I looked for something a little closer in my price range. I stayed here for another one night and it was a good quality place to stay. I don't have any pictures. I had a room with air and private bath. The bathroom could've been a little better for the price. Yet, the room and the bathroom were both clean and offered everything you need for a short stay. It is located within a 5-10 min. walk to the MRT Dhoby Ghaut. Also, a short walk to the Bugis street center and Little India. There are a few places to get something to eat and have a beer.
Hotel 81 Bencoolen 3*
Hotel 81 Bencoolen sits right just outside the Central Business District (CBD).
You may visit the nearby attractions such as the National Museum, National Art Museum, Esplanade which are about 5 to 10 minutes away. The shopping centres like Orchard Road, City Hall, Bugis Junction and Marina Square are within walking distance too. Dont miss the Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel which is also walking distance away on Beach Road.
Try the local dishes at Kopitiam along Bras Basah Road and S-11 Eating House at the National Library.
The entertainment spots of Mohammed Sultan, Chjimes, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay are situated conveniently within a 2-km radius.
We booked 2 nights in Hotel81 Palace on Geylang 16. The Hotel81's in Singapore seem to be a network of budget hotels with a number of them in the Geylang area. It is best to get off the metro at Kellang and get a taxi from here. The cost was around 49$S (£19) per night and the rooms were fairly standard.
There is a reason for these hotels being budget which is because they are in a dodgy area, Hookerville. Some real hot hookers were outside the hotel though it is hard to tell what they were packing in their trunks, so I stuck with my girlfriend.
If you are just travelling out from the hotel using taxis it's perfect. The girlfriend wanted to stay on Orchard Road which not only would cost 2 times what we paid for the Palace, it also means the girlfriend will be shopping from dusk till dawn so it is probably best to stay away from here.