The Ibis is on Bencoolen Street, just around the corner from the Bugis market and a short walk to the Bugis MRT. There’s also a bus stop right outside, if you are braver than me and dare to take the local buses. It's also a great location for sightseeing, there’s a Chinese and Hindu temple practically next door and Little India is less than a kilometre away.
There are only two types of rooms, one with a queen-sized bed overlooking Bencoolen Street and twin beds on the side of the hotel facing Bugis. There’s no mini bar, but basic coffee and tea making facilities, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. The bathrooms were fairly standard, with soap and shampoo containers fixed to the walls.
The lobby is light, bright and modern, though it can tend to get a little busy especially late afternoon and early evening when the live band starts playing. There’s also a coin-operated laundry with four washing machines and four dryers.
Eating and drinking
There’s a small bar where you can surf the net on iPads, free for public use. The Taste restaurant offers 20 different local dishes, served in small portions made for sharing. I was pleasantly surprised by the chilli crab and make sure you try the laksa.
The staff were super friendly - possibly overcompensating for the fact that there’s no concierge or porters.
Who stays there
Business travellers on a budget and upmarket backpackers.
As ever, the best prices are to be found if you book in advance. I was shocked to overhear a man who’d walked in off the street being quoted $260 for a room.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- iPads at the bar
- Coin-operated laundry
- Free WiFi
- No dedicated porter or concierge