Singapore is notorious for exceptionally high priced hotels – many of which are older, tired, and not worth what you pay for them. Those that are particularly new and modern charge accordingly. Nice middle of the road options that are clean and well run are definitely in short supply. The Perak fits the ”boutique, affordable, 3 star” category very well. The location is great, on a one way street oi the central city side of Little India, just a five minute walk from Bugis Junction or Little India stations, one city block from Sim Lim Square electronics market, an surrounded by cheap eats.
The hotel (still known to taxi drivers as the Perak Lodge) is built in a row of renovated traditional shophouses, It is a four story building, with no elevator – so is not ideal for those with mobility issues.
The Perak’s 35 rooms are small, as are all rooms in inexpensive hotels in Singapore. They are very clean, with polished original wooden floors, and quite hard beds. All rooms have small room safes, mini fridges with complimentary bottled water, and tea/coffee making facilities. I found the rooms to be comfortable, although a little dark, with not much natural light. Hallways though were light and airy.
The service at the front desk was friendly and helpful, and the included basic hot continetal breakfast and wifi were appreciated.
The Abdul Gaffoor Mosque is virtually across the road, so if you are not used to the call to prayer in the early morning, you may want to request a room at the back of the hotel, rather than on the streetfront. Personally, the melodic and somewhat melancholy call to prayer is a sound I have come to love while travelling – but the close proximity to the mosque does mean that it may be loud in the front rooms. Conversely however, some people may complain about late night neighbourhood nightclub noise able to be heard from the rooms at the back, particularly on weekends. I guess if you value complete nighttime piece and quiet, don't choose to stay in Little India.
Sure, the Perak isn’t an extremely fancy, large 5 star, but I thought it was definite value for money if you are looking for a appealing middle of the road option, and I would happily stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Perak Hotel Singapore