The location in Chinatown is perfect and it is really close to the MRT so getting around the rest of the city is very easy. The room had no window, but I did not stay for the views anyway. Other than that, the room is clean even though the interior has definately seen better days (the carpet is old and the room smells a bit old). The breakfast is completely ridiculous, only a toaster and white bread and coffee powder. Good thing is that there is a 7/11 close by and there are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. So it is not a luxury hotel but the staff was friendly and I only wanted a bed and a room in a good location in Singapore and this fitted the purpose.
Stayed there for one night. Room is clean and brightly painted with TV and basic amenties. But a few things are definitely lacking in this hotel:
1. A cup and a kettle - I got nothing to brush my teeth with other than my bottled water.
2. Electric sockets! maybe it sounds weired but there are only 2 sockets in the room, one for hair dryer and one for TV. As a bring a lot of gadget (Camera/laptop/ipod/phone) I needed to charge "in turn"!!
3. Friendly staff - I am not saying they are not helpful but I dun see a smile in their face
But there are a few good thing about the location of the hotel, and the fact that I was able to get hold of a room at 1pm (early)
So I will say referring to previous reviews, this hotel is bad but not that bad, and I will recommend it for those who plan to stay for one night only.
Well what a dissapointment, We travelled from Australia, to singapore and was looking forward to New year in singapore before leaving to the
Uk, As we entered the lobby we thought OH MY GOD, then the recipionist
handed the key, and it was down hill from there, The room was filthy, the smell was even worse, the bedding had all holes in it, the shower/
toilet was as mouldy as you could get it, and you would not have even wanted the breakfast, a loaf of bread and a dirty toaster, right next to the toilet, which the door didnt shut, I just couldent wait to get back to the airport,
How does this sort of hotel be able to stay open, all the bad things you can imagine and far worse was all in one place, We would never never NEVER, stay there again,
We will even be taking it further, as false advertising.
Actually put me in a room with no windows. The shower is also the toilet...TV not connected....overpriced....
Arrived a rainy evening at this hotel, after reading the recommendation (!!!!) of this establishment in "The Rough Guide", describing the hotel as a intimate boutique hotel with smart rooms- everything clean and new. Well unfortunately, this hotel is quite the opposite, infact it is one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in and on top of it I paid S$ 108 for a single room. The room was shabby and smelly with old worn-out furniture + tv did not work. When showering water poured out on the room's fitted carpet and this had also left mouldy traces on the wall. I left the next day, having some trouble though finding something in the same price range. Ended up at Hotel 81 Bencoolen, a far better option and value for money.
How can I put this ? Dire, disgraceful, smelly, uncared for, appalling, dark, tiny rooms, cigarette burns on the bed covers, see-through sheets. paint on the curtains, dirty windows, grouting all over tiles, peeling paint, doors that don't shut properly, no hot water, shower that only drips, rooms without windows, flickering lights, blowing fuses, noisy air-con, sound from other rooms and hallway, generator sounds and vibration, dangling light fittings, damp.
Didn't actually see any fleas, but that's what our kids called the place.
And finally, there was a sign in reception that said "unregistered guests charged at $20 per night". Decide for yourself what that means. NOT a place to take your loved ones.
What can I say ?.....we stayed here 3 years ago and were quite impressed. However, our recent visit was distinctly disappointing and a complete waste of our money, not being cheap!
The room was in severe need of renovation. The paintwork was mouldy. The room was tiny and very dark. The bedding had cigarette burns in it. The curtains were stained. The bathroom was mouldy and the shower spat black bits out and water in all directions except downwards.
The air conditioning was very noisy and whole room smelt.
The breakfast area had big holes in the wall behind the main table.
The only good thing is that the staff were friendly.
We definitely would not stay here again.
Where do I start? The reception area exuded defeat and disappointment. The receptionist herself seemed surprised that a 'white' guy was staying at the hotel. The rooms were so small that the bed took up 80% of the available space. The tiny lobby was full of shipping crew lounging around with nowhere to go and no money to spend. Breakfast was an obscenity, consisting of a bag of white bread on a side table accompanied by a toaster, do-it-yourself. I think there were some tea bags beside a kettle as well, but I was already on my way out by then. I ended up using my tiny room as storage for my luggage and taking a boat to Indonesia for a couple of days, simply because this hotel was so gosh-darn depressing. I guess some constraints are tolerable if the hotel is really cheap, but this hotel wasn't that cheap! A disaster. I showed the hotel room to one of my Singaporean friends and he told me that he was once looking for a cheap hotel to take a girl for the night and rejected the Chinatown Hotel even on the minimal criteria required for a casual rendezvous after seeing the room. Enough said!
I booked the Chinatown Hotel this summer knowing I wanted a cheap, decent room in the Chinatown area of Singapore. The location was perfect - quiet but convenient to public transport - but the hotel has definitely seen better days. Although the lobby is pleasant enough, the rooms have not received the same upkeep and care. The staff were friendly, but, until the place receives major renovations, it is not value for money. As the previous reviewer noted, there are better hotels on the same street including a very cheery, inviting hostel with private rooms at less cost.