The Village Hotel Katong is one of the few hotels found in Singapore’s Katong and Joo Chiat area, which is a great place to learn about Peranakan heritage and culture, and enjoy local foods and treats.
It’s also part of Far East Hospitality’s Luxe Package which is a five day, four night experience for visitors to try various areas of Singapore at the various Village Hotels.
Here the hotel’s manager Brett Walker shares some of his travel tips in 10 Questions:
What’s the best thing about your job?
Every day is different. I meet people from all around the world every day, and I am able to make a positive difference to their experience at my hotel.
If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?
I love everything about my job. The day to day challenges make me wiser, and the positive guest comments allow for instant gratification especially when one of my team are personally recognised for delivering a memorable guest experience.
What’s something about your role that you wish people understood?
Hotels are 24-7, 365 day a year businesses. So most Hotel Managers like me do not tend to sleep too much! You get used to it after being in the industry for 20 years.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off?
I like to spend time with my family, wife of 10 years and my 4 year old daughter. They keep me grounded, make me laugh, and are my biggest support.
What’s a cheap and cheerful food secret you (usually) only tell your friends?
Get to know the local restaurant owners. It guarantees you that last table, the freshest of produce and they at times trial their new menus on you!
If money was no object, where would you go for lunch or dinner?
I like authentic food, so for me it is not about the cost of a meal, but the atmosphere of the restaurant and the passion that is behind the dish. I enjoy the casual dining scene, especially in Singapore as there are so many options and you can enjoy a great meal at a reasonable price, and in a relaxed environment.
Where do you take a friend when they come to visit?
For a meal, any of restaurant along East Coast Road just behind the hotel. The restaurants there are what Singapore food is all about. Full of flavour, plenty of it, and cheap!
What’s the best shopping experience in town?
Takashimia is my favourite for branded labels, a good food area, and a macaroon store as you enter which I am addicted too.
Is there a local tourist cliché that’s actually worth doing?
Enjoying a Singapore sling at the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel where you shell the nuts on the floor and step back in time.
Is there a tourist attraction nearby that you can’t believe you still haven’t visited yourself?
I’m yet to go up to Marina Bay Sands and check out the infinity pool and the amazing views of Singapore. Not a great fan of heights, so this may still be on the “to do list” for a bit longer.
Amanda met Brett Walker when she travelled and stayed as a guest at the Village Hotel Katong in Singapore.
Amanda also enjoyed a walking tour with Ivy from MeGuideU who shared insights about the Peranakan heritage of the area.