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Hotel 81-Tristar
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Onan Road, Singapore 424780, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #173 of 291 hotels in Singapore
Ljubljana
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“a choice for a family”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We have chosen this hotel for an overnight stay between flights. What we were looking for was a basic hotel for a good price for four people. We have got what we expected. I would recommend this hotel for overnight, but not longer stay.

Pros:
- big room
- good price for a room for four people
- close to subway
- free wifi
- friendly
stuff

Cons:
- ants
- dirtiness
- no ordinary tea or coffee available
- noisy AC

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Quezon City
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The hotel is overall clean and the rooms are nice and big. The problem is if you want to explore the key attractions of Singapore, you are miles away from the center of the city. It is near the airport but far from There is a pool in the hotel for guest use but no hotel restaurant. I wouldn't recommend it for families or couples as areas of attraction are too far away.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Clean and good size rooms, very good baths, stuff are friendly, but helpless. Area is not so clean, but safe(like an others Singapore`s areas), not close to downtown, but you can take a taxi without any problem. Near it, you can find some shops, food court is in few steps from main entrance. But, be careful to eat something without asking about spice! Most food is too spicy for european taste. For Singapore, this hotel`s good choice, because it`s cheap(for this city) and good enough to spend 2-3 days in it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

It's like the best deal you can find in Singapore and with the airport so close by.. But then again this is my first trip to Singapore in many many years... So I would not know if anything has opened near the airport :) it's gud value for money..

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

You get what you pay for and this is a budget hotel - but the rooms are spacious. I would regard it as one of the better basic hotels in terms of the rooms. Expect no frills - but why would you in a budget hotel?

The one extraordinary thing about the hotel is that they room key provided is a standard key - a metal key - not a swipe card. And there is only one key per room regardless of the number of guests. No second key is available.

I stayed at the hotel with my wife and we had separate plans during the day - we did not know who would be back to the room first - but we could not access the room separately so had to coordinate our movements - a ludicrous inconvenience. I ended up having to wait in a nearby coffee place for her to return.

Cannot recommend this hotel if you are a couple unless you are travelling as a pair and have no separate plans.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I had a fantastic stay at the Tristar 81, this hotel must have been the 'Taj Mahal' when it was originally built, the rooms are huge, the bathroom huge, the fittings in the rooms were top quality and the aircond was brilliant with little noise. That said the place has not been lovingly kept and is dirty and in need of a make over, if you are into fine accommodations only do not book here as you will only complain.
On the other hand if you can put up with a bit of dirt, leaky aircond, worn fittings and a few critters then this may still be your 'Taj Mahal'. The bedding, mattress and pillows were all clean (always check before accepting a room) and the flatscreen TV even got a movie channel and BBC news.
Free wifi was a bonus and they have a fantastic swimming pool on the first level. The people on the desk were friendly enough and once I was booked in they would have my key ready when I got back to the hotel every day for the four days I was there.
It is not near the city but as I was in Singapore for a few days of Tai Ji training and a celebration of Kung Fu at the nearby Nam Wah Pai world headquarters it did not bother me, the bus is only 2 minutes and train station is only 5-10 minutes walk.
There are many shops and food outlets right at the door and I highly recommend Mr Teh Tarik fare although I must warn you the Tarik coffee is really good and I did have cravings for it for some days after I returned home to my country.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sandakan, Malaysia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Having stayed at other H81s before, I'd say this is one of their "premium" hotels, if not the only one. This is the rare exception where the words "swimming pool" and "Hotel 81" appear in the same sentence. (BTW, the pool was 1 metre deep in all places, and it was very clean indeed)

I booked 2 rooms - a Family Room and a Twin Room. From the photos posted you'll see both are incredibly spacious by Singapore (& also H81) standards. Although the hotel is starting to show its age, the rooms were clean and there was no smell of cigarette smoke.

If only they were responsive to guests' reports. On 2 occasions I told them the room air conditioner wasn't cool any more, but no action seemed to have been taken. But then, I was pleased that the room keeper, on noticing that we seemed to used a lot of towels, left a couple of extras for us (we were not around at the time)!

Although on their website they mention cable channels for their TVs, be prepared to be disappointed if you like watching the English Premier League or Champions/Europa League. The only channels that I recall seeing (in addition to local ones) are Eurosport News, Fox Movies, ohh, but no EPL, La Liga, Serie A........ but I recall the Bundesliga is available!

Location-wise, the hotel is in Geylang Serai as opposed to Geylang (the latter being the red light district - did not see any sign of this hotel being used for "those" purposes). 200 metres away is the Haig Road hawker centre, where cheap meals can be had (as low as $2 to $3), as well as the bus stop. Here you can catch the following buses directly to the following places:

2 or 51 - to Chinatown
7 - to Orchard Road (or rather, Penang and/or Somerset Roads)
24 - to Ang Mo Kio bus interchange (from there transfer to bus 138 to get to the zoo) - this bus also goes to Changi Airport
30 - to Vivocity (the gateway to Sentosa and Resorts World/Universal Studios)

The Paya Lebar MRT is also nearby, about 0.5 km away.

There's also an NTUC Fairprice supermarket some 200 metres away, on the neighbouring Joo Chiat Road. So, with a room mini-fridge, one could stock up on drinks, etc.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Onan Road, Singapore 424780, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#173 Top resorts Hotel in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel 81-Tristar 2*
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