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RELC International Hotel
Ranked #177 of 316 Hotels in Singapore
Reviewed July 12, 2006

I was put in this hotel by my company due to the low rates. I can't fault the location (10mins walk from the western end of Orchard Road) or the staff who were friendly and helpful. I will fault the room service menu (only option is instant noodles), my room (on the 10th floor) which had ants all over it, smelled damp and was not a place I wanted to spend much time. I complained about the ants and was moved along the corridor a few rooms but it was only marginally better (i.e. a few less ants). Checked out the next day after a very poor breakfast and I wouldn't recommend it based on my experience.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 12, 2006

I got a Hollywood's Queen room for four, we had 2 queen sized bed and since I travelled with my sister and parents - it was perfect. I was given a room in the non-smoking floor and it was as seen in the website. We had an extension area (sort of a balcony) which was great - although for those who may want open windows...their windows just open partially more of a safety feature I think. The room was very clean and did not smell musty, CR fully working too along with water heater and other amenities. The hotel was fully booked since there was a convention (RELC is a regional language center) yet it still maintained its tranquility and the staff were inobtrusive yet helpful. The complimentary breakfast though is not so exciting, we had noodles, boiled eggs and congee for breakfast the 2 days we were there. Though for the non-picky, the fare is ok and you can just opt to go for a sumptuous lunch and dinner in the city.

For those who love the quiet, this is a good place to stay. After walking so much and doing sightseeing OR even a day's training or work in singapore......the quiet area of orange grove is ideal. There is a regular free shuttle that brings you to main orchard and should you opt for taxis, the area is not too isolated so there will be taxis coming along every so often. The location is not too far also from the shopping malls, in the map it may seem so far but in reality it is not. But then location of the place to stay will also depend where one opts to go so they can be nearer.

Will I recommend? Why not? The staff were polite and helpful and overall my stay was just right.

7  Thank ChinaM
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Reviewed March 13, 2006

I read the reviews here and expected an incredible bargain from this "hotel". I was extremely dissapointed.

First of all the breakfast is absolutely horrible. Next, the rooms (I stayed in a Hollywood Queen) are admittedly clean and comfortable, but awefully drab.

The location is pleasant, but quite far from anything you'll want to do. Orchard Road is about a 10 minute walk.

The worst of it was the broadband internet connection which was ludicrously expensive in a city where you can find free hotspots all over the place. Take my advice, and take your laptop to the nearest Starbucks or Coffee Bean, and work there.

Finally, I have to say that it just didn't feel like a hotel at all.

Having said all that, I'm probably gonna stay there again, since it really is quite cheap. Just don't expect a fancy hotel. It isn't.

  • Stayed: March 2006, traveled on business
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10  Thank Jonathan R
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Reviewed February 15, 2006

This hotel is just magneficent. The rooms were big, clean and bright. We stayed in here for two nights and we experienced living in a five star hotel but we only paid a two star hotel's price. We stayed in the Hollywood Queen room (it has two queen sized beds) and they only charged us with about $110 Singapore dollars. We reckon that this was a great value for money. The hotel staff were very helpful indeed.
We recommend any visitors visiting Singapore to stay in this lovely hotel. Just splendid.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed May 16, 2005

If it hasn't been said before, I'll say it here - the RELC is fantastic value for money due the large clean rooms with a great location - Orange Grove Road is a lovely residential road off the Orchard main drag - this road incidentally also houses the Shangri-La. If you're not up to the 8-10 minute walk, there is a shuttle bus from the RELC to take you down to Orchard Road and beyond.

My high-floor room also offered very attractive views from the balcony, which is also of very generous proportions.

Just a tip: If you're wondering whether to have a lie-in or go down to get the free breakfast, opt for the lie-in.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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20  Thank TeddyN
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Reviewed July 27, 2004

We stayed here jan/feb in 2002.
Stayed here for 4days and then 2 days after coming back from a 14days holliday in Malaysia.

What suprised us was the spacious rooms(!), clean rooms with a excellent location for the amount of money we paid.

The staff was lovely! And melted our hearts when we came back from our 14 day holliday in Malaysia; and as we entered the lobby we were welcomed by: Heelllooo Mr and Mrs Pedersen! (Suprised that staff in a huge hotel like RELC can remember names of guest who return to their hotel after 14days away.)

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Reviewed June 28, 2017
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Stayed: December 2016
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Additional Information about RELC International Hotel

Address: 30 Orange Grove Road Relc Building, Singapore 258352, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #177 of 316 Hotels in Singapore
Price Range: $93 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — RELC International Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RELC International Hotel is centrally located, just a 15-minute walk from the famous Orchard Road. There is also a bus stop within steps of the hotel. The hotel features spacious accommodation with a fitness centre, free parking and free Wi-Fi. Guestrooms feature modern interiors with carpeted flooring. Each room is equipped with a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV with selected cable channels. The en suite bathroom comes with a rain shower. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered on site. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. A currency exchange service is also available. ... more   less 
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