Ramada Singapore and Days Hotel Singapore are two reputable hotels – both under the global Wyndham Hotel Group – located in a modest public green space shaded by old banyan trees called Zhongshan Park, along the historic Balestier Road in the Novena district of Singapore. I spent two nights at both hotels on a recent visit to Singapore. Days caters to leisure visitors, while Ramada targets business travelers. The rooms at both hotels are comfortable and well-appointed. In terms of the interior design, Days Hotel, being a leisure hotel, has a more bright and youthful palette which include bright oranges and blues; while the rooms of Ramada Singapore, as a business hotel, carry more soothing earth tones.
Interestingly, what appealed to me the most about Ramada and Days is the local vibe of the surrounding neighborhood. Both hotels are situated in a non-touristy area of the Novena district in Singapore, only frequented by locals who patronize one of the city’s best chicken rice and bak kut teh (pork spareribs soup) at Boon Tong Kee and Founder’s Bak Kut Teh, respectively, just down Balestier Road. They are also situated at the heart of the Balestier Heritage Trail, which highlights local memorials, temples, churches and shophouses. Visitors can refer to the trail map found in the middle of Zhongshan Park, or ask the reception for a brochure to enjoy a self-guided tour. Two of the trail’s attractions are situated a stone’s throw away from the hotels, namely the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial (just show your hotel key card for complimentary entrance), the former headquarters of revolutionary leader Dr. Sun Yat Sen, and a Burmese Buddhist Temple. Zhongshan Park may be relatively relaxed but it’s not far away from the busy shopping thoroughfare of Orchard Road, and only a 15-minute drive to the central business district.
The amenities of Days Hotel Singapore include a 24-hour gym and self-service laundromat, while Ramada Singapore has the similar facilities, plus a 30-meter outdoor swimming pool. For all your personal needs, the ground floor of Ramada has a shopping center with a grocery, convenience stores and food outlets.
Room rates at the four-star Ramada Singapore start at SGD 160++ for a city-view double room. Find discounted room rates at Ramada Singapore here. Days Hotel Singapore, on the other hand, starts at SGD 135++ for a city-view double room. Find the best deals for Days Hotel Singapore here!
Rooms come with breakfast buffets at both hotels. For lunch and dinner, there are some fine restaurants within Zhongshan Park, most notably Flavours at Zhongshan Park at Ramada Singapore which specializes in Southeast Asian fusion cuisine. Notable dishes that I tried are baked miso soup (SGD 30.90), deep-fried otak and chips (SGD 19.90) and Nonya laksa (SGD 18.90). My favorite dish was the 24-Hour Slow-Cooked Beer Marinated Pork Belly (SGD 30.90), cooked sous vide style, paired with a delightful glass of curry leaf lemonade (SGD 9)! Besides the hotel restaurants, as mentioned above, there are also some outstanding must-try restaurants down Balestier Road.
How to Get There
Both Ramada Singapore and Days Hotel Singapore are a 10-minute walk from Novena MRT Station. One can also take the public bus and alight right across the hotel along Balestier Road. More conveniently, guests at both hotels can also book frequent complimentary shuttle vans to and from Novena MRT or Orchard Road (DFS T Galleria, 25 Scotts Road).