Located in a historical residential area with shopping, the hotel has an air of old world charm mixed with that tropical resort feel. sg 12/07 Located within the East Coast of Singapore, the area is known for the residential districts of Katong and Joo Chiat. These are historical areas, circa 1930's on, famous for its Peranakan culture (Straits born racial mix of Chinese and Malay) and the infamous Peranakan cuisine. It is also close to the Singapore Expo-exhibition centre and East Coast Park, which is a coastal park for everything from sailing to cycling. The hotel was built in the 70's and is a little past its best days. Rooms come with a balcony and depending on the facing, one will have views of the city or the historical Katong area. Rooms although not of the most modern design are spacious and bright and are in very decent condition. Rooms are equipped with coffee/tea making facilities. The hotel was once a landmark in the Katong area but has since been shrouded by newer and taller buildings. Still the distinctive white hotel is recognizable by the balconies that hang from every room. Their all purpose restaurant the Cafe Vanda, is a popular stop even for the locals. Although they serve an international menu, they are most known for the Pernakan cuisine. It is basically a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine and can be spicy. This can only be found in Singapore and some parts of Malaysia. The driveway rises up from the ground floor up to the first level. The lobby is large with marble flooring and a lounge opposite the check in desk. The lifts are adjacent.