We got a taxi from the airport to take us to the Swissotel Merchant Court at Clarke Quay late at night. Although I had the street address the taxi driver claimed he did not know where it was and would use his GPS.
It was night so I was not so familiar with the areas and as he kept driving I noticed a sign saying Clarke Quay a few streets over. He kept driving and I noticed he had the GPS switched off. I said I think this is the wrong direction and he said he knew where he was going. About 20 minutes later he pulls up in the middle of a residential area and says this is where the GPS says it is.
He then apparently re programs the GPS and we finally get to the hotel. He said he would give us a discount because he got lost, the fare was $33 so he said he would do it for $30. I knew we were getting ripped off but my husband did not want to argue with him.
Our return fare to the airport $18 from the same hotel.
Clarke Quay is a very well known area of Singapore and the Swissotel Merchant Court is a large hotel. I knew there was another Swissotel in Singapore but I told him a couple of times it was the one at Clarke Quay.
In future I will take a printed map of how to get to the hotel so this does not happen again.
Crooks preying on tourists. We started our Singapore holiday with a bad taste in our mouths.