Sunday, October 05, 2008

Hotel Grand Central, Singapore

On this trip to Singapore, I insisted on staying at a "better" yet reasonably priced hotel. The last trip to Singapore I stayed at the Summer View Hotel in Bencoolen Street, which in my opinion should be voted as one of the worst hotels in the Lion City. Anyway, on this trip I was booked into the Hotel Grand Central, I was seriously not expecting much due to the bad reviews that I goggled.

The reception area is nice enough for a 3 star rated hotel. The front desk staff were not too friendly, oh well this is not exactly the Marriott or even the Aston Rasuna. Anyway, we proceeded to check in and was told that the room was not yet ready!! We checked in at 3pm and the room was not yet ready. So no point arguing, we then headed to a nearby food court for some chicken rice which was nothing to shout about.

When I got into the room i was surprised! It was pleasantly clean and "fresh" smelling. Quite spacious and extremely clean. The only complaint is the toilet, which is quite small. But what the heck, after the nightmare stay at the Summerview Hotel the Hotel Grand Central is "luxurious".

However if you are expecting a room with a view, you will be extremely disappointed. This is the view that I have...ahhh...pleasant view of office blocks....another complaint is that the air conditioning is centralized...the current room temperature is 20 degrees celcius (measured by my TIMEX e-Expedition Watch)...freezing.

However on a brighter note, my room mate has managed to hook up both our laptops to enable us to use one Internet account which cost SGD30 per 24 hour block.

In conclusion, Hotel Grand Central is worth a stay if you are on a tight is also strategically located on Orchard Road and walking distance to Plaza Singapura as well as the Istana.

Rating out of 10? I give it 6/10 purely for value for money.


Anonymous said...

so lucky that they provide a cross cable to hook up 2 laptop else my partner will be missing his poker hahaha...

Anonymous said...

Have you tried Hotel Phoenix? It is an old hotel but the room has a massage chair. It was nice. This was about 3 years ago though.