Fragrance Hotel Ruby Review
I have had more stopovers at Changi Airport than I can remember, but this would be officially my third time in the city.
Eleven whole days of Singapore would be my longest so far as I was here mainly catching up with family and friends, plus other cool stuff like visiting the zoo + theme and water parks.
I love the vibrant city of Singapore as it was the very first Asian city I visited all those years ago on the way to a wedding in Bintan Island. Yes, Singapore is small, but it’s East meet West style make it central transit destination for travellers and business hub for many expats.
Plus let’s not forget it has enough shopping malls to drive most women crazy – and drive their boyfriends crazy too.
Searching through Agoda, I came to realise that Singapore is no Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, finding a decent cheap hotel in Singapore for the $20-30US range during this time was like finding a needle in a …
Finding a cheap hotel in Singapore is like finding a needle in a haystack.
I did manage to find a couple of backpacker style dorms in the city for a pretty low price, but to be honest I didn’t need to go that cheap.
In the end, I manage to find the Fragrance Hotel Ruby in Geylang Road for a reasonable price. Again it wasn’t on the same price scale as hotels in Thailand, but having recently been to the mega expensive city Perth; I can say the price was reasonable.
The previous two times visiting Singapore I had stayed in the city centre area.
This was my first time checking out this different side of the city and Geylang is totally unlike central Singapore. The area has a different vibe and is generally a cheaper area to stay than the CBD.
Not only was the room cheaper its possible to eat out at street food style establishments for a couple of dollars – which is much cheaper than I’ve seen anywhere else here.
Most of the vendors I came in contact with were speaking Mandarin and by their accents, I’m assuming they were mostly from mainland China.
The room itself was perfect, and although the size wasn’t huge, it was functional.
The set up was the cheapest they had, with a twin bedroom and featuring a hot water kettle , coffee + tea, hairdryer, and Android TV.
To be honest, after returning from walking around the area I was pretty tired and hit the sack early, so didn’t get a chance to watch the fancy TV. One great thing I did notice about the room is a world adaptor socket was fitted, meaning you could plug your phone or laptop into charge even without a local plug or adaptor.
One great thing I did notice about the room is a world adaptor socket was fitted, meaning you could plug your phone or laptop into charge even without a local plug or adaptor.
The Wi-Fi signal strength is strong, and the air conditioning was spot on. Overall the room was pretty good for the price paid for a short, sweet stopover of one night.
If I needed a cheap place in Singapore again, I would consider using the Fragrance Hotel Ruby. Admittedly I was up and out of the room fairly early so didn’t spend that much time in there apart from sleeping.
One thing I didn’t know before and I do now – Geylang Road is one massive red light district! So if you’re a relatively reserved person, then maybe staying in this area isn’t for you. There are a fair amount of prostitutes hanging about when it turns dark!
10 Lorong 20 Geylang, 398 730, Singapore
Things To Do In Singapore
Some places I have visited are:
National Orchid Garden has more than 150 years of history; the 74-hectare Gardens holds a unique and significant place in the history of Singapore and the region.
Singapore Zoo is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Marina Bay is a major attraction and a place to stroll along its 3.5-kilometer Waterfront Promenade.
Marina Bay Sands Skypark unrivalled views of Singapore.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means ‘The Compassionate One’, and also called ‘The Future Buddha’.
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