It’s time for the other staycation hotels to move over, there’s a new contender on the block and it’s a really strong competitor. The name Hotel G might sound familiar to some, and that’s because they have hotels in many different locations, including San Francisco, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, with more slated to open in 2017.
Hotel G Singapore is the newest hotel by GCP Hospitality, conveniently located at Middle Road with 308 rooms that are divided into Good, Great and Greater categories. I was lucky enough to stay a night in the Great room, so let’s get straight into it.
Stepping into the reception area, I was promptly attended to by one of the staff for the check-in procedure. If you have a name card, you can simply pass it to them instead of filling in particulars like your email or phone number — now that’s good service!
There are plenty of seats around, including a huge wraparound sofa to lounge around while waiting for your turn to check in. You could also take a look at the Hotel G branded merchandise at the side, if you’re someone who enjoys showing your support for brands by wearing their merchandise, ranging from t-shirts and caps all the way to bathrobes.
I loved the wallpaper, it wasn’t as formal as other hotels that I’ve been in and it was a little more playful. The hallways weren’t too brightly lit, but there are lights above each door highlighting the room, which I thought was quite clever.
Staying In The ‘Good Room’
Entering the room, the first thought was that it was slightly smaller than expected, but I was impressed with the design of the room. Working with a small space, the designers included a nook under the bed to stow away luggages, to avoid cluttering the room.
I was informed that every room has a dreamcatcher above the bed, with different designs for the three room types. It was certainly nice to lie back and watch the shadows dance across the ceiling as the feathers on the dreamcatcher fluttered around.
Moving onto the workspace, there was a big corkboard attached to the wall with information pinned onto it. I particularly liked that there was an FAQ-esque info sheet that informed guests of the checkout time, breakfast timing and other useful things to note.
For foreign guests, there’s a Handy smartphone that allows you to make calls and comes with guides and maps so that navigation around the city is easier. There’s also free unlimited WiFi within the hotel, which I tested by uploading a whole bunch of Instagram stories — the network is actually pretty fast.
In the bathroom, a small amenities kit was provided, with body soap, shampoo and conditioner provided by Australian brand METIS. My only gripe was that toothbrushes weren’t provided, something that hotel might want to include.
Apart from that, there was a safe to keep your valuables, a hairdryer, kettle and television. I was pleased with the inclusion of an ice bucket as it was certainly a nice touch since there are ice machines available on each floor to make sure you had ice cool drinks throughout your stay.
Hotel G’s Retro-Styled Gym
Unfortunately, there’s no pool to dip into at Hotel G, but the gym located at the third floor is pretty Instagrammable.
My heart leapt when saw a punching bag, as well as a speed bag in the corner of the gym —not many hotel gyms in Singapore have these equipments.
There were standard machines, including treadmills, cycling machines, and a weight machine along with dumbbells. The gym was a tad small, but it was empty when I visited, and I enjoyed a pleasant work out session with no distractions.
Restaurants Within The Hotel
The best part about staying at Hotel G is its convenience; located between Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut, this meant that food and entertainment are just a few minutes walk away.
Ginett also provides the buffet breakfast for Hotel G’s guests, which I went with an empty stomach the next morning. There were 4 stations: hot food station, live egg station, pastry station, as well as a small corner that had the drinks, cold cuts and cheeses.
I was most impressed with the egg station. I chose to get an omelette with mushrooms and ham and it was delicious and fluffy.
The pastry section had a good selection as well, with croissants, pain au chocolate and other baked goods on display. If you’re a cereal person, fret not, there was a range of cereals and milk available too.
If you’re not already impressed, the price certainly will; one night in the Good Room at Hotel G starts from $127. That’s certainly cheaper than a few of the popular staycation hotels out there right now!
Expected damage: from $127 (Good Room)