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Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen
Ranked #162 of 317 Hotels in Singapore
Reviewed 19 March 2012

Prepare for windowless, small, dimly lit cubicle, and you will be able to sleep, bath, surf free internet and watch TV.
Location wise is excellent, in artificial Chinatown a la Singapore, just off from the market strip.
The building is converted from a Chinese opera, so expect to see dark atrium lobby with oriental theme, like red blood color and complete with Chinese lanterns.
Some people might think the design is unique, but otherwise could be scary for kids.
The nicest think is its free internet, although sometimes the connection turns quite slow.
If you're into value, this hotel is worth your penny considering its convenient location.

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Reviewed 18 March 2012

The hotel is a recently renovated "boutique" hotel right in the middle of Chinatown and only a few hundred metres from a metro station. In a former life, the hotel was an opera house and the central atrium (with no natural light) therefore dictates the design of the rooms. Wrap-around corridors limit the space available so that the rooms are very small. As they are en suite, there is barely room for the beds and the shower rooms are positively deadly, with very little room to move. The staff are friendly and helpful, so there are compensations, given the excellent location and the proximity of so many wonderful buildings and restaurants

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Reviewed 14 March 2012

When you check in, go look for Mr Ho. He maybe the best bellman I've ever met in all my travels: he knows me by name and would ask me how was my day, in this other-than-not, very 'cold' hotel.

The price is good for value given the room sizes and amenities.
The location is wonderful, but could be really noisy at night (they had construction for two nights, and you can't sleep with the sawing, etc).

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

The location says everything. Right in the middle of Chinatown. It is a busy area, street noise and lots of people until late. Great restaurants, and several traditional food courts. A couple of minutes walk from the Chinatown MRT station.

The hotel is fresh, clean and friendly. Everything works. The rooms are compact but very comfortable, good quiet AC, flat screen TV, safe, and excellent wifi included. The room had glass French doors and shutters opening towards the street, nice in the evening to get some fresh air. The floors are polished wood, no carpet!

The Chinese decoration is tasteful, red and black throughout. The entrance and lobby area are red, with an atrium ceiling of natural timber 3 stories high, with skylights for natural light. Stunning and different.

I will stay here again.

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

I found this hotel to be an excellent value in an expensive city. I stayed in a single room without a window. Yes, the room was very small. It was basically a bed with a tiny desk. I put my bag on the chair and still had ample space but I do pack light. The bathroom was very modern but the shower does get water all over the floor. The room had a flat screen TV in the bed "chamber" -- lots of English stations. The a/c was great -- I had just spent a week in Thailand and compared with there, this room was like a freezer. The bed was rather hard, but this is typical of Asia. And the free wifi worked very well.

I found the staff to be very helpful on check-in, and the bellman took me up to my room and explained the amenities. There is free tea down the hall. And the location couldn't be better. Less than a 5 minute walk from the Chinatown MRT station.

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Additional Information about Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen

Address: 25 Trengganu Street | Chinatown, Singapore 058476, Singapore
Region: Singapore > Singapore > Chinatown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #162 of 317 Hotels in Singapore
Price Range: ₹ 4,661 - ₹ 7,182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Chinatown district, Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen is located within proximity to the city centre, local metro station and less than 20 minutes drive away from the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Orchard Road and Universal Studio. Featuring tastefully decorated accommodation named as the Warrior, Scholar and Majesty rooms, refurbished from the Historical Opera Theatre, Lai Chun Yuen each has its own distinctive flavour individually unique to Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen. The hotel's calm and peaceful concept of "Tranquillity amid the chaos" will immerse guest in an experience like no other. With a stage located at the second floor of the building, Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen will stage live performances with the traditional Chinese orchestra and music as well as, an opera setting on display. Guests can feel free to experience the opera backdrop for an unforgettable stay at the hotel. As the hustle and bustle of Chinatown life is locked up away from them behind the closed hotel doors, guests will truly understand the true inner calm that lies within the four walls of Lai Chun Yuen. Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen is primed to bring tradition, history and culture with a modern twist to guest who wishes to get away with the modern day rooms and have a unique experience like no other. ... more   less 
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