To reach the hotel, get to the purple line and get off at Serangoon station. Take a short bus ride and in less than 5 minutes you should see Hotel 81 Kovan which is beside a small 7-11 store. If you smell a funky odor, you are on the right direction. The smell is coming from the durian store which is near the hotel's entrance.
The location of this hotel is far from the usual tourist area. It can be an advantage for those who prefer a quiet place. It can be, on the other hand, a disadvantage for those who wish to be within striking distance to Singapore's tourist spots. Personally, while the MRT is an efficient and well-connected mode of transportation, I felt the hotel was just a tad too far from the attractions. The additional bus ride (and the waiting for one to arrive) from the hotel to the station can be a waste of time.
The hotel has a small lobby with seats having a mere capacity of 2-3 people. Check in was quick and staff was okay. The lift to upper floors was also tiny but should suffice for 4 persons with suitcases.
The room was surprisingly tidy, even spotless. The bed was well-fixed and the linens smelled clean. We were given a room with a view of a local neighborhood - a different kind of view than the one we might get from staying at a hotel in a "touristy" area. The bathroom, albeit small, sufficed. It is noticeable that the housekeeping made sure the bathroom is always free from unwanted dirt.
Minor downside would be that there was only one power outlet in the room - an absolute inconvenience when we need to charge our gadgets.
Over all, a fairly good value for your money as hotels are expensive in Singapore. Compromise is that it is far from the attractions. Personally, I'd rather stay at a hotel near the usual tourist place even if it meants additional splurge.
Finally, a word of caution.
Everytime we leave and enter the hotel, we would always notice couples waiting at the lobby. After much researching, this hotel and its other branches have a reputation of being brothels. We were already on our last day when we knew the fact which was naturally uncomfortable for us. However though there have been efforts to clean up such shady reputation (or so I've read). In fact, on our floor's room, we saw families (and heard sounds from kid/s) checked in in adjacent rooms.
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