I think a lot of us find that Singapore is a costly destination when it comes to accommodation. Well it does not need to be. It is not as cheap as Malaysia or Thailand however there are still some very decent budget accommodation options available. I like to share our experience with staying at Hotel81 Star. This hotel is situated right in the middle of the red-light district (Lorong18, Geylang Road). Most of the girls stay around the main street and do not venture much inside the Lorong (road). I stayed here with my wife for a week and did not feel uncomfortable. Barring a lot of working girls, this is not a seedy area and you do not feel threatened. There are lots of activities happening all the time and this area are very well connected to rest of Singapore. The nearest MRT station is Aljunied which is 5 mins by walk and SMRT bus stop is at Lorong 18. We arrived at Changi early morning and took the MRT and got off at Aljunied station and then hopped in a taxi. The taxi charge to the hotel was only S$3 (please note that Singapore does have pick time taxi fare which is 35% more than the normal metered fair). We find all the taxi drivers are very honest though we used public transport extensively as we find it very efficient and comfortable.
Hotel daily rate was S$70 (public holidays have extra rate) and they allow early check-in at 12 noon without any extra charge (earlier than that will be charged at $10/hr). Late check-out is till 1pm which I think is very good. Hotel itself is very clean. Ask for room at the higher floor (7th, 8th floor). This is better as lot of working girls take their customers to this hotel and opt for any floor they can get (generally lower floors). Hotel81 is a franchisee hence they have their own embroidered towel & other toiletries which bare Hotel81 name. Rooms are small however adequate. Each room has an attached bath room, TV, air condition but no minibar. Beds are very comfortable and bed sheets are changed daily. During our stay they had given us free / complimentary 1 bottle of mineral water and packs of instant coffee replenished daily. Front office staffs are very professional, helpful and kind. They have a storage room where you can store your luggage for free. One word of caution, we did find some cockroaches in our room. We found some other local hotel in this locality where you can find a bed for S$50 a night. A suggestion will be to book one night stay in any of these Hotel81 branches (in this Geylang area, there are nine Hotel81) and then look for a better deal in other local hotels. Basically what you can save on your hotel rent, can be spent on shopping.
Food halls are in abundance in this area. Most of the corner restaurants are serving same kind of foods. If you are staying in this area, then please do try local coffee (cost 90 cents) which we had greatly enjoyed. I hope this review has helped you a bit.
looking for option ( either TRAIN or BUS ) to reach the hotel..what is the charge.should i keep change or can i buy PASS @ AIRPORT ITSELF FOR USING WITH train & bus.
pl note : i donot carry much BAGGAGE & how much the taxi will be.
thanks a lot
Taxi from the airport to downtown hotels will cost about USD10. Payment in cash,
Alternatively there is a train service that brings you into town. Cost = USD 2.
There are several Hotel 81 hotels. I am not sure which one is the Star
Hi there, Hotel 81 Star is off Geylang Rd and Guillemard Rd (I just looked it up). I think it's a bit of a red light area, but from what I've heard the hotels are cheap and I know it's a busy and interesting place. You can get buses into the city from both Geylang and Guillemard Rds and the nearest MRT is Alljuned. You can buy an EZ link card from the MRT stations, but I'm not sure if this is your cheapest option - you may need to look into this before you come. EZ link cards cost S$10 and then you have to put money on them, so it's worth exploring other ways of paying for public transport.
As for when you arrive, a cab will probably be about S$14, I wouldn't advise getting the bus as it will be more complicated (changing buses etc), but if you want to get the MRT, your nearest MRT station is on the same line as the airport, so it shouldn't be to difficult to find your way to the hotel.
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Address: 31 Lorong 18 Geylang, Singapore, 398828, Singapore