Hotel G Singapore is a quirky, cozy hotel that is ideal for young travellers looking for something different from the generic cookie-cutter hotel experience.
From the eccentric lobby decor filled with bowler hats to the recreation of a vintage American boxing studio serving as a gym, a stay at the property is bound to be colourful and full of character.
- Checking into Hotel G Singapore
- Hotel G Singapore’s Room
- Hotel G Singapore’s Amenities
- Dining at Hotel G Singapore
- Hotel G Singapore’s Location
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Checking into Hotel G Singapore
The entrance to Hotel G’s lobby was tucked in the depths of a car park. Not the most glamorous or sophisticated of locations I must say, but the retro American-style cinema signboard rimmed by glowing bulbs that was parked next to the entrance held the promise of something more.
The lobby was a medley of different installations and I felt as if I were walking into some sort of absurdist art piece – a vibrant red bowler hat sat on a silver seat suspended from the ceiling on one side of the door, while the other side was decorated with a framed painting of a not dissimilar bowler hat that seemed to be throwing up a rainbow.
The rest of the lobby had a similar theme – there was definitely a peculiar obsession with bowler hats – and was filled with an array of people, most of whom seemed to be passing the time before checking out.
We checked in with ease and our room was ready for us upon arrival.
Hotel G Singapore’s Room
We had a Good Room King, which was the first room category before ‘Great’ and ‘Greater’. The 12 sqm room was a cozy size but didn’t feel too cramped and came equipped with most of the necessary amenities a traveller would need.
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The corridor from the door to the main space of the room was spacious and made even wider through the strategic placing of a full-length mirror – an essential in every hotel room in my opinion.
Brightening up the whole room was the centrepiece of colourful ribbon that hung around the main ceiling lamp, as well as the soft cove light of the storage space underneath the raised bed platform.
In small rooms like these, it’s so important to open up the space as much as possible, both through thoughtful room design and the décor, which Hotel G did very successfully.
The standard king-size mattress, framed with a leather headboard, was propped up on the raised platform and came with two sets of pillows. I was impressed with the thickness of the mattress and it indeed provided a wonderful sleep, as well as a great place for a night of Netflix.
While there was a mounted TV directly opposite our bed, we resorted to watching a movie on our laptop as there weren’t any instructions on how to connect our device to the TV.
As I am fairly sensitive to light, I was a bit worried about sleeping right next to the window, but the curtains and blinds provided adequate coverage. The only negative about the sleeping area was that only one side of the bed had access to the desk, which meant that I had to place my glasses, book and phone directly on the raised platform, in between the wall and the mattress, which might risk some lost belongings.
The room came with a wide desk above which hung a cork board with various bits and pieces of information about events going on at the property, as well as in the surrounding area. The content of the cork board seemed to have been selected especially for aesthetic purposes, adding additional pops of colour to the room.
A Scandinavian-style chair with a fabric cushioning and wooden legs made for a sleek yet compact addition to the room. The kettle, teas and coffees were all neatly tucked in a corner of the room right next to the desk.
The overall feel of the room was cozy, quirky and slightly eccentric, which made for an interesting stay.
While the living area was quite comfortable and left little to be desired, it wasn’t the same case for the bathroom.
For the first part, the sink sat outside of the bathroom, which meant that face washing and tooth brushing was done out in the open, in the middle of the corridor no less. I had no problem with this set-up on a privacy stance as I was perfectly comfortable with my roommate, but it still felt a tad awkward.
Stepping into the bathroom, I realised that this was a design out of necessity – the narrow space was barely enough to fit both the shower and the toilet. The space was clean enough but I was slightly put off by the garish shower curtain.
Hotel G Singapore’s Amenities
Hotel G’s overarching quirky theme was probably the most apparent in the fitness centre. Located on the third floor, the fully equipped gym was basically a blue man cave, fashioned to evoke an old American boxing gym.
The vintage pictures of people working out, brick walls and cement floors were a bit too oppressive for my taste but I did appreciate the range of equipment including treadmills, bikes, elliptical, climbers, wellness balls and weights and wished I had more time to work out.
I really appreciated that every floor of the hotel had a water cooler and ice dispenser – not only an environmentally friendly feature but also for someone who hydrates like there’s no tomorrow, I’m glad I wasn’t limited to one measly plastic bottle of water, which is usually the case in most hotels.
Dining at Hotel G Singapore
A buffet breakfast served at Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar was included in the stay. I had actually been to the restaurant before for brunch on a separate occasion and so had relatively high expectations of the food.
Despite my expectations, I still ended up being impressed by the huge variety of breakfast foods that made up the spread.
There was a pastry station with pancakes, waffles, cookies and a variety of spreads including kaya. The fruit selection was not as extensive as I would have wished but this was made up for by the cheese options and both Western and Asian cooked fare.
Judging by the evening buzz when we went for our welcome drink, dinner and the comprehensive wine list at Ginett also seemed like an affair worth returning for.
The second dining option at Hotel G is 25 Degrees. I had heard great things about the burgers here but unfortunately, we didn’t have time to squeeze another meal in. Originating in Los Angeles, with branches in Chicago and Bangkok, this burger and liquor bar is named after the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger. Another dining destination to add to the list!
Hotel G Singapore’s Location
Located at 200 Middle Road, Hotel G Singapore is near Orchard Road and major entertainment areas, attractions, and conference facilities.
Transportation is easily accessible, with Bugis, Dhoby Ghaut, Rochor, and Bras Basah MRT stations all a short walk away. Hotel G is a 20-minute drive from Changi Airport.
The hotel provides a useful illustrated map of the surroundings, which is perfect for first-time visitors.
Cultural highlights in the neighbourhood include the National Design Centre, the National Library, Singapore’s Art Museum, the National Museum and the Peranakan Museum.
Foodies will have a field day in this area at some of my favourite joints including Wahlok (one of my favourite dim sum places), Curious Palette, Artichoke, Loof Bar and JAAN by Kirk Westaway.
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The quirky, vintage decor is something that you won’t find elsewhere in Singapore and will make for an unforgettable stay. The dining offerings also definitely plays a key role in elevating the entire experience.
While there were a few things that were lacking in the bathroom department, overall, the stay at Hotel G was enjoyable and we had basically all the things that we needed at our fingertips for a comfortable, no-frills experience!
Hotel G Singapore 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980 [email protected]
Special thanks to Hotel G for this experience! All opinions remain my own.
4 – 5 May 2019, Sat – Sun