The staff were really nice and friendly. The rooms were very clean. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was clean. The only drawbacks were these: There were no wardrobes in the rooms. I was by myself, so I put my stuff on the spare bed. Even so, I was a little cramped for room. It would be really bad for couples who have a lot of luggage. If the bathroom had been just ten centimetres wider, it wouldn't have been so cramped. I mean, it was difficult to open the shower door to get into the shower. Plus, come on guys, provide some proper soap. The only soap they provided for washing your hands and your body was the liquid soap in the shower; which also doubled up as shampoo. Would I stay there again? If I'm traveling by myself, yes. I am only saying yes because of the reasonable price and the really nice staff.
For all its modern beauty and dazzling development in which even its old monuments feel brand new, Singapore can feel like it is leaving something behind. The Geylang and Joo Chiat neighbourhoods more than save the day with squat old shop houses painted all the colours of the rainbow, local food that the locals will swear by, and even a little seediness thrown in for good measure. Book your Geylang and Joo Chiat accommodation with us to see the parts of Singapore they don’t – but should – put on postcards.
There is no other way to say it: Geylang is modern Singapore’s redlight district, but that doesn’t mean that the raunchiness is in your face every step of the way. Just don’t wander into the houses with big, red address numbers (code for brothel) if that’s not what you’re after! Wander into the many restaurants on Geylang Road and tuck into fantastic dishes like bee hoon (crab stewed with rice noodles) or Nasi Lemak while you soak in the grungy but charming local atmosphere. Whenever you want to return to the city centre, you can just hop on the trusty Singapore MRT and go one district west.
Further east in Joo Chiat, the charming lines of bright period architecture continue while the decadence is toned down a little. Here you can find nice pubs where the beer is cheap (by Singaporean standards) in a social atmosphere that isn’t as showy as the central districts. There are also boutique shops and antique stores that have some eye-catching trinkets and treasures, from old-school bicycles to grandfather clocks.
Whether you’ve stumbled upon this lesser-known part of Singapore and decide it’s the thing for you or just want to be near the city centre without spending too much, we’ve got the right flights to Singapore and Geylong/Joo Chiat hotels for you. Book now!