Santa Grand Hotel East Coast
Santa Grand Hotel East Coast is one of the few rare budget boutique hotels near Changi Airport and it also belongs to the Santa Grand group of hotels .
Santa Grand East Coast Hotel is only a 15-minute taxi ride from Changi Airport, which makes it a very convenient location for all travelers. Guests will also be pleased to know that the Eunos MRT Station (EW7) is a manageable 25-minute walk from hotel’s doorstep.
The Katong – Joo Chiat area surrounding Santa Grand Hotel East Coast is full of eateries, shopping venues, and amazing Peranakan heritage spots. Even Santa Grand East Coast Hotel itself is housed inside a conservation shop house infused with strong Peranakan designs and flavors.
Walking Tour of the Peranakan Enclave
Since the Joo Chiat area used to be a Peranakan enclave until the 1970s when they start to inhabit other parts of Singapore too, it is well-worth to visit some historic landmarks that offer proof of this rich and interesting culture.
The pre-war Peranakan shop houses off East Coast Road offers a great starting point for a walking tour of the area. These are some very unique shop houses that were built where a former sea wall used to be, which protected the area from the tide. These old buildings have very diverse architectural influences with ornate facades carrying traditional local style to Western motifs. The unusual decorations mixed with the Asian influences, make this quaint and charming street a real tourist attraction that should not be missed.
Katong Antique House on East Coast Road is just stone throw away from the hotel, and it is one of the best heritage gems of Katong. This heritage house is owned and curated by Peter Wee, a 4th generation Baba Peranakan that created one of the last heritage centers dedicated to this culture. Among the traditional Peranakan items that you will see here; are wedding costumes, beadwork, embroidery, antiques and crockery. Stop by for a chance to experience this amazing culture, and make sure to also visit the shop for some unique souvenirs.
Eurasian Community House was founded almost 100 years ago, and it is a heritage center dedicated to the history and culture of the Eurasian people in Singapore. Admission to the Eurasian Community House is free of charge, and here you can learn about the history and cultural background of this interesting and eclectic community. If you wonder how authentic Eurasian food tastes like, do visit the restaurant here that dished out Eurasian food home-cooked style from passed down recipes.
What to Eat and Shop in Katong
Katong is undisputedly one of Singapore’s food havens, especially famous for Peranakan-Nyonya cuisine and the area is also dotted with lots of reasonably-priced casual dining cafes.
328 Katong Laksa (on East Coast Road) is probably the most famous Nyonya Laksa shop in the city. And it is usually packed with customers slurping down this delicious Perankan Laksa noodle dish. Also, they have implemented a unique way for patrons to eat this famous noodle dish, to use a spoon instead of the usual chopsticks. The bowl of noodles are served piping hot with coconut-fragrant curry gravy and garnished with fresh prawns, fishcakes, bean sprouts and a healthy dollop of Sambal Chilli.
Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant located at Joo Chiat Place is a traditional no-frills restaurant offering true-blue Peranakan dishes. Probably one of the oldest Peranakan restaurant in Singapore, this place was started way back in 1953 and is very popular within the local community. Must-tries here include the Assam Fish (Spicy and Sour Curry), Ayam Buah Keluak (Chicken in Black Nut Curry) and Fish Maw Soup. Prices are affordable and portions are reasonable for a hearty meal.
The 112 Katong Shopping Mall is a modern juxtaposition against the row of quaint shop houses on East Coast Road. Less than 5-minute walk from Santa Grand Hotel East Coast, the Peranakan-themed interior offers visitors a cozy and inviting shopping ambiance, definitely a respite from the sunny weather outside. There are more than 150 stores and dining outlets, including lifestyle stores, IT and electronics shops and entertainment facilities for adults and children.
Quality Accommodation in Eastern Singapore
Santa Grand Hotel East Coast offers great value for money, well-appointed rooms, and good locality with its close proximity to Changi Airport. The spacious and Peranakan-themed rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, LCD TV and safe deposit box.
The 73-room Santa Grand Hotel East Coast has a rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi that offers guests a relaxing chill-out session with birds-eye-view of surrounding area. The rooms come in 4 unique designs and quirky color schemes that are refreshing for repeated stays.
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all the rooms.
- LCD TV with Cable Channels
- Coffee / Tea Making Facilities
- Complimentary Beverages
- Hair Dryer
- Safe Deposit Box
- Laundry / Dry Clean Service
- Business Center
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
Address: 171 East Coast Road Singapore 428877
Contact Number: +65 6344 6866
Hotel Website: www.santagrandhotels.com/eastcoast.asp
Nearest MRT Station: Eunos MRT Station (EW7)