I wanted to give 3.5 stars but couldn't, so 4 stars it is.
2 thumbs up to Kam Leng for keeping much of the interior and exterior of an old heritage building mostly intact. I heard some hotel guests complain that the room floor is dirty, but it's not, it just looks old, which not everyone can appreciate.
The location is very good, just 15 minutes from the city centre, yet charming and close enough. The 24 hour local food court across the street is a godsend for hungry folks like me. I recommend the popiah, carrot cake, wantan mee, prawn mee, fishball noodles, minced meat noodles, and the frog porridge at night (if you like frogs).
The wifi available throughout the hotel is fast, which I really appreciate. The bathroom, although clean and modern-looking, seems to have some plumbing issues... no clogging, but some funky smells when I woke up one morning (not sure if I was smelling my neighbour's fumes). Yikes! Most times, it smelt fine though.
I like that the hotel doesn't waste space putting a wardrobe, but provides a water boiler, a safe, and a mini-fridge. Bed and linen is comfy, but rooms are not very sound-proof. I can hear most of what my neighbour says, and almost everything that happens in the hallway.
Didn't manage to try the hotel's restaurant, which seems to be quite a hit amongst the local young crowd.
Something to note: the hotel website's pictures look a lot swankier than in reality, so guests might be shocked to see that the common areas are really quite old, but they are clean.
Overall, I think it's a great place for people who love heritage sights, vintage stuff, and to see another side of Singapore, but can be a turn-off for people just looking for a modern shiny hotel. I would stay for 3 nights and no more.
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