Hotel G Singapore is a trendy and youthful lifestyle hotel in Singapore’s historically important central district that’s a perfect staycation option for urban explorers.
We know Hotel G Singapore better for its in-house restaurant Ginett. Ginett is one of our favourite eateries for classic French bistro fare, with one of the most affordable and wide-ranging French wine lists around town. But a recent stay at Hotel G Singapore gave us a little more insight into what this cosy hotel has to offer.
Hotel G Singapore sits at the confluence of some of Singapore’s most historic heritage and civic districts. It is within walking distance to Bugis, Bras Basah, and even Little India, making it a great choice for culture hounds and urban explorers looking for a hotel to base themselves in. Also within stone’s throw is Fort Canning Park for fresh air in the morning, with Orchard Road not too far away for those who require retail therapy.
And if you need to travel further, there are five MRT stations – Rochor, Bencoolen, Bras Basah, Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut – to connect you to the rest of Singapore.
While not technically a boutique hotel – the property has over 300 rooms – Hotel G Singapore is styled like one, so you don’t feel like you’re staying in a standard chain hotel. The contemporary and youthful design of its various spaces – with retro and pop culture flourishes – gives it a fresh vibrancy that a younger demographic would feel comfortable and welcome in.
Especially its rooms. The accommodations can feel a little cramped – to give you an idea, the basic Good Room we stayed in runs 11 to 13 square metres, while its largest Family Room tops off at just 34 square metres. And some rooms come with odd angles that can eat up some valuable space.
We can forgive that, because what remains is essentially comfortable, modern and clean. And despite the cosiness of the room it still accommodates a sizeable enough desk for a laptop to work from, a rainshower, and the fluffy Serta bed you’ll be happy to sink in, for example. There’s a Native American dreamcatcher above the bed to help you ease into your sleep, if you believe those sort of thing.
The biggest downsides include the lack of sufficient power sockets to allow tech-savvy urban adventurers to recharge devices – the USB-A ports provided are hopelessly slow – and reportedly slow Internet speeds, both which are ironic for a hotel that targets a youthful target audience. Amenities are minimal too – there’s no swimming pool, and just a small (if beautifully designed) gym that remains closed for the pandemic period.
All that said, we love its location. There’s abundance of some of the best dining and entertainment destinations central Singapore has to offer. Just Middle Road alone, where the property is located, for example, has Artichoke, where local celebrity chef and MasterChef Asia judge Bjorn Shen made its name. There’s also Tanuki Raw for affordable sushi, Rochor Original Beancurd for a more local experience, and the famous bean curd tarts over at Le Cafe.
And if you’re too lazy to head out, remember – the French bistro fare at Ginett in the hotel itself is always a great fallback plan. Otherwise there’s 25 Degrees for some sloppy burgers and eccentric milkshakes.
Verdict: We won’t quite recommend Hotel G Singapore for a staycation for large families, or if you’re looking for specific hotel amenities like a big swimming pool or a luxurious spa. But for adventurous young couples looking for affordable accommodation while they look to explore this part of the city? Absolutely.
You can check out room rates at Hotel G Singapore here. Hotel G regularly runs special promotions – such as its popular National Day package Slay, Stay & Play Local deal – so be sure to check those out.
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