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“Great Hotel, No Frills” 4 of 5 stars
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Strand Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   25 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189619, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #166 of 305 Hotels in Singapore
Bayan Lepas, Penang
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37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Hotel, No Frills”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Every time when i go Singapore, either for leisure or business, Strand Hotel is my preferred choice because:
Location - It is just walking distance to Bugis Junction (around 15mins walk) and 7mins walk to the Douby Ghuart MRT Station.

Eateries - Plenty of choices around the hotel area. There is a Kopitiam center just across the road

Room - When you go into the room, the 1st thing you will notice is how big the room is. It is very comfortable and extremely quiet. I always had a good night sleep there.

Breakfast - Simple breakfast. Breakfast is 1 western breakfast set & all you can eat toast, cereals, some fried noodles. The breakfast set has generous portion of bacon, eggs, sausages and you will definitely be full by the time you finish up the breakfast

Do note that taxis are hard to get by due to current construction in front of the hotel. Thus, the taxis are unable to drive-in or out. Sometimes the taxis will drop you a distant away from hotel. So, book a cab first or walk a distance to hail a cab.

Despite all the hassle, do i still want to go back staying in this hotel? Absolute yes ... for the price, i got a comfort and good night sleep. I think that is well worth it.

Room Tip: All rooms are good. However limited amenities - only shampoo and body shampoo. So bring your own too...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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7 Thank Yeap76
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Manila
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We chose Strand hotel because it is one of the very few hotels in SG that offers a family room for as big as 6pax/rm. We booked two rooms, ours accommodated 3 pax - including our young daughter who shared our bed (S$160) and the other for 5 pax (S$280) nett per night. Location is good, breakfast is decent (nothing special though); a 7/11 & hawker food center just across the street. Walking distance to nearest MRT stations (Dhoby Gaut & Bras Basah). Bathroom supplies includes only liquid soap and 2 sets of toothbrush.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Nelson-Tina Q
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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

We booked this hotel at very short notice due to a change in plans. We booked a family room for 2 adults and 3 children aged 13,12 and 8. The room was an L- shape and more like an apartment ( tip - there are two larger rooms on each floor, ask for one) the room was immaculately clean, spacious and had free wifi.

The staff were friendly and efficient, helping us with booking a taxi to the airport and with any other questions we had.

Breakfast was included. It was a small buffet as well as a plated of bacon, eggs and beans served to us. Whilst it was simple it was good and plentiful. The fruit was especially delicious.

The location is fantastic with Orchard Road a short five minute walk away. We walked to China town and caught a cab home.

The one negative would be the building works outside. I say negative in that other travelers may need to know but I couldn't believe how quiet it was in the building and we faced directly in to the work! There is some light from the window at night and I would say a pull down blind would help during this time as the work is expected to continue for some time.

However, don't let that put you off as its a great little find for a family at a great rate in what can be a very expensive city.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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7 Thank Marianne W
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Malaysia
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

As soon as we stepped into the room, we knew we had made the right choice for a hotel to stay in for 5 nights. The room looked almost brand new and was big enough for 2 queen beds and a single, perfect for a family of 5 adults. It was really clean ( a must for us!)

Someone had put his/her thinking cap on when designing the bathroom and came up with the idea of putting up a wall between the toilet and the shower so that the two could be used separately. Brilliant!

The downside: The construction right outside the window. We got the corner family room on the 2nd floor and so got some of the noise. But kudos to the construction company, their work is the quietest I have ever heard! Thankfully they don't work at night. Other reviewers suggested getting a higher floor or one that faces the back.

Also, because part of the Bencoolen Road is blocked for the construction, many taxi drivers did not know how to access the hotel from the back road. One ended up having to make a 3-point turn on a deadend and another drove round and round (Tell them to look out for the huge orange directional signboards. Otherwise tell them to drop you at Kopitiam which is just opposite.)

Also, there was some miscommunication among the hotel personnel regarding our charges and I ended up having to argue with the lady at the reception at checkout. Note to self: ensure that the reception enter any changes into their computer system at checkin.

Room Tip: One on a higher floor or one at the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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7 Thank Tan T
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Townsville, Australia
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stayed recently for 3 nights and are very pleased we did. The hotel is only a short walk to the MRT (train station) and to bus stops. Orchard Road, Raffels Hotel, China Town & Little India are all within walking distance. If you don't like walking then use the efficient train & bus service. Purchase a convenient prepaid ezlink card from the 7/11 store across the road to pay for your train & bus travel. Any left over credit can be used to purchase goods from the store. There is an Asian food court across the road with numerous tasty dishes available at very affordable prices. All staff were polite, friendly & helpful. Breakfast was available every day with cereal, fruit, toast, juice, tea & coffee as well as a cooked meal brought to our table. We stayed on the 8th floor at the back of the building and did not hear any noise from any construction work . The free WiFi worked well.

Room Tip: Ask for a room towards the back of the building - the 8th floor was very quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
8 Thank Ann_Qld
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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116 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Location , location ,location ... after all a standard hotel beds unfortunately the hard asian kind but apart from that breakfast was decent . room size good and staff reasonable helpful , there is still construction going on , for the subway station next door . (this probably not finsh till 2015 but i didnt hear anything on my side of building.) just painful for catching taxi.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank frangii
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Manila, Philippines
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24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Because of the stinky smell in hotel 81 we looked around for other options for a hotel in the city.

The old lady on the reception sounds very warming when she gave us her rate,at that time,hotel 81 offered S$ 225 for one more night while hotel bencoolen just beside hotel 81 gave us S$265 for a night and says we will be given S$10 less for our 2nd night,Strand hotel gave us S$180 for the deluxe room and S$200 for their new rooms for me,my mom and my brother,while hotel 81 doesnt have breakfast,the rate that was given to us includes morning buffet amd free wifi.hotel 81 gives wifi per device and when you wake up in the morning,the internet is not working properly anymore.

The room is way better,3 single beds big space,big tv and smells nice.opposite to the stinky room,smal space and sofa bed,bad internet, no breakfast we experienced in hotel 81.the old lady and old man on the reception are very accomodating and the staffs are very warm and friendly.

Perfect for family and location is walking distance between orchard and suntec/esplanade

We felt like we checked in to a 5star hotel bec of their service

It took us 2days to get over how regretful we are not to find this hotel first which is just beside the hotel (hotel 81) we stayed in


  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
2 Thank kaetlyn_sg
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Property: Strand Hotel
Address: 25 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189619, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
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Ranked #166 of 305 Hotels in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Strand Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 130
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