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“Convenient location: near to an MRT, main bus station, food court and Shopping Mall.” 3 of 5 stars
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Asphodel Inn Singapore
1.5 of 5 Hotel   |   380 Race Course Road, Singapore 218702, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #182 of 300 Hotels in Singapore
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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“Convenient location: near to an MRT, main bus station, food court and Shopping Mall.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

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.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

Once we got over the inappropriate tight hug from the Indian reception dude, we settled into a reasonable room. Compared to other places in Asia, S$95 for a basic twin room is stupidly expensive but this is Singapore and here your wallet will cry.

The pro's:
* Good quiet location on Racecourse Road - walking distance to Farrer Road MRT on North-East Line
* Walking distance to Little India for great food and a few bars
* Hawker food market just round the corner - can eat Asian fusion food for less than S$10 per person
* Lavender Street bus station 5 min walk if you're planning to head to Malaysia from Singers
* Bathrooms are clean enough and reasonable shower
* Clean towels provided and beds are ok - good enough for a few nights

The con's:
* Staff are friendly but really strange - the Indian man walked past me as I used my laptop in the lobby and said "sexy man, oh yes you have sexy body" - completely inappropriate and rather creepy
* Rooms are very basic - those facing road suffer from noise from building site during day, those facing inwards suffer for noise from AC units at night

All in all, it's not a bad place to bunker down for a few days but if you're planning a longer stay in Singers, do more research and find a deal. The Mitraa just over the road is cheaper (about S$30 per person per night, min of 2 per room though of course you can pay S$60 and get it to yourself) and has wonderful staff but suffers from selfish, noisy guests who treat it like their own home.

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james

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kunming, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

With Singapore being expensive, I'd rather save my dollars on the hotel and spend them on other things. As we were in Singapore at a busy time, and it was alast minute booking, our options were limited and we ended up at Asphodel Inn.

On arrival, I was immediately hesiatant, there seemed to be people hanging around and it became clear, it is one of those 'transit' hotels that rent rooms by 2 hour periods. Anyway, when we did eventually get checked in, the rooms were functional and everything worked.

The hotel isn't really close to anything, and it's even quite a walk to the nearest MRT or bus stop. It was around 15 minutes to Mustafa Centre, so that was reasonable as we needed to go there.

There was wifi which only worked in the lobby and was totally hit and miss so I gave up trying to bother.

There are other places much better for the same rate so I would not stay here again for that reason.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

I booked this hotel via e-mail only for one night. Even I've to stay 5 nights, i'd like to know how the hotel service is.
Upon arrival, we're not greeted well. mean, we need to check in by our own. there is nobody to welcome us, to open the door, to help our luggage, and we need to carry our luggage by ourselves.
I don't know whether it is the normal service style of Singapore because we're treated as the same as other hotels in Singapore too.
The room is very tight especially, the bath room is very narrow. But, they provide, kettle, 2 bottles of waters, phone.
The linen quality is also bad.
It is not worth to pay 85 SDG per night. But, the hotel itself is quite and nice location. closed with MRT and mustafa shopping centre.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

My family and I stayed in Asphodel Inn. We found the rooms clean but a bit small for a family with 2 children. the hostel has wifi internet at the lobby area only. The price is inexpensive, but the location is not so good as it is about a kilometer away from the nearest commercial area, and the nearest MRT station is 3 blocks away. this hostel is okay for those who don't mind walking for several blocks or those taking the taxi always.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2011

Asphodel is just the right place if you want to stay in the heart of the city for cheap! Being a student, I was low on budget and this place served the purpose. However, what was special about this place is the service was impeccable. The receptionist had a smile on his face even @ 3 am and the check in post midnight was not a problem too! This is a good place if you traveling to Singapore on a short trip and want to save a few bucks. The rooms are extremely clean and spacious. Highly reckon this to budget travellers. Next time I am in Singa, this is where I would be for sure.

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  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

Budget hotel...but OMG what a location!! Walking distance to train, great Indian Restaurants, Football Stadium and all of the great shopping that Little India has to offer!!
Staff were ever friendly and always willing to help. The rooms themselves were a tad on the small size...but hey your in Singapore and you should be out enjoying all this great city has, not sitting in a hotel room...so as somewhere to sleep after a hectic day and to recharge those batteries for tomorrow then it's perfect!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 380 Race Course Road, Singapore 218702, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #182 of 300 Hotels in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Asphodel Inn Singapore 1.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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