Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights before return to UK. Previously stayed there in 2010, but this time my room was much less satisfactory. It is a large most obviously budget hotel in Geylang where guests tend to stay just odd night or two, rather than for longer. There are many other such hotels within easy walking distance belonging to either Fragrance or Hotel 81 groups. The Pearl is situated equal distance between Kellang and Aljunied MTR stations, Each being 15 minutes walk away, and so easy access to city or airport. Geylang is a vibrant area with plenty of eateries to suit all tastes, but it is the "girls" continually standing opposite these hotels which some may find offputting. However, it can be an attraction for others to just stand and watch. Personally, I'm quite happy for them to be there as they all appear attractive and smartly dressed. They do not hassle you as you enter or leave hotel, but better choices if with spouse.
When I stayed 3 years prior, my room was much better, whereas this time less than satisfied, Reasons were that on this occasion the mattress had a plastic covering and the single thin sheet kept sliding off. Always ended up with this sheet half off bed each morning. Then there was the air conditioning unit, which although working efficiently had the lower front cover missing. Meant that instead of cool air being circulated around room it was blown directly down on me in bed. Switched it off first night to overcome, but then awoke following morning soaked in sweat. Generally room otherwise was ok, but the Fragrance Pearl in becoming older is more obviously in need of some renovation. Shower area could have been better.
Reception staff most helpful and if had mentioned room problems they would certainly have rectified. However, not until late on first night did I discover problems and following day was anxious to get out and about before return home. This hotel has a good storage room for holding guest's luggage until flight times, which is efficiently controlled for safe keeping.
Stayed at Hotel 81 Princess which is opposite 3 weeks earlier. Consider " Fragrance Emerald" to be better of hotels in area as even closer to Kellang MTR, rooms a bit bigger and few "girls" obvious outside if with spouse.
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