Holiday Inn – What It’s Like in Singapore
A Holiday Inn hotel stay in Singapore is a popular choice for many tourist, often considered near perfect, in terms of the location, comfort, signature Holiday Inn facilities and the level of service. There are two Holiday Inn hotels in Singapore, and both are ideally located for visitors of all interests. One is the Singapore Orchard City Center Hotel near Orchard Road, and the other is the Atrium Singapore on Outram Road.
Singapore Orchard City Center
The 324-room Holiday Inn in Orchard Road is situated in the middle of places of interest to visitors. It’s less than half an hour from Changi Airport (not too surprising considering the size of Singapore), and Orchard Road is Singapore’s very own Fifth Avenue, in terms of the myriad of malls and range of shopping boutiques.
Many find it worthwhile to veer of the beaten track, and explore Little India which isn’t that far off either, over here you could get a taste of authentic South Indian food and culture.
Places around Holiday Inn Orchard City Center
Business travelers will find it just as convenient, located less than a couple of miles from the conventions and exhibition halls of Suntec Singapore. The Somerset MRT train station is just a stone’s throw from the hotel, and the CBD is three stations away. The hotel itself has conference facilities and can easily accommodate events with over 400 attendees.
Best of all, the 4-star Holiday Inn hotel in Orchard Road is a certified green hotel well known for its sustainable practices that will reduce your carbon footprint. The 8-floor hotel has 324 rooms, including 34 suites and 250 non-smoking rooms. It even has an entire executive floor and exclusive executive lounge. For those who worry about the blistering heat of Singapore’s tropical climate, all the rooms and the public areas, including the chandelier lit lobby, are completely air-conditioned.
Dining at Holiday Inn Orchard City Center
Dining options at Holiday Inn Orchard City Center includes the Tandoor North Indian Restaurant if you favor tandoori chicken, spicy curries and tasty daal. There is also the more cosmopolitan Window On The Park Restaurant (although not many people find it exceptionally fanciful it’s great value for money), and you can always order room service which is available 24/7. There’s a bar/lounge and another poolside bar for the rooftop pool.
If you prefer a more laid back stay without any of the tourist mayhem of Orchard Road, then the Atrium Singapore overlooking the Singapore River offers a distinctly “Singaporean” experience. Located on Havelock and Outram Road, you will be just a few minutes from Chinatown and all the major attractions, including Clarke Quay, Raffles City, the CBD and Great World City. You can also take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to Orchard Road, which is just 10 minutes away.
The Atrium Singapore hotel’s 493 air-conditioned rooms come with safes and minibars. Both wired and Wi-Fi service is available in-room, and so is everything from a hair-dryer to coffee/tea makers. Family travelers can ask for cribs or infant beds, and you can always rely on 24-hour room service for anything you need.
Dining Options at Holiday Inn Atrium
Speaking of which, the dining options here include the Melting Pot Café which offers both a la carte menus and buffet spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also try the more upscale Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant for Cantonese cuisine that is sure to tickle your taste buds and impress your entourage. There’s also a lobby lounge where guests can unwind after a hard day of sightseeing or business meetings and conferences.
Facilities available at the Atrium Singapore include an outdoor pool, health club and concierge desk. If you need event space, the hotel has everything from a ballroom to banquet facilities and A/V equipment for presentations. Like its sister hotel, the Atrium Singapore is also a green hotel certified by Green Globe as a sustainable tourism provider.
When’s a Good Time to Visit?
Singapore is a lovely place to visit at any time of the year, but it gets especially lively during some special holidays. If you are staying at the Atrium Singapore in February, during the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, then you’ll be in for a few special treats. Do not miss the Chinatown street markets, the Singapore River Hong Bao Carnival and the Chingay Parade in front of City Hall.
Another especially good month to visit is during Ramadan in July-August, the month of fasting for Muslims which ends with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which you may know of as the Eid Festival. Orchard Road is always flooded with lights and neon, but it lights up like a Christmas tree every evening during Ramadan as people break their full-day fasts with a feast and go shopping or visit Ramadan Bazaars like the Geylang Serai Market.
Speaking of Christmas, Singapore is a very good place to celebrate the holidays with its huge expat population and cosmopolitan culture. If you happen to be staying at either of the Holiday Inn hotels in Singapore in December, then you can be assured you won’t miss home all that much, what with all the Christmas buffets and New Year’s Eve parties.
Weekend Getaways for Locals
In fact, many Singaporeans themselves take weekend staycations in these two Holiday Inn hotels during these special occasions, because it’s a home away from home – with a lot more facilities and an unmatched level of personalized service that makes guests want to come back and stay some more to enjoy the hospitality.