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Grand C Hotel – Value for Money, Not Ideal for Meticulous Travelers #CheapTraveltoSingapore

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

Photo Credit: Agoda.com

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

This is how our small room look like.

This is how our small room look like.

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.

Grand C Hotel Singapore small private room

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

Carpeted floor

Carpeted floor

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.

A view from the lobby's window.

A view from the lobby’s window.

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.

The Cost

The very friendly grandpa hotel staff.

The very friendly grandpa hotel staff.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Have you’ve been to this hotel? Share your experience and reviews by commenting below.  Ciao!

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Top 5 Reasons Location Independent Lifestyle Is Ideal For Budget Travelers

Location independent lifestyles have received a great deal of press in recent years, and it’s easy to see why they’re such an attractive prospect for many. Instead of tying yourself down to a mortgage and a traditional job, you too could roam the world, settling only where you like, for as long as you like.

If you’re on a budget and want to see the world, it’s a brilliant option. Here’s why.

Top 5 Reasons Location Independent Lifestyle Is Ideal For Budget Travelers

Longer-term accommodation is often cheaper

When you’re booking accommodation as a holidaymaker, you often end up spending a lot more than what is really necessary. When you’re free to stay in your destination for a little longer though, you could pick up some fabulous deals. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to book some accommodation for a week or so when you first arrive, then get out in the local area to work out where exactly you want to stay and what’s available.

Immersing yourself in a culture is more rewarding than just taking a holiday

A getaway to Hongkong or Bali, for example, can be very exciting and rewarding, but can you imagine how much more you would learn if you were able to live like a local for a few months or more? When you embark on a location independent lifestyle, this is very possible. With nothing to hold you down and no long-term financial ties, you can choose to stay for as long as you like.

Technology is making the world a smaller place

Being away from home doesn’t have to mean losing touch with your nearest and dearest. Wireless internet access is now readily available across the globe, and will often be free or very inexpensive. You could Skype your loved ones every day without ever having to spend a penny!

You can work on the road

With advances in the internet, running your own business on the road is becoming more and more achievable. Whether you’re a freelance writer, graphic designer, web developer, affiliate marketer, or just about anything else, there could be a way to make it work from anywhere in the world. This means that you’re no longer tied to traditional traveling jobs, such as bar work or fruit picking.

You can live a minimalist lifestyle

Having lots of ‘stuff’ doesn’t make people happy. In many cases, it just holds you back and gives you more things to worry about. When you’re living a location independent lifestyle, you’re forced into traveling light and only packing the things that you really need. Not only can this be very liberating, but it’s much cheaper! Spending your cash on experiences rather than material objects is regarded as being one of the happiest ways to live.

As you can see, you don’t need a huge budget to live a location independent lifestyle. With some careful planning and preparation, it’s a way of living that’s available to all.

Have you ever thought about trading your usual routine for a life on the road? What’s holding you back?

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Ten Important Things You Need in Working While Travelling

With all the advances in telecommunications today, people can easily and efficiently accomplish important work even while going on a holiday. For instance, people can now have important client meetings via video conference while waiting for their flight, or answer urgent emails on their smartphones while on the train or bus.

Ten Important Things You Need in Working While Travelling

Indeed, working while traveling has never been so much easier than it is today. However, merely working and efficiently getting things done are two different things. After all, what clients appreciate more than anything else are tangible results. To accomplish this, you might want to take a look at the following pointers.

1. A schedule

One of the most important things you need for any serious activity is a schedule. This way, there will be fewer chances for you to forget important things, and you get to account for every minute of every day.

2. Offline documents

You need to make sure that you have documents to work with even if you don’t have an internet connection. For many business people, the lack of an internet connection will not be sufficient excuse for missing important deadlines.

3. List of priorities

Just because you may be in a new place doesn’t mean sightseeing takes precedence over everything else. Yes, the phrase “you only live once” might be quite a persuasive argument, but that reason may not suffice with your clients. If you have some important tasks you need to finish for work, prioritize those. After all, most tourist spots are pretty stationary. They will probably still be there the next day or next year; your clients might not be.

4. Regular work hours

Set designated hours for work every day. This way, you’re sure to accomplish something each day, even while you’re on the move.

5. Appropriate breaks

Pushing yourself to the brink of exhaustion will not help you accomplish all your tasks. On the contrary, it might only cause you more delays. So don’t forget to set aside some time to unwind once in a while, whether through shopping for souvenirs or indulging in the local cuisine.

Ten Important Things You Need in Working While Travelling - Working While Watching the Beach

6. A bit of research

Research beforehand about the places you will be visiting. Find suitable places where you can work. A local café, a virtual office or a commercial space for rent that you can have for the duration of your stay would be quite helpful.

7. The right gadgets

The existence of a technology will be quite pointless unless you can use it. So make sure to bring the proper electronics you might need to work while traveling—and don’t forget to bring power chords or extra batteries.

8. Enough sleep

Aside from taking breaks, you also need enough sleep to efficiently function throughout the day, especially if you’re travelling. So don’t forget to get sufficient rest every night after a day of being hard at work.

9. Nutritious food

Being constantly on the move, it might be a little hard to find time for every important task you need to accomplish daily. Nonetheless, you need to find time to eat regular meals because they will give you the nourishment and energy you need to accomplish your tasks and function throughout the day.

10. The right mindset

Task lists and the right gadgets would be quite pointless unless you are mentally ready to work. So, be sure to properly psych yourself into “work mode” during work hours, even if you felt like going sightseeing instead.

Having a “location independent” lifestyle doesn’t just come with great advantages, but also with certain responsibilities. Thus, be mindful of your obligations so you don’t lose the very thing that affords you the benefits you’re enjoying now.

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