The Geylang district is a good dozen blocks or more of cheap hotels. Basically about all of them are more or less" by the hour hotels". Yet there are many bargain hunters like me that will use them too.
I checked the lowest price of a "normal" hotel and it was the Ibis, which is often a tiny box anyway, and it was twice as much. The rest were far more. Singapore can be very expensive!
So I rate it 3 star as VALUE FOR MONEY. Otherwise the rooms are tiny, the bedding is minimal, but Singapore is always hot, and that's all you need. Many of these places also have a plastic like protector under the sheet. Kinda icky, but I guess a hotel with no protector could be worse you just wouldn't know it. Once you close the door you seldom hear or see anything, so who cares! I think these hotels put regular travelers on different floors than the local by the hour traffic when they can. Singapore is very safe everywhere so I wouldn't worry about safety.
The area is mostly Indian street food, outside or non a/c inside seating and cheap. If you need lots of electrical outlets for all your I-this and I -that...cameras and all other modern conveniences, none of these types of hotels have many plugs. Some just one-so a small octopus type thing is handy to charge things as you cant be sure of more than one plug. Or stick the one that has USB outlets in the wall and the others to the USBs if they can be charged that way.
Keep in mind your here for a cheap stay and that you will get. Don't expect more. When you get home you can tell your neighbors you stayed in the red light district!. Woo hoo!
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