Hotel Review: Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon (King Deluxe)
When I’d first heard that a Hilton Garden Inn would be opening in Singapore, I was rather intrigued that cheaper accommodation in the Hilton family would finally be available here. When award stays became available at 10,000 points (about US$50 value), I quickly made a reservation to check it out for myself.
(Unfortunately, award stays have since been repriced to 20,000 points closer to the opening, in case you were thinking of doing the same…)
The initial few posts in the FlyerTalk thread make a big deal of its supposedly unfavourable location – without tackling the probably racist sentiment (though there’s much to be said there) it’s worth noting that the property is located in Little India, making it easy to check out the ethnic enclave’s wares and food options. It also has many migrant workers in the area, especially over the weekend when crowds will likely make claustrophobics uncomfortable. Overall, it’s still relatively centrally located, with Little India MRT just a short walk away.
Whether these factors make it a desirable location to you or not, I leave to your personal judgement. Personally, I rather enjoyed exploring the area, something I usually don’t.
Check in took forever (about 30min, perhaps?). I’m not sure if it was because it was still around the first week of operation, but the front desk staff didn’t seem that certain of how to navigate the system.
On the plus side, the check in area was relatively bright and cheery.
Just round the corner from the front desk was a little unmanned shop – I’m guessing you take what you want and get it charged to your room at the front desk.
Perhaps because of how long the process took, I got a one-class upgrade to a King Deluxe room (from the basic King Guest room) – the front desk officer was quick to remind that it was not standard policy for HGIs to give status upgrades. As far as I can tell, they aren’t really all that different – the only difference in the descriptions on the website seems to be that the Deluxe room has a racecourse view. Yay?
Even the floorplan doesn’t seem to indicate much difference in room size; I wouldn’t be surprised if the bulk of the rooms are pretty much identical (though the 16th floor rooms are supposed to come with balconies).
The room itself is nice enough, especially being a new property. Everything looked spick and span – I’d have been surprised (and displeased) if it was anything else after just a few days of operation. The bed was pretty comfortable. Approved.
Other than that, it was equipped as a mid-priced non-luxury hotel might be. Here’s complimentary bottles water (something I wish more hotels provided) and a Hilton Honors welcome card..
The room was equipped with an open closet, safe, mini-fridge and a rather basic pantry (no Nespresso machines here).
Bedroom slippers were provided, but with almost laughably thin soles.
New hotels also come with new toilets. New, clean toilets. It’s pretty functional, with a small single sink and a shower. But it was clean.
You might have noticed that I enjoy clean toilets. Hope they’re able to maintain that state of cleanliness for some years to come, at least!
A number of seating options with a small work desk, cushioned bay window and another window-side seat.
…also allowing you to comfortably take in that apparently deluxe racecourse view.
Connectivity was pretty good. Having the modern traveller in mind, the rooms come equipped with plenty of electrical points – the wall plugs even allow you to plug USB cables in directly.
Wonder what will happen as USB-C becomes more common, though?
I also appreciated how easy it was to connect personal devices via HDMI to the room TV.
Breakfast is complimentary for Gold/Diamond members if you select it as a MyWay benefit (as opposed to getting points for the stay). Do remember to select it before checking in, if that’s your preference.
It’s served at the poolside restaurant, so we got to check out the pool despite it not being open yet, at the time of the stay.
There’s a rather large range of food available for breakfast, especially considering that it wasn’t quite a full-service hotel. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking, starting with the coffee machines…
Fruits and cereal…
Indian hot food…
Noodle station (and dim sum)…
Salad and cold cuts…
Pancakes, waffles and the usual wester breakfast fare…
All in all, it makes for a pretty tasty breakfast.
On the way out I snapped a picture of the hotel gym located on the ground floor. I can’t say I have personal experience, but it looks perfectly pleasant and functional.
A very respectable low/mid-range property if you don’t have any reservations about the location (personally, I don’t think you should), especially if you qualify for complimentary breakfast with Hilton Gold/Diamond.
I probably wouldn’t stay again (20,000 points is still very affordable, but I’d rather save up for other purposes), but would consider for mattress runs or recommending to foreign friends, should the need ever arise.