Santa Grand Hotel Aljunied
Best Value-for-Money Hotel in Geylang of Singapore
If you’re a seasoned budget traveler, you know the drill when hunting down hotels that have the best value for bucks, right?
Usually it’s slightly out of town, but close to major transportation routes, good amount of positive reviews, clean and reasonably quiet rooms, but minus all the fancy features.
The Santa Grand Hotel Aljunied in Geylang district of Singapore is one such gem. Numerous guests’ opinions have described this budget hotel as value-for-money and its close proximity (about 10-min walk) to Aljunied MRT (EW9) train station is a draw too.
On top of that, the Santa Grand Hotel chain is the winner of the Most Promising Brands by the Singapore Prestige Brand Award. Great hospitality and well-appointed hotel amenities are assured!
From US$59 per night.
Being located right in the middle of Geylang, Santa Grand Hotel Aljunied occupies a somewhat enviable position as it is halfway between the city center and Changi Airport.
- Exit the hotel and it’s only a 10-min stroll to Aljunied (EW9) MRT Station.
- About 25-min by train from Changi Airport to Aljunied MRT station.
- You’re 4 train stops to the Suntec Convention Center & City Hall and 5 stops to Raffles Place business district.
- You’re also under 25-min by train to places like Bugis, Chinatown, Orchard Road and Little India.
- Since you’re right in the popular local food haven of Singapore, you’d be hard-pressed to go hungry given the immense selection found throughout the area.
The room is clean and we have kettle for cooing water. That’s very good regarding we bought some noodles from Jakarta. The bathroom is okay. and near (about 10 minutes) walking from Aljunied MRT Station. There’s Indonesian food around.
Although located in red district, but the environment is quiet and secure. I took 1 family room and it’s a quiet big. – anagocim of Indonesia at TripAdvisor
Room Rates and Hotel Amenities
Santa Grand Hotel Aljunied has a total of 42 rooms offering various guestrooms styles such as Superior Twin, Deluxe Double and Family Suite, and all rooms come with the following:
- Free WiFi
- Safe Deposit Box
- LCD TV with Cable Channels and DVD Player
- Mini Fridge
- Complimentary Beverages
- Free Local Calls
And Santa Grand Aljunied also come with onsite facilities like:
- Business Center
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning Services
- Outdoor Terrace
- Luggage Storage
- Disabled Facilities
The Geylang District Offers An ‘Enlightening’ Side
Of Singapore That You Won’t Get Downtown
Pastel shophouses, 24-hour eateries, neighborhood shops, countless fruit stalls, secondhand mobile phones shops, internet cafes and the list goes on. Many travelers and locals alike visit the Geylang district, simply to immerse oneself in the rather ‘earthy’ side of an otherwise purified Singapore.
However, when day turns to night, Geylang takes on another atmosphere where not only do the bars, lounges and clubs come alive, but also ladies who indulge in evening employment are sprinkled throughout the vicinity.
This has rarely, if ever been a problem with hotel guests, whether at the Santa Grand or other properties. The atmosphere is extremely non-threatening, still remains very safe, and is very low-key compared to other major cities’ red-light neighborhoods.
So unless you’re with impressionable young kids, don’t let this dissuade you at all as it’s never been any major bother for most hotel visitors.
Pros and Cons
Upon checking into the hotel, I’d recommend taking a peek at the room first prior to registering, just to make sure all is well, including the air-con. The bathrooms have known to be a little outdated and the rooms themselves are quite tiny. But keep in mind this is a budget hotel, so expectations shouldn’t be overly grand.
Tip: Ask for a corner room, as they tend to be larger and an upper floor if you’re not a heavy sleeper.
The service staff has been known to be very helpful and accommodating to their guests. Additionally, the management takes their reputation seriously, so they strive to improve in any area where they see the need.
This only enhances the great value for cost factor, so it’s no wonder the Santa Grand Aljunied still remains a popular hotel for any budget traveler who’s minding their expenses.
Address: 34 Lorong 22 Geylang, Singapore 398691
Contact Number: +65 6298 8889
Hotel Website: www.santagrandhotels.com