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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel 1929 Singapore
A lovely boutique hotel in renovated shophouses at the heart of Chinatown. Friendly and enthusiastic staff were always happy to help.
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Loved this place, helpful and happy staff
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Great place, well located and well maintained.
Rooms are really on the small side though.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel 1929 Singapore
Comfortable, clean and good location
I was looking somewhere to stay 2 nights in Singapore and ended up choosing this hotel based on the reviews posted on this site. Was delighted with my choice as Hotel 1929 did not disappoint. The hotel staff were unobtrusive but always polite and smiley :o) The room was small but perfectly formed (and spotless too). Wet rooms are funky and the huge chrome shower heads worked fantastically well. The underbed storage (with safe) very useful as it is true that the rooms are not very big (at least my single room was pretty small). Free internet access in room useul if carrying a laptop. A tiny moderm mini fridge with a bottle of water and a can of Coke a nice surprise.
The breakfasts were perfectly fine and the little lady serving them was really very sweet! In terms of its location it's a quick walk to Chinatown MRT station (about a 5 to 10 minute walk away, with plenty of shops and eateries to try along the way.)
If you are into large 'business class' hotels then this may not be the one for you, but if like me, you want an inexpensive but comfortable base to rest your head in Singapore, in an interesting part of the city then this might just be the one for you. Enjoy!
Hip boutique hotel in a very New Orleans like area
My fiance and I stayed at Hotel 1929 for 2 nights in April. It looked like a hip, funky hotel, something different in a cultural, vs touristy area so we were interested to try it, although we found few reviews on it at the time.
The rooms are very small - smaller than anticipated - so you'd want to be very comfortable with the person you're sharing with. The first room we were put in at the back of the building was almost triangluar shaped and yes the shower was over the toilet. The bathroom wasn't so much the problem but we'd 2 big suitcases and golf clubs so the shape of the room didnt afford us any room to put away stuff nor store it out, so we asked to be moved. The only other double available was at the front, which the receptionist warned us would be noisier, but we took a look first and decided it was better all round.
The room looked just like the pictures - contemporary furnished and designed, wet room - shower (not over the toilet this time) and toilet were behind a glass door (frosted in the important parts!) and the wash basin was 'in' the room. There was just a rack with a few hangers (no drawers) for clothes, although we were able to push & pull the suitcases from under the bed and we stored the golf clubs under the bed too! There was a small plasma/lcd screen tv and free internet access in the room, great for us as we'd the laptop and could then email/webtext home.
There was an ornate railed balcony attached to the room and wooden shutters on the doors and window, which made the room feel more spacious we felt. This I thought gave it a very New Orleans look and many other buildings on the street were similar in style. Some of the bars had saloon doors too! The taxis do tear up and down the road but we'd no trouble with noise.
Staff were pleasant and accomodating and the reception area has some quirky chairs, including an old fashioned barbers chair!. Breakfast was a let down (although we usually came down at the last minute!) - choice and quality I felt was bad and coffee was yuck. The restaurant in the evening (Ember) on the other hand was excellent, although a bit on the expensive side!
The rooftop hottub caught our attention in the advert so after a long day of walking several kilometres we tested the hot tub. Water was luke warm and not many bubbles but we had it too ourselves so it was kind of like a romantic bath for two under the stars!
Glad we tried the hotel - it was an experience, but probably wouldn't stay again. Would recommend to young couples for 1-2 night stay, but not to our parents for example who'd definitley want more privacy in their bathroom and a bigger room.
Fine for a stopover
I found this hotel fine for a stopover.
It has a very comfortable bed and bedclothes, wooden floors and new mosaic tiled bathroom. You do end up showering over the toilet because of the bathroom's size. Overall the room is slick and clean. Great location too, minutes to MRT and lots of food stalls.
However, I wouldn't plan an extended stay here due to the tiny, strangely configured rooms (ie not 4 straight walls) and lack of storage facilities (no wardrobe, drawers etc).
Breakfast only starts at 7.30am so you miss out if you have an early flight (as we did).
Great Location, Pity the rooms are so small
I recently stayed at the hotel and thought that it would be fun to stay in Chinatown. I booked a deluxe room and found it to be extremely small with barely enough room to move. I was initially disappointed with the hotel but the breakfast was ok and the location was excellent.
I did not consider the room rate as expensive but expected a little more for what is called a "deluxe" room. I would prefer to be fairly warned and pay more to get a larger room than to arrive and be disappointed.
If you were to stay there the suites may be your best option unless you do not mind very small cramped rooms.
Good, clean, compact fun
I stayed in a single room at this hotel last month and I can confirm that these are very small. However, they are very well designed so that the rooms are actually very well appointed and include everything you need. They are also clean, tidy and quite attractive.
I found the staff at the front desk to be very helpful and friendly. After chatting about my dificulty with chopsticks, one of the receptionists even gave me a pair to practice with!
The breakfasts were more than adaquate and take place in the restaurant which looks very diferent by day than by night. It is true that the salt and pepper is passed from table to table but I don't see why this is a problem although a little unusual.
The location is good and very near to the excellent subway service. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to other travellers looking for good quality accomodation with a good location that don't want to spend too much time in the room.
A Bit Disappointed
Just back from a 4 day stay in Hotel 1929. Had booked the 2 suites with outside bath but only 1 was available, so our friends were put into the noisiest room with the air conditioning centre right at their room. We were given no real explanation for the confusion over the double booking of their room and I had taken my booking form with me to show them. The receptionist was very brusque and a bit vague as to the booking.When we had a really heavy few hours of rain, the rain poured through our friends roof. Fortunately their suitcases were closed otherwise their clothes would have been soaked. When they telephoned reception, they were told that they knew there was a problem with that room!!! Why had it not been fixed??They were moved to another room which turned out to be better. On a positive side, our rooftop suite was lovely. They still have only the one salt and pepper for breakfast which I read about in another article - surely they could sort this out. On the whole the stay was not too bad but I did not think this hotel merits a 3 star rating - more like an upmarket B & B. This did not spoil our superb trip to Singapore and cannot wait to go back, but would warn other travellers about the standards in this hotel.
Tiny room, a bit spooky
Originally from Singapore, I have stayed in various hotels every year going back for holidays to visit. This year I thought I would try something different - having seen reviews of this "hip" hotel on the internet and read reviews of various magazines.
Firstly, I booked a single room for $98 through a travel agent, but because I missed the booking deadline, the agent said that hotel had given my room away to someone else so the only room left was a deluxe double room which cost $168. Fair enough, I thought, but when I called up a couple of days later, it turned out that they still had a single room available for that night. Strange that. I don't think it was the travel agent trying to screw me either because they said I needed to pay the hotel direct.
Anyway, so I made a booking anyway, thinking it would be fun. But what a mistake it turned out to be. The single room I stayed in was so tiny that all 3 sides of the bed touched the walls, with about 1 metre of room between the "open" side of the bed and the glass panel for the shower. The LCD tv was just about the foot of the bed. The free drinks on the hotel turned out to be a bottle of water and can of coke.
When I finally got to bed that night, I found that the walls were really thin and I could hear every single footstep, door closing, even a hum which started up during the night - I wasn't really sure what it was. Luckily there didn't seem to be very many guests that night so I managed to get some sleep until 4 am when the hum started up again. I found my doona was stained and dirty - and I quickly threw that off.
It's in an old renovated Chinatown building, but the renovation seems to have stopped halfway, with some bits of the interior still rough. Overall I found the hotel to be a bit spooky, and couldn't get to sleep when I got woken up at 4 am, I had to turn the TV on and let it lull me back to sleep.
I would not recommend this hotel. On the other hand, I have stayed at Furama Hotel (around the corner), Copthorne Kings (newly renovated), The Westin (quite a splurge) etc etc and never found a similar experience. Furama and Copthorne Kings are even cheaper than this hotel!
Fine for me
Unless they paid over the rack rate I think the last reviewer is being a bit harsh, it's not a 5* gaff and doesn't pretend that it is. It's true about the noise but if you don't want noise and bustle don't stay in Chinatown. My room was clean, the bed was on the firm side, housekeeping visited every day, free broadband internet in the room. Toiletries were very spartan but there's a 7/11 between the hotel and the MRT station
Breakfast was I'll admit a bit mad, especially tiniest bit of bacon and the one set of salt and pepper, but plenty of toast & croissants to get you through until lunch.
It may be an expectations thing but the staff seem perfectly pleasant and helpful to me and compared to what you dollar / pound / euro buys in any other capital city 50 GBP plus tax is pretty good value to me.
So if you like hotels that are a bit different, and don't get wound up about things that don't really matter maybe this is for you. If it isn't, don't stay here, you'll hate it.
What a joke!
I was introduced to this hotel via and article in Time Magazine proclaiming it as one of the best "deals" in Asia. I was planning an 11 day trip to Singapore and it sounded terrific... all the rooms were unique, "plasma TVs in every room", etc. I thought it would have some more character than your typical high-rise and so I booked it through a travel agency (paid in advance so that I could get the best deal). That was my first lesson.. Never, *ever* pay for a hotel in advance unless you have been there before and can attest for it's quality. We arrived to find the "guy at the desk" to be the most unfriendly person we had met in Singapore.. this trend continued. On top of that we had reserved the suite on the roof - the *best room in the house*... However, at nearly 3:30pm it was unavailable and after a 7 hour flight and transfer we were given the opportunity to wait in the lobby for another 30 minutes while housekeeping scrambled to clean the room. When we finally did get to the room, it was not that bad... my first disappointment was that they "plasma TV" was in fact a 15 inch LCD computer screen mounted to the wall being used as a TV screen... not exactly what I had pictured, but I wasn't there to watch TV so I didn't fuss about it.
After the long flight I wanted badly to clean up a bit so I went to take a shower and found that the shower and the toilet were in the same small glass room. (FYI: these rooms are not for shy people) Again, I thought... "Well this is different, but 'ok'" I turned on the shower and about 45 seconds later the water went cold... and stayed that way!? I couldn't believe it... For me this was particularly important because I am currently living in China and hot water isn't exactly easy to come by there either... but this was vacation and I was in a hotel that was supposed to be the best value in Asia... so hot water would seem to come along with that? Apparently the Time reporter didn't actually STAY in the hotel.. just looked around at all the pretty chairs and thought it was *just fabulous*. I reported this lack of hot water to the front desk and they said that they would have repairmen take a look at it... 2 days later they were finally honest with me and told me that the entire hotel didn't have hot water. What!?!? There never was a repairman...
This hotel sits right on a busy road, mostly from taxis that drive past in an almost infinite pattern of acceleration - brake (repeat). The windows of the hotel do not actually seal against the building so having the windows closed is no different (as far as noise goes) from having them wide open. You can be on the 3rd floor with your windows closed and hear conversations outside as if you are right beside them. I had the pleasure of staying in 3 different rooms in this hotel and found this to be true in all of them.
At breakfast there is a very friendly lady (she is in the vast minority at this hotel) that will serve you 1 slice of bacon, 2 eggs, and baked beans. There is also an instant coffee machine, one plate of fruit (watermelon, mango, caneloupe, and sometimes apples (if you're lucky they don't taste like they were soaked in salt water). There is also some bread, 2 types of jam and a toaster. This breakfast was advertised as "western buffet breakfast" - Not quite. I have had the pleasure of staying in hotels all over the world and of all different price levels... but this didn't quite fit the description... However, it was "ok" so, again, if this had been the only problem... I wouldn't have worried about it. One of the more humoring parts of breakfast is that they have only ONE set of salt and pepper shakers... so as you are eating the lady will bring them to you... and give you about 30 seconds to use them and then return to your table to gather them and pass them along to the next person in need. Why they can't get a few extra sets is a bit bizarre to me... ?
Something that really stuck out at me about this hotel is that the "owner" (this is what they called him - as he looked to be about 28 years old) would come to the hotel usually about 9:30am, wearing jeans and a very loose shirt (keep in mind everyone else at the hotel is wearing a uniform). He would "hang out" in the lobby area either reading a newspaper, talking on his mobile phone and then around 11:30-12 he would leave... never to be seen again until the next morning. Wow! What a job he has! To me this is the fundamental problem with this hotel... there is no hot water, there is no customer service, and it isn't priced very well (actually)... and the manager doesn't seem to care, because he isn't spending the time at the hotel to know what is going on. His staff run the hotel.
Oh, and last but not least, the restaurant closed for 2 days of our stay due to Chinese New Year and the original bright idea was to have McDonald's delivered to the hotel instead... McDonalds!? This is their substitute for the "western buffet" ? Wow! Fortunately, due to the complaining of other guests they changed it to Deli France which turned out to be terrible, but it was the thought that counted... My question was, when can a hotel just close part of their service? The hotel was open, why wasn't the restaurant open?
I was so terribly disappointed with this hotel... Had I not paid for my stay in advance, I would have moved after the first night. Unfortunately we had to stick it out knowing that all we could do was never return and try to warn as many people as possible about it's shortcomings.
We found Singapore to be a wonderful place that we would love to spend more time in exploring and learning about. However, Hotel 1929 is officially the worst hotel I have ever stayed in... and after traveling all over the world for business, I have had my fair share of "winners".
Avoid if all possible!
Chair heaven in the heart of china town
Stayed in this hotel on the way from UK to AUS at start of 6 week around the world trip. Fantastic designer chairs at every corner Eames, Jacobsen et al and the rooms are simple clean and stylish. In the heart of china town so if you have come here for the faceless western sterile Singapore shopping experience than stay around Orchard .... but if you have more sass than stay here love the atmosphere and enjoy the cultural vibe of chinatown from the pig snouts on sale in the food market 2 streets away to the street perfomers doing acrobatics for pocketmoney ..... the clothes stretched overhead to catch the breeze outside hi-rise flat windows ..... and all those friendly people.
Food great - not 5 star or huge variety but like the hotle simple, and done well.
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