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“Very Good Budget Hotel”
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Strand Hotel
Ranked #143 of 312 Hotels in Singapore
Pondokgede, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
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“Very Good Budget Hotel”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Budget and location-wise, Strand Hotel is a very good and convenient hotel. Had a good 3D2N stay with friends. The hotel is surprisingly very quiet despite the construction is taking place just outside of the hotel.

Not a lot of tourist attraction but Bras Basah and Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and bus stop is on a walking distance. Excellent!

There is Bencoolen station construction so it may be inconvenient for some of the guests. But it is not as dusty as you expected. The construction workers clean the mess and even mop the sidewalks (at least that is what I saw).

711 is right across the street. There is also kopitiam next to it with reasonably-priced and good varieties of foods. You may consider to have a breakfast here should you on a long stay at Strand.
Coffee Bean is also nearby if you want to grab some coffee and chilling up.

A health clinic is located beside the hotel.

For muslims, there is masjid just 50 meters away from the hotel and halal food stall nearby.

If you a vegetarian, there is a lot of vegetarian restaurant at Fortune Center. Just a walking distance away.

Front desk was very helpful but all of the staffs are unfriendly. What's wrong with smiling? It is not hotel Transylvania.

Room is not that spacious but very clean. The bed is fine, the pillow could be better. Air conditioning is working fine. TV placement is questionable, why did they place it between the pillars? We ended up not touching that big nice TV. But hey, who is watching TV while on a vacation?

The room has a decent sound proof materials as we didn't have in issue with construction just below our window.

Bathroom is rather small but again is very clean with good amenities and separate toilet, great for group stay I must say :D
Shower is nice and has great water pressure. Never had an issue with the hot water.

Strand offers very basic and tasteless menu of breakfast:
2 chicken sausages, 2 ham bacons, sunny side up / scrambled egg and hash brown / red bean.

There is also a small buffet of:
- Coffee / Tea (both are poor).
- Cheap cereals and milk.
- Cheap toast/pancake.
- Bland fried Noodles (better mix it with sambal provided for a better taste).
- Orange / apple juice.

I suggest you to have a breakfast at Kopitiam across the street for a better taste and mood.

We have a complimentary wi-fi during our stay. Speed is reasonably quick but signal strength is kinda poor in our room.

Overall Experience:
We were not stay in the hotel most of the time, but I have to say we had a comfortable and decent stay.

If you're a on a group vacation and on a budget, you night consider Strand Hotel.

Room Tip: Choose room away from construction site if you wish.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2013

This hotel does not have online registration anywhere. You simply fill in the forms from their website. Submit it then the hotel staff will reply your email.
You will need to provide your credit card Information to secure the bookings. First of all, this may seem unsecure sending credit card informations over the email. But I have no problem.
Your credit Card will not be charged at the time of booking, and will be charged upon check-in, or if a no show, then hotel will charge your credit card for 1 night.
You may also prefer to pay in cash.

the location is superb!, close to bus stops at rendezvous hotel just 50 metres away, and the other is at Prinsep St. you will have to walk pass Rendezvous hotel at the back of Strand Hotel (there is a shortcut)
Also VERY close to Bras Basah MRT (Exit D).
Also near:
- 7-eleven right accross the street
- Kopi Tiam (24 hours food hall)
- Coffee Bean Coffee shop

there is a construction right in front of the hotel, but will halt after around 9pm.
make sure you get the room facing the rear.
We got room 601 right at the end of the hotel, facing Rendezvous Hotel which is very nice view

This Hotel also in progress of renovations, They are currently renovating 2nd and 3rd floor

Our room was at renovated 6th floor, so it's quite clean, bathroom also updated but no electricity outlets, clean and comfy bed with extra pillow, LCD TV, an empty refrigerator but working cool, and a very cold AC.. *lol*
Hot water is running fine.

We get a complimentary Wifi, which we did not have the chance to try it out, but nice to have that option

The dining area is.. well.. from my view looked like a vintage old Diner.. haha

Breakfast was very very basic, you will have a portion of:
2 pcs of Bacon + 2 pcs of sausages + Sunny Side up + 1 Hash Brown
which is enough to start the day
the next day, the breakfast vary a bit:
2 pcs of Bacons + 2 pcs of sausages + scrambled egg + red beans

there are also a small buffet of:
- Cofee / Tea (coffee is really bad... )
- Cereals (corn flakes and milk)
- Toast / French Toast or Pancakes
- Fried Noodles
- orange juice

which you can help yourself

If you get bored with this breakfast, you can just hop to Kopi Tiam.

staffs are great and friendly (well except those at the restaurant a.k.a diner)

There is an Internet Kiosk at the lobby which you can use for S$1 per 15 minutes, using a dollar coin.

Overall, We had a good sleep here. we got the Double Room for S$140, there are options of Family Rooms for S$240 and S$280 up to 5 person staying per room.

Very easy getting around from this hotel (Bus and MRT) you can also ask the reception to call a taxi for you.

Room Tip: Choose a far left room to get a good view.. x01 room...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Overall this hotel meets expectations. The front desk was very helpful and spoke English well (like most of Singapore). Conveniently located near the subway station and as of February 2013, Bencoolen station is under construction so you would need to go around the construction area to get to the hotel. Probably once the construction is done, the subway is just right outside the hotel. Kopitiam is nearby and is open 24 hours if you need to get your foodie fix. Not a lot of tourist attractions to go to on foot, everything is a train ride away.

Would recommend this if you will be out most of the time.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Cambridge, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2013

This hotel is very basic. The room was large an clean with comfortable bed and large TV. Well airconditioned and had good powerful shower. Reception staff were helpful and friendly. We Had B&B and I have to say the breakffast was poor. It was in a cafe attached to the reception area and there were cereals, toast and noodles available on the buffet. You also had a cooked "English" breakfast which was not cooked to order. It came out a soon as you sat down and was cold!! Another downside is that ther is constuction work directly outside the front door. Although we were never bothered by the noise, it made the area dusty and dirty and pick ups awkward. At the present time I would not revisit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2013

I was so confused which hotel to go as trip advisors has all kinds of review.i will give thumps up for Strand hotel. Its a good three star experience if you take deluxe room and ask for room which has behind road view.

Its perfect location for MRT, Bus station and food options.Also, there is a Seven eleven opposited of this hotel. That makes it easy for u. Dhobby ghaut is walkable from there

Great value for money. i dont think you have any such option in Singapore....Just go for it

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuching, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Simply love the spacious room like old time, able to run around so to speak. Its an old hotel, hence a liftups for the room will be great. Great location for almost everything, like sightseeing, shopping and looking for food. MRT Bras Basah is just 2min away, Dhoby Ghaut is some walking distance, buses are everywhere on Orchard Road..

Room Tip: Its just right place to stay for a family setting. Location is just at where you want to be.. Shoppi...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We were a family of 10 when we stayed at this hotel for 5 days - 2 family rooms (2 queen size beds). 1 room had no issues with the beds, bathroom. The other room had an issue with water leaking at the shower area (only during taking a bath) but it was tolerable. Each rooms were equipped with coffee, kettle, 4 free toothbrush+toothpaste, 4 room slippers. We had no problems with the sockets because most of us have been to SG before and we already brought a universal adapter.

Check In: We didnt encounter any problem but it took too long. They had to get all our passport names (so we had to give them our passports), all 10 of us.

Check Out: The trainee made a mistake by overcharging our credit card for S$330!!! Good thing we double-checked all the credit card receipts given and noticed the overcharging. Though it seemed liked an honest mistake, but, it was not acceptable. We had to go back&forth with all the many receipts (because the terminal didnt allow them to charge the overall amount of S$1,920, so they had to divide it....hassle).

Breakfast: Was okay, not the best breakfast, but not bad either. It was enough to fill our stomach before lunch time. However, it was the same breakfast from Monday to Sunday.

Location: Very convenient, 2 MRTs in the area - Bras Basah, Dhoby Ghaut. Fast food place Kopitiam, and 711 were right across the hotel. Thumbs up!

Airport Service: Well, knowing and doing our research about the front area being closed for the MRT construction, we didnt rely on simply asking the staff to hail a cab for us. We were 10 with multiple luggages so it would be a nightmare hailing a cab. We hired a van - very affordable, S$50-60 going to the airport. Great Option!

Rooms: were pretty acceptable. we didnt want to be choosy and nitpick because afterall, it wasnt a 5-star hotel. It has the basic necessities you need.

Housekeeping: No issues, kept the room clean, nothing was missing

Staff: Well, Singaporeans are not the most smiling and kind people in the world and so we had to excuse them for looking stiff and haggard. however, we did encounter few staff who had some smile to their face and were kind. I guess, the kindness campaign of their government is working.

Overall Experience: We had an overall pleasant experience. We weren't in the hotel most of the time - we leave 830-10am, come back 9-11pm. The times that we were there were okay for us.

If you're a group of 8-10 and on a budget, looking for descent place to sleep, this hotel may work you. =)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Strand Hotel
Address: 25 Bencoolen Street Strand Hotel, Singapore 189619, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
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Ranked #143 of 312 Hotels in Singapore
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Hotel Class:3 star — Strand Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 130
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