Hotel Grand Central
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Arrived in Singapore late, straight to bed, and decided to watch the last couple of hours of the Oscars. Why? We were exhausted. (Crash won). We're staying in the Grand Central Hotel. Well, it's central at least! Middle of Orchard Road, the main shopping street in Singapore City. We headed out to find the famous Raffles Hotel, and carried on to …
... it was first in best dressed. We are booked on the same flight to Paris and Basel only 24 hours later. We were taken to the Amara hotel in the China Area of Singapore, the hotel is nice. We arrived here at 6am Brisbane time, Had a shower and went to bed. All expenses are being paid for by Qantas. We got about 4 1/2 hours sleep and enjoyed a buffet breakfast. We are heading off soon to explore Singapore. We walked through China ...
... the rest of the afternoon until it was time to go out for some more food. The most famous dish in Singapore is that of Chilli Crab. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish. Chilli crab sauce is described as "sensuous" and "sweet, yet savoury", with a "fluffy texture". This was the dish for me tonight. Compared to the rest of the dishes on offer in ...
... that plunges from the summit. It was lovely and peaceful to just walk around and enjoy the scenery, whilst learning a bit about cloud forests and the important roles they play in the eco-system. There was even a model railway. Ascending the mountain behind some camp Germans, we made our leisurely way down, admiring each level in turn and becoming the most relaxed we have been since we left home.
From the Cloud Forest it was onto ...
... train to Orchard Road which is too upmarket for us but there were a couple of interesting food courts, one of which we ended up having lunch in. Total of about S$8.00. Singapore dollar is nearly the same as Australian dollar.
We go on another train back to the Promenade station and when I tried to cash in our ticket I was told that I had to go to the place I bought it. That was a long walk through about 3 major shopping centres again and we were getting ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Grand Central Singapore
Not really our type of hotel.
Lobby was not grand and the staff are kinda rude and unattentive. The room that we got was at the 8th floor thinking that the rooms in the higher floors were better. It was not really what we expected. The room is too old looking and the bathroom super dooper really needs renovation. Breakfast served every morning is always the same, no variety. The dining area was also crowded.
Only good about this hotel is its location. Near Orchard Road and near food courts and restaus. Definitely for budget travellers. :)
Hotel was recommended and booked for us by the excellent visitor centre on Orchard road. The Grand Central is appalling, the service surly, the reception rude and the room dirty. The bathroom was filthy and sub standard. The only plus point is the position.
January 2006 we stayed at Hotel Grand Central for 3 nights while visiting Singapore. The best thing I can say about this hotel is the location.It is on Orchid Road and very economical. Although the staff don't smile,the breakfast is poor,the rooms have no charm,the location and the price makes this hotel worth staying.
Not up to expected standards
This hotel definitely did not live up to our expectations.
The hotel room was very old, dated, and worn.
The Bathroom was old and only just acceptable.
We were very disappointed to find the bed covers and the carpet to be soiled.
The breakfast arrangements definitely were not satisfactory - the selection of food was reasonable, but the quality of the food was very poor. The breakfast eating area was very crowded and once you found a seat you had to endure the mess left by the previous people.
The room service was very good and the staff quite friendly.
Probably the most filthy and disgusting hotel I ever stayed in - even the most budget hotels in Central Africa look good in comparison. The bathroom was dirty, full of mold and with overflowing pipe system. The room was just as dirty with stains all over the carpet. Quite frankly, you are better off camping than staying in that place.
My first visit to Singapore , ok check in was alright got shown to room, all downhill, window was broken, fridge did not work, remote for tele was broken, the air conditioning was barely working lots of noise but not effecient. On asking for a safety deposit box we were told we checked in too late and some people had taken two boxes for their jewellery, with the very unsavoury people that we had seen,made me feel very wealthy (even though I,m not). We were told to hang around next day until someone checked out by deputy manager(very rude) we were three nights in Singapore did not want to waste a day waiting for somebody to check out). Anyway deputy manager told us hotel was quite safe to leave, we walked to bar across the road, lets just say that ladies of the night parade up and down this hotel every night (I will say no more.)
This hotel is exactly the opposite of what Singapore is! It's old, very unhygienic and the bathroom is quite filthy. Better clarify with your travel agent before you book into this hotel.
Everything about this hotel is bad. Except for the location. I wouldn't say price because it's relatively cheap. You get what you paid for. Really dirty, old, shabby room. I almost cried in disappointment when we saw our room. The mattresses have stains, bed is very uncomfortable. The bathroom had seen its better days. Yellowish tiles, cracked watercloset, tired towels.