Singapore is indeed a very expensive city. But, I did manage to travel there (with my hubby) on a “budget”. One of the difficult things I had to do before our trip was the search for the most affordable room. Since my hubby doesn’t want us to check-in in motels or dormitory type inns, I had to look for a hotel that has private rooms.
Grand C Hotel at 165 Kitchener’s Road
In Agoda, this hotel only garnered a 5.9 (above average) rating. This is really too low considering that I have never booked a hotel here in our country with ratings lower than 6.0. I tried to look for hotels with higher ratings but they are just too expensive. There are cheaper ones but they are mostly located in Geylang, a known red light district in Singapore. Thus, I have no other choice but to book for Grand C Hotel (4 nights & 5 days). In most cases, I would never book for one if most of the reviews in Agoda are negative, but I just had to because I can’t find any other options that are more affordable.
The Good Stuff
Booking in Grand C Hotel means value for money, central location, very fast WiFi connection, and good service (in my case, I met a very friendly grandpa staff who took good care of our room and things for 5 days). Value for money because you get what you’ve paid for (Singapore standard). Centrally located because it’s walking distance from Farrer Park (train station), Metro City Square and Mustafa malls, and there are a lot of small restaurants surrounding the area, thus you can easily grab foods whenever you’re hungry.
I was very happy with the excellent speed of their WiFi connection, considering that they are the cheapest of cheapest hotels in the area. And, of course, I had a chance knowing a local Singaporean through the very friendly maintenance grandpa who are fond of chitchatting.
The Bad Stuff
If you are very meticulous when it comes to cleanliness, then this is not the hotel for you. If you hate small rooms and the smell of herbs, then don’t stay in this hotel. If you like to be treated like a VIP, then stay away from Grand C Hotel. In short, this hotel is ideal for backpackers and travelers who only stay in a hotel to sleep.
Don’t expect extra frills or any kinds of add-on services. You get what you paid for. Cheap accommodation in Singapore is not at par in quality when compared to affordable hotels here in our country. Affordable hotels here in our country offer better accommodation and service despite the fact that their rates are around 60% lower than those cheap ones in SG.
We stayed in Grand C Hotel for 5 days and 4 nights (Superior Room – No Window) but most of the time, we only slept there. We spent most of our time outside sight-seeing and discovering the wonders of the small city. For our 4-night accommodation, we paid a total of USD201.76 ( or Php8,675.68). This is definitely the cheapest of the cheapest (and I’m not exaggerating on this). For regular hotels, you have to pay USD200 plus per night. At Grand C Hotel, we only paid USD50.44 per night. And take note that I got this deal because Agoda had a 50% promo. So this means that the original rate is USD100.88. Here in our country, you can already book a 3 to 4 stars hotel for that amount.
Would I go back to Grand C Hotel if I will travel back to SG sometime in the future? Yes. Despite the cons, I still feel that the pros outweigh the bad stuff. I highly recommend this to fellow budget travelers.
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