Gloomy but well sized rooms
The Strand is a bit of a grand old dame as far as Bencoolen Street goes, with its obvious advantage being that rooms are considerably bigger than the shoeboxes at some neighbouring hotels.
The trade-off is some terribly gloomy decor, but if you can get beyond the superficial the rooms have decent sized, comfy beds, a sitting area and good bathrooms -- with a tub. Ask for a room on a high floor and to the rear of the hotel to enjoy a quieter evening. The Strand will especially appeal to big families who don’t want to split up because you can keep adding extra beds to their huge family rooms — even seven people is no problem. We’d heard about the service being curt, but compared to the Hotel Bencoolen just up the road, they’re uber-friendly here (though to its advantage, the Bencoolen does have a swimming pool). Quoted prices include taxes, service charge and breakfast. The location is towards the southern end of Bencoolen Street, meaning you’re about a 15-minute walk from the start of Orchard Road and just 10 minutes from the strip of bars and restaurants on Prinsep Street. The closest SMRT is Bras Basah.
Address: 25 Bencoolen St
T: 6338 1866; F: 6338 1330
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º50'59.78" E, 1º17'54.89" N
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Room rates: S$80 to 150
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||S$160||S$160|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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