Nestled in the quaint Joo Chiat district, this hotel beckons with quiet charm
Photos: Hotel Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
The 52sqm Studio Suite has a sitting area and large bathroom.
Named after Chew Joo Chiat, a wealthy landowner who lived in the early 20th century, the Joo Chiat area is known for its rich history, Peranakan influences and great food.
After all, where else can you find the famous Katong laksa (my favourite is still No. 328), Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice and the old-school bakery Chin Mee Chin just mere footsteps away from each other?
If you’ve got a hankering for good food and want to explore the picturesque enclave in greater detail, consider a staycation at the nearby Hotel Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy.
Checking in is a breeze, especially if you’re lucky enough to snag the spacious Studio Suite.
The 52spm space is decorated in a calming and elegant Zen manner, and comes with a generous sitting area and large bathroom — features which are great regardless of whether you’re rooming with kids or a business traveller looking to rest and relax.
Guests who stays in the Executive Room category and above have complimentary access to the Executive Lounge.
On the topic of business travel, guests who stay in the Executive Room category or above will have complimentary access to the Executive Lounge.
Besides the usual amenities like wireless Internet and a boardroom for use, guests will be able to enjoy all day refreshments, including evening drinks with hors d’oeuvres.
Alternatively, you can choose to enjoy your breakfast here instead of at Feast@East Buffet Restaurant on level three.
The Feast@East Buffet Restaurant serves scrumptious local and Peranakan cuisine.
For lunch and dinner, the buffet spot offers scrumptious local and Peranakan favourites like laksa and durian pengat (paste).
The hotel is also home to Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant, Wave Cafe and the poolside Breez Bistro Bar, a Halal restaurant with a bar serving Western food.
Take a dip in the pool or lounge at Breez Bistro Bar.
When your tummy is full from your gastronomic adventures, take a dip in the pool, or hop onto a bus and head to nearby East Coast Park for a spot of cycling or rollerblading.
And that’s what we call a weekend well spent.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 160, September 2 – September 15, 2016, with the headline ‘Home Away from Home’.