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Hotel 81 - Orchid
Ranked #268 of 316 Hotels in Singapore
Reviewed 27 January 2012

Our stay at Hotel 81 Orchid was very good, Arrived at 1:30 am to friendly staff. We enjoyed the location with plenty of shops and restaurants close by. A 5 minute walk to the MRT (Kellang) puts you close to anywhere in Singapore. The staff were always helpful with information and directions, they even looked information up on the internet for us. The cleaning staff were excellent. I knew the room (double) was going to be small but once you're there...it gets a little annoying triping over your luggage or sitting on the bed out of the way while the other gets dressed or packs. The internet is a pain. They change the passwords everyday (understanable) but you have to go down every morning to get the new code but your connection would time out every 20 minutes or so and you'd have to log back on. Other then that small thing I'd recommend the place for price, cleanliness, quiet street and good staff.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank barefootmart
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

This was unfortunately our third choice in Geylang. Not fussy travellers we had passed on the first two accommodations we had taken a look at due to things such as blood on the walls etc. We stumbled upon Hotel 81 Orchid and while it was better than our first few options, it was nothing to brag about. As others have mentioned here, the bed sheet thing is ridiculous. The bed is made of vinyl and since the sheet doesn't cover the whole bed, your feet are on the bare, sticky vinyl bed. The whole room was covered in a layer of mold. The smell was godawful. We had a sore throat by the end of the night. The wallpaper was moldy, the roof was moldy, the air coming out of the aircon was moldy. The sink emptied out onto the bathroom floor. Huge families of 6 were staying in one room all over the place and they ran in and out of each others room the whole night, slamming doors. The fire alarm went off because someone was smoking in their room. We saw a dead cat, a fight between a man and woman (fist fight) and a bleeding man laying on the sidewalk all in the span of 6 hours. All for a fantastic bargain of $65 SGD! Take a pass and spend more to get something tolerable.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank bunnysan
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

I chose this hotel based on what I had seen on I think either agoda.com, or just by viewing the hotels' actual website (can't remember which I did though). Either way, I made a number of visits to Singapore solely for the purpose of obtaining a visa for Thailand and each time I went to the country, and after choosing this hotel just once, I've consistently chosen it time and time again. Why? Well, I guess one of the main considerations was that it's rather close to the Kallang MRT and thus makes for easy access to public transportation when one wants to go into the main city part like Orchard Rd, or any other main areas of the city. If one doesn't mind walking about 15 minutes, they can reach this MRT station and from there, access the rest of the city and the other train lines. (I always found this to be beneficial while staying there).
Yeah okay, as I discovered, it is sort of located in the red light district but as another person had mentioned on a recent review, it's not like people are touting you in the area and I always enjoyed going to this location whenever I go to Singapore.
The rooms are a little small but that's okay as I usually only need the basics and am not one who needs all the amenities. Whew! The AC runs quite cold though and found myself having to turn it off at time since the room sometimes had a tendency to become a little bit of an ice box.
Otherwise, I really couldn't complain about the hotel and thought it to be perfect for my trips. There's also two 7 Elevens close by if one does not want to buy or eat at some of the food stalls that open up in the evenings (or if they just want to go and grab something to eat or drink).
Overall, a great hotel for value, price and location, and would gladly stay there again should I travel to Singapore again sometime this year.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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4  Thank Jeff206
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

Hotel 81 Orchid is one of the many franchises of the Hotel 81 group of hotels.

I chose this hotel for our family vacation because of its higher rating compared to its other Hotel 81 counterparts.

True enough, i am satisfied with the service provided by the hotel. We had free wifi and our room was cleaned daily with fresh bed sheets and toiletries too.

The hotel is located at Lorong 8 (geylang - singapore's red light district) which is near a bus stop and four blocks away from the Kallang train station .

Just around the corner are 24-hour hawker restaurants which includes "Mongkok Dimsum" which serves chinese food and "Kusina" which serves Filipino food.

There is also a nearby 7-11 where you can buy last minute nessecities and food stuff.

I hightly recommend the hotel for budget travellers who do not mind the "night activites" in the area. They don't bother you anyway.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank atty_mich77
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

In choosing a hotel to stay at, especially when traveling on a budget with hubby and 2 grownup kids, i usually consider three important things. One- should have earned generally good reviews, two- rate per night for a family room and three- proximity to the nearest transport station. In the case of Singapore, it should not be more than 10 mins walk from MRT.

Hotel 81 Orchid satisfies all of the above. It is rated average 3 star by reviews on TripAdvisor. That's good enough for me. Amongst hotels I've shortlisted (which isn't many) it has relatively the cheapest rate for a Family Room. Of course, at a rate of SGD 120 nett per night, I was not expecting luxury. As long as the room has the bare essentials - a clean bed to retire to after a long and tiring day, a toilet that is well maintained, with strong running hot/cold water and clean towels, it will serve its purpose for 3 nights. Well, I later found out that the simple expectations I've set still turned out to be quite an "overrating".

As soon as you enter the small lobby, it smells of mildew. There was even a time, one evening, coming back from Sentosa, it smelled like cockroach (though i didnt see any crawlers, thank goodness!). Our check-in was efficiently handled though, by a friendly male chinese staff in specs (i'm poor at remembering names).

The Family Room is also small, old and cramped up. It is practically 2 connecting rooms, with a curtain instead of the usual door in between. It has 2 bathrooms which are so narrow that you can wash your hair under the shower while sitting on the toilet! It was fairly clean but not all corners. One towel was a bit greyish white and has threads falling off its edges so badly that it looks more like tassels (that evening, i bought medium towels from Tangs).

The masters room has one queen sized bed, the other has 2 single beds, which were firm and comfortable. The linens were crisp and clean. The fluffy pillows covered in soft cotton gauze like pillow cases. There was a mini fridge, so mini that it's as low as the bed, has rusted hinges and not plugged in. Instead, we used it as a night table and placed a few things atop it. There was also tea/coffee making facility, hair dryer. There was an LCD flat screen TV on each room with one DVD player - though without remote controls.

Hotel 81 Orchid, like most of its hotels, provide accommodations only and does not have any F&B outlet. It does have room service, but i'd rather not try it. We had, however, complimentary access to wifi in our room during the entire stay.

They say its near the red light district, but it didnt bother us because we didnt go out at nights. The area nearest the hotel is relatively quiet and has lots of local eateries a block away. The nearest MRT station is Kallang, which is less than 10 mins walk from the hotel. If you're too tired to walk back, a cab costs SGD 3.60.

If you're a budget traveler, perhaps you may want to consider other hotels. Although I've only seen the Family Room, so this review may not reflect the condition of all rooms. If what matters to you is a place to stay at night and would rather spend your money on shopping, eating, Sentosa and USS, then Hotel 81 Orchid may be an acceptable option.

Please see photos to help you decide.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank ReluctantDrifter
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

Dirty and smelly toilet.there are some used shaver in the sink.
very small room with no wardrobe.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

I stayed with my family at this hotel from 19th to 20th September this year.This hotel is a good buy at SGD 51.00 (via Agoda) if you don't mind staying in the red-light district of the city. Location is good, near to major shopping areas and not too far from the Universal Studios, Casino, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and the likes. Easily accessible by buses, taxi, and MRT. Changi Airport is about 25 minutes away during non-peak hours. Food is a plenty nearby if you are an Asian and cheap too. At that budget price, the hotel still comes with coffee and tea making facilities, tooth brush and hair and body shampoo c/w a hair dryer (if it is working). There are quite some hookers around Lor 8 and; they do their business and you do yours, unless you choose to patronise them. There are no hookers around at the lift and front counter areas as these most primitive trade practioners go to seperate hotel rooms (not rented to ordinary guests, I think) via a door located at the back of the building with a condom vending machine behind the entrance door. Well-researched, uh? So don't worry about you having to share lift with hookers and their customers. Again, I would like to say that if you are budget-conscious and don't mind staying in the red-light area, then this hotel is a good choice. One shortfall of this hotel was that the fire-alarm would give false alarm in the middle of the night and PA announcements would be annoyingly repeated tens fo times to wake you up only to find out there was no fire nor smoke. I guessd this must be due to some idiots smoking in the rooms and have the smoke-detectors triggered. Good to say that the fire alrm system is working but bad is that it was distrubing and annoying.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Zhing M
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Address: 21 Lorong 8 Geylang, Singapore 399090, Singapore
Region: Singapore > Singapore > Geylang
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #268 of 316 Hotels in Singapore
Price Range: $49 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel 81 - Orchid 2*
Number of rooms: 174
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