I love luxury, but I love value more...
I'm writing this review on the eve of my departure, because I don't want to forget any detail. I came to Singapore for one week to visit my daughter at NUS. So, that is reason #1 that I chose the Pasir Panjang Inn- proximity. A quick walk to her dorm meant we could visit much more easily. However, I discovered this location had a lot more to offer. Any city bus stops at nearby Haw Par Villa MRT (Tip: get a card and load it with 20 dollars or so, it works on MRT and bus-- just like Vancouver's "Compass" card. Get one from the "Passenger Services" booth at any MRT station). Also, the Inn is very close to a great little cluster of convenience stores and Restaurants. I purchased cold drinks from several spots (and my room had a little bar fridge, for keeping them cold). There was a choice of Thai, Chinese, Italian, Indian and a Prata place. We tried them all, but for the Italian (sheesh) and they were all great. As noted above, getting anywhere else is super easy, thanks to the MRT close at hand.
So what of the Inn itself? I mention all of the above because it does govern some of my positivity. If this hotel was in a bad part of town, if the traffic was loud, or there were run down bars nearby, I wouldn't stay here on a bet. If you are a traveler looking for amenities (like shampoo and shoe-wipes), this is NOT the place for you. If you are squeamish about a bit of mould in the shower grout and dated decor, this is not the place for you. However, if you want to feel safe, welcome, and have easy access to good food and services, all at the lowest price imaginable, this is the place you want.
Tips: there is a laundry service on Food Corner-- just past the 7-11. The lady is lovely, does a great job, and clothes are washed/dried/folded in 24 hours. As mentioned, all the restaurants I tried were great, and there is a fun food court at the wholesale market, and a hawker stand near Pasir Panjang MRT station. Get an EZ-Pay card if you are staying a few days-- way easier than buying individual tickets. The Inn offers breakfast-- I took advantage of it kind of every-other day. You have a choice of fried rice with an egg, or scrambled eggs and a sausage. Both include toast and tea or coffee.
So let's recap: The Inn could use some TLC, but you get fresh towels and soap daily, and simple breakfast to start your day off well. Transit is easy and plentiful, as is food, snacks and amenities. I loved my stay in Singapore, and would stay here again if I'm lucky enough to return.
Family - Aug 18, 2017