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The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat)
Ranked #151 of 317 Hotels in Singapore
Reviewed 16 January 2014

When we booked the hotel we thought it would be a cheap and reasonably nice, however, it only delivered on the cheap side of things. The rooms are small and dirty (paint peeling of the walls sort of thing) and one of our rooms reeked of cigarette smoke! Mini fridge is empty, no breakfast and you have to pay for wi-fi by the hour. The staff are nice which is good, but, sleeping is difficult as the beds are covered in plastic and uncomfortable, the location is close to a train station, but in the middle of a seedy street.

To sum it up if you have no where else to go and price is that important stay at Fragrance.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Was here from 25th December for 6 nights. Overall it's not that far from public transport and access. The bus 33 stops right near enough outside the hotel and just drop off at MRT station Dakota and you are into the Singapore MRT system. Superior rooms have no windows so those who feel claustrophobic should pay a bit more for the deluxe version. The rooms, though small are functional enough. But for a budget hotel, you get what you pay for. The service is very good and friendly advice readily given. Along Joo Chiat Road, there are some eateries going up the right side of the hotel. Shopping may be done at Parkway Parade and the environment is secure.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

OK. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind. If you chose a queen size bed, the room won't have windows. I changed room to two smaller beds. TV channels are very limited. Far away from the nearest LRT/MRT (Eunos). Bathroom functions, but that is it. Clean though. Good AC.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Bali888
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

The locarion of this hotel is further down Joo Chat, than the mpas show. It is on Joo Chat, but a very long way from Chiangi Road. You will see from the picture that the whole side of the hotel is a blank wall. That is why one half of the rooms have no windows. The rooms are small, functional and like a prison cell. At night it is pitch black, with no clock to know the time. In the daytime, you have no idea about the weather outside. Try somewhere else or ensure you have a room with a window.

Just to add. This was the red light district a year ago. That has now vanished. New middle clas flats have been built on the small lanes where the girls worked. Dozens of hotels have closed. There are one or two bars left, but these are behind closed doors and you only know where they are, if someone comes out for some air and the noise of music escapes. The whole area is now muslim, which means no alcohol, so no beer - I did find a restaurant beside a bar to get a beer, but it was not easy. All the food now is halal, but very few restaurants out of the hundreds remain.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

A friend booked this hotel for the entire trip in SG with her boyfriend's family. As a first timer in SG, i find this hotel a bit pricey but they compensate through their service, the quality of the bed and pillows. They make up rooms every day too. The problem is, they don't have their own restaurant so you better pile up noodles/groceries to eat in the morning before your tour starts to get that energy going. I happened to transfer to deluxe room in my 3rd day since we don't fit twin sharing room. I was happy when I get myself a tub in the deluxe room but the plug is not working or the management intended to do so to avoid spending too much water from the guest. If your traveling alone or couple, transportation is not a problem. I usually take MRT and exit at Dakota and take 33 bus going to the hotel. You may step out at Shell station or the next stop and walk your way to the hotel. Never wait in the bus to drop you off in Joo Chiat station near in the hotel or else you will end up at the Terminal Station, which I did. I believe the hotel can go along way, I'm happy that two staff are very accommodating and friendly but what bother's me this certain staff that always gives you a bad look and quiet snob. Whatever she's going through I hope she's happy with her job.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank michdpt
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Never been too amazed about this hotel.
A place where everything you need is just around the corner.
*Clean Rooms
*Very Fast Internet Connection
*Very accommodating,enthusiastic and friendly Staff (especially ANDREW & Our very own kababayan FLOY)
*Near to Airport
*Food is just everywhere in the Street
*Taxi are always available
*Near Train Station (Paya Lebar)
*Best Value For Money
Already planning to be back this year in SG and will book here.
Simply the Best!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Our stay here was great, from Day 1 till last. Rooms are very clean and staff are very accommodating and friendly. Near from the airport and streets are always available if your looking for different foods. Its quite cheaper compare to other hotels around the area. Will surely stay here again the next time we visit Singapore. :D

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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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:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Singapore
#52 Business Hotel in Singapore
#53 Family Hotel in Singapore
Price Range: £38 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Fragrance Hotel (Joo Chiat) 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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