I stayed here just for a night in the middle of July 2010, as my flight arrived at around midnight and I can never quite justify spending for quality accommodation if it’s only for a very short time. I had made the booking directly with the hotel over the phone from another country and the credit card details were required for the confirmation of the reservation. The rate was better for booking through the phone than on the internet.
Getting to the hotel was perhaps a little difficult as the taxi driver didn’t know exactly where the hotel was located and also, there wasn’t a proper place for the taxi to stop and allow for the luggage to be unloaded. Instead, the side street was used. The reception was only just acceptable in its approach towards check-in and check-out, it couldn’t be described as being friendly but obviously, a lot of the budget hotels in Singapore are not really just used for accommodation purposes and perhaps that might have to be taken into account in this case because the hotel is located in an area that does appear to be a little seedy.
The room was very clean but on the small side. The bed was quite low-lying and a little hard but still offered a reasonable sleep. The soundproofing of the room from the corridor was not a strong point but otherwise, the room seemed to be quiet. My room didn't have the road noise issues mentioned in earlier reviews. The TV was very nice for a budget hotel and the channel selection was ok. The room also came with a safe.
The shower was adequate and comfortable but the window pane looking out to the room and the entrance to the bathroom itself was only half-frosted, which could cause potential privacy issues. I liked the wedged mirror design within the bathroom, it offered a multi-angled view.
The hotel is located near to a few eateries and also quite a large foodcourt, which seemed to be open even quite late at night because it was about midnight when I arrived at the hotel and the foodcourt was still open. However, the area is probably a little bit red-light in character with some karaoke places. It’s not quite Geylang but seemed a little similar. The nearest MRT station is quite a distance away and that could be a problem if this hotel is meant as an exploration base but taxis shouldn't be much of a problem.
The breakfast was included in the rate but it didn’t really offer a huge selection and the food quality was just acceptable. The only things on offer were bread, pastries, chicken ham, omelette, sautéed potato, mee goreng, porridge, fruit juices and coffee and tea.
The room rate here seemed a little on the high side, it wasn’t truly in the budget range but I found the hotel quality to be quite good, especially with the room cleanliness and features. However, paying maybe 30-40% more could secure a much larger room in Singapore. I am not totally convinced that the hotel offers value but it was still a highly acceptable stay.
NOTE: You can find a video of the hotel room at my youtube hotels page: http://www.youtube.com/AllHotelrooms
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