Santa Grand Hotel Little India
Almost impossible to miss, the 3-storey tall pristine white Santa Grand Hotel Little India couldn’t be better located, just head for “Exit E” at the Little India MRT Station (NE7), walk for 7-minute and you’ll arrive at the hotel at the junction of Veerasamy and Serangoon Road.
For guests arriving at Changi Airport, you will need to make three transfers at Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW34), City Hall Interchange MRT Station (NS25/EW13) and Dhoby Ghaut Interchange MRT Station (NS24/NE6/CC1) with the whole journey lasting about an hour.
Little India – Old Charms & Modernity
Santa Grand Little India Hotel is the perfect base to explore the culturally rich Little India of Singapore with sights and sounds resembling Mumbai albeit cleaner and more modern.
First stop will be the Little India Arcade, cluster of shop houses dating back to the 1920s located on 48 Serangoon Road. Inside the arcade is a labyrinth of quaint stalls selling all things Indian ranging from traditional sweets and snacks, gold jewellery, saris of all imaginable hues, Indian carvings, incense, spices, henna tattoo artists and the Banana Leaf Apolo restaurant serving a mean dish of fish-head curry.
Visiting the odd mix of Hindu temples and the odd Muslim mosque is also a must-do itinerary item. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (dedicated to Hindu Goddess of Kali) and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (worshiping Lord Vishnu), both located on Serangoon Road are a sight to behold with their towering gopurams endowed with tiers of miniature sculptures of Hindu deities and mythical creatures painted in vivid colors.
The splendid looking Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque located on 41 Dunlop Street, is a photographer’s dream especially when sunset comes basking the protruding onion-topped minarets and the grand sundial tower entrance in an orange hue. Abdul Gafoor mosque is only few streets down from Veerasamy Road where Santa Grand Hotel Little India is situated.
Mustafa Shopping Center (on Syed Alwi Road) is the new modern landmark of Little India district and the primary reason is because it is the only 24-hour shopping mall in Singapore. Mustafa is a 150,000 square foot retail behemoth housed in two four-storey buildings interconnected by a bridge on 2nd floor.
Mustafa Shopping Center is famous for everyday low prices on stuff like clothing, toys, shoes, perfumes, cosmetics, fashion watches, sports goods, health supplements, toiletries, digital cameras, camcorders, laptops, LCD TVs, printers, fax machines, mobile phones and other IT appliances.
Little Arabia in Singapore
Also informally known as Arab Quarters (formal name will be Kampong Glam), it is a Muslim district bounded by Ophir Road, Victoria Street, Jalan Sultan and Beach Road. A 15-minute leisure stroll from Santa Grand Hotel Little India will bring you to this laid-back place dotted with conserved Pre-War shop houses.
At Arab Quarters, you can sit back and kick off your shoes, take a coffee from many of the alfresco Middle Eastern style cafes and watch conservatively dressed Muslims running for the golden-domed Sultan Mosque when they hear the call for prayers.
A common sight is trendily dressed young adults smoking sheesha (aka hookahs) at cafes nestled amongst quaint shops selling oriental carpets, prayer mats, Arabian perfumes, wicker products and souvenirs. Don’t be put off by the conservative feel to the area, the people are very welcoming and our advice is to join them. It’s a great place to while away a few hours.
While you are here, grab a table at Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant, home to the best “murtabak” in town. The savory murtabak is actually Indian pancake stuffed with spiced-up chicken, beef or mutton and eaten by dipping into fiery Indian curry. Zam Zam is the unmistakable corner shop directly opposite to the majestic Sultan Mosque.
Cheap Trendy Fashion & High Street Brands
Over at Bugis area which is about 15-minute walk from Santa Grand Little India Hotel, visitors can enjoy trendy fashion shopping to the fullest.
You can start off at Bugis Street which is Singapore’s largest street shopping which you can’t miss as it is right behind a busy bus-stop with a glittering signage. Bugis Street is best explored at dusk when it’s cooler and clothing is a big draw here. You will find a mishmash of vendors specializing in cheap Korean and Japanese trendy wear next to Made-in-China shoe sellers and street-wear with T-shirts and jeans in all styles.
For more upmarket fare, head to Parco Bugis Junction and Bugis+ shopping malls that carry high street fashion brands like Levi’s, Uniqlo (from Japan), Mango, Aeropostale, Bershka, Adidas, Celio, Esprit and Calvin Klein.
Convenient Hotel Location
All of the modern, fully furnished bedrooms at the Santa Grand Hotel Little India benefit from air-conditioning, attached bathrooms, TV and DVD player and safe deposit box. An Indian cafe that serves cheap Indian cuisine is located right next to the hotel entrance that will be handy for late night supper.
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all the rooms
- Satellite / Cable TV Channels
- LCD TV
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee/Tea-Making Facilities
- Complimentary Bottled Water
- Laundry / Dry Cleaning
- Handicapped Facilities
Address: 3 Veerasamy Road Singapore 207309
Contact number: +65 6298 2982
Hotel Website: www.santagrandhotels.com/littleindia.asp
Nearest MRT Station: Little India MRT Station (NE7)