The Inn at Temple Street
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The Inn at Temple Street Singapore Reviews
A charming little affordable hotel Jan 02, 2013
The Inn at Temple Street is a cozy little hotel, housed in a colonial building on Temple street, in the heart of China Town and just around the corner from the Pagoda Street night market.
Already upon entering, I was mesmerized by the charm of the building. There’s a small lobby with beautiful colonial furniture, which looks more like a home decoration store.
Even though we arrived very late, we were quickly checked-in and given the key to a room on the 4th floor. There’s no elevator in the building and the staircase is very narrow… not so easy to maneuver on with heavy backpacks or suitcases. The receptionist did offer to carry our bags upstairs, but since it was already past midnight, we decided to do it ourselves and not wait to have it delivered.
Our room was very cramped and tiny: 2 single beds and a small desk filled the room, so there was hardly any space left to move around, let alone leave the luggage. But the colonial style furniture made it look very cozy and tasteful, so that we didn’t really mind the lack of space.
French folding doors led to the surprisingly spacious bathroom, that was equally nicely decorated, yet had seen better times. The bath tub and tiles looked rather filthy and the folding doors weren’t that easy to use… but at least it was a functional enough space and there was a hairdryer.
The room also had a flat screen TV, a fan and air-conditioning. The latter is really recommended because of the hot and humid climate. There’s also free Wi-Fi all over the hotel.
In the middle of the night, I woke up a few times to a rustling sound, but thought it to be the air-conditioning. Then in the morning my roommate startled awake because she thought she’s seen something move over the window sill. At first it seems that she must have imagined it, because when we switch on the light, we couldn’t see anything. But later on, I discovered that the muesli bar I left lying on the desk had a hole bitten out of the wrapper, and some of the bar had been eaten too. We clearly had a visit of a mouse at night! I found this rather hilarious and didn’t mind that much, but when we told the receptionist in the morning, he was mortified and said he was going to call pest control.
We didn’t have breakfast and I doubt the hotel even serves it. Though there is a Chinese restaurant next door, that belongs to the same owner.Also a kettle to make coffee or tea is provided in the room.
We were welcome to store our luggage behind the reception on the day of departure and the receptionist booked us a taxi to the airport too.
All in all this was a charming little hotel that looks at first glance much nicer than it really is, but it is very affordable and well located. The friendly service is a nice bonus too and I wouldn’t mind staying here again next time.
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The Inn at Temple Street Overview
Located on Temple Street in the heart of old Chinatown where many of the old shop houses still exist. Shop houses were once the abode of merchants who did business on the ground level and their families lived in the floors above. The Inn is itself a converted shop house built before the WWII. Within Chinatown, these colorful shop houses lend an air of charm together with some chintzy souvenir shops and some genuine handicraft shops.
A very quaint little boutique hotel located in the heart of Chinatown. As authentic as can be with the sights and smells of old Chinatown. Try to visit the wet market and hawker centre on the next street where the locals still come to shop and eat. There are lots of authentic dishes to try and cheap shopping on hand. The Inn At Temple Street is the winner of Singapore Tourism Awards 2008, Best Accommodation Experience - Standard Hotel.
In perfectly restored condition, the three-storey building has a pink exterior and overlooks a side street of Chinatown (Temple Street).
The interior of the hotel has a historical feel to it with carved wood decorations and faux antique furniture. The rooms has Peranakan decor with dark blue flora print bed cover and curtain. The TsV are mounted to the wall in front of the bed so as to create space in the small room. All rooms are equipped with coffee/tea making facility, individual air-conditioning, and electronic key card system. Twin bedding is very limited, only 4 rooms in the hotel. The bathrooms are in white and dark green tiles in antique style although all amenities like shower stalls and taps are thoroughly modern.
The small lobby exudes an antique feel like a museum. Decorated with a large antique sideboard and old pictures.
There is a restaurant to the left of the check in counter where breakfast is served. This restaurant specializes in local desserts.
15 km to the nearest beach, 25 kms to the nearest airport (changi), 3 km to the nearest station (tanjong pagar), 3 minute walk to the nearest bus stop, 3 minute walk to the nearest metro station (chinatown), 4 km to the nearest fair site (suntec convention centre).
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