Santa Grand Hotel Bugis
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Woke up this morning feeling like I'd been clubbed by a team of hockey players - Viv went for a walk while I went back to sleep until 9, then we headed down to the restaurant for our brekky. Wow! Fried rice, crispy chicken and Chinese veg, along with the usual suspects. We finished off our meal with watermelon and pineapple.
As we both felt a …
... roasted in a banana leaf. You unwrap the leaf to reveal a flat orange rectangle which has a terrine-like consistency and a delicious tomato-y mackerel taste.
Last but not least I want to mention the ice cream sandwiches, which are perhaps Singapore's best snack bargain. For about $1 (50 pence) you get a slice of sweet brioche-esque pink or green marbled bread with a thick slab of ice cream in between. I was particularly partial to mango flavour. In the ...
I made it to one area where there was a Muslim shrine and another Chinese temple that were both locked.
Coming thru some of the side streets I was also ...
... I take the lift up to the top - the 57th floor - and head into the Sky Bar (which is in tower two). It's a really cool and funky bar, as you'd expect, and there is great music playing. In different circumstances I'd happily spend a whole night here!! But I'm on my own and it is pricy to say the least (my glass of Sav. Blanc is $22 plus tax!!) But it's well worth it - the view is absolutely amazing!! I'm sure the photos don't really do it justice, but it ...
... zoo. After a particularly bad nights sleep, due to no proper bedding and ice cold air-conditioning, I had awoken feeling rather ill. We did not want this to put a dampener on the day and carried on as planned. The breakfast provided by the hostel was adequate, bread, a toaster and a couple of spreads. After this we hopped on the MRT to the top of Singapore, close to the Malaysian border. We tried to catch a bus to the zoo, but after much confusion took a taxi. At the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
First, this hotel is one SMRT stop away from the city proper. It took me around half an hour on the train from the airport, changing once (which took 2 minutes), with a 5 minute walk after that.
Point being, it is wonderfully central to all things most interesting about Singapore; wonderful and varied food, Little India, markets, shops, Haji Lane, Arab Street, mosques. (One can hear the prayers). Also, it's walking distance from the Mustafa Centre so food/drinks/snack/anything shopping is cheap and accessible too. There is also a (i suspect long-suffering) 24 hour supermarket at the end of the lane that sells everything from vodka to umbrellas to deodorant.
Secondly, the hotel itself is marvelous; attentive and helpful staff, comfortable beds, a fridge, and the included breakfast was plentiful and more diverse than many other hotels I've stayed at around the world.
The aircon worked, and the rooftop pool and decking was a lovely way to begin and end the day; the view was just a bonus. The WiFi was also quick and reliable. We stayed in a twin deluxe room with large windows, so our rate was near the top of the range at SGD$180 per night. We booked 5 nights then stayed one extra. For longish stays, I will only stay here when I return to Singapore.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.