Singapore: Safe hotel for $80us?

Jun 28th, 2008, 02:24 AM
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Singapore: Safe hotel for $80us?

A good friend from Vietnam is treating his fiancee to a holiday in Singapore on a severely restricted budget. It's his first time to Singapore and her first trip outside VN. They're both v excited.

The problem is budget: For $80us inclusive, he cannot find a room that's not in a red-light district, rents by the hour or has 20 dorm-style beds for males or females only. He's willing to stay outside city center, say on the East Coast.

This may be the wrong forum, but does anyone have a recommendation? (That's besides increasing the budget--I tried that already.)
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Jun 28th, 2008, 05:17 AM
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There's one from the budget Hotel 81. Unlike some of the others in the chain it's not located in the red light areas.

It's in the Eastern part, about 10 minute walk to the Kembangan MRT station. It is 10-15 minutes away by MRT to City Hall MRT.

There is easy availability of food around the hotel virtually 24 hours a day.

http://www.hotel81.com.sg/hotels_changi.shtml

This is closer to the city. Located near the Malay Village. About 15-20 min walk to the nearest MRT station.

http://www.asiarooms.com/singapore/s...-_tristar.html


A list of rooms which fall within the budget.

http://www.asiarooms.com/singapore/s...e=80-150%20SGD
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Jun 28th, 2008, 06:01 AM
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I don't know when this holiday is for, but I have read that a new Ibis is opening in early 2009, with over 500 rooms in Bencoolen St. Ibis is part of the Accor french hotel chain and is usually pretty cheap. We have stayed at Ibis in Europe as well as Bangkok and Seoul - they are all very similar - not full of character, but cheap and clean.
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Jun 28th, 2008, 01:48 PM
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Chinatown and Little India may be options as well. It's been a while since I was most recently in Singapore, but I remember inexpensive places advertised in airport brochures that didn't look all that bad. The following 3 came up when I googled "1-star Singapore hotels." Bare bones, yes -- but right on target in terms of budget:

Aliwal Park Hotel
Arab Street District
$78 - 83 US, depending on day of wk.
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Asphodel Inn Singapore
Little India
$83 - 88 US, depending on day of wk.
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Tropical Hotel
Chinatown
Doubles start at $75
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One recommendation I can make is STAY AWAY from Sha Villa Hotel at 64 Lloyd Road, off Killiney Road in the Orchard Road area. The place, though within budget, should literally be condemned. A definite NO -- regardless of price.
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Jun 28th, 2008, 02:08 PM
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New 7th Storey might be good...great location, great reviews.


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Jun 28th, 2008, 03:16 PM
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You might also consider the YMCA. One of our regulars often stays there. It's across the street from an MRT station. I don't know if it will quite meet your budget restrictions.
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Jun 28th, 2008, 04:48 PM
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The 7th Storey hotel is expected to closed end of the year. The site will be developed into a MRT station for a new line.

The the Y at Orchard is out of the budget.

The Inn at Temple Street looks interesting.

http://www.asiarooms.com/singapore/s...-location.html
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Jun 28th, 2008, 06:02 PM
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I'm looking into all suggestions above--and sure my friend will be too, as he's researching exhaustively.

Suggested he forgo Sentosa, which he plans as a day. This has no appeal for me, coming from Hawaii, but friend lives in Saigon, where a day trip to the beach is a rare, major thrill. If he skips Sentosa, that'll raise the room budget above red-light rates. Any opinions on whether a young couple from a just-developing country might find enough to like at Sentosa?
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Jun 28th, 2008, 06:14 PM
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Beware of the Inn at Temple - a friend stayed there a few months ago and said it was awful.
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Jun 28th, 2008, 09:08 PM
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How about Sleepy Sams?
www.sleepysams.com

or
Hangout @ Mt. Emily
www.hangouthotels.com

(I'm throwing this question out to Singapore travellers, as I have no experience in these, just wondering.)

Mari, maybe I was hasty in suggesting he bag Sentosa. I guess it depends on what they have/don't have in Vietnam. But what about the Botanic Gardens? The admission is free.
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Jun 28th, 2008, 09:35 PM
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Attractions in Sentosa.

http://www.sentosa.com.sg/explore_sentosa/index.html

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Jun 28th, 2008, 09:44 PM
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They have 2 1/2 days in Singapore and 1 1/2 days in Kuala Lumpur, transiting between by 2nd class sleeper train.

His definites so far for Singapore: Botanic Gardens, Night Safari, Singapore Flyer, Sentosa, Chinatown, Little India. He's also mentioned looking for a city bus tour the day they arrive.

Sleepy Sam's was on a list I found, but he'd apparently already researched it and knew it was a dorm-style backpacker hostel, not private rooms.

Budget for 2 for the entire 5 days in 2 countries is $1000, including air, already booked (Air Asia?). Ouch! I think he didn't realize that a fellow ASEAN nation like Singapore could be so expensive.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 01:28 AM
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Check out the Duck Tours.

http://www.ducktours.com.sg/

For the trip to KL, purchase the return trip ticket there as the fare costs the same but in Ringgit.



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Jun 30th, 2008, 05:38 AM
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There are some safe places in Little India that are NOT seedy, and you can get a private room for around $80/90. A bunk bed would be even less.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 02:22 PM
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One of the Hotel81s--Star in Geylang--had mostly positive reviews and came in at $107us for 2 nights, so friend has booked that. Apptly this area is pleasant in the daytime and turns into a not-so-aggressive red-light district at night, but most guests at the hotel seem to be actual travelers.

Have fwd'd the ducktours site to him, looks like fun.

Cked all recos above--7th Story was booked, YMCAs way above budget ($150/nite), rest had v negative traveler reviews or were well above budget in the $100 range. Thanks to all.

He's getting differing opinions re Sentosa and hasn't decided on that.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 02:37 PM
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Prices have really gone up in Singapore - or has the dollar just gone down?
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Jun 30th, 2008, 04:07 PM
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Both, the dollar has depreciated against the SGD. Hotel prices have been going up for quite a while due to room shortage. September will be bad due to the first F1 race to be held here. The circuit is at the Marina, Raffles City area.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 07:05 PM
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Everything has gone up in Singapore - hotels rose 38-42% in 2008 alone and even taxis are getting expensive with all the additional surcharges.

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Jun 30th, 2008, 08:40 PM
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Re Sentosa, a big chunk of it is under construction for the new Universal theme park and casino, so I'm not sure it's really worth it or not right now. The differing opinions probably depend on when people were there last.
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