Raffles Hotel Of all the hotels, motels, hostels and other dwells I have called a bed for the night, none have oozed the charm of the Raffles Hotel in old Singapore.
I say old because my stay was in 1985 which was well before a major restoration and reopening in 1991.
It exuded colonial charm with the warmth of a careworn old lady. And to know that famous authors like Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward once graced their presence at this historic hotel only adds to the appeal.
I daresay that the price of any suite has been redoubled since it refurbishment but if you want to live an historic moment in time, then I thoroughly recommend a splurge if you can manage it.
Unique Qualities: One of my favourite all time moments was opening the courtyard facing french louvred window shutters one warm tropical evening, to be greeted by the heavenly scent of frangipani from the garden and the sound of a string quartet from the courtyard.
And to complete this magical moment I was sipping a glass of 1978 Moet Chandon Brut. This broke the budget but it was worth the indulgence.
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Too late if you're not here in '08... The New 7th Storey Hotel was built in 1953 and it is a budget hotel for backpackers. It is located in the heart of the town close to Bugis Street, Little India, Arab Street and Suntec City.
The New 7th Storey Hotel is not what its name suggests because it actually has nine storeys with 38 rooms.
The hotel was renovated in 1997 and all the rooms are completely refurbished with TV sets, local telephone lines, controlled air-conditioning and carpeting.
There is a choice of ensuite or shared bathroom. I opted for inter-connecting family rooms, one with a private bathroom.
Many VTers have recommended this budget hotel because of its excellent location and budget but sadly it is due to be demolished in 2008 to make way for yet another MRT Station.
Unique Qualities: Two unique features include an outside spiral staircase and a cage lift that still needs to be operated manually. I believe this is the last operating cage lift in Singapore.
A nostalgic relic from a bygone era and it's a shame that the next time I'm in Singapore it will be gone.
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IDeal Backpackers Hostel I haven't had the opportunity to stay here yet but this hostel has been recommended to me as a good budget accommodation option, which I know from many visits to Singapore isn't always easy to find.
It is conveniently located near Kallang MRT which makes getting to and from your accommodation a breeze.
Some of the facilities include -
•more than 60 well appointed rooms, all with air conditioning.
•rooms are protected with fire hose reel, fire extinguisher and alarm siren.
•As the hostel is new setup, they provide new mattresses with fresh and clean sheets, blankets and pillow.
•brand new clean bathrooms with instant hot water.
•42 inch plasma screen TV with unique SingaporeTV chanels.
•24 hours security CCTV.
•free 24 hours High speed Internet access – Wi Fi Connection.
•free use of Lockers.
•free safe luggage space on checking out day.
•free water-cooler drinking water
Unique Qualities: The hostel is a short walk from Kallang MRT station, which comes direct from Changi Airport.
Self-servelLaundry + dryer - S$5 per wash and per dry
Low cost luggage storage period safe keeping - key deposit of S$10 is required
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Head to the Swissotel the Stamford for a drink at the top of the hotel in the Equinox bar: outstanding city views
when travelling through Singapore then remember to save extra $$$ cause you will need it for all the activities on Sentosa island, all the awesome food to try and for all the shopping especially in Mustafa shopping building!
You can get cash out anywhere as there are exchangers and ATM's everywhere.
Singapore Rocks! everyone is so friendly and it is easy to make friends
Beautiful place! Don't forget to visit the Marina Bay Sands and see everything from the top. Bring your swimmingsuite. It's amazing!