Anyone wanting to be in Singapore’s city center (Bugis area) should seriously consider the Victoria Hotel, a budget hotel that is just 5-minute walk from the nearest train station, Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2).
Sim Lim Square, the very famous IT Mecca selling the latest electronics and computer products like laptops, digital cameras, tablets, printers and LCD monitors is also less than 15-minute walk from Victoria Hotel.
For travelers arriving from Changi Airport, you can take the direct train on Green MRT Line and alight at Bugis MRT Station (EW12), which is 10-minute walk to Victoria Hotel.
Price – from US$100 per night.
Bird’s Eye View of Singapore City
Just opposite to Victoria Hotel is the Bras Basah Complex, a sanctuary for book lovers. This 4-storey old-style shopping complex is dotted with stores selling books of almost all genres ranging from English fiction to Chinese Wuxia (martial-arts) novels to cooking recipes books. There are also a few surviving stores selling second-hand English books, foreign magazines and old copies of Archie comics.
Bras Basah Complex is also good for another thing that is lesser-known to tourists and even locals – it offers a free and superb unblocked view of Singapore city skyline from the top floor in residential apartment Block 223. Just remember there are people staying on this floor so when you are up there, keep your voice down and do not dirty the place.
By the way, if you are into scrap-booking, pop into Art Friend arts and crafts supply store on 3rd floor to replenish supplies. Apparently they stock hard to find paints, tools and materials from all over the world. If you are in the creative and design industries, you must not miss Basheer Books on 4th floor that offers an almost never-ending range of graphics design and architecture books.
Churches, Temples, Museums and Vintage Toys
Straddling Victoria Hotel are two of Singapore’s oldest church; the Gothic-style St Joseph’s Church, a Portugese Roman Catholic Church built in 1906. It is famous for its century-old stained glass windows made by Italian craftsmen. The other is the oldest and quaint-looking Roman Catholic Church, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd completed in 1833.
A 7-minute walk to Waterloo Street from rear of Victoria Hotel, visitors can find the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple (aka Goddess of Mercy Temple). It is probably the most famous and popular temple in Singapore because it is said to bring good fortunes and turn wishes into reality for devotees asking for a baby boy or total recovery from fatal illnesses. Every day without fail, you will see hordes of devotees praying and offering flowers to the deities in this smoke-filled temple.
Next stop will be to relax and enjoy the largest collection of contemporary Southeast Asian arts with over 7,000 art pieces in air-conditioned comfort at Singapore Art Museum. The art museum is rear of Victoria Hotel and easily reached by taking a 5-minute walk from hotel.
Across the main Bras Basah Road in front of Art Museum is the National Museum of Singapore where tourists can trace the founding of Singapore from a small ancient fishing village to the modern 21st century metropolitan it is today.
Finally, to end the museum tour on a unique note, tourists can head to Mint Museum of Toys at 26 Seah Street, a breezy 10-minute walk from Victoria Hotel. The toys museum showcases vintage toys and childhood memorabilia from all over the world. Relive your childhood by immersing in vintage characters like Astroboy, Batman, Tintin, Popeye and pre-war Japanese toys exhibited here.
Cheap Japanese and Korean Fashion
Walking down Victoria Street (same hotel side) towards Bugis Junction, visitors will soon come upon Bugis Street, the largest street shopping bazaar in Singapore. Bugis Street is packed with hole-in-wall stalls selling cheap Japanese and Korean-style fashion, mobile phones accessories, t-shirts, jeans, Cosplay costumes and even imported sex toys.
For more upmarket fashion, you can pop by Bugis Junction and Bugis+ shopping malls with brands like Calvin Klein, Sephora, Celio, Mango, Pull&Bear, Uniqlo, Adidas, etc.
Convenient Location with Food All Around
The 89-room Victoria Hotel is surrounded by food places. Opposite to hotel at Bras Basah Complex is a 24-hour coffee shop that serves cheap local cuisine like chicken rice and noodles. To the right is CHIJMES, an old Neo-Classical style convent compound turned bustling enclave of restaurants and bars with emphasis on Japanese and Spanish food.
Victoria Hotel at Bugis has well-appointed rooms with attached bathrooms and air-conditioning for budget business and leisure travelers. A beauty salon is also available for that last-minute trim before the all important meeting/interview.
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all the rooms
- Satellite / Cable TV Channels
- LCD TV
- Tea / Coffee Making Facilities
- Hair Dryer
- Safe Deposit Box
- Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
- Beauty Salon
- Business Centre
- Foreign Exchange
Address: 87 Victoria Street Singapore 188016
Contact number: +65 6622 0909
Hotel Website: www.victoriahotelsingapore.com
Nearest MRT Stations: Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2) & about 10-minute walk from Bugis MRT Station (EW12)