The Hotel The cheapest Hilton property in Singapore? It is no doubt Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon, a fairly new property which opened at the heart of Little India. This is the third Hilton property in Singapore, joining the ranks of Hilton Singapore at Orchard Road and Conrad Singapore.
My main intention of checking this property out is to clock my fast track access to Hilton Gold status with my Visa Infinite credit card! Hilton loyalty program is one of the most valuable in the market for me so far, and I feel that Hilton Gold benefits such as complimentary breakfast and room upgrade are valuable enough as opposed to Hilton Diamond.
Back to Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon, it is about ten minutes walk from Little India Station, or if you drive, there is complimentary parking for hotel guests. There is much to explore in the vibrant Little India enclave if you are a tourist.
The Room I checked into the King Deluxe Room, which at 21 sqm is a fairly decent size if you do not have much of a baggage. The room is still fairly new given the young age of the property, and this room category comes with a partial view of the old racecourse.
The bed is relatively comfortable by Serta bed though it could be harder for me. With the right size of the room, I was surprised that it comes with a nice bay window. The kind of dreamy space to just sit, gaze out (not much of a view though) and read a book. Otherwise, if you just want to catch up on work during your stay, the working desk comes with an ergonomic chair.
For the bathroom, it is very basic in terms of design. It comes with an open shower with no bath tub. The bath products by Crabtree & Evelyn, which is quite a decent brand. Basic amenities kit like toothbrush is also provided.
Other features of the room include an ironing board, complimentary tea and coffee, a 42 inch HDTV, or you can opt to watch videos on your own phone using the complimentary wifi.
The Facilities With 328 rooms, the facilities are very basic. There is a 24 hours gym at the lobby level which is quite small but sufficient if there are not many guests vying for an equipment.
There is also a very small pool located on level 8 of the hotel, which really isn’t fit for swimming. It is right beside the restaurant, which makes it less ideal if you are less of an exhibitionist.
The Restaurants The only restaurant on site is The Garden Grille, an all day dining concept where users have their breakfast. It is located on level 8 of the property as the pool, offering a mix of cuisines from local delights to western fares.
Having said that, I would recommend taking a short walk to Tekka Food Centre for cheap local delights, or head to Meatsmith Little India, an excellent restaurant which serves their grilled meats with an Indian twist. If you fancy curry, there is also Muthu’s Curry close by, a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in Singapore.
Rants If you drive, the carpark lift doesn’t connect to the hotel lift and you have to skirt around the building to get to the lobby. I also have a small gripe with the room as there are quite a few small light points which can’t be switched off (or blocked away) at night. That’s a concern if you prefer to sleep in complete darkness.
Overall Experience For the price, a basic room at this property typically costs less than S$150 per night. It is a decent experience, though I don’t see any reason to head back for a staycation anymore.
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
3 Belilios Road
Tel: +65 6491 0500
For more information, check out the Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon Website.
Ranted by The Ranter