I had to go to Singapore for 2 nights and 3 days alone, so was looking for cheap accommodation. I finally settled for the Amrise Hotel despite some of the bad reviews. Booked through agoda.com, a single standard room at $55 (sing dollars) a night.
From the airport, I took the MRT and got off at Aljunied station (the tourist information office advised me to get off there). It was a little hike, as the hotel is in between both Aljunied and Kallang stations. I actually walked by the hotel 3 times before noticing it (there was a lot going on on the sidewalks...). The walk wasn't too bad as it was in the early evening and the heat had died down a little.
When i got there, the receptionist was helpful. As a bonus, he told me that all the standard rooms were taken, so I'd be upgraded to a deluxe room with a queen bed on the 2nd floor.
relatively small, no safe, damp showing through the wall where the shower was, rust at the tap of the sink, wall near the toilet was grotty, dodgy aircon (wasn't leaking though!). No lift (for people with heavy luggage, walking difficulties, etc, but it was ok for me).
2 windows (i had read that the standard rooms didn't have any...), it was overlooking the main road, but the noise didn't bother me, coffee and kettle provided, comfortable bed, on the MRT route for Changi airport. The 2 people i dealt with at the reception (both were chinese men) were very friendly and helpful (didn't get their names tho, sorry).
It's just off the Geylang lorongs, so I didn't notice any "red-light" activities on the street side where the hotel was. It was another story on the other sidewalk... Except for when I returned to the hotel to check out, there was, ah, how do i put this politely, a chubby "older woman" on the top of the stairs who gave way on what i thought was politeness. However, when i go abreast of her (pun intended), she repeated "Yao bu yao?" a couple of times. It took me a few seconds to realize she was asking me "want or not?". No prizes for guessing what the "want" was... I just replied "Bu yao, xie xie" and continued my way.
The walk from the hotel to the Aljunied station was done at 1pm (i asked to check out 1 hour later, so was charged $10. This is noted in the room ($10 for every additional hour after 12:00), so it was expected) in the hot sun, so I was sweating like a pig by the time i reached there.
Tip: If you want to go Little India, take the bus, it's more direct and faster than the MRT (have to change 2x).
DO NOT go to Little India on Sunday. Believe me, you don't want to, that was the worst mistake I did on this trip.
I did take some photos of the room using the iPad, so will upload them as soon as I can figure out how ...
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