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!
When I checked out the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok last year, I was really impressed by (first) the lobby. Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am a massive Hyatt fan - I love them for having one of the best loyalty programs in the market, the brand consistencies but more importantly, the level of emphasis they put on the food. Read about my experience in the Grand Executive Suite King of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok!
The InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - it is one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore and a favourite amongst many frequent travellers (many of them love the Heritage Suites which were previously know as the Shophouse Suites!). As part of a major refreshment, all the guest rooms and suites (apart from the Heritage ones which went first) have undergone an extensive refurbishment that was only completed earlier this year. While I have been to the InterContinental Singapore on many occasions (especially since I have gotten my InterContinental Ambassador membership), this was my first time at the newly-refurbished Premier Suite.
When I visited Melbourne In 2014, I stayed two nights in an Executive Room at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and seriously fell in love with it - the view was amazing, the rooms were beautiful and modern but more importantly, that lounge was just perfect to take in the sights. I returned this year in 2016 to check out the amazing Relaxation Suite which I dare say is the most beautiful suite in South Wharf, Melbourne!
When I stayed in the Junior Suite of the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa earlier this year, I fell in love with the place - in fact, I dare say it is my favourite hotel in Sentosa for a weekend escape in Singapore. I had the recent opportunity of running a company event at this beautiful property once more in the crème de la crème room type - the Villa du Jardin. Since I could not seem to find enough photos of the villa while I was researching the place, I made it a point to take a couple of photos so people will know what to expect if they are going to shell out over S$2,000 a night for this amazing space.
The Pan Pacific Orchard is one of my favourite Global Hotel Alliance properties in Singapore - the DISCOVERY Loyalty Program which in my opinion, is one of the best hotel loyalty programs for staycation-goers in Singapore, offers a late check-out of 6PM and early check-in of 9AM for top-tier Black members. I have stayed at the Pan Pacific Orchard on multiple occasions (perhaps ten times already!) and have always gotten the benefits of being a Black member in the DISCOVERY Loyalty program. The Pacific Club Studio is my favourite room type in the hotel and as mentioned in my previous article, you do get a double upgrade (where space is available) for being a Black member.
Located in downtown Tanjong Pagar, the Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore's facade is unmistakably one of the boldest and most unique in the area. Featuring an impressive vertical garden amidst an urban backdrop, the 27-storey tall business hotel offers beautifully-appointed rooms in the heart of Singapore's Central Business District - it is also just minutes away from Raffles Place, Clarke Quay, Sentosa, Orchard Road and Marina Bay. This is Far East Hospitality's second Oasia-branded property in Singapore and as part of brand standards, it is built upon the three wellness pillars - Recharge, Refuel and Refresh.
With century-old rain trees that surround you, the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang is located along the Batu Feringgi Beach and it is just a short drive away from the famous Georgetown in Penang. For those of you who follow Malaysian politics, the state of Penang is an opposition state where supporters largely back the Democratic Action Party. More importantly though, Penang is a haven for food-lovers and is well known for her delicious hawker cuisine.
I spent two nights at the M Social Singapore in a Loft Gallery - as mentioned in my previous article, there are four room types here - and it offers loft-style living in the heart of Robertson Quay. Before anyone is confused, the previously-known Big Room has now been given a sexier name - the Loft Gallery. Read more about this beautiful property now!
The Westin Singapore is one of the nicest Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties in Singapore. The hotel is located at Marina Bay and since the surroundings are comparatively quiet on the weekends, it provides travellers (and locals!) with the avenue to escape from the bustling city into an exclusive retreat. Take the lift up to Level 32 where the hotel lobby is located and let your experience at this beautiful property begin.
Singapore's most affordable InterContinental Hotels Group property has officially opened last month (June 2016) and I checked into the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong for a long weekend in an attempt to complete my IHG Accelerate 2016 offers in the most economical way possible (find out how I earned 14,000 IHG Rewards Club points in two nights HERE!). The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is also Singapore's third and largest Holiday Inn Express property - read about my experience at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay and Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road.