We stayed for a couple of nights last year during the Singapore Grand Prix. When booking we had not realised it was the weekend, and so were a little surprised to have such difficulty finding somewhere to stay.
We did not get off to the best of starts with the receptionist who insisted on seeing our printed voucher from the website confirming our booking. Why they could not just confirm with the company I do not understand, but we had to go throught he process of forwarding on our confirmation to the hotel for their records. Whilst a small point, this is really not what you want when you have booked in advance and arrived from the airport.
The hotel rooms are small, but very clean - very much reminded me of a business hotel, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The rooftop pool is TINY, with two/three deckchairs and no space for anyone else.
The breakfast included was a little odd - buffet style with the usual selection of baked beans and fried noodles. What I found strange was the sign that stated you would be charged $0.50 per gram of food wasted. I didn't see anyone actually weighing the wasted food, and whilst I think the right intentions are there, the sign left a bad taste in my mouth.
The hotel is 10 mins from the Bugis metro station which is a great location, providing quick access to a lot of the Singapore sights.
In a city with expensive accomodation, this hotel was fine - it was clean, comfortable and safe which is all I really ask for. However, if i were to return and it wasn't the grand prix weekend, I would research to see whether there were any better alternatives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Santa Grand Hotel Bugis, operating since November 2009, has a swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, cafe and business centre. Located on the fringes of the Little India District and a few hundred metres from the Malay Heritage Centre this hotel makes the most of an area rich in history. Just down the road is Bugis Street, now featuring a teeming street market and collection of roadside stalls which is a must see for leisure or shopping guest visiting Singapore. Also, conveniently nearby are an Indian temple and one of Singapore's best known Buddhist Temples. Besides sightseeing, guest can visit Sim Lim Square, which is only 10-minutes stroll away and it houses Singapore's biggest collection of IT and computer stores. Completing the attractiveness of Santa Grand Hotel Bugis is its accessibility to public transport such as taxis, buses, and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to various places in Singapore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Grand Hotel Bugis Singapore