Mercure Singapore on Stevens is about 3 minutes from Orchard Road, Asia's famous entertainment and shopping belt. Explore Singapore with convenient public transport, including a bus stop right.
The beautiful sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia, Singapore lies at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The countries transition from third world to first world in a single generation, is as known fact around the world. The city has earned various recognition over the years, some of them being world's safest country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, fifth-most innovative country, top International-meetings city (UIA), as the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF). Since 2013, Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive city to live in. Its is also the only country in Asia with an AAA sovereign rating from all major rating agencies, and one of 11 worldwide. A microcosm of Asia, Singapore is populated by Chinese, Indians, Malays, and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the world.
The Central Business District located at the south consists of the Orchard Road shopping area, the new Marina Bay area and also the skyscraper-filled Shenton, and the Riverside. Due to the multicultural population, Singapore celebrates Chinese, Hindu, Muslim, Indian, Buddhist, and Christian holidays. New year is celebrated widely in Singapore just as in the West with a fireworks show and parties at every nightspot in town.
The food in Singapore is legendary, known mostly of offering cheap food from all parts of Asia, and 24-hour coffee shops. As a national pastime, Shopping is second only to eating, hence Singapore has an abundance of shopping malls, and low taxes and tariffs on imports coupled with huge volume mean that prices are usually very competitive. Due to strong consumer protection laws, goods are generally of reasonably good quality.
Some of the major festivals and events held in Singapore include, the Singapore Food Festival, the Singapore Grand Prix, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Chingay Parade, the World Gourmet Summit and ZoukOut. The Ultra Singapore Musical Festival is another popular festival in Singapore.