I have stayed in other Fragrance Group hotels in Singapore before. Those of my stays have been more or less alright with no major issues or complaints. Some of the Fragrance hotels are older with more glitches than others but their rooms are bigger in size. The newer Fragrance hotels like 'Sapphire' on Lorong 10, Geylang Road are smaller but better designed and are expected to have less of the glitches. Pricing-wise, the newer hotels cost a bit more. Sapphire for example has a "walk-in" booking rate of 88 Singapore Dollars for a "Superior Double" room while some of its cousins in Geylang area would sell their rooms for 68 SGD only. The Lorongs on Geylang Road have hotels at 55 SGD per night too. But the other day, I met a guy at the Wonder Wash Self Laundry who was staying at such a "55 SGD" hotel. He said that his hotel does not provide housekeeping everyday. They clean the room only after a guest has checked out after his day regardless of how many days he stayed. So to beat that stupid system, he was checking out of the hotel everyday and checking-in again after two hours. Now that could be a problem in some other budget hotels in Geylang but never in a Fragrance Group hotel. In all the Fragrance hotels I stayed in, the rooms were cleaned everyday, a pair of fresh bath towels given everyday. I don't know how often the bed linen was changed but it always appeared clean. Fragrance Sapphire has been no exception. To tell you the truth, I am writing this review on Fragrance Sapphire while I am still staying in this hotel. I will check-out after another 4 days. Keep reading...
|Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Lorong 10 Geylang Singapore|
|Superior Room at Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Lorong 10 Geylang Singapore|
My booking is for a total of 11 nights. As a consideration for this long stay, I got an early check-in, means after 12.00noon but before 3.00pm, and larger than average room facing the main road and a large window to look outside. The 'double' bed is very comfortable for one person and will be OK for a couple in love. But if two people of the same gender check-in here, they better go for a twin-bed room. Check-out/check-in time here is 12.00 noon/3.00pm.
|Superior Room Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Lorong 10 Geylang Singapore|
Amenities-wise, the room has all the basic comforts. A 32 inch LCD TV, one side-table & one study-cum-pantry table, a tea/coffee maker, a large dressing mirror, a narrow cabinet, a stand for keeping my bag on, and three cloth hanging pins on a side wall. The bathroom is big but no separate shower area. There is a water heater for the bath with its switch outside the bathroom. It works fast. The bathroom is clean except for some dirt trapped in the gaps among the floor tiles. The bathroom fittings are all OK except for some leakage in the pipe of the hand-held shower. Behind the main-door, a list of all the articles with their prices is displayed. What that means is, if I break or other-wise damage something, I will need to pay the price written on the list.
|Tea/coffee maker in Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Lorong 10 Geylang Singapore|
Everyday, I am getting two small water bottles and some tea/coffee supplies. The air-conditioner controller is very accurate so I know where to keep it for a comfortable sleep. Actually, it works fine at 22 or 23 degrees with one person in the room. For two persons, you may need to set it at 21 or 22 but keep the bathroom door closed. The curtain on the window is very effective at keeping the day light out so there is no problem in sleeping late. Hanging the 'Do Not Disturb' sign outside works like a charm. Smoking is not permitted in the room and if a guest does, they charge a 'clean-up' fee of 30 Singapore Dollars.
|Superior Bathroom at Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Lorong 10 Geylang Singapore|
There is no free WiFi in this hotel, even in the lobby. The two PCs kept in the lobby do not have free internet either. A guest needs to buy a WiFi pass at SGD 5 for 2 hours and SGD 10 for 24 hours to use WiFi in the room and in the lobby. That pass will work even on the lobby PCs. One of PCs is broken for the time being. I am using internet from my SingTel Prepaid SIM which is giving me 1GB of 3G data for seven days at 7 SGD. Great speed in the room.
|The lobby of Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Lorong 10 Geylang Singapore|
|Hotel Fragrance Sapphire Lorong 10 Geylang Singapore Lobby|
The lobby, apart from the two PCs, has a 2-3 chairs for the guests. In one side there is the elevator and a small extra door for entry/exit.
Location and Connectivity
This is Lorong 10 which is almost equidistant from the two MRT Stations in Geylang - Kallang and Aljunied. Both are at a walkable distance. There is a public bus stop towards the left outside Lorong 10. Public buses to many of the city's attractions are available either from this bus stop or the one from the nearby 'Sims Drive'. A list of bus routes and destinations can be obtained from the front office staff. Geylang Road outside has all that a tourist can ask for, food of all kinds, 7-Elevens, mini marts, super markets, mobile phone/SIM card shops, gift shops, and what not.
Fragrance Sapphire is a good deal for me because I got this room at a good discount from my online travel agent. I am not not sure how I will feel about everything here if I had paid 88 SGD a night. Still, I think Geylang has the cheapest accommodation for tourists among all the areas of Singapore. One just needs to live with minor shortcomings, that's all. Fragrance Sapphire Booking Site
|Posted by Narinder Singh|