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Parkway Parade: Heniu Teppanyaki, Japanese Cuisine

We are not a teppanyaki fanatic but happened to try it out at over a weekend. Located at the basement of Parkway Parade where the Food Republic is, Heniu Teppanyaki is sure to deliver the best sizzling experience and provide a feast for your senses. Continue reading “Parkway Parade: Heniu Teppanyaki, Japanese Cuisine”

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Discovering Katong: Staycation Review @ Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong

Katong has come a long way from its early days when it was filled with coconut plantations. While these plantations have since become a story of the past, Katong has continued to thrive as a vibrant neighbourhood filled with the charm of Peranakan culture. Pre-war shophouses, colonial bungalows, hip cafes, many culinary choices and exciting hotel accommodations are what you can expect to experience in this tourist attraction.

We had our staycation at newly-opened Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong and here’s our review:

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong

Nestled in the heart of Katong and Joo Chiat district, this 451-room Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is newly-opened! Built to cater to value-conscious travellers who want affordable accommodation, this hotel offers a perfect respite after a busy day of exploring city.

We arrived at the hotel lobby and were served by the friendly and hospitable staff.

Visitor Information booth.

Spacious indoor area for hotel guests to chill out.

More chill out spots at the outdoors too.

Hotel Rooms

There were 4 of us and our stay was made even more pleasant with the addition of connecting room.

While the rooms are relatively smaller, we were fine with it as each room was filled with the necessities to make our stay a pleasant one.

A great night’s sleep can’t be completed without a comfortable bed. We were pleased that Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong has catered to this need nicely. Our bed was comfortable and there were choices of soft and firm pillows.

Hey, a cute little corner at the side of the bed for you to chill out 🙂


The bathroom was certainly clean and well-maintained. Towels and soap were sufficiently supplied. Guessed our only gripe was that iron was not found in the room.

The shower gave good pressure as well.

A wind down spot – beverage making.

It was a lovely touch by the hotel to introduce Smart TV in the rooms. While the hotel may not have a swimming pool, we were well-entertained by their Smart TV and the attractions in the vicinity.

Amenities and Facilities

Hotel Inn Express Singapore Katong offers no-frills amenities and facilities for its hotel guests. They include a fitness centre, self-service business centre, a meeting room, a laundry room, free and fast Wi-Fi, Free Express Start Breakfast or a Grab & Go option.

Self Service Business Centre with iMac desktop stations for guests to use.

If you have little cravings, the hotel also offers Grab & Go option.

Free Breakfast

Good morning, let’s head to the Great Room for our free Express Start breakfast. The selection of breakfast includes carrot cake, baked beans, sausages, scrambled egg, pastries as such.

We were particularly fascinated by this beverage machine. Very cute!

Nearby Attractions

Nothing beats staying in a hotel that offers strategic convenience for everyone. Let’s take a look at what’s in store in this great location:

Take a dip in the waters and explore East Coast Park. You can read our blog on 10 kids friendly activities at Big Splash here.

Embark on an adventure in Marine Parade with heritage trail. Read our blog on exploring the Joo Chiat / Katong famous architectural attractions here.

In mood for shopping? Do you know there are no lack of shopping centres in Katong. Read our blog on 12 shopping centres that shape Katong here.

Parkway Parade Shopping Centre
I12 Shopping Centre. Located next to Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong.

Feeling hungry? Too many dining spots to recommend in Katong. Read our blog on a highly-recommended cafe by the name of Streets of London located at Katong Point which you might want to try out here.

Many Attractions, A Great Place to Stay

Styled with understated elegance, cosiness and affordability, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is here to offer you a totally fulfilling experience.

If we enjoyed our stay here, so will you!

Congratulations to InterContinental Hotels Group on the opening of this 451-room Holiday Inn Express in Katong!

Address: 88 East Coast Road, Katong, Singapore 423371

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The Land We Called Home – A Heritage Trail of Marine Parade cum Follow that Rainbow (Remembering LKY)

We have been awaiting for an opportunity to blog more about Katong, Joo Chiat and Marine Parade to our readers. Afterall, our blog was named as Katong Kids Inc because we felt a close affinity to Katong district. The charm of this place, coupled with the historic values of Peranakan are something that all of us should know. Continue reading “The Land We Called Home – A Heritage Trail of Marine Parade cum Follow that Rainbow (Remembering LKY)”

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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (Staycation Review and Giveaway!)

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy hotel is situated in the heart of Katong, right smack in the middle of where all the bustling activities are. Near to the beach, near to major shopping centres and near to conservation suburb in the east which has strong Peranakan roots. These literally add to the attractiveness of Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy.

Continue reading “Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (Staycation Review and Giveaway!)”

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Food Galore This Lunar New Year @ Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

We were so blessed to have the opportunity to go for a hotel staycation at the start of 2016. What made it even more meaningful was the chance to stay at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy. We simply loved this hotel to bits.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy is nestled in the heart of historical Katong, a heritage area on the East Coast of the city rich in Peranakan culture. This iconic hotel is located just opposite Parkway Parade which makes it so prominent, convenient and accessible to everyone who wants to stay or dine here.

This hotel has four high quality restaurants & bar to dine in any occasion. I’m sure you will be spoiled for choice.

Continue reading “Food Galore This Lunar New Year @ Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy”

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Check Out This New Dog Cafe in the East – 3 Barks Cafe

— 3 Barks Cafe has changed its name to Paws N Pans Cafe —

I’m so happy to collaborate on pet blogging. Many readers have expressed their appreciation and stamp of approval on pet sharing in my blog. That’s what dog lovers are all about. They love to share on pet caring with each other.

This time round I am introduced to a new dog cafe that opened recently in the east on 29 November and decided to check it out. Continue reading “Check Out This New Dog Cafe in the East – 3 Barks Cafe”

Joo Chiat, Katong

12 Shopping Centres that Shape Katong

Di-Tanjong Katong (ayer-nya biru)

I’m sure the lyrics of this local song will resonate in our hearts. Easy to sing, easy to remember. Those living in the east, especially the Singapore pioneers, have fond memories of the Katong of Old. Katong is situated in the east of Singapore near the seafront. Formerly located by the sea, land was reclaimed all the way to East Coast Park to provide more land for housing and recreational purposes due to shortage of land in the late 1960s after Singapore gained independence.

As of today, more than 20% of the total population in Marine Parade is above the age of 65. One might think that this district is dated and forgotten. You may be surprised to discover that Katong has continued to develop and blossom over the years to attract residents of all ages. It is not uncommon to sight foreigners in this area as well. They love this place to bits. Continue reading “12 Shopping Centres that Shape Katong”

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Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah

It is a known fact that Singaporeans are food lovers. Where will you be able to find the best popiah in Singapore? Look no further – take a trip down to Joo Chiat and give yourself a little treat on this famous local dish. Continue reading “Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah”