Grand Imperial Hotel
The Grand Imperial Hotel is conveniently located on Belilos Road (off Serangoon Road), in Little India district and right across from the aged Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple that was built in 1881.
Little India MRT Station (NE7) is just a 5-minute from doorstep of Hotel Grand Imperial.
Temple of The Feared Goddess Kali
Sri Veeramakaliamman Hindu Temple is dedicated to the fierce Goddess Kali and was built in 1881 by Indians in need of a secure place to worship the Hindu Gods in Singapore.
The Sri Veeramakaliamman is a beautiful temple covered with vivid artwork especially with the multi-tiered gopuram on the roof that is packed with intricately carved mini-statues of Hindu deities and mythical creatures coated in attractive colors.
Rituals performed by worshipers go on throughout the day, which will provide you with intimate insights into the Hindu faith, a unique and cultural experience for all. Watch your time here for you may spend hours unwittingly as the sights and sounds can be an enchanting mix.
Little India – Singapore’s Very Own Mumbai
Guests staying at Grand Imperial Hotel can immediately enjoy the sights and smells of the Little India district, a sanitized version of Mumbai. Decades old shop houses painted in yellows, reds, blues, greens, pinks and purples with large coloured shutters lined both sides of Serangoon Road, the main vein that sucks in human and vehicular traffic into this bustling area.
The preserved Pre-War shop houses and street hawkers sell a smorgasbord of stuff like jewellery, fresh flower garlands, incense, spices, saris, shoes, Indian cuisine, souvenirs and even Ayurvedic massages.
Little India is also a photography Mecca where you can snap images of aged shop houses and historic temples juxtaposed against high rise public housing apartment blocks with the deep blue sky as background.
Mecca for Electronics and IT Gadget Geeks
Sim Lim Square is a boxy and bland looking 6-storey building with 100 over specialist stores located on Rochor Canal Road and a 10-minute stroll from Grand Imperial Hotel.
As a tip, follow where the locals go for bargains and most of the time they head straight for the smaller shops from level 3 onwards. The bigger and glitzy shops on ground floor target mostly tourists where best deals aren’t found.
You can easily spend hours here hunting for the best price on; laptops, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile phones, computer hardware like Intel/AMD CPU processors, motherboards, memory, hard disks, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Apple accessories, LCD monitors, printers, GPS, etc.
If you get hungry from all the haggling, head to basement of Sim Lim Square where there is an air-conditioned food court waiting for you. You will find many Singapore’s favorites like chicken rice, duck rice, noodles and even Thai cuisine here.
Mustafa Center – Best of Bargain Shopping
Mustafa Center should be a must visit place inside your itinerary because it is the only 24-hour shopping center in Singapore. The Mustafa Center with over 140,000 square foot of retail space is rammed packed with goods priced 5%-15% lower than normal shops and it never fail to amaze first-time visitors.
It is a normal reaction if you are wondering whether the goods sold here genuine because the prices seems too good to be true. The fact is they are 100% authentic and prices are low because Mustafa’s business model is low margin and high volume.
The tight layout of shelves and aisles definitely need some time to get used to and it is definitely not done on purpose but borne out of necessity to display as much goods as possible to benefit the shoppers.
The 4-storey Mustafa Center with two basement levels stocks a wide range of aggressively priced goods from clothing, sports goods, shoes, toys, health supplements, branded perfumes, cosmetics, health supplements, laptops, digital cameras, mobile phones, Apple accessories, printers, audio equipment, large LCD TVs and even have a whole floor dedicated to gold jewellery.
Budget Hotel with Rooftop Pool
Grand Imperial Hotel belongs to one of the rare budget hotels that have the luxury of an outdoor swimming pool. As the surrounding buildings are all low-rise shop houses, one can enjoy an unblocked view of the city skyline from the comfort of the pool.
The 232-room Grand Imperial Hotel has a swimming pool, business center, money changer, drug store and even car rental service that can benefit business travelers and not just leisure travelers looking for budget stays.
Complimentary WiFi is available in all the rooms
- LCD TV with Cable Channels
- Laundry Service / Dry Cleaning
- Coffee / Tea Making Facilities
- Hair Dryer
- Iron / Ironing Board
- Business Center
- Tour Desk
- Baby Cot (on request)
Address: 3 Belilios Road Singapore 219924
Contact number: +65 6215 9933
Hotel Website: www.thegrandimperialhotel.com
Nearest MRT Station: Little India MRT Station (NE7)