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Dec 03 2014

BIG Hotel Singapore

BIG Hotel Singapore was not exactly big, and neither were the rooms. This little boutique hotel was built only a year ago and has a fun subterranean lobby that you access by glass elevator from street level. The ironically named design hotel is in a great location near Little India and Orchard Road. The lobby has a cozy set-up with couches and a television for guests to enjoy in the company of others.

The Rooms

You would expect a self-proclaimed design hotel to put a little thought into paint color, but the hallway to our room was an awful purple color and that bled onto the door frames in places. It looks like they hastily painted those walls themselves and no one told them that painter’s tape existed.

Once we entered the room, we were relieved that the walls were white. The compact space was well laid out with a desk, television and full bath, but no real place to set your clothes. When making the most of space, sometimes luxuries like closets get the boot. However, the bed was comfortable and we didn’t feel crowded despite the size.

BIG compliments its simple, minimalist rooms with a smart tablet to control the lights and thermostat. We also had an espresso machine, slippers and a hairdryer supplied for us. BIG hotel has set up promotions with local spas, clubs, and restaurants where you can receive a discount for showing your BIG room keycard.

The Grounds

They managed to squeeze in a gym with a pretty nice view and there was plenty of room at breakfast the next morning. A sign at the entrance to the dining area reads “wine and cheese bar,” but it is only open for buffet breakfast. Perhaps they have plans to expand their offerings in the future.

BIG Hotel Singapore


The quirkiness of the hotel was a plus for us, but might not be appreciated by everyone. We had to wait in the parking garage for cabs to pick us up; it is illegal to pull over on the road in front of the hotel, so we had to be dropped off around the corner.

BIG might be taking the brunt of our frustration with the misuse of the label “boutique” by budget hotels. Using cheap furnishings, providing bare minimum amenities and painting the halls a weird color doesn’t entitle you to call yourself a design hotel, but that seems to be the latest trend in hotels around the world.


Quick Tips

  • BIG features sleek, minimalistic and compact rooms perfect for those looking for a budget option in a great location
  • The front desk staff was especially pleasant and happy to help answer any questions
  • The lobby might be a more enjoyable place to watch TV and relax if you are willing to spend time with other guests
  • Great location, make sure you visit little India
  • Visit BIG Hotel online for more info and to make a reservation


Poplar Travels was a guest of BIG Hotel. Our opinion is always our own.

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Evanne and Eric left jobs in Washington, D.C., headed for Chiang Mai, and look forward to exploring everywhere in between.

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