
The entire chalet was fairly large although the air-conditioned bedroom was small. For those looking to book this chalet for groups of 8 people or more, some of them the guests will probably have to sleep downstairs without the air-conditioner. The lower level is pretty well ventilated once the fan gets going, although it's still pretty stuffy, especially when there are lots of people around. The television worked fine. The fridge was in perfect working order and was generally cleaner than the rest of the chalet. The toilet was decent although there's only one, so guests will have to take turns.
Despite the sub-standard quality of the chalet, it's location was really a great advantage. E!Hub and Downtown East were only about a 5 minute walk from the chalet. Both malls have supermarkets, eateries and 24-hour convenience stores.
Overall, Costa Sands Resort Pasir Ris offers prices that are low and a convenient location, albeit at the cost of quality.
The best thing about this chalet is, hands down, the location. Located at the entrance of Pasir Ris Park, Costa Sands Pasir Ris is definitely hard to miss. It is so near to Downtown East, making it very convenient for us to get midnight snacks and extra BBQ food. I also love the fact that there is a bicycle rental shop at the entrance of the chalet, as we can easily rent bicycles for a class outing in the day. The prices are reasonable too, so that’s a plus!
My class booked a duplex unit, and the ground floor was spacious enough to accommodate 20 people. There was, however, not enough sleeping space for all of us, so if you’re planning to book a unit, it might be wise to bring some sleeping bags (unless you’re not planning on sleeping!)
Sounds good so far? Well, there are some things to take note of. Firstly, this chalet is pretty old, and its cleanliness leaves much to be desired. I recall seeing several big lizards in the bedroom upstairs, and there were also ants crawling around, so being the squeamish person that I am, I was freaked out. In addition, the bathroom was dingy, and I was actually worried about peeping toms. I also didn’t like the fact that the units were clustered so close together, as there was hardly any privacy when we were at the BBQ pit! However, I feel that Costa Sands Pasir Ris is still a good chalet in all, because the most important thing for me is location and accessibility.
Location wise, it is definitely better than other chalets like Aloha Resorts Changi because it is just right beside Pasir Ris Park, so if the chalet amenities are not fun enough (chances are that it will happen), cycling and in-line skating are always a convenient and perhaps better option. Of course, it helps that it is near E-Hub, which has very useful outlets like NTUC to get food and barbeque supplies.
In my opinion, I actually don’t find the pricing very reasonable, considering the conditions of the chalet. Even if the cost of the chalet is split amongst a group of about 30 people, I still find it very expensive, given the limited facilities provided. However, if you do have any membership that offers promotions for booking of the chalet, then I do believe it is much more worthy.
My friend had called to inquire on what documents should we bring down should an adult were to book the chalet in our place. The person on the phone replied to just have a person who is 18 to show their IC during check in. However when we reached the check in lobby, we were told to show the adult's IC and after lots of luck, my friend's mother whatsapp-ed the picture of the IC and we successfully checked in. Just felt that the information could have been given to us earlier to have a smooth check in.
What I hated about this chalet would be the houseflies in the room. We had to spend a considerable amount of time chasing them out and I was quite disgusted by the smell in the toilet. It reminded me of a turtle's home.
Despite the above, I did enjoy my stay which was to celebrate a friend's birthday. We were provided with our necessities like the beds, blankets, a BBQ pit and towels and I enjoyed the experience with my friends there.
Personally, I will not choose something in the middle but the few times I had been asked to go there for gatherings, I had been happy with the maintenance and cleanliness of this chalet. I had not really stayed in this chalet myself but my friends that had stayed overnight had never complained so I guessed the stay was still comfortable. Pricing wise, this chalet definitely cost less per square metre than Costa Sands Downtown East so the decision is whether you want to be near the additional amenities provided by Downtown East when staying in a chalet.
Secondly, the interior walls of the chalet are beginning to wear as so many cracks can be seen. This is definitely something that the management department should look into.
I like it for the fact there is no internet or too much entertainment so its a great way to get all to focus on some physical activity together and spend quality time just with each other.
For me chalets are like empty houses without certain neighborhood etiquette. It is a place for people to gather and of course have fun.