The down side is that it is right at the edge of the tourist map that you get at the airport and it was initially hard to get our bearings. The Hotel is at the top of Racecourse road on that map, not at the bottom! Even more confusingly, Racecourse Road is in two sections. It is recommended that you print off a google map of this area before you travel.
If you turn left out of the hotel and past the temples you head towards the MRT and shopping Mall, turn right (and right again at Ballestier Road and then continue to walk on Lavender Street) to go to the bus station, (where you can catch the bus to locations in Malaysia), and a superb food hall more or less opposite the bus station (Eminent Plaza) where you can have dim sum and Chinese noodle soup for breakfast and a dazzling array of other Chinese food in the evening.
LIttle India is close by, but on the MRT side of the Hotel. There is good shopping to be had and interesting places to eat in Little India. There are multiple exits at the Ferrar Park MRT (stop NE8), it is worth checking the map at the station so that you can orientate properly to get back to the Hotel.
If you are up for walking, rather than taking public transport, it is not too much hassle to walk all the way down into the financial district, but bear in mind that Singapore is equatorial and so it gets dark at around 7pm. Day Tickets on the MRT are more cost effective than single tickets and you can get back the S$1 deposit on your rail ticket by feeding it back into the ticket machine.
The hotel itself was adequate and clean and our triple room was a bit cramped, but there was no chance of a lie in because of temple building works opposite. The location is not the most up market, but we found it clean especially when compared to KL. Access to the room was at 1pm, but you can leave your luggage there when you arrive if that is earlier. The people on reception were courteous but some had limited English.
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