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Strand Hotel
25 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189619, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #122 of 292 hotels in Singapore
Pattaya, Thailand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The hotel is clean and basic. The room was very large and the beds comfortable enough. The staff are reasonably helpful. The bathroom is also very spacious. Prices are very reasonable for this part of the world.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Manila, Philippines
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I chose this hotel because I thought it was near Dhoby Ghaut MRT (which intersects 3 MRT lines) and the famous Orchard Rd based on google map. Guess what? It's not as close as I thought but overall, not a bad hotel.

Pros

1. Affordable. Based on my reviews of the hotels near Orchard Rd, it is one of the more affordable hotels in that area. I paid about $160/night for 3 people which includes breakfast. The standard rate in other hotels in the same area was about $180-250/night.

2. Near Museums. The hotel was just just a short block away from the Singapore Art Museum and National Museum. Normally, these museums will charge a nominal fee ($8-10/person) but there are certain times or days that entrance fee is free. For Singapore Art Museum, entrance fee is waived every Friday night while the National Museum can let you in at no cost starting at 6pm - onwards (museum closes 8pm). We went in the National Museum and they have really excellent and interesting exhibits.

3. Kopikiam across the street. This Kopikiam looks like a foodcourt frequented by nearby employees and students. It is open 24 hours, good local food, affordable meals (S$6-8) and really just across the street from the hotel.There is a 7-11 beside it. The food is okay but not really something to wow about. Some local dishes but there are also other international offering like Korean and Japanese food. I like ordering from the stall which sells duck and my mom really loved the Longan drink.


Cons

1. Street closed in front of the hotel. Apparently, they are constructing an MRT station in front of the hotel which makes it difficult for taxis to drop check-in guests with luggage. We were dropped at the side of the hotel and had to struggle with the luggage with no one to help us (even the driver). What's worst was that there was only one lane for traffic and there was an oncoming truck so we had to hurry up getting off.

2. Difficult to get a taxi. Since the road was closed, you would need to go to the next hotel (Rendevous Hotel) and que up at the taxi bay to get a taxi. But, of course, the bellhop/guard would prioritize their hotel guest first so you might have to wait a bit. I didn't see any other near taxi bays nearby. For our trip to the airport, we had to ask the Strand Hotel guard to help us find one. Even then, we had to wait about 10-15 minutes since taxis seldom pass by the hotel.

Note: There is a bus stop just some steps away from the hotel and an MRT station (Basah) a block away which only serves 1 line.

3. Limited breakfast choice. The rate for the hotel includes breakfast but you might be disappointed. It consist of 2 chicken hotdog, egg (scramble/sunny side), rice hashbrown/pork and beans. On a table on the side of the room, there is juice, tea, coffee, bread and vegetable noodle. Not bad, right? But its the same thing they offer every day so by the 3rd day, you're actually sick of seeing the food. The server don't even ask how you would like the eggs prepared, they just put the plate in front of you.

4. Have WiFi in the room and better cable channel choices.

Rooms were okay but terrible view (back of the hotel). We had to close our curtains the whole time because there was a building next door that can see into our room. Although the hotel is really near Orchard Rd, it is very far from the stores/malls. It is also a bit of a walk to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and the road closure (will open in 2017) makes it difficult to get taxis. If you want to explore Orchard Rd and want a convenient hotel, the Strand Hotel is probably not for you.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Finding a triple room for a family under 200 SGD is quite difficult. Even if it exists, the room is usually small. I stayed for 3d 2n with my parents with rate 180 SGD per night including breakfast. Reservation is no fuzzy, Ms. Philina replied my e-mail nicely and informatively.

Room is spacious, kinda old but decent. There were 2 single beds plus 1 extra bed (not folded bed but it is as comfortable as the 'real' bed). Aircon was good but again it's old. They provide a very nice milk tea and coffee in the room. The bed is nice and clean but the lights are pretty too dim. You might consider brighter lights in the room. There is no universal adapter within the room but you can borrow from front desk with 5 SGD deposit. TV channels were so limited but if you don't plan to stay at hotel and watching TV then it will be no problem. There's free wifi also in the room.

Bathroom was so old but pretty decent. We got basic amenities such as towel, toothbrush, soap. Services were good, the staffs were quick to response.

Access to hotel was blocked with MRT Construction yet for me it does not really matter because it is so close in walking distance to bus stop (manulife building and bras basah) and MRT Station gate D/E (bras basah), plus we can ask the front office to call for taxi. No disturbing noise at night due to construction but you might consider taking room which is not facing the construction site.

Another good point is its location. It's very near to Singapore museum, walking distance to Plaza Singapura and Bugis. To airport, it took about 20-30 mins with only around 17 SGD taxi in normal hour & traffic.

Brekkie was good. You're given a set of bacon, sausages, kind of eggs and hashbrown/baked beans (different every day) plus all you can eat simple buffet with different menu every day. What i mean simple means bread + fried noodle + cereal + pancake and milk/coffee/tea. If you still hungry you can just across the street and find 24 hours 7/11 and kopitiam, and near the hotel there's Subway and some nice cafes as well.

Overall, for such price we got a nice place to sleep.Please consider more color & lights or renewing the furniture so the hotel will be more cheerful. If you stay with family or quite big group, then you might consider this since Strand provides quite huge family room (up to 7 ppl). Alternatively you can check Hotel 88 Bencoolen which is separated with only 2 buildings. But if you're a solo traveler you might consider hostels like Tree Inn, Matchbox at Bugis or Beary House at Chinatown or else at Clarke Quay.

Room Tip: - E-mail directly to hotel to get special price. - Rooms facing back view are quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dhaka, null, Bangladesh
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

my 18 day long stay at the strand was not disappointing at all. the rate was reasonable and the service was good. the MRT construction might be an issue for some however, it's best to ask for a room in the back side. the avaibility of bus and taxi was immaculate and everything else were just a few steps away,.
the 24 hrs food court Kopitiam, coffe bean, 7eleven, wendy's, thai food, indian, mosque, u name it and they are all just a few steps away.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

i stayed here with family for 18 days last month and i have no complaint. Yes, there is the mrt construction at front but hey, who lives in the hotel during day time when ur travelling. u can always ask for a room at the back side which omits all the obstruction and noise. The breakfast was good for the room tarriff . Best part is the taxi avabality, the bus is right there, the 24 hrs kopitiam food court, the coffe bean, the seven eleven... i can go on and on. can't wait ti go back next month

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Tripadvisor Community, THANK YOU! You really can't go wrong with Strand Hotel!!!

When I was planning for our trip to Singapore last year, my criteria was food, sights, and fun times. I thought why not splurge on hotels as well. A quick browse made it plain that Singapore hotels are one of the most expensive and the feedback was quite mixed anyway.

I ran across Strand Hotel and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive but I was worried that it was so reasonably priced that there had to be a catch. Well, the positive feedback was indeed well earned!

There is no pretense in this hotel. You check in, you have a comfortable stay, you check out. My on-line booking went through and check-in was a breeze. Room was very spacious and clean as I was expecting. Bed & linen were comfy and fresh as expected. Food for breakfast was basic as advertised. However, the local fast food across the road was more than adequate and offered a variety of wonderful fare anyway. MRT is close by and we used that to get to Clarke Quay a few times and The Flyer. We asked for late check out and we got it without a fuss.

Value for money indeed. Sure there was construction underway for the new MRT station but that's city progress you can hardly blame on the hotel. The point of travelling is being out and about anyway and not staying cooped up in your room. Construction is only during the day and the rooms have adequate sound-proofing.

Go No Further!!! You should stay at Strand Hotel! Save your money for all the sight-seeing, foodie splurge, and shopping you're going to do. Go to Clarke Quay, Universal Studios, Sentosa, Foodie Halls, Singapore Flyer, Marina Sands, River Boat ride, Merlion, Shopping Malls, etc.. You'll thank me for it when you see your credit card bill after your holidays.

Enjoy!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

I was so suprise the front office charge us sgd360 for 7person one night stay. Hotel entrance is blocked by construction of mrt signboard we face difficulities to find the way to the hotel entrance.
Main lobby staff was not very friendly.

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Address: 25 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189619, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
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#11 Best Value Hotel in Singapore
#122 Top resorts Hotel in Singapore
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