by Eric from Aiea
September 11, 2006
Based on information a Singaporean friend gave me, I booked 3 nights at the Hotel Royal at Queens. Though the cost was cheap, it was the location of the hotel that was its biggest value to me.
Because my friend is in the conference-planning field, I wondered what she was thinking about after checking into the first room. The paint was peeling on the wall and the room smelled musty. I changed rooms, and though it was nicer, it was still not what I had figured on based on her use of the hotel before. That this was not the hotel my friend had recommended was actually not apparent until she arrived at the front desk at the Royal Hotel and called my cell phone asking where I was—to the laughter of myself and the two gals working the front desk.
Located basically between three Catholic churches, and next to the SMU building, what the hotel lacked in its rooms it made up for in offering a great location with low price. The hotel is strategically located center mass in the city's dynamic business, financial, convention, cultural, entertainment, and educational hubs, and within a block walking distance to City Hall MRT station, Raffles City, the restaurants at the Chijmes, and 2 blocks from two Hawker centers, Suntec City, and Esplanade. Its no wonder that I thought this was why Dawn had recommended it! And here I believed she was taking care of me by putting me within walking distance back from the bars and pubs of the Chijmes!
The breakfast was okay, but you are much better off going to the Hawker location the next block over and paying for Malay and Indian foods for breakfast (next to the Catholic Church). The hotel bar has a Filipino band—and stiff beer prices! You may just want as last night cap there, though, because the band was pretty good.
The hotel staff was super-friendly and helpful. They definitely were a great group of folks. On the other hand, the hotel hosts large groups of Chinese tourists, so be prepared for lines.
From journal A Visit to Singapore