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“Affordable, clean, convenient” 3 of 5 stars
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The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat)
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   219 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427485, Singapore (Joo Chiat)   |  
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Ranked #94 of 305 Hotels in Singapore
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Affordable, clean, convenient”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

My friend and I stayed at this hotel from 11-13 January 2013 as we were attending a Regional Training Event at the Singapore Expo. This is a budget hotel (no breakfast included) but there are a lot of restaurants nearby and therefore very convenient food wise. Breakfast of toast, coffee and 2 half-boiled eggs cost S$3.20 at the nearby restaurant.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

We arrived very late, around 11pm, so I figured someplace not very far from airpot. Turned out, Joo Chiat is not close either.

The outer look of the hotel is not convincing, the exterior color is not very attractive,makes it look really cheap, compared to 81 hotel which is near to Fragrance, 81 has a classic look,and is more elegant from the outside

The front officer is far from being nice. He's a bit grumpy and does not smile at all! Even when we first came in there was not any one there!and we had to call several times until he finally appeared.

How ever the room is ok. The bed is stiffy but it is big, and the bath room is amazingly bigger than any budget hotel I have ever been, it has a bath tube.

Finding fod to eat is very easy, and food price is very cheap. A very big portion of mee goreng only cost SGD 5 ang it tastes yummie too...

You should not bring kids, because it is actually karaoke and pubs area, so when we walked on the street in the nite time there were so many ladies with unappropriate attitude waiting to be hired

Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

As I mentioned in a prior review, I am doing a survey of budget hotels in this neighbourhood. The Fragrance has larger rooms and windows which make it better than the Hotel 81's that I have stayed in so far. In fact my only complaint about this hotel is the plastic under the sheet. It makes me feel like I am in an institution but maybe that is just me.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Needed a place to sleep at a low price in the Joo Chiat area. The price vs quality was about as expected so I rate this as average.

Check-in was quite slow, the lady at the check-in was pretty gruff and had an attitude on her; not particularly nice to deal with, which I can overlook due to price etc. My room had a single and queen bed in it, mattress was tending on the firm side. Room was very basic but clean, with aircon, tube tv and some basic tea/coffee items. Wireless internet was not free.

Bathroom was a bit dingy, and I noticed my particular room had water leaking all over the floor - and from the outside of the room the wall of the bathroom was showing massive water damage, seems some sort of leak. Again, will overlook for the price.

Joo Chiat location is interesting to say the least ! Lots of KTV/Pubs near by if that's your thing, but if it's not, people wont bother you so don't let it put you off the area. Plenty of cheap restos, food centres and 7-11 near by, with a full size supermarket less than 10 mins up the road.

Probably would not stay again and would try the Opera81 hotels if required.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank jg161
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We arrived here after a long holliday for a short break in our flights home, we did'nt have high expectation's but were very pleasantly suprised the staff were very nice and greeted us warmly, the room's better than some of the review's as there were two couples travelling together, the plastic under sheet's as expected, but happy for the hygene with the bed's and we coped ok, nicer if they were less shiney and slipery? a rubberised type would stop the slipping on the sheet's? the only real critisism was the mould on the bathroom ceiling, as it is a fully closed in room no window's and with air conditioning, this would really cause health issues especially with asmatic's etc, so hope they get it cleaned up and re-painted, it may have just been our room?
We stayed two night's and can recomend the Fragrance Hotel as a great out of the mainsteam place to stay, the shop's around cover all your need's and were fun to discover and use, all in all a great Singapore stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I got what I paid for ($57SGD a night) which is a reasonably sized room, queen sized bed, clean blankets, and a bathroom which included a mini clothes line so I could wash clothing when needed. As a female travelling alone - I felt safe, but never went anywhere alone in the dark!

The reception staff are helpful but can be frosty - from reading reviews it appears that this is the norm. In saying that the staff at the Ritz Carlton were amazing and I wasn't even staying there (I'd just popped in for the free art tour). For the Fragrance Hotel I witnessed some of their interactions with other customers which varied from being incredibly helpful and patient, to raised voices, refusals and dismissive comments - not sure what to make of it.

To get an iron you must provide a $10 deposit which you get back when you return the iron & ironing board (when checking out). The iron never went past warm so in the end I didn't bother.

The house cleaning lady is lovely and accommodating, and made sure I was happy with the room (bless).The amazing choices you have for eating out, and it's close proximity to buses (just a few metres from the hotel) and the Praya Lebar train station (15 min walk) makes this location very convenient.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Lisa H
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Additional Information about The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat)

Address: 219 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427485, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore > Joo Chiat
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Singapore
#52 Business Hotel in Singapore
#53 Family Hotel in Singapore
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat) 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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