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Packed and checked out of the hotel by 9015, left our bags and we were collected by Justin and Rachel to go for late breakfast at Gardens by the Bay. So lovely to see them again, Justin was a great mate of Andy's at UWC and we have stayed in touch, he spent a lot of time at our place when the kids were at school. Two hours flew by, there was plenty …
Our first day of travel, also my birthday, landed us in Singapore. We were in Darwin for the majority of the day. After a few selfies and a movie, we landed in Singapore at 9:20 pm local time. A private driver awaited our arrival to take us to the Grand Pacific (the hotel we stayed at). He told us about Bugis Market and the development of the city …
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Not the best room ever but comfortable
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
As Angela at UT Waihi said, it is a comfortable business hotel. However, the room we got on arrival was well below the standard we expected with leaky WC and in dire need of a refurbishment.
The front desk staff were great and the next day moved us to a better room. The staff are great and value for money a good choice.
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Spoilt our trip
Our room at this hotel was clean and comfortable. It was very quiet and the staff were very helpful. The breakfast was great as was the evening meals. The location was also very good. There was however one major drawback. Our room smelled like boiled cabbage and boiled eggs. We worked out what it was on our second and last nite there. The smell was comeing up through the toilet. It wasnt there all the time, but when it was you new about it. This was the first stopover of our trip and it made 3 of us very sick for the next 2 weeks. I wont be back there.
Allson Hotel is disappointing
The Allson Hotel was not a great experience for our family of five after a long flight.
We arrived to a totally unfriendly reception desk at about 9.30pm last week, and were told one of our rooms hadn't been cleaned yet.
The Allson looks OK on the exterior, but the rooms are really old and rundown.
It's a budget place only compared to others for similar money, certainly not 'Superior'.
However it was clean and we weren't in the room much.
Breakfast is Ok and currently has a 50% off breakfast special.
Next time we'll be staying at the Carlton Hotel which looks great value just down the road.
Stayed 4 nights Nov 2005 in clean, well equipped room. Breakfast was wonderful and included in very reasonable price. Location excellant for everything.
Allson Hotel , Singapore.
We stayed for 4 days - VERY average, tired hotel. They've done a facelift to the outside, but not to the rooms. Don't stay on the 5th floor, that's where the pool is and the whole floor smells musty. Tiny pool. Expensive food. Watch out for the service charge etc which is added on to the price.
Nice hotel near MRT
We stayed there in Sep05 for a few days and enjoyed it. Based off other Trip Advisor reviews, we decided it was good for our money and close to the MRT.
Some comments state that the wood in the rooms make it look dark, but we thought it was a nice touch. Reminds one of China.
The breakfast buffet is average for this class of hotel in Singapore. It has the normal egg station, cereals, fruits, and changing meats.
The pool area is a bit small in my standards, but again nice.
Overall we enjoyed and would stay there again!
Stayed 3 times
We've stayed at the Allson 3 times now and always thought it was very good vaule for money... Clean, helpful staff with a pretty central to most districts!
We also stayed at more expensive hotel near China Town for the first time on this visit and I would say that the Allson was better, both in cost and location.
Would we stay again - yeap definitely!
I recommend this hotel
We stayed at the Allson February 2-6, 2005. Our room was very nice.
The food court next door is left over from an older, more down-home
Singapore, but the food is delicious. The Raffles Center, with every
kind of eatery, is just a diagonal block away, and the MRT station is on
the far side of it. It is not too far, and in the evening quite pleasant, to
walk to Boat Quay. So I disagree with the person who wrote a critical
review of this hotel; our experience was entirely positive.
My wife and I stayed at the Allson in Nov 2003, choosing a hotel over the internet is always a worrying excercise, not knowing what you are getting yourself into when they all look so great on your monitor, thats why I decided to leave my thoughts on this hotel here to help others decide, this is a wonderful site and has been very helpful to me. Okay so the Allson has had a face lift, well the Victoria street entrance has, making it to look fresh and modern, it's not flashy but it's certainly not drab. Inside it's an attractive hotel with a large walk through lobby on the first floor, accessible by an escalator. There are shops and a bar, which we visited once on the first night... that's when we discovered how expensive drinking in Singapore can be in places, we opted for local eateries and bars after that, and smuggled grog into our room at a fraction of the price available downstairs. Our room faced the back, which looked directly at the other building that makes up this hotel, but was some distance away allowing me to see plenty including a tree or two, heaps of buildings and the back lane, I could even see the corner of the pool.... Babe watching was not possible unfortunately without falling from the ten floor. No problem with the view as Singapore is moslty just buildings anyway. The room was big, clean and looked great with the use of allot of wood... TV and Aircon worked!!! bathroom just scraped in and may need work in the near future, but hey you only go in there to mess it up anyway, water took awhile to get hot but in those temperatures it wasn't a biggy. Staff were friendly and helpful, Restaurant in the lobby had quite nice food on offer and the breakfast (Included) was your typical buffet with plenty of choice and tasty. There was also a Japanese restaurant in the foyer... but I think they purposely used pictures of whole, dead ducks and other undigestible critters on their menu to scare of all the not so adventurous round eyed customers....It worked!! Pool area is up on about the third level with a bar & coin operated laundry... a bit stark but not bad, I prefer palm trees and greenery but I guess they ran out of room. The hotel is surrounded by great restaurants, with the outdoor eatery next door serving up some delicious local cuisine, allot of locals eat there so it can't be that bad right? We did and survived. The Raffles is one block away, as is The Raffles shopping centre. New Boogey street markets and local eateries are about two blocks away which stretch into streets of stalls on certain days and I even found a multi level computer/electronic mall close by... while my wife was in one of the many dress shops nearby. MTR is a five minute walk and is a dream to use, buses all over the place but as anybody who has been would know Singapore central is not all that big so if you enjoy walking it's a great place to do just that. We walked for hours! All in all I'd save the bucks and stay at the Allson again for sure.
i just stayed there. yes, it is pretty inexpensive, but that is because it is nothing special. location ok, not great. at least 10 minute walk to the mtr, and not much right outside the hotel. a hawker food centre next door, but the food looked bad to me. bad breakfast, bad business centre (one computer), AWFUL gym. the worst gym ive ever seen in a hotel. it was a joke. 5 pieces of equipment that were very cheap and old. i had a plumbing problem in my room. you had to flush the toilet about 5 times before it flushed. and the shower was cold for a few minutes, then hot water would kick in, then it would be cold again. i didnt even want to bathe there. i told them about it, and they said that's just the way it is. i've stayed in many hotels in singapore. for just a little more a night you can stay in a much much nicer hotel.
I stayed at the Allson twice and always had a pleasant stay. I booked the hotel from asia-hotels.com and got a great rate. Check in was efficient, the room was clean and spacious. A small problem with the doorbell was immediately taken care of. Included was a free breakfast with all the trimmings. I was using the business center and they let me stay until I was finished, even when the center was supposed to close. On checkout day, my flight left at 11:30 PM and they let me stay until 8:00 PM with no extra charge. The location is excellent, within walking distance of subway and Raffles Center. An all night food court is right next door serving delicious local cuisine at very low cost.