by Eric from Aiea
May 15, 2007
A friend from Singapore had me stay at the Inn on Temple Street to checkout the accommodations to see if she would recommend the place or not to others. The Inn is a series of five restored shophouses along Temple Street. It is not the Raffles or anything in the upscale hotels, but a place that you want to stay at because of its location in the thriving center of Chinatown.
The actual Inn did not match up to its advertising on its web page at email@example.com, and I found that I should have paid for a room with two beds instead of a single because you really do not have much space in the room. It took some effort to get to the window to look out – but well worth that alone if you have a room facing Temple street and get to see Chinatown come alive in the early evening.
The room I had was clean – but not in a great shape of repair – and the safe was broken. Not much of an issue since you can have the front desk lock up your valuables. The staff at the hotel more than made up for what issues I might have had with the hotel. They went out of their way to assist me, and Ms Ame and the rest of the staff were super friendly. It was a good experience in that regards.
The key to the Inn on Temple Street is that you are staying dead center of Chinatown and in walking distance of almost everything – to include both Clark and Boat Quays. Also – the Chinatown MRT entrance is right behind the hotel – making it super easy to move from the hotel throughout the whole city and back. You are also about a block from the Hawker Street – and were you will find some of the best meals for your money in Singapore. You are hard pressed to take breakfast at the hotel – when all around you are wonderful Chinese bakeries with many variations of pastries and sweets to try! There are also many places to eat along Temple Street - as well as shop.
I recommend three nights or less stays there – since any longer and the room might feel too small, but it's perfect if all you are doing is making it back there late in the evening after exploring all day.
From journal Singapore Stayover