Affordable Accommodation in Chinatown...
I had no idea I booked a room in Jinshan Hotel!! As my booking was for Zen Rooms @ Temple
Street I was naturally looking for a hotel of that name, silly me (the concept of ZEN Rooms was unknown to me then...).
My criteria was an affordable, decent place to stay in a central location, and that's what I got.
Located among the rows of shophouses off Temple Street, Jinshan Hotel's entrance is but a door leading to a broken down escalator. Reception desk is on the 3rd floor, one level up from Yum Char Restaurant which occupies the 2nd floor. In all fairness, the Hotel had communicated that access to rooms are by stairs only for this time. But for travelers with heavy luggage or bad knees, this will be a challenge.
Basic check-in, friendly enough staff who collected a S$50 room deposit and joked about the escalator being 'work in progress'. Received a ZEN Rooms pouch with basic amenities inside (the only visible connection to ZEN Rooms brand I encountered for the entire stay).
My room was decently sized, although it smelt a little musty, the kind of smell associated with old places. Bathroom was nicely laid out with shower screen that kept the rest of bathroom dry. Drawback to that was it made the shower stall really tiny, stretching your arms meant bumping it on the glass.
Kettle for hot drinks and complimentary coffee/tea & water was included in room, electronic safe located in wardrobe, universal plug points was laid out next to the bed which was convenient. Noticed that the trash bin has not been emptied from the last guest's stay, kinda tardy for housekeeping to overlook that honestly.
Room quality was decent, bed was firm and clean, split unit a/c functioned well and water temperature and pressure was also good. Had an old school window facing out to the road (which looked like it could use some cleaning too).
Major plus points were the fact that food was abundant all around (McD is round the corner, local food is everywhere), local / touristy shopping is literally at your doorstep and the Chinatown MRT station is a 3min walk away.
Overall, for the price paid, I would not complain, nor expect anything more (except perhaps for emptied trash bins). Bear in mind this is Singapore, any cheaper and you'll be staying in a dorm instead!
Business - Sep 15, 2017