I have never been a huge fan of the Holiday Inn Express brand (since room service and a club lounge are both extremely important to me - I'm a lazy traveller) whenever I travel but if you are looking for affordable accommodation in great locations, you won't go wrong with Holiday Inn Express properties. I have been to the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay on multiple occasions to complete my Accelerate offers for bonus IHG Rewards Club points - check out my latest IHG Accelerate offers here!
To complete one of my Accelerate Offers last quarter, I checked out the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road (since it was the only HIX brand that I have not stayed in in Singapore then) on one weekend and was pleasantly surprised by how much larger (compared to the Clarke Quay location) the rooms are here. It is important to remember that the HIX is a no-frills brand by the InterContinental Hotels Group so you really are paying for the room only (breakfast and WiFi is always complimentary though!).
Even though IHG Rewards Club points are not worth as much in Singapore, you may choose to redeem for a free night at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road for 30,000 points a night. This could be a good idea in high demand periods like New Year's Eve if you are able to find some availability. The room is fairly basic but the location is amazing for what you are paying - it's right on Orchard Road and if you are familiar with the area, the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road is located just behind the Grand Park City Hall (which is where Singapore's first Apple Store is going to open).
Most of the rooms here at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road do not come with a proper view but if there was one thing I like about the Holiday Inn Express brand, it would have to be how affordable it is. There really isn't another hotel that is in this condition for this price along Orchard Road - I would recommend Lloyd's Inn near Somerset but that's always booked out. The Grand Hyatt Singapore and Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel are both amazing but the prices are at least double of what the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road charges. The complimentary Wi-Fi in-room is also surprisingly good - at least it was good enough to stream some shows on Netflix.
With room rates under S$200 nett for an average night, the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road is perfect for value-conscious travellers looking for an affordable accommodation in the heart of Orchard Road. The room itself is pretty basic but if you intend to spend most of your day exploring the city, the hotel room is more than sufficient. If you are looking to complete your Accelerate offers for bonus IHG Rewards Club points, check this place out or better still, check out the brand new Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong for a more affordable stay!