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“Singapore stayover” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fragrance Hotel - Balestier

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Fragrance Hotel - Balestier
Ranked #159 of 309 Hotels in Singapore
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Singapore stayover”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

An established hotel chain of 23 hotels.
Could have picked any from the chain.
Decided to stay at Balestier as close proximity to my destination.
Took the SMRT from Changi and then a bus from Lavender.
Took less than 1 hour to arrive and check-in.
Such an efficient and hassle-free journey.

Staff were overly courteous. Not the fact that self am a hotelier.
They showed me the room prior without hesitation.
Rooms fairly large. With all basic amenities offered.
Complimentary bottled water and coffee making facilities appreciated.
Iron and board on request with S$5/- deposit. But was waive after all.

Housekeeping could have done better with the wet mops.
The floors felt "sticky" and smelt öff".
Bath towels are "below" expectations.
Time your shower for ample hot water.
Would have preferred soap bar instead of the "dispenser 3 in 1" stuff.

Convenient for food with large food court across the street.
Lots of 24/7 outlets for emergency purchases.
Tend to be bit "sleazy" with lots of "day users".
Will try out the other Fragrance hotels next trip.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with window but all are bolted shut. Window for the sunshine rather than ventilation.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Hotel staff were very courteous and accomodating. They even let us borrow their umbrella when it rained while we were on our way out. The rooms are clean, as well as the bathrooms. Hallways are rather narrow but tolerable since the elevator is not far from the hotel lounge. Conveniently located such that bus stops and trains are just a few minutes walk from the hotel.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

I had a short break over new year in singapore and booked into this hotel. Definitely budget (no restaurant or bfast) but double ensuite rooms had decent aircon, TV and complimentary coffee/water.

Singapore has a rep for small and costly and this was small for a double. A little way from nearest rails station but taxis and buses are plentiful. One of many Fragrence hotels in Ballestaire so make sure you are specific to your taxi driver.

For bfast turn left out of hotel and walk 300m MCDonalds plus a selection of local restaurants. (both sides).

Would tay again for the price, only downside is trek for bfast

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Dave435
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Australia
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102 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

My selection of this hotel was entirely random. I had arrived at Changhi early in the afternoon and just needed an overnight hotel. I caught a train to the city and then asked a taxi driver to find me a budget hotel.

The check-in process was straight forward and needed a passport. The room had to be paid upon arrival.

The actual room was fairly basic. The bathroom was kind of built into the shower recess such that using the shower wets everything else in the bathroom so clothes have to stay outside. Basic amenities were provided in the bathroom ie soap, shampoo, toothbrush.

The bed was adequate and I slept well.

Next morning I was up early and on my way back to Changi fo ran early morning flight.

I would stay here again if I just needed a low cost overnight room. Perhaps next time I would research the Fragrance chain on the web to compare locations first.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank YingYang66
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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64 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stay here about 3 nights. The hotel located at the balestier road which you may easily get a taxi. For taking their MRT you need to take 15 minits walked. The hotel environment is ok but the only things is the room very small. We booked twin and queen size bed room. Both room look small to us. However, what you expect with the prices. is a budget hotel. You may easily find convenience store and food around the area.

Room Tip: get a higher floor room to avoid car noise from the street.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Shya83
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Malaysia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2009

I had booked the room 407 for 3 nights, and in the first night no electrict power, window can not open, very humited, very noisy, others rooms guest slamp the doors, some one knock the door in mid night, the sound proof are very poor, can listen what you are talking 40 feets away. our family can not sleep for whole night, it is terrible night mare. i asked for check out on next day morning, the reception counter charged me one night, we are traveling very often, we would not take your hotel any more in the future, and will let our friends know how terreble hotel service is...

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Property: Fragrance Hotel - Balestier
Address: 255 Balestier Road, Singapore 329710, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Best Value Hotel in Singapore
#49 Family Hotel in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fragrance Hotel - Balestier 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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