Apr 28 2013
Are you looking for a private room in Singapore without a “budget hotel” feel? Consider The Inn at Temple Street, a cosy heritage hotel in the heart of Chinatown priced at a reasonable S$100-150 per night, including WiFi.
Stepping off the streets of chaotic Chinatown, the immaculately clean, antique-filled lobby makes The Inn at Temple Street seem like a mini-museum. Take your time browsing the Chinese antiquities like porcelain plates, gramophone and antique steam iron as it will probably be a couple minutes before staff can attend to you – it’s a small hotel and sometimes feels like it’s staffed by one person.
The inn’s 42 guestrooms are located on the upper levels and, since it’s a heritage building, you’ll be taking the stairs. The rooms are almost as charmingly decorated as the lobby with touches not usually found in the budget range in Singapore, like carved headboards for the beds and wooden wardrobes so you can actually unpack.
The other offerings are pretty standard including air-con, TV, telephone, coffee maker and a decent WiFi signal that reaches the top floor. The attached bathroom is nothing fancy with a toilet, sink and hot shower, but Peranakan-style floral tiles give them some personality and they’re kept immaculately clean.
Though the rooms are larger than at the shoebox-sized Porcelain Hotel, with two people and luggage it will be cosy. If you need some more space or are travelling with children, there are a limited number of family rooms with one queen and one single bed. Room rates vary depending on the day of the week and time of year, ranging from S$100-150 for a regular room to S$150-200 for a family room. Book at least 30 days in advance to get the best rates.
Overall, The Inn at Temple Street is a smart choice if you want some creature comforts for a reasonable price while still being in the heart of Singapore’s action. As the name suggests, the inn is located on historic Temple Street and attractions like the Chinatown Street Market, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Chinatown Heritage Centre are steps away. The hotel does not have a restaurant, but you will not go hungry with some of the city’s best Chinese restaurants and hawker centres minutes away. You’re also well connected for transit with Chinatown MRT at your doorstep and dozens of bus routes.
Don’t be put off by the hotel’s overall low rating on Tripadvisor — the rooms were renovated in 2011 and the vast majority of negative reviews are from before then.
The Inn at Temple Street
36 Temple Street, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Chinatown
T: 6221 5333
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