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Aspinals Hotel, Singapore China street/mailing addressAddress: 83 Syed Alwi Road
1.1875
Average: 1.2 (16 votes)
Ranked #248 out of 248 in Singapore
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11/21/2009
2

Well we were a group of six people and wanted some place to stay for 6-7 hours after a 4 hour long flight from India as we had to board super star virgo later that evening. Our agent checked us into this pathetic hotel for that brief moment and it was like horrible. Firstly theres no one to pick up your luggage and send it to your room, u have to do it yourself. The rooms are very very very small and crampy the bathroom was also small and horible. The good thing was that it was near some good indian restaurents and just a hands distance from the mustafa centre.

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10/19/2009
1

Me and my BF just wanted a place to rest and spend time together during the eve of Deepavali. We didnt want to go to Geylang for its sleazy area and no nightlife and chose Little India instead with the intention of dropping by late night shopping at the 24hrs Mustafa Center.

I try booking online but everything was a mess so instead i call up Aspinal but got transferred to Claremont instead. When I told the mean receptionist that I want Aspinal , she mentioned that I should say it clearly during the first call!! (WTH)

Spoke to the unfriendly Receptionist at Aspinal and eventhought the price started $80 per night, she was willing to give us only $70. (Early bird rate perhaps but i book in the morning before i check in in the evening on the same day)

The location is good but it get noisy and rowdy at night.

The hotel was a total dump. We were given room 308 but because of the bad smell and spoilt aircon, we had to change to another room 409.. No telephone in the room, only 2 channels for the tv, fridge with no electricity, canned drinks that looks it have been there for years, No hot water to bath in.

Terrible Terrible..

Good thing we stayed in that tiny room only for 1 night!!

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10/04/2009
1

I stayed at this hotel for three nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) over the F1 race weekend. I did not book the hotel this was done by my travel companion. The hotel website in my opinion is not only inaccurate it boarders on misrepresentation. The hotel is like a squat. The bedding and towels are old, worn and their cleanliness to start is very very questionable. The Service is what you would expect from a centre for the homeless, I dont think there is a restaurant however I must admit i did not enquire. I would not reccomend this hotel to my worst enemy it was revolting. We only stayed as alternative hotels were difficult to find with vacancy on F1 Weekend and my companion had booked it prior without checking thus I did not want to make scene and upset her. In three days the bed was never made nor the towels changed. Im not sure if they had been the previous three days either. We requested that this be corrected on two ocassions but no action from the hotel staff. In the end we elected to leave the place as early as we could each morning and not return until as late as possible to minimise our exposure to this very poor squat which they label as a hotel.

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07/19/2009
1

My advise to you, don't stay at this hotel. Just because they are cheapest they think they can provide you terrible service. When I first arrived at 8pm it was so dark at the reception because they are trying to save electricity.

I told the unfriendly recptionist that I booked online only two days before and didn't have my print out reservation. She then called "the manager" on her mobile and I was told I need to have the reservation printed out. I asked her if I could use her computer check my email and show the reservation, but she said we don't have Internet (which I found hard to believe) and I would have to use the Internet cafe down the road. I had no choice and had to find the internet cafe to check my email and print the reservation as I was so tired and had an early morning flight the next day. I just needed a place to sleep.

She then asked me to pay upfront!!!!!!!!! I didn't have any Singapore dollars and told her that I would pay later.

But the room was a [--] house!!!!!!! No phone (their website says rooms have phone), tiny room, bed sheets and quilt cover looked stained and dirty, the bathroom shower was nearly over the top of the toilet.

The room was more like a prison cell.

Take my honest advice don't stay there and avoid it at all cost. Its better to pay double and stay at a standard hotel. THIS PLACE HAS NO IDEA ABOUT RUNNING A HOTEL BUSINESS.

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04/13/2009
1

I wont even bother rating this hotel. They mustn't even advertise the hotel! It's not clean, NO HOT WATER!!!!!! Noisy and just awefull. Not family friendly at all.

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01/25/2009
1

This would go down as one of the worst experiences in my life. What should have been a great end to our honeymoon in Europe ended up being a total disaster. We stayed at Aspinals as a stop over on our way back home . We arrived after a ten hour flight and should have picked up that something was not quite right from the shuttle bus driver who looked strangely at us when we said we wanted to go to 'Aspinals'. When we got to our floor we were hit with the stale and mouldy smell that lingered throughout the corridor. The door to the room was paperthin and the room was small and had a strong mouldy smell. The bathroom had the shower over the toilet bowl and the wash basin was hanging of the wall. I am not sure what colour the towels were meant to be but they were stiff and looked dirty. The curtain was hanging off the window. The bed linen was however clean as I stripped the bed back to inspect it. The air conditioner dripped on my foot all night and the music and the people running up and down the corridor lasted well into the morning. We left the next morning without even showering and gave breakfast a big swerve. We moved the next day to another hotel who could see by our state that we needed a room (8.30 am) and went out of their way to accomodate us. My advice....steer clear of this hotel and stay at the airport if there is no other options.

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07/14/2008
1

Its a dump, staff is more then unfriendly, continetal breakfast is non existing, you have cold fries and some rice thing, eating from plastic plates, plastic forks, plastic cups, instant coffee, not hot water, only 3 tv chanels, doors dont lock or worse doors dont open, do I need to say more?

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04/14/2008
1

My fiance and I booked 4 nights but thankfully I stopped him from paying in advance on the day we checked in, and we could check out the next day. It thoroughly spoilt our holiday and we were actually so traumatised that we decided to leave Singapore two days early. We actually walked around and found the Ambassador Hotel just round the corner, which ironically is Aspinals sister hotel. it was much better with a proper bathroom, but still clearly a budget hotel. THe Aspinals room was the tiniest room I have ever seen and the bathroom was depressing. There was no mirror, the room smelled funny, the shower was directly overhead the toilet i.e. there was no shower cubicle. Can you imagine the hygiene implications here? We did not get any sleep until 3am because of an extended Indian family who had seemed to have taken 2 rooms either side of us. One kept singing (the walls are paper thin) and the others kept running in and out of their rooms. The guests also think it is acceptable to leave their doors open and carry excessively loud conversations in the corridor all night. There was even a toddler who carried on until the early hours. If you can imagine we were a weary couple just arrived from a 10 hour flight, the next morning we bid adieu to this most horrifying hotel and found another. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND. IT IS DIRTY, SMELLY, UNCOMFORTABLE and Downright shameful.

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03/14/2008
1

Worst Nightmare in my life! Booked by a fren..very near to Mustafa shopping centre. Its about 70-80SGD a nite if im not mistaken..

It looks ok outside but when u step in you'll smell some mould..reception was a bit torn...only one lift..i just hate the carpet mouldy smell until u get into ur room..

Room was SUPER small..bed frame was like a metal frame and the sheets was stink..EW...the toilet was TOO SMALL to even turn ur body..one small window overlooking the back alley..Noisy~The Fridge was on the floor! Old lousy fridge and the cups stains...

Nearest MRT was Farrer Park..which is about 15 min walking..

We move out the next day and luckily they return the money for us..when i was at the New seventh storey hotel..it was heaven!

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01/29/2008
1

This hotel was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in,in my life. What a disgrace. I have stayed in Singapore before and every time the hotel has been wonderful. This was disgusting. First of all, the taxi driver had no idea where the hotel was. Then when we found it, the reception and dining area were separated by a piece of hanging rag. Firstly, the corridors stunk of mould. Then to open the door of the room and be confronted by what we saw. Holes in the wall, floor and ceiling. Parts of the ceiling falling down. stains on the floor from what I cannot bear to think of. The bathroom was so small the shower was literally over the bath. The curtain was a piece of stained material flapping against the window. The restaurant, such as it was, offered fried rice and samosas as the breakfast. Other patrons were sitting around barefoot with their feet on the chairs picking their toes and eating their meals. This gives you some idea of the clientele. The photos on the website bear absolutely no resemblance to the real thing. I have just returned from my trip to check the Internet to see if I made a mistake. No I didn't. How dare they say these lies. Fortunately for us this was just a transit stop but don't book a holiday here.

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01/20/2008
1

Stayed previously for the last two consecutive years at Aspinals. Hotel was OK then. During my recent trip this year hotel seems to have been downgraded. Room dusty.Cockroaches walking everywhere. Bathroom condition terrible. Water leaking from bathroom to room. Breakfast no longer the same. Service is very poor.A good maintenance and renovation would surely help visitors to come back to hotel.

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06/26/2007
1

Electrical wires hanging out the wall. Layer of water on the floor after house keeping 'cleaned' the room. The rooms are small but you get what you pay for. The maintanence and hygene in the rooms is inexcusable. Locked fire exit and faulty fire alarm system. The location was ok and the room was so feril that it did motivate us to stay out and about longer! I would stay cheap backpackers rather than here again.

The staff were nice enough and the mustufa shopping centre across the road is excellent. 5 minute brisk walk to the metro.

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03/08/2007
1

I booked this hotel with accomline.com website and got very disappoint with this hotel ...

1. smell bad all the way from Lobby to your room...Don't look over this point smell bad can ruined your trip believe me

2. Not that close to MRT about 10 -15 minute walk for Asian legs...

3. The room is very small

4. They charged u for a drinking bottle while other Hotel give it for free

5. Small Bath room and after shower outside = wet wet wet

6. My friends room TV and Telephone breakdown and they don't even care to send anyone to fix it...

7. Too bad for anyone trip ...eventhough I'm a long time budget traveller but this Hotel give me a bad experience....

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01/21/2007
1

please do not book in this hotel if you don't want your vacation to be spoiled. when i arrived in the hotel, i literally felt like crying.

the room rates of the hotel is cheap but it still feels like wasting money.

the rooms are small, the walls have holes, there is no window in the basic room, the carpets stink, the beds are stiff, the toilet are tiny...

the whole place from the lobby to the rooms smell like spices. the smell will even stick to your clothes.

breakfast was really unpredictable. there was bread and jam and milk and no hotdogs or anything else.

you wouldn't think you are in singapore when you stay here.

PLEASE BOOK WITH ANOTHER HOTEL.

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01/09/2007
2

We had intended to stay here for 9 days in the Christmas-Newyear 2006 but made a desperate run after 4 days. Due to the peak holiday season, we couldn't find a room in a new hotel fast enough and ended up suffering 4 days.

Firstly, let's start with the location - Syed Alwi Road in Singpore - this is THE busiest street in Little India due to Mustafa Centre. Its absolutely crowded and there's no space to walk anywhere - neither pavements nor the road. And its dirty. So, if you are in Singapore for a vacation, give any hotels on this road a wide berth.

The Aspinals is right opposite Mustafa Centre entrance. And if you stay here, you'll never EVER realize you were in Singapore... 98% of people you see are Indians, Bangladeshis, Srilankans et. all.

The Hotel itself has a nice wooden Swiss style lobby. But that about ends there. You are greeted by moustached Indian Punjabi ladies whose english communication skills are limited to "You have to pay XX Dollars" and "Your Room No. is XX". Any other query is met with blank stares...maybe zombies are cheap to hire or something.

We paid S$89 for the Double Room, including taxes and breakfast (tea, bad juice, bread, butter, jam ONLY). But when we saw the room, I ran on down and asked them again if I'd gotten a Single Room or something. The Rooms are really pigeon coops - the size that we saw in Star Cruise Virgo - I would estimate the rooms are just 3x3.5 or less.

The bathroom is double the size of an Airline Toilet - yes, it really is that small. Sort of extends your Economy class flying experience to your Hotel. There are NO TAPS in the bathroom, only a wall mounted shower and there is NO WATER MIXER. What that means is that you get Scalding Hot water one second and Cold water the next. It takes fine tweaking of the 2 controls just to set the temperature right everytime.

And since the bathroom is so small, my wife accidentally knocked the shower tap while walking in and got scalded with hot water. She was going into the Bath to put on lipstick because besides the 8" inch mirror there, there is NO MIRROR in the room.

So, if your wife/girlfriend was planning on going out looking decent, combing their hair etc. then tough luck - there is only one mirror in the Bath.

The Bath itself is about 1m x 0.8m size and that includes the WC, Bathing area and Washbasin.

There is one small (really small) cupboard and one study table in the room. That leaves no space to keep your luggage because it sure as hell does not fit in the tiny cupboard.

Traversing the room itself is interesting because 2 people cannot walk around at the same time. There is space for ONLY ONE one normal sized person to walk around at one point of time.

Housekeeping was daily and we didn't believe it until we were there on 2 days to experience the housekeeping routine. It takes less than 5 minutes for housekeeping to cleanup and after that you really don't notice that they did do the job. If we hadn'twitnessed the event, we wouldn't believe anyone did housekeeping at all.

The TV was included but I wonder why since there was no cable - just a few local channels in the local language. The hotel is located in Little India but the management expects tourists to understand the local Singaporean language, hence no English channels.

Breakfast was a joke and we didn't expect it otherwise. There was some bad quality orange juice, tea, jam, bread, butter and cornflakes. No, there was no other cereal - just cornflakes. We tried the breakfast the first day, then didn't bother after that.

Anyway, we tried but couldn't find alternate accomodation due to peak season. When we finally did, we ran out smiling.

And the happy ending - the hotel we finally got CLASSIQUE HOTEL was a pleasure and a great find. Its on the edge of Little India and just about 500 meters from Aspinals Hotel. And it costs just S$70. Read my review on that hotel here on Tripadvisor.

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12/08/2006
2

We just stayed at this hotel for 4 nights and had booked 2 double rooms.The rooms are very small with just a little space to move around the bed.However one room was bigger with an Ironing board.

There is AC, TV Telephone and cupboard.Toilet cum bathroom is about 0.75mby 1.5m ! They provide liquid bath soaps and towels, nothing else.There is a tea/ coffee making machine with plenty of sachets.There is daily change of linen and towels.

Breakfast is same daily and is O.K.

Good points are - excellent location,(As far as little India is concerned) ,plenty of Indian restaurants around, Mustafa shoping center is just a stone's throw away, Farrer Park MRT station is about 8 minutes walk. Hotel's staff is very cooperative and courteous. Roomrates are economical.

Recommended strictly for budget Indian travellers on a short visit. Remember to ask for a room with window. Not to forget, no full length mirror and charging points for 220 AC electrical gadgets !

Dr.Rupa Rao, India

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