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Hotel 81 Kovan
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   768 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534636, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #210 of 292 hotels in Singapore
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“Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Nice hotel, quite far from the city. There was a SMRT station nearby, though. The room is very nice and clean. Rather small, but enough for 2 people or 3, at most. There is a tv and a dvd player, too. There was a nice place to sit next to the window, a bit like a narrow table. But I used it as a platform to jump on the bed! There was tea and coffee and a kettel but no fridge, and the wardrobe was tiny. The bathroom was small too, with the shower right next to the toilet, but its okay, i guess. At night there were a few baby cockroaches running around in the toilet, so that's my only complaint. Overall nice, with a 7 eleven downstairs and a mamak, which has nice roti chanai and briyani.

Room Tip: Get the triple room if you want a window.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

Hotel 81 is a big chain at Singapore but though they offer cheap rate rooms, their hotels are not really the first choice like Ibis. I got this hotel this time because of my travel desk. The hotel is at a very distant location from main city. The difference is huge.one cant even imagine that there would be places like Marina Bay also if you stay here and dont go out . Picking a cab is tough too. The staff didnt let me do an early check in even if tbe room was free without charging 15$ sgd per hour for 5 hours. I reached early and had to go to office despite that, the staff didnt buzz. Rooms are clean but small,no closet or safety box is in my room. In short, consider this one only if you have no other choice left.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This hotel is located a far distance from the city area. I would not recommend this hotel as traveling to any place is very inconvenience unless you are driving in a car. The only place where I can recommend shopping and eating near this hotel is at Kovan shopping centre which is about 20mins walk from the hotel along upper serangoon road. You can also choose to eat from a variety of foods from the market. Cheap and nice.

If you have more money to spend on hotel. I will say you skip this hotel and stay nearer to the city. If insist on budget hotels... Take up those hotels at Geylang instead. Get foods everywhere for 24hrs. And compared the distance to the city, orchard. It's nearer.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Located 900m from Kovan station , or $20 from the airport by taxi. A basic hotel with everything needed for a night or two. Check in was strange there were 3 staff on desk talking to each other and we waited 5 minutes before someone acknowledged our lowly existence.

Rooms are$129 for a standard. The standard room has no windows, perfect for a good sleep. There is no safe in the room though. It was noisy ( due in part to ignorant guests ) , but free wifi made up for it.
The hotel is above a hawker food hall which is great for a cheap eat ($3-6) and a 7-11 is also next door. The bus stop is nearby and these are regular. I would say unless you have a particular reason to stay in this area there are other hotels closer to town and transport.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

To reach the hotel, get to the purple line and get off at Serangoon station. Take a short bus ride and in less than 5 minutes you should see Hotel 81 Kovan which is beside a small 7-11 store. If you smell a funky odor, you are on the right direction. The smell is coming from the durian store which is near the hotel's entrance.

The location of this hotel is far from the usual tourist area. It can be an advantage for those who prefer a quiet place. It can be, on the other hand, a disadvantage for those who wish to be within striking distance to Singapore's tourist spots. Personally, while the MRT is an efficient and well-connected mode of transportation, I felt the hotel was just a tad too far from the attractions. The additional bus ride (and the waiting for one to arrive) from the hotel to the station can be a waste of time.

The hotel has a small lobby with seats having a mere capacity of 2-3 people. Check in was quick and staff was okay. The lift to upper floors was also tiny but should suffice for 4 persons with suitcases.

The room was surprisingly tidy, even spotless. The bed was well-fixed and the linens smelled clean. We were given a room with a view of a local neighborhood - a different kind of view than the one we might get from staying at a hotel in a "touristy" area. The bathroom, albeit small, sufficed. It is noticeable that the housekeeping made sure the bathroom is always free from unwanted dirt.

Minor downside would be that there was only one power outlet in the room - an absolute inconvenience when we need to charge our gadgets.

Over all, a fairly good value for your money as hotels are expensive in Singapore. Compromise is that it is far from the attractions. Personally, I'd rather stay at a hotel near the usual tourist place even if it meants additional splurge.

Finally, a word of caution.

Everytime we leave and enter the hotel, we would always notice couples waiting at the lobby. After much researching, this hotel and its other branches have a reputation of being brothels. We were already on our last day when we knew the fact which was naturally uncomfortable for us. However though there have been efforts to clean up such shady reputation (or so I've read). In fact, on our floor's room, we saw families (and heard sounds from kid/s) checked in in adjacent rooms.

Room Tip: Request to be on the family-friendly floor. That is, away from the rooms where couples rent by the h...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

Pros: Very clean, daily room makeup, good aircon.
Cons: Small rooms, no safe, no fridge.
MRT ten minutes away, food court and Seven Eleven next door. All the cabbies know where it is. Rooms are often rented for a few hours by local couples, which is probably why the mattresses are vinyl covered. Consequently beds not as comfy as they could be. Overall ok for a few nights stopover.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

I was arriving to Singapore this time after midnight. Knowing that Singapore rooms are very small I booked a double room for a few more pounds at hotel 81 Kovan. The taxi driver was surprised that I choose an hotel in a non tourist area, and made me feel a bit uncomfortable with my choice. Once there I was very pleased. The hotel looks quite new, everything is nice and immaculate clean. The room was a good size double, with a window covering all wall on the right, which was facing the side of the building. No noise at all was coming from the outside busy road. A flat TV and DVD were hanging from the wall opposite to the king-size bed. The bathroom was a bit small but very functional, all the necessary toiletries including toothbrush and disposable comb and razor are provided. The towels are big, free tea and coffee facilities.

The bed and pillows were a bit too hard, I mention this because I like firm beds but this one made my back hurt. The only thing that bothers me is that the hotel does not used fitted sheets, so as the mattress have a faux leather cover the sheets comes off as soon as you move in bed, forcing you to made the bed more than once during the night or sleeping over the fake leather cover.

The only downside is the noise of people coming through the hallways in the night walking in flip flops over a ceramic tile floor in the corridor. Of course that is not the hotel fault, but it can be annoying.

The hotel is situated about 700 metres between Kovan and Serangoon MRT station on the purple line. For those not wanting to walk the bus stops is at the hotel door, and it only takes to stops to either station. At both MRT stations you have a shopping mall and food courts. It is worth to visit and do some shopping there; you have a nice variety without the prices of Orchard Road. Although the hotel is a bit far away from the city centre, that is not a problem at all. The excellent Singapore MRT red can take you to the city centre in about 15 minutes.

To sum up this is an excellent budget hotel, very modern, clean and at incredible price. If you arrive outside public transport hours a taxi from the airport including night supplement cost only 24 SGD or £13.

Room Tip: If you are single pay a couple of SGD more and get a double room.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 768 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534636, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
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Ranked #210 of 292 hotels in Singapore
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel 81 Kovan 2*
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