We stayed a week and the price was reasonable, the room offer cheap polyester quality pillow and bedsheets and the room was poorly lighted. The location just opposite a a Seven Eleven store for cheaper beer and drinks to bring back to your room. A large dinning area Food Court called Kopitiam. You could eat cheaply and all sort of Asian fares cooked in front of you and reasonably cheap, the coffee was better there too.. We had two unsmiling old looking and unfriendly bell boys from check-in-and-checkout time. The noise level was not acceptable because the subway construction below our room windows. If you want to sleep late, forget it, the housekeeping staff talk loud and make all sort of noises while pushing laundry trolleys and vacuum cleaners as early as 8 am.. we complained but every day was the same and that forced us to wake up. Breakfast was include but really silly offer, the food is quickly cooked and tasteless and the buffet displays was with cheap bread, cheap marmalade and margarine. The cereals were the cheapest you could find in supper markets and honestly, the coffeehouse look clinical and so uninviting, with plastic chairs, fake leather sofa and the coffee, you would not even touch it. When we asked for quality freshly brood breakfast coffee, they charged us the same price as a five star hotel, even when we told them we would not eat the breakfast, just to quality cups of coffee, disgusting! The only people who were friendly were the old ladies at the front desk. The price was very reasonable and location is perfect as it is walking distance to Orchard Road and Raffles City. beware that at night, there are lots of Filipino lady Boys (Transvestite) looking for sex and the occasional china prostitute who will accost you at the entrance of seven eleven. they are petty thefts, so don't even think of bringing them to your room. also some Indian men, coming to you and saying 'You are a Lucky Man' beware, they are conman and want to tell your for and ask for money, they are not from Singapore and are petty thief as well. By the time you look for help, they are long gone and in Singapore, you don't see a single policemen ion the street which at night is frustrating if you are in trouble. The Strand Hotel allows China prostitutes to use the hotel and they are making too much noise in the wee hours of the morning, shouting in the corridors and smoking in non smoking floor.. so cheap but with the problems of a non star hotel.
ask for corner room away from the noice facing the hotel with subway constructions.
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