My two friends and I (all are boys, sophomores) visited Singapore last August and stayed at FernLoft Chinatown for two nights (from 7th to 9th). Also this was our very first trip abroad so we were very excited!
What we like: very very convenient location: the hostel is at the heart of Chinatown, easily access to city center with many tourist attractions, MRT stations and bus stops are just 5min away, Chinatown food complex's just down the floor, street maket surrouding with price that you can bargain, there are The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple near by... I love the location a lot because we could go many places on foot within 1 day!! The hostel price $20 including self service breakfast, which was basically pb&j (it was ok for me, but I recently knew other hostels offrered fruit along with the toast, at the same price). The place is small but cozy, beds are decent, toilet and shower are very clean, free wifi, and you can asked the owner for direction, booking tickets,... It's enough for a backpacker's need at the end of a day after all!
What we did NOT like: obviously as my title has mentioned it, we seemed to have some unpleasant moments with the owner lady and they made the trip somewhat less joyful. The day we arrived we were greeted by an gentle old man who said that he just took care of the hostel since the owner had gone to Malaysia. The next morning, when we showed up in the common area we were asked by a lady (later we found out that she is Auntie Aini the owner): "Where are you from?" and I said that we were from Vietnam, her first replied with a stoned face: "When will you leave?", charming! Where were the welcoming smile and the outgoing atttitude people have been raving about??? And then later when we were chatting at the balcony seats, she brought a plate with some burnt toast someone had left on the breakfast bar and asked "Did you do this?". SERIOUSLY! Among all the other guests sitting there, she came straight to us and asked that! Until now I always wonder why. Because we're from "that country" means we couldn't figure out how to use a toaster?! or because the bad reputation some Vietnamese got when being charged for uneaten/wasting food makes she assumed it's the norm? I was really disappointed and told her we never did something like that, but she gave us a lesson about "how everything is so expensive in this country" anyway! Well, sweet memories for a first timer huh! Since then she gave us a weird grumpy attitude until we left!
Before the trip I had done online research a lot and was very happy to find this place out: good location and many excellent comments. But the real experience, well, wasn't quite as I expected (and I'm definitely not mr.high-expectation!). If only I read more carefully about the comment of CathyPHL!!! After all it was just our own experiences, so I assumed may be we just had bad luck or caught people on an off day, and the place was really great and amazing as most people have enjoyed it. But if I ever visit Singapore again, I'll never choose FernLoft Chinatown for sure!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Priceline, HostelWorld, Travel Republic (UK) and HotelQuickly so you can book your Fernloft China Town reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Fernloft China Town Hotel Singapore
- Fernloft China Town Singapore