The Place I enjoy staycation experiences. It was a term coined up by a local newspaper few years ago which literally means staying in Singapore for vacation. Indeed, hotel hopping for staycations has been one of Singaporeans favourite past time, including myself as I seek out new and unique hotel experiences without needing to board a plane. I checked in to BIG Hotel recently, a relatively new boutique hotel along Middle Road, within walking distance to Bugis MRT station. Branded as a chic and funky boutique hotel, my first impression of the hotel is quite welcoming, especially with its cosy Scandinavian style “Living Room” at its lobby.
The Room With 308 rooms, there are five main tiers of rooms – Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Room, BIG Star Suite and BIG Shot Suite. I stayed at the 15sqm mid-tier Executive Room, which is quite decent for its space. While not huge, I find it sufficient if you are not a heavy traveller. I personally like the minimalist and wooden furnishings of the room, especially the clever use of space in its bed frame design such as the safebox and luggage space beneath the bed.
Some other notable highlights for the rooms in BIG Hotel include a Nexus 7 tablet in every room where guests can use it to surf the net with the hotel’s free WiFi, control the TV, watch free movies-on-demand, control the room’s lighting and activate the Do Not Disturb and Make-Up Room alert. Exclusively for Executive rooms and the suites, there is also a Nespresso machine.
The Facilites There is a small gym in the hotel for the workout-holics, a wine bar called Tipple and the main restaurant within the hotel, Froth Cafe. For an additional S$15, hotel guest can opt to have their breakfast at Froth Cafe, which is a popular dining spot in this area with its fusion theme menu and ever-instagram worthy Taro Waffles. I was glad I had dinner at Forth Cafe as well, which I will share in a separate post.
The breakfast menu at Froth is quite extensive, where we get to choose from local delights to the usual eggs and sausages. There is also a mini buffet section where you can help yourself to some coffee, bread and fruits.
The Rates Given BIG Hotel’s central location in Singapore close to the business district, Orchard Road and Bugis, I find the room rates really competitive. There is an ongoing BIG Weekend Promotion with 10% off for stays between Fridays to Mondays, from S$156 all-in for Superior Room.
Further, do flash your room keycard and get S$10 off your total food bill when you spend at least S$50 at Froth Cafe.
For further information and promotions on the rooms, do check out BIG Hotel official website.
The Rants If you are expecting five star facilities at BIG Hotel, then you might be disappointed. There is neither a swimming pool to dip nor a health centre to enjoy a relaxing massage. That said, I do agree to some extent with BIG Hotel’s positioning as quoted from its website,
” We provide you with only the luxuries that matter for your stay – a very comfortable bed, a rain shower that rejuvenates your body, and state-of-the-art features for you to work and play effectively and comfortably. All our rooms come with the space that you need; we do not believe in making you pay for what you do not need or use.”
Seems like BIG Hotel really means BIG business.
BIG Hotel Singapore
200 Middle Road
Tel: +65 6809 7988