While not a bad hotel, the Aqueen Balestier would not be my first choice if I had to choose again. First, the location is not ideal for touring the city. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to the Novena MRT station, or about a 15-20 minute bus ride there. Not really ideal for easy access to the rest of the city. Second, there is not a whole lot in the area. There is a small selection of Chinese restaurants and convenience stores, while a couple of blocks down the main street there are small shopping centers with other restaurants (including McDonalds and KFC if you need it) and grocery stores. The hotel itself is small and compact, with a little bar in the front lobby area. Staff are generally helpful, but a bit reserved. Each floor can only be securely accessed with the elevator by using the room key card, which is nice feature. The room itself is tiny, with only about 50cms of space around the bed to walk. There is just a little space on the window ledge to put your bags. The bathroom is so small that the toilet is located in the shower space. This means that the toilet gets wet when you take a shower, so I recommend using the toilet first! The lighting in the room is horribly dim, which made it hard to read at night. The same can be said of the low lighting over the bathroom mirror, which made it hard to shave accurately. The bed had to be the hardest I've ever slept in anywhere. The hotel decor was nice and modern, but the hallway carpets could use a good cleaning.
Pros: none really
Cons: location, room size, lighting, hard bed
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- Also Known As:
- Aqueen Hotel Balestier Singapore
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer executive class hospitality to business & leisure travelers. We strive to deliver comfort, warmth, friendly service & genuine quality to all our guests. We are located close to the Central Business District & are conveniently served by the Mass Rapid Transit network. We are also near convention venues such as Singapore Expo and the Suntec Convention Centre. The Hotel is surrounded by Singapore's famous eating places as well as cultural historical sites. ... more less
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