The Saff

55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089158

The Saff hotel

By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

I write for BBC World TV. Read more
#19 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Singapore
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
3.7
3.7
Eating/drinking:
0
N/A
Public areas:
3.5
3.5
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing

Best for On a budget - Expert review of The Saff

The Saff has small but beautifully appointed rooms.

Named after the spice saffron, The Saff hotel blends cultural elements from the exotic climes of Spain, Morocco, Persia, Turkey, India and Thailand. I loved the glitzy feel to this hotel as you enter with plush Morrocan cushions and lavish Thai-inspired swings hanging near the windows.

Location: 

The Saff is in the heart of Chinatown, just a few minutes from the CBD and a five-minute walk to Outram Park or Chinatown MRT stations. Keong Saik Road was once a notorious red light district of Singapore, but now it’s home to trendy boutique hotels, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. 

Bedrooms: 

The hotel is situated in a historic building, so I shouldn't have been so surprised to find the rooms on the small side. The standard single rooms are between 133-140 square feet, while the deluxe doubles can be as large as 322 square feet. Majority of bathrooms are a little pokey too, but they are clean and have a brand-new finish. I loved the Sari fabric curtains and faux snakeskin upholstery - it gave the room a contemporary feel.

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Public areas: 

The lobby and entrance has a wonderfully lush ambience, with Moroccan carpets and hanging swings. There's a small area tucked around the corner where you can check your emails on a communal computer. But this is about it in way of public areas.

Eating and drinking: 

There are no bars or restaurants in The Saff, but Donomar is cute bar and restaurant right next door where you can have breakfast. But guests are spoilt for choice on Keong Saik Road and it’s surrounds, there are literally scores of great dining options just a few steps away. The Tong Ah eating house across the road is especially good for kaya toast in the morning.

Service: 

The front desk staff were extremely helpful – everything from calling cabs to printing out itineraries – no task was too small.

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Who stays there: 

More geared towards the budget conscious leisure traveller.

Price advice: 

Best book online to secure the best deals. There is no mini bar but there is basic coffee and tea making facilities as well as a safe. This hotel is great value for such a central location. Free WiFi is included in the price.

Pros: 
Great central location
Free WiFi
Cons: 
Bathrooms are very small
Ground floor rooms can be noisy

More information on The Saff:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089158
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
Chinatown

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