If not Vacation…then Staycation!!! That too Smart Staycation at Holiday Inn Express, Katong

School holidays just got over in the month of June…This June we had loads of fun. Now the busy and a bit boring routine has began again. Next long holidays will be in December!!! Oh no, have to wait for a looonnggg time to enjoy the vacation again. But wait, there is no stopping when you want to have FUN. If not vacation, then why not staycation?? Yay, yay!!

I was toying with the idea of going on staycay for some time. How it would be to be in the city but still away from home? How it would feel when you have to pack quick bags and enjoy the mock vacation? After our recent experience in brand-new Holiday Inn Express @ Katong, I would say, keep more staycations coming. It is an absolutely awesome way to get the same feel of vacation without much travel, without much packing and with the entire family in the toe.

When I was invited to try out Holiday Inn Express @ Katong’s brand new rooms, we said why not??!! Holiday Inn is one of the trusted hotels that we try whenever we go out of Singapore. But had never experienced its hospitality right here in SG. So kind of the people of Holiday Inn Express @ Katong that they booked 2 connecting rooms for us since we were going with kids.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today opens the doors to Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong in the city’s first heritage town, the Joo Chiat neighbourhood of Katong. Offering a refreshing, affordable and hassle-free stay for guests, the 451-room hotel is the third and largest Holiday Inn Express hotel to open in Singapore.

Kids got very excited when they knew about staycay. It was a new concept for them and they were all ready to explore it. They packed their stuff neatly in their Toddle Trunkies and off we went.

Check In is anytime after 3 PM like many other hotels. Check Out is 12 in the noon. The first impression of this hotel itself is very impressive. It’s new and located in Katong which itself is one of the culturally rich district of SG.  Guests will be a stone’s throw from retail stores and eateries at Parkway Parade Shopping Centre and the I12 Katong Mall, while nearby East Coast Park offers lovers of the great outdoors an opportunity to go for a job, cycle, paddleboard or even windsurf at the popular beach park.

The reception staff was prompt, smiling and professional. The floor where reception is located also has breakfast venue, meeting rooms, gym and so on.

There is well-stocked bar and snacks for travellers.

Gym:

Laundry:

This floor has all the possible things that business and other travellers need:

Only thing that Holiday Inn Express @ Katong should incorporate soon is a Swimming Pool!!! I am sure they must be having some plan for the same.

We took the keys of our rooms and took the escalator to the 16th Floor. By now, we all were in vacation mood already. It was a very different feeling – you are in SG but away from your usual surroundings so it was as if you are out of SG!

Here are our beautiful, cozy and comfy rooms:

Kids immediately occupied one separate room for themselves and started checking every little thing in the room with great curiosity.

They loved the TV, they loved the bathroom, they loved the accessories and they loved this stunning view that our rooms had:

While the kids were busy enjoying themselves, hubby and me thought of relaxing in our room and check the amenities:

Toilets I am very particular about! Must be spotlessly clean. Holiday Inn Express @ Katong’s toilets are smart, very clean! Overall, in the room I found that they have used the space beautifully.

Wash Basin:

Power Shower:

There was one mini freeze, telephone with international calling facility, Electric kettle and mineral water bottles. Oh! Free wi-fi too!!! Yippee…

This man really needed some rest having just come back from tour:

After taking a quick nap, we were ready to explore the neighborhood:

We did some walking, bicycling and sand play at East Coast Beach…and…

We visited Diggersite – very innovative construction play for kids. Loved it and my separate post on this experience should be up soon!

We also played and got sweaty @ Marine Cove Playground!!!

Whoa!!! By now, am sure you must be thinking that this is nothing but vacation…Yes, yes very true! It just has the added advantage – convenience of being in the same city…

Of course, after doing so many things, our tummies were growling…No worries! Area around Holiday Inn Express @ Katong has an array of eateries where foodies will spoilt for choicest of cuisines. Kids love pizza. So ate @ Alt Pizza. They really serve some awesome pizzas and drinks.

We came back to hotel happy happy. After a good night’s sleep in Holiday Inn @ Katong’s comfortable mattresses, we got up in the morning refreshed.

Did I mention that they serve Free Express Breakfast from 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Very yummy and very convenient 🙂 🙂

The breakfast was quite filling. Assorted fresh baked breads, cereals, fresh fruits, fried rice, dhal and upma, drinks, juices…Slurp and Burp!!!

Special mention to this soft, tasty Upma. Upma is an Indian dish made from sooji. I would say this is the best Upma I have ever eaten!!!

My Cup of Tea:

They have Grab n Go option for busy travellers by the way!

Why Holiday Inn Express @ Katong should be your favorite Staycation Destination?

  • As with over 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotels around the world, guests can select from contemporary-designed queen or twin guest rooms and enjoy a comfortable stay at Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong with the consistency and reliability of a global hotel brand.
  • Free and fast Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel to stay connected throughout their stay.
  • Free Express Start™ Breakfast or a Grab & Go option for a smart start to their day.
  • Comfortable and high quality bedding with a choice of firm or soft pillows for a restful night’s sleep.
  • Refreshing power showers with a three-function massage showerhead and fluffy towels to keep them revitalized.
  • A 24-hour fitness room for them to stay energized and keep up the fitness routine away from home.
  • A self-service business centre, internet stations and laundry stations.
  • Very near from East Coast Park and I12 Katong Mall, there are loads of things you can consider doing in and around.
  • Nestled amongst a charming trove of cultural landmarks, rows of famous Peranakan eateries specializing in traditional Chinese-Malay cuisine, and colorful shop houses, the hotel makes it easy for travellers to explore a different side of Singapore through the area’s diverse offerings and unique architecture.
  • Situated a short 15-minute drive from Singapore Changi International Airport, the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is located in the eastern region of Singapore, offering convenient access to the city’s Central Business Districts, exhibition, convention and conference centers, making it a smart accommodation choice for savvy business travellers.

Offers and Promotions

To celebrate the opening, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is offering a special opening rate starting from SGD121.00++ per night for bookings from now until 31 August 2016.
Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is the latest addition to one of the world’s largest hotel companies where guests can earn and redeem points at over 5,000 hotels and major airlines globally through the IHG Rewards Club loyalty programme.

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong | 88 East Coast Road #07-05 Katong Square Singapore 423371

More Info:

Book now at holidayinnexpress/katong or toll free 1-800-787 1211

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I would say that indeed, we enjoyed our stay at Holiday Inn Express @ Katong to the fullest. It’s definitely a SMART choice for staycation. ♥♥♥♥♥

Do visit!!!

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Note: we were invited to try out rooms at Holdiay Inn Express @ Katong. No monetary compensation / benefit is recd. All experiences, opinions are solely mine.

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37 comments on “If not Vacation…then Staycation!!! That too Smart Staycation at Holiday Inn Express, Katong”

  1. jared's mum Reply

    Checking it at hotels for staycation is always a welcome family experience. Holiday Inn Express looks lavish and I love the beautiful room. I also love the buffet breakfast, I am big on this meal and it is one of the things I look forward to when staying in hotels! 😀

  2. Amelie Yap Reply

    i love staycation too. my bf and i used to travel to melacca for a day. just wanna enjoy to stay somewhere outside our house haha

  3. Tiffany Yong Reply

    Can’t wait to see your review on Diggersite, I haven’t heard of this place.
    Holiday Inn is one of the popular hotels but I haven never tried this place. Looking forward to experience this next time!

  4. arisa Reply

    clean and nice rooms during travels always makes sleeping at night in a foreign place so much easier

  5. qian Reply

    the Upma seems very delicious! would love to explore the other part of Singapore. thanks for sharing.

  6. Sharon lee Reply

    I feel that everything is so blue in the room! haha Wow maybe I should do a staycation during weekend too, to let us recharge after 5 days of working!

  7. Miera Nadhirah Reply

    Definitely a great staycation .. we all need a few hours or a day of pampering every once in a while, a refreshing change of environment…..

  8. Leke Awonuga Reply

    I love the direction of your thoughts leading y’all to a perfect Staycation. Words can’t describe the ambience and amenities of this hotel! Fabulous all the way….Have fun to the core!

  9. Betty Liew Reply

    I saw the hotel before when I in Singapore. The hotel room is small but it clean. The hotel seem serve variety choices for breakfast.

  10. roch Reply

    Wow! Staycations are now getting more popular than ever. I think that this is a great way to relieve oneself from stress of busy days. It doesn’t require long-time traveling but you feel refresh all the same. This hotel looks really nice and cozy.

  11. nicol Reply

    ive never really done a staycation but it guess its a good idea if you don’t want to travel far! ive never been to singapor

  12. Fred Reply

    Nice staycation hotel, that looks like it is a vacation destination as well. I may not able to actually visit this particular hotel, but I would like to find a local hotel with these amenities. That breakfast buffet looks great.

  13. Puisan Reply

    When I first saw the name I thought it was the one at Phuket “Holiday Inn Express Patong” haha good to know there’s one at Sg! 😀

  14. Franc Ramon Reply

    I’ve stayed at Holiday Inn several times when I was in SG but it’s the one at Outram Park (Holiday Inn Atrium). I would like to try Holiday Inn Express the next time.

  15. Fernando C Lachica Reply

    The place is superb for staycation and you enjoyed it all aling! This hotel is very classy and great for amenities. Holiday Inn indeed is the best hotel all over the world.

  16. Elizabeth O. Reply

    A staycation is always nice, it’s the perfect fix if you’re unable to plan a vacation somewhere further away from your home. I think the whole place is great, the room looks so nice and I love that the beds look really comfy as well. The perfect place to spend the weekend in!

  17. Gigi Reply

    This was a really well written review on the hotel! I wish all hotel reviews were like this. I love that you placed a lot of photos. I used to travel more frequently and finding the right hotel without regretting that you reserved it can be a challenge at times. I’ve been quite fortunate most of the time though. =)

  18. Bhushavali Reply

    Holiday Inn is definitely is one of the best hotels. And yeah, we do need a staycation much morre frequently than vacation!

  19. Saminu Abass Reply

    Wow. Nice one. This is just wonderful. I hope you got better services in that hotel. It is all enjoyment I see. Thanks for sharing

  20. Reamy Garcia Reply

    Wow! I love it! From free Wi-Fi to its location! A smart choice for staycation indeed! Thanks for sharing, gives me an idea where to spend the next long weekend.???

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