May 17 2013
Singapore’s Little India is a favourite haunt of backpackers and budget travellers when visiting this expensive city, but it’s also home to some excellent midrange options. If your budget is S$200-300 per night, consider the Albert Court Village Hotel which offers a touch of colonial charm amid the chaos and curry.
The Albert Court Village Hotel occupies a cluster of historic shophouses separated from Little India by busy Bukit Timah Road. The facade has been impeccably restored with Peranakan carvings and shuttered windows and there’s a garden courtyard in the rear. All of the hotel’s rooms are comfortable, a decent size and have a few elegant touches like high ceilings and hardwood floors – just don’t come expecting Raffles Hotel.
True to its ranking as a four-star hotel, the rooms offer all mod cons including a telephone, flatscreen TV, coffee-maker, minibar, air-con and high-speed internet access. Most rooms come with the choice of one queen or two single sized beds, and the other furnishings are hardwood with a simple but timeless design. Although the lower priced rooms have old-fashioned looking bathrooms, I found them to be very clean and more than adequate by Singapore standards, especially considering that every room has a bathtub. If you want to treat yourself, consider upgrading to one of the premier rooms which are located in a separate wing filled with tropical plants and come with a complimentary breakfast.
The Albert Court Village Hotel gets an A for effort for the facilities it offers, though we doubt we’d use them if we were staying here – no one else seemed to be. Guests have access to a fitness centre which, while small, has a decent selection of work-out equipment and, rather than a swimming pool, there are two Jacuzzi tubs – one which is kept cold. There is also a stuffy-looking cafe on the second level and a small lobby lounge. What most travelers will want to take advantage of is the free WiFi or at least the Macs in the lobby for guest use.
If you plan to explore Singapore by public transit, the Albert Court Village Hotel’s location is unbeatable. Both the Little India and Bugis areas are within walking distance, and the proximity to Little India MRT means you can be on Orchard Road in five minutes or Sentosa Island in 15. Cheap and delicious hawker food is just a stone’s throw away at Tekka Market, but for a more formal meal we recommend the Shish Mahal restaurant in the hotel’s courtyard – a curry dinner surrounded by palm trees and colonial architecture is a memory of Singapore you won’t soon forget.
Albert Court Village Hotel
180 Albert Street, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Little India
T: 6339 3939
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