Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hotel Asphodel Inn, Race Course Road, Singapore

Our sponsored stay at Singapore was only for 2 days. As I decided to extend my stay till the weekend, I had to book the accommodation on my own for remaining 2 days. After spending some time on, I zeroed in on Asphodel Inn, Race Course Road, Singapore.
2 nights stay for 2 of us costed SGD 200 or about Rs 10000. This booking was made some 10 days before check-in date and includes taxes. At 50 SGD per person per night, it is not the cheapest option I had seen- there were many hostels and hotels cheaper, but I zeroed in on this hotel because of following reason
- A metro station is within walking distance
- There are a few Indian food outlets closeby (Komalas)
- Hotel looked decent in pictures and offered WiFi
- Reviews were decent.
- Cancellation was free until 3 days before check-in date.

I missed to check if they are providing breakfast and unfortunately they don't. We arrived on time, were given a room in 4th floor. Room was decent but very congested.

View from the window was great- we had a colourful building next block and a temple

Bathroom was small but just served the purpose. So were the corridors and lobby.

There was a coffee making machine, but the powder kept was unconventional. I tried making a cup of coffee but didn't like it. Power sockets were closer to one bed only. Second bed didn't have any socket near to it, so one had to use the socket closer to other bed.

WiFi was good.

Tickets to various attractions can be had at the hotel itself, for a few dollars cheaper. But you need to inform in advance. But then I couldn't see much combi tickets- the Jurong Bird park + Night safari combi ticket at the counter probably gave us same discount we would have got if we had bought both tickets separately at the hotel.

The famous Srinivas Perumal temple is next block from Asphodel Inn. Farrer Park metro is nearest MRT station.

Overall Asphodel Inn is a decent choice, but I feel you might be able to find same quality rooms a bit cheaper if you have time and patience to search for more.