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“Good value by Singapore standards but location is not for all” 4 of 5 stars
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Venue Hotel
Ranked #133 of 305 Hotels in Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
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“Good value by Singapore standards but location is not for all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Background

I know Singapore well, have lived in the "City State" and have business there.

The location of the hotel is Joo Chiat Road in the East - not far from Paya Lebar which is a short distance from the airport. Joo Chiat Road could variously be described as a "party area", "lite red light district", or student hotel location.

The hotel is a trendy refurb of what I was told may have been a Hotel 81 (not sure this is accurate as there is another 81 within 400m). Whatever, it resembles the kind of trendy makeover that was common in France in the 1980's and The USA in the 1990's. Think, tiny rooms made to look big, with funky color schemes and good quality fittings and beddings.

For;

Clean and well maintained - but it is new ....and even before what appears to be this first review on Tripadvisor, my room had some damage to the glass on the washroom area sliding door.

Price - again with the caveat that by International standards it is expensive. Singapore is insanely expensive for most things other than basics. Food courts (coffee shop), transport and basic provisions are all cheap. But there is no middle market.

Location is OK as long as you learn how to use public transport. The number 16 bus stops is barely 100m to the left of the hotel. It will get you to an MRT (subway) station in 4 stops or to Suntec or City Hall very quickly. The number 33 to the right and left at the traffic signals is about 400m away. It will get you more central at Bugis but it is much slower with multiple stops. The MRT at Paya Lebar is walkable... if you can deal with the heat and humidity - most Westerners just forget it. LOL

Against

Charming reception staff but no service.

Tiny rooms - even my premier room was mostly dominated by bathroom equipment including a totally bizarre and superfluous standalone bathtub in the bedroom

No windows - certainly in my room, and I looked through several open doors without seeing a window in a bedroom

Noise - next to a pub/KTV. I use ear plugs all the time so no problem. You will need ear plugs if you are even a normal sleeper.

Not a family location. Not at all suitable for kids or teens unless you are very liberal parents and happy to explain the sociological side of the birds and the bees.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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Additional Information about Venue Hotel

Property: Venue Hotel
Address: 305 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427556, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore > Joo Chiat
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Venue Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 81
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