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The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat)

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Free Wifi
Parking
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Hotel
Family Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Wheelchair access
2 Star accommodation
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Md_Ash_K
Singapore, Singapore
31
Reviewed Oct 11, 2018
I booked a standard twin room for 3 days 2 nights. The room was really clean and adequately sized for a budget hotel.

There are tons of eateries near the hotel, which is great as the hotel does not have in-house restaurant.

The hotel is a little far from malls and the public transport, hence you need to walk a bit of a distance.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay and I would definitely recommend it to people looking for an affordable and comfortable stay in Singapore.
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scottjackson15
Geraldton, Australia
20
Reviewed Sep 29, 2018
I recently stayed 6 nights in this hotel, staff were friendly and room was clean and serviced daily. Bed was comfortable. Great location near food outlets and transport. I would highly recommend staying here.
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Charlie_boi_NZ
Wellington, New Zealand
817
Reviewed Sep 14, 2018
I stayed at the Fragrance Hotel Joo Chiat for 5 nights in a recent stay in Singapore. I got what I felt was an amazing rate of $80 AUD per night from Expedia for a Superior room. My taxi from Changi was under $20 to this hotel including the airport charge which was awesome. Check in to the hotel was quick and efficient, I was staying up on level 4 of the hotel in a windowless room. The lack of window was a little weird at first, but it honestly didn't bother me much because I was out for the majority of the time.

The hotel appeared to be an older building which has had a recent more modern refresh. Given what I was paying I felt the superior room was actually really good, it was slightly larger than I expected, a good sized bed with a firm mattress, desk with a large mirror and built in hair dryer, electric jug with a couple teas and instant coffee, A/C, bar fridge, facial tissues and decent sized TV with ABC news (Australia) and Fox movies. There was only a few bed covers which suited me because its Singapore and it's a 'tad' hot so that was fine. Every day you get two complimentary bottles of water included.

The bathroom with shower was modern and decent sized comparable to the size of the room; you get the basics for amenities; two disposable toothbrush kits and two bath towels along with a towel for the floor is what you get. There is a soap dispenser similar to what you might see in public bathrooms located in the shower box instead of near the sink which was a little weird, but was fine. I assume this meant you could use this for your shower body wash, but I brought my own so didn't use it that way. A tip also, when I first walked into my room there was a switch for hot water, from my experience if you don't switch this on the hot water would come out lukewarm (which is generally ok for Singapore), but if you wanted water at a hotter temp then you will need to have this switched on.

In the immediate area around the hotel, you have a couple 7/11s and local convenience stores and a decent sized supermarket which is handy. In terms of restaurants this is Singapore so you have a wide selection of options, I am personally a fan of the Singapore Hawker food and would mostly eat breakfast down at the Dunman food centre - Rong Ji Chicken Rice stand which did a lovely rice porridge for $3 SGD. If you don't mind a 10 minute walk down the road at 112 Katong Mall there is a Toast box and a Tim Ho Wan which I ate at also. There are drink vending machines in various locations in the immediate area, these are good and slightly cheaper than the 7/11. Right outside the front door of the hotel is a juice vending machine which does freshly squeezed orange juice for a few dollars, very cool.

The area also has a large number of karaoke bars, which I didn't partake in, but also there was not a lot of noise or carry on from the patrons which was good. Also in the area for your tourist pics a lot of peranakan style houses which are really awesome.

There are two MRT stations which I used staying here - Dakota (Circle line) and Paya Lebar (Circle line & East West Line). As others have stated and as you can see on google maps neither station is particularly close; I personally enjoy walking so I would walk to either station as required, other reviewers have noted use of the buses. If there is probably one downer for this hotel it would be the lack of more immediate access to the MRT. In terms of the walk to the stations, the Dakota walk is more straight line but not particularly interesting as it's mostly residential. Paya Lebar walk is a little busier / shops / restaurants etc.

I would be remiss in not noting also; that when I came back to the hotel one evening at 5pm from a day out, I found that my room had not been serviced, this was a little disappointing as I had left early in the morning and had the "make up my room" sign up. I saw that the cleaning crew were still on my floor so I walked out and gave them another half hour, fortunately coming back at 5:30 the room was done. I am certain this was rare but as it did occur on my trip I had to mention it in the review.

Just to finish up, this was a really good hotel especially for the price. I enjoyed my time staying here and would recommend it. I would only say that you need to keep the MRT locations in mind when booking this place, if you want to be right in the middle of the action in Singapore I would not suggest you stay here; if however you don't mind the quieter area and a small commute to other parts of Singapore then go for it.
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VickyVickyC
Hong Kong, China
13843
Reviewed Aug 29, 2018via mobile
Stayed at thr hotel for two nights. First of all, i like the location where is away from crowded city center n accessible to many food stalls, historical buildings and local community. Wandering nearby lets me experience the local life style. The hotel is easily reached by taking bus no.33 outside Dokota mrt station and take off at the 4th stop, stop no 82141, walk straight the road and turn left till u see a clean alley. The hotel is located on the right end of the alley and next to a boxing school. For walking to hotel, it may take 20 mins.

Staff is nice n polite. Staying at a window room which is bright n comfy, having very enough space to put all my belongings.

I would stay again next time in Singapore.
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Lotta G
Sydney, Australia
5022
Reviewed Jul 25, 2018via mobile
We stayed at the Fragrance Hotel for 4 nights. Clean room and friendly staff. Close to the airport. Lots of local food close the hotel. The pillows were very hard but other than that we enjoyed our stay.
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About
Hotel class
Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Air Conditioning
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Wheelchair access
Pool
Beachfront
Room Service
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Breakfast included
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Hotel Style
Best Value
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Family
,
Business
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Hotel class
Hotel Style
Best Value
,
Family
,
Business
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Number of rooms
90
Price range
$52 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Fragrance Hotel Singapore
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The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat) Singapore
Location
Singapore > Singapore > Joo Chiat
Hotel class
Hotel Style
Best Value
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Family
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Business
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Number of rooms
90
Price range
$52 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Fragrance Hotel Singapore
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The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat) Singapore
Location
Singapore > Singapore > Joo Chiat
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packed with colorful shops, local characters, and
quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners
enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy
noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are
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Jun 18, 2017
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Apr 20, 2017
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