A stylish and affordable hotel on Middle Road with $6 wines and American burgers
Hotel G Singapore has taken over the former hotel BIG and sits handily in the center of town near Dhoby Ghaut, on Middle Road, offering a mix-and-match vintage design—think classic leather bedheads, desks you can actually write at and hipster corkboards. Rooms come compact (27 sqm) or really compact (11-13 sqm), all with free WiFi, IPTVs, e-readers loaded with thousands of magazines and newspapers, rain showers and METIS toiletries in the bathroom.
But if that doesn't send you rushing to book a nice, affordable staycation, the food and drink options just might. The dining highlight is Ginett Wine Bar & Restaurant, the plush and contemporary European bistro whose claim to fame is its $6 wine glasses. And not just during happy hour. Helmed by veteran chef Sylvain Royer, who is also behind the successful Scarlett in Bangkok and Hong Kong, is a pretty classic menu with salads, sandwiches, pastas and mains. On the lunch menu are value-for-money usuals like roasted chicken salad with romaine lettuce, cheddar and ranch dressing and tagliatelle pasta with Bolognese sauce.
Then there's 25 Degrees Singapore, the American West Coast burger and liquor bar that first opened in Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and has branches in Chicago and Bangkok. The decor is classy but also slightly rugged with the striking red patterned wallpaper and bricked window opening. When you're there during the day, the open window concept will turn the restaurant into a sun-drenched burger shack. Highlights on the burger-focused menu include Number One: a USA Angus beef patty, gorgonzola, bacon, caramelized onions and Thousand Island dressing. For desserts, you have a choice of cakes, pancakes, french toast and waffles like 25 Degrees Cheesecake and banana and walnut waffles.
Rooms start at $177.