I had stayed at the hotel before about 2 1/2 years ago. I remembered it was fine for a few days where you wouldn't be staying in the room much. With this I decided to book again at the hotel. Singapore is not cheap for hotels, but at 700myr, 275sgd for 3 nights for a standard room I thought was reasonable. At check in the young lady wasn't that helpful bordering on aggressive. Fortunately her Indian colleague was slightly better.
I was taken to the room and first thing I noticed it was of Food Street side. Food Street in Chinatown has been renovated with nice food stalls and a good place for congregating. But they now play Chinese pop songs from before midday to nearly midnight. Also, this room seemed smaller than the one I had before. Thus I asked reception if there was a quieter room. They took me to another room, no window, quiet but TINY! I asked if I could pay and upgrade to a larger room. They explained I could but at rack rate which would be an extra 165sgd a night! I then phoned there central reservations department and in the end got a queen size with balcony for only an extra 50sgd a night.
This room was nice. As the hotel is in a lovely old Chinese theatre the rooms are not going to be the same as a modern hotel. The room has a 24 inch lcd TV, bed was comfortable, bathroom Okay. But again it was facing Food Street. I needed iron, ironing board, hangers and extra pillow, all delivered quickly. Wifi was fine, quick enough.
So in summary. I would recommend the hotel to people that want to stay in Chinatown, in a historic building that are not fussed about the noise outside. If you want peace and quiet and large rooms, you can get better value for money in Singapore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Chinatown district, Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen is located within proximity to the city centre, local metro station and less than 20 minutes drive away from the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Orchard Road and Universal Studio. Featuring tastefully decorated accommodation named as the Warrior, Scholar and Majesty rooms, refurbished from the Historical Opera Theatre, Lai Chun Yuen each has its own distinctive flavour individually unique to Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen. The hotel's calm and peaceful concept of "Tranquillity amid the chaos" will immerse guest in an experience like no other. With a stage located at the second floor of the building, Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen will stage live performances with the traditional Chinese orchestra and music as well as, an opera setting on display. Guests can feel free to experience the opera backdrop for an unforgettable stay at the hotel. As the hustle and bustle of Chinatown life is locked up away from them behind the closed hotel doors, guests will truly understand the true inner calm that lies within the four walls of Lai Chun Yuen. Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen is primed to bring tradition, history and culture with a modern twist to guest who wishes to get away with the modern day rooms and have a unique experience like no other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen Singapore