After leaving Bali, we had a short two night stay in Singapore before continuing on to Thailand. With some IHG Rewards Club points still in our stash, the Hotel Indigo Singapore emerged as a solid option we could redeem for free nights. Located in the trendy Katong district, the Hotel Indigo Singapore was a great base for a short exploration of the city state.
Hotel Indigo Singapore | From $122/night
We booked a King room for 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points a night. A great way to accelerate earnings of IHG Rewards Club points is to sign up for the Chase IHG Rewards Club Mastercard which offers a 60,000 point sign up bonus after spending $1,000 on the card within three months, and also awards cardmembers with a free anniversary night, which we used to book our room in Bali.
We went straight to our room from Singapore Changi Airport, which took nearly an hour via public transportation. The check in process was swift and we were greeted as IHG Platinum members and given a voucher for a welcome drink that we could use in the bar. The staff was very polite and helpful, with tips on the area.
If you wanted to stretch your IHG Rewards Club points a liltte further, there was a Holiday Inn directly adjacent to the Hotel Indigo that only cost 20,000 a night.
Our room was located on the 11th floor the building with a view looking toward the Joo Chiat neighborhood of Katong. I loved the decor of the room, which incorporates touches designed to evoke the feeling of the surrounding neighborhood.
In an interesting design choice, the bathroom was split up with a toilet room by the entryway and a walk-in shower facing out to the window. It seemed like a pretty cool concept until we saw the warning sticker on the window that the view was two ways!
Also with the shower was a sink and mirror more suitable for hair and makeup than the one in the small toilet room, with nice amenities such as a soaking bowl with spa salts for your feet.
A mobile phone was available free to guests to take with them so they could stay in touch and look up restaurants and directions while out and about in Singapore. It seemed like a thoughtful inclusion, but we didn’t bother using it since our phone plan works internationally.
The property was surprisingly sparse. The check in area was rather unassuming, with a small desk. On one side were the elevators up, and the other led to a cute sitting area with some local literature. A door leads to an adjacent building containing a restaurant called Baba Chews, which pulled double duty by serving as the hotel’s restaurant and bar as well as being open to the public.
On the rooftop you’ll find a gym as well as an infinity pool with incredible views of Old Singapore.
This being our first time to Singapore we weren’t very familiar with the various neighborhoods and districts that attract visitors. The history of the Katong district dates back to the colonial era of the city and is quite different than the furistic city scape you’ve likely seen in pictures of Singapore. If that’s what you’re hoping to see, it is a bit of a trip via public transportation to reach that part of the city, about 30 minutes or so. But if you’re looking for more laid back charm then the hotel’s location is very ideal. Directly across the street is a row of trendy restaurants and shops. Newer highrise buildings are also filled with new stores and cafes, so you’ll have no shortage of eating and shopping choices in the near vicinity.
The Hotel Indigo Singapore is an excellent choice for travelers looking for a place closer to the historic Singapore and away from the glitz and glam of the new city, while offering plenty of modern comfort and style.
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