There’s just been so much going on in Singapore recently – lots of arts events are happening right now for some reason, which means I’m extra busy at work, and recently I took some time off to check out the Singapore Night Festival that happened in the Bras Basah Bugis area, or what they’re calling Singapore’s Art and Heritage District.
Since the folk at BIG Hotel had invited me to check out the hotel, I thought this would be the best time to do it, and it sure was nice just strolling back to my hotel at 1am to crash instead of trying to hail a cab home!
Here’s a little more about my BIG hotel stay:
BIG Hotel has a great location in the Bras Basah district along Middle road. It’s away from the bustle enough for the surroundings not to be too noisy, yet close enough to the action that you can get to the major sights and shopping malls quite easily – 10-15min walk will get you to most major nearby sights.
The closest MRT is probably Bras Basah on the Circle line, but you could walk a little more to Dhoby Ghaut, which is a major interchange of Circle, North-East and North-South lines, so it’s quite convenient for travellers.
I checked into room 1321 on the 13th floor. The overall room has a great designer vibe, very clean and almost showroom like, with concrete walls and lots of wooden panelling. I stayed in the Executive Room, which honestly isn’t very large, but for a traveller who’s likely to spend most of her time out of the room, it’s quite enough.
It’s got this open concept thing going for it which makes efficient use of the tight space – there aren’t any cupboards, just hooks and knobs on a wall – this lack of cupboard paneling helps create the feel of a larger space in the room.
The bathroom is narrow and pretty tight – there’s only enough room for the toilet bowl and shower, so they stuck the sink outside instead, and while that does help save space a bit, it’s a bit weird washing your hands outside the loo, and I feel like I don’t have enough ledge space to put my toiletries.
The bed is quite the showpiece, a large king sized bed and very comfortable – they put it on a raised platform with space underneath it, which is a smart space saving idea. It also has a large flat screen TV placed attached to the wall right at its end, so even if you checked in with the plan to spend all day indoors, you’re probably not going to move much from this comfortable bed especially when you have a whole slew of popular movies on demand at your finger tips. Wish I had more time to indulge!
Each room is equipped with a Google Nexus, and besides pre-loaded apps and info, it can also control all the room lights and the Do-Not-Disturb sign on the door! You can also activate the Internet TV Protocol, and the same movie selection as on the TV is available for watchng, so if you lose the war for the remote, you could just plug in and watch your chosen show on a smaller screen. It’s also useful for those without their smart devices, as you can take it out of the room and use it instead of incurring charges on your own phone!
It’s designed to feel like you’ve stepped into a designer’s house, and that’s something you feel right when you step into the lobby as you descend the stairs from the entrance at level 1. The reception area feel like it sprung out the living room of a showroom, and it’s obviously quite popular with guests as they lounge around this fancy living room, reading the newspapers or flipping the channels on TV.
There is a restaurant on the other side of the basement called the Nook, which also serves up takeaway food deli-style, so busy travellers can just grab and go if they need to, and is also where they serve breakfast in the morning. If you want a tipple, there’s a lovely little bar area called Grape and Grain up on level 2, which looks pretty nice to hang out in. If you’re in need of last minute snacks, the 24-hour convenience store Cheers is right around the corner.
Other amenities include a gym on level 2, but that’s about it for this boutique hotel.
Around the Area
For museum lovers, you’re in the arts and heritage district with lots of options nearby to satisfy the culture vulture in you. The Singapore Art Museum and National Museum are within 10-15 mins walk from the hotel. I checked out the Singapore Night Festival while I stayed there, walking the entire district, and then heading back to my room at close to 1am.
For the shoppers, you can hit up the more popular The Cathay, Plaza Singapura, Bugis Plus, Bugis Junction within 10 mins walk, or maybe check out some hidden gems. Sunshine Plaza is popular with students and has a great dim sum place called Victor’s Kitchen, or the Selegie stretch has a rather eclectic mix of nightlife, gaming and other random spaces within.
I stayed in the executive room with breakfast, which usually goes at S$218, but when I last checked an equivalent stay on the website, prices were as low as $148. There are smaller rooms which were going for $188 as well. Do check out their website and consider booking directly from there because they have some pretty good deals, like for solo travellers and with a no-breakfast option too.
200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980