My wife and I traveled to Singapore last year to checkout Universal Studios Singapore. And we stayed at the BIG hotel located in the Bugis district. It’s a great area with many shops, restaurants and markets including a building full of hawker stands Singapore is so famous for.BIG hotel is a boutique styled hotel with modern flair. It’s one of Singapore’s newest hotels built recently in 2013. It’s located on the corner of Bencoolen Street and Middle Road, so it’s super easy to find. And taxi drivers shouldn’t have any difficulties getting you to the hotel. The hotels design is quite interesting and I nearly missed the entrance because I first saw a wall full of liquor bottles. The ground level of the building entrance is split into two levels. The top level is a posh restaurant and bar and the bottom level is the BIG hotel’s reception area. Complete with a large sitting area with a big flat screen TV with the news on and a cafeteria that doubles as the breakfast service area. Checking in was a cinch and the room I booked was a deluxe room that set me back $150USD including breakfast and taxes. Deluxe rooms are only 13 square meter. But the way that the furniture and such are arranged you feel like there’s more space. There’s even small closet space which is a miracle for such a tight space. I think the key factor why we didn’t not feel so confined is the ceiling is quite high. And the bed mattress is awesome. Out of all the hotels I’ve stayed in I would say BIG hotel’s mattress is on my top 5 best list. Plus the room is well lit and pretty much everything that is plugged in you can control with one panel by the desk. There’s supposed to be a tablet to control all the lights and the TV too but I couldn’t find it. And we were only in Singapore only for a few days so it didn’t really matter. It could’ve been in front of my face but I just never noticed it. Sometimes things just fly right over my head. There television is mounted right in front of the bed and they’ve got a big selection of in house movies with the recent hits plus more movie channels. They even had the Discovery Channel. Hey, sometimes you just want to kick back and relax after a long day of exploring. The room even has USB ports to charge up your phones or tablets. And the internet Wi-Fi access was free and quite fast. BIG hotel also has a small gym too. I just caught a glimpse of it but the gym looked decently equipped but the rooms was a bit tight. I would’ve went in for a little workout but after eating my way through and around Bugis Junction a little bit of cardio wouldn’t have done me any good. There’s an awesome food center filled with hawker shops, just ask anyone at reception desk for directions and I’ll bet they know where it is. It’s only like 5 minutes walk towards Bugis Junction.
I mentioned already that breakfast was included in the room rate. To be honest their breakfast is not the greatest. You’ve got very few choices, some bread, some eggs, chicken franks, fruits and not much anything else. It’s just that if a hotel charges $150USD I think BIG hotel can do a little better. Okay, maybe a lot better. But overall, I still like BIG hotel and the next time I swing back into Singapore I’d probably stay there again.
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