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The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat)
Ranked #131 of 306 Hotels in Singapore
Marshall, TX
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“Best Deal in Singapore!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We looked a long time at the tripadvisor reviews for Singapore before deciding on this hotel. The online deal came to $51USD, including Internet access. The hotel did not disappoint. The staff was professional, courteous and helpful; the room was secure, clean and quiet (although tiny), and the beds comfortable. The ambience of the hotel was in contrast with the street on which it was located, which was filled with bars and other "night spots," but don't let that fool you -- this is a fine place to stay. The hotel arranged for our taxi to Changi Airport, and we arrived in less than 15 minutes.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Phang Nga, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

I've found Singapore Hotels are comparatively expensive from the rest of Asia. This was one of the cheaper offerings and was adequate for my short stay there. Not too far from Airport (taxi around $12 singapore). Room was clean with basic furnishings and bathroom fairly dated but clean. The walls are fairly thin and although I was in an end room I could hear the next room and corridor noise. I found the staff probably the hotel's biggest asset. There are many shops, restaurants and bars close by opening late.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

We select the Frangrance Hotel primarily for its interesting location. The hotel is 'budget' and fine for shorter stays. It's clean, secure and if you get a larger room with a window, ok for size. The staff are most helpful. Once you learn how it works it's good. The air conditioner can be turned down to decrease the noise and the air flow. If you take the effort to pack things away, the small room is no problem. We spend most of our time exploring Singapore rather than being in the room, so it suits our priorities.

Joo Chiat Rd is a major interest for us. There is a lot of Singapore heritage here, shophouses offer things from hotel supplies, bike repairs, fish, green groceries and a score of restaurants. Specialty foods including steamed buns and fish head recipes! Right opposite the hotel is an interesting shop where they make funerary mementos – which are burnt. These are typically house creations made from bamboo and paper, very colourful, quite an art. These shops are very decorative, see picture.

Other shophouses, just off Joo Chiat Rd have been delightfully renovated. See pictures.

Joo Chiat is a 'red light district' but this is not intrusive. In fact it's another aspect of the colourful nature of the area.

Our favourite breakfast restaurant is the Al Falah Barakah for pratas (what a skill to be able to whirl the pastry to stretch it out!) and freshly squeezed orange juice.

A taxi driver commented that the best bargains for shopping are available in the shophouses rather than in the upmarket designer label shops off Orchard Road and Marina Bay. There is an Islamic community located on the northern end of Joo Chiat Rd, along with a large shopping complex. The clothes, materials, jewellery and much else are an entertainment in themselves.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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GlobalPremiumHotels, Guest Relations Manager at The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat), responded to this review, 3 June 2013
Mr Gavin, I see that you have been returning to stay with us since 2011. Having said, I must express my appreciation to you for choosing this hotel as your preferred accommodation choice during your travels to Singapore.

I am glad to learn that you had expressed your fondness in the rich heritage of the Joo Chiat area, in particularly the funeral memento shop and the Joo Koon conservation houses nearby the hotel. I also read with interest that you enjoyed being entertained by the sights of the prata maker tossing the hand-made pastry up in the air. In doing so, you had truly discovered the unique cultures of Singapore.

I wished you well and hoped to see your return soon!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

If you need to be on the east side of the Raffles Rock then this hotel is good value. Get a window room for an extra SGD10, not that it opens but it helps adjust your body clock to get real daylight. A kettle allows for in-room catering via the supermarket down the street. Helpful staff.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

We stayed there on a stopover to India. The price seemed ok, but it has no air port shuttle and by the time you pay for two taxi rides you might as well stay in a better place who provides a free shuttle service. The hotel does not serve breakfast but there are restaurants near by. Also it is in quite a seedy area of Singapore where THE girls hang out at night. During the day it is no problem. A lot of rooms have no window and the beds have plastic covers on the mattress which is very uncomfortable.

Room Tip: If you have to stay there ask for a room with a window.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Stayed here for 7 nites, while touring Singapore.

Family Rooms are very spacious, Clean
and Staffs like Floy and Nenny are really helpful
with directions, attractions and subway.

15 min to Airport, $15 Taxi. There's also subway connections.

My 2nd Stay within 9 months and will come back.

Nice Experience and Great on the Wallet!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Northwood, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

rooms was ok..not many channels on TV..usage of internet not free..i suggest sud improve more as location a lil far off..thou no prob of findin whr to eat..no a prob to hail a cab as thr clubs along de street..nearest mall Katong 112..we walk our way thr...not a bad idea..improves digestion aft a meal..to walk bk to our hotel.

Room Tip: request fer non window if u wanna gud nite sleep
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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GlobalPremiumHotels, Guest Relations Manager at The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat), responded to this review, 8 May 2013
I am glad you had enjoyed your stay at the hotel!

Regarding the location of Paya Lebar MRT Station (Green East-West Line EW8) to the hotel, I do acknowledge it maybe rather far at 1.5km away. However, if you enjoy walking, you will discover the many interesting sights (Unique architectural style shophouses and Geylang Serai Market) in this conservation district, while on your way to the train station. Alternatively, you can take a 1-min walk to a bus stop outside the hotel and board bus service no. 33, which is a 5-min ride to Dakota MRT Station (Yellow Circle Line CC8).
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Property: The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat)
Address: 219 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427485, Singapore
Region: Singapore > Singapore > Joo Chiat
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Singapore
#52 Business Hotel in Singapore
#53 Family Hotel in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat) 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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