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Hornbill Hotel
Ranked #289 of 306 Hotels in Singapore
Jakarta, Indonesia
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120 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Cheap and has windows!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

I stayed here for one night in March 2013. It was easy to get to - we took the MRT to Kellang and walked (about 10 minutes). We were told we couldn't check in until 2pm, but they told us to come back around 1pm, and when we arrived back at 20 to one, they said our rooms were ready, so we were pretty pleased with that. It was clean enough and functional, and we spent very little time there, so it suited our purpose perfectly. It was easy to access the MRT and therefore the city.
All in all, fine for the money. And it has windows!!!! Bonus!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Quebec City, Canada
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2013

A.K.A. NEW HAPPY HOTEL (on Agoda and it's real name)
We found this hotel being one of the cheapest for a couple not wanting to share a dorm!
Extra easy access from airport, directly with the MRT (mass rapid transit) (for S2$) from Changi airport, take line, transfer at Tana Merah to finally exit at Kallang (EW10) 10 minutes walk to the hotel. Internet connection only available in the lobby because of a wifi failure. Got in back the last day. Room was small but ok. In local neighborhood, cheap "eating house" all along Geylang st, very busy and crowded at night. If you are a foodie or travelling on budget, you'll love those food stalls to be found everywhere aroung SG! Avoid chinese hotpot! Lots of eating houses are much much better than pricy restaurant! Easy acces to public transport to city centre, unless you want to walk (a good hour walk to the centre). Good cheap shopping at Bugis Street (4levels of crowded shops), Chinatown etc.

Just so you know, not to far from the hotel, there is a cigarette black market (keeping young boys busy with walkers, taxi, scooters, trucks coming and going all day and all night), prostitution might be seen as well! Didn't affect us thought. Overall a very clean and safe city with a lot of expensive attraction. :)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

I went to Singapore with my friend and purpossedly choose this hotel to meet our budget. The receptionist was nice and very helpfull. But yes we could only checked-in after on 2pm. The location was near bus station. It was just 2 minutes walk to the near bus station. The room was quite small. No table, and no cabinet to keep cloth. The bathroom was quite ok. Hot and cold shower were there. But the tv channel was more to local channel. The rate was not included breakfast. So i still had to go out to have breakfast. But overall, my stay was quite ok.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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107 reviews
77 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

Never never arrive before the check in time, you will only get your room after 2pm. before check in time the room is sold to all the short stay couple for SGD 35 for 2 - 3 hours stay. Not good for family stay since it is in the RED area but safe to stay. Shower is good with strong pressure but the ceiling look wet as it will fall to your head anytime, room is dusty, bed is sleeping on a spring, no boiler unless you pay for it, but for a short stay and you are not in the room all time it is fine with the price they are offering. Opposite the main road at LRG 15 there is a buffet restaurant called UFO Roster Buffet which offer valuable buffet food at SGD 22 eat all you can with big crab on the buffet.

Room Tip: I had room 303, facing road
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tenerife, Spain
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105 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012 via mobile

This was our 3rd stay at the happy hotel, the first was in June 2009 when it used to be clean. You can't beat the location if your on a budget. Kallang station is a short walk away and a ride into the city takes less than 10 mins. There's plenty of good food places around where you can get a decent feed for 2-3 bucks. Our most recent stay was over the F1 weekend. We booked with laterooms well in advance and when happy realised it was the F1 they advised us the rate was going up by $17 per night and refused to honour the original price of our booking. By this time all the budget hotels in the area were fully booked- NOT IMPRESSED! (late rooms refunded the difference). The girl working the night shift was always friendly. The rooms are tiny. We've stayed in both the standard and superior rooms and the superior room is slightly bigger- not by much but at least you don't have to squeeze your way into the bathroom. The rooms are dirty- we've been 5 months in Asia and this is probably the dirtiest place we've stayed (not to mention the most expensive). Walls are stained (standard) underneath the bed has never been cleaned but the worst thing is the mould on the bathroom walls- this is pure laziness because it wipes off with tissue! It wouldn't take too much effort to clean these rooms up.

  • Stayed September 2012
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4 Thank n1c8
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Zagreb, Croatia
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80 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012

No breakfast offered (no restaurant in the hotel), the room was super small it was so hard to move in it if you were not alone. It did not have closet either. One of the days that we stayed, we left some foods (unopened, uneaten), and they were gone (or stolen?) when we got back to the hotel and the room got cleaned.
The positive is that it's located in a street with a lot of food vendors, pretty close from the MRT Station Aljunied (around 10 min walk), and it has a good internet connection.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

I don't consider myself to have hugely high standards when stopping over between cities on the cheap, but THIS was simply disgraceful. Mould and fungi on the walls, bathroom not cleaned (probably for several weeks), insects on the walls, tiny room, floor slabs with gaps between them. Nowhere near worth budget money. Ended up going next door and making an on the spot reservation. The only positive I suppose was that gentleman at front desk was very polite and I was only charged for 2 nights rather than 5 - I see this as a positive, I could have been given back squat. Ended up paying almost double next door, but standards were not just 2 but 10 times higher. Book at your own risk!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hornbill Hotel
Address: 9 Lorong 10 Geylang New Happy Hotel, Singapore 399042, Singapore (Formerly New Happy Hotel)
Region: Singapore > Singapore > Geylang
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Ranked #289 of 306 Hotels in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hornbill Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Happy Hotel is 8 storey budget hotel offering clean and comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. Located near the city, 15 mins drive from airport and easy access for public transportation and many local delights can be found near the hotel. Not forgetting our friendly staffs to assist you at 24 hours reception desk. ... more   less 
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