Hotel 81 Classic
Hotel 81 Classic is located in Joo Chiat, eastern neighborhood of Singapore and belongs to one of the limited budget hotels near to Changi Airport.
Hotel 81 Classic is also only 10-minute by foot from the Paya Lebar Interchange MRT Station (EW8/CC9), which can connect travelers to any part of the city. Changi Airport is only 20-minute away by train, which makes this location perfect for transit guests, but also for those that want to stay in a charming and upbeat district.
The Joo Chiat – Katong area is actually home to a multitude of cultures, including Peranakan, Malay and Eurasian. This is a great place to get a grasp of what the mysterious Peranakan culture is all about.
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Walking Tour of the Joo Chiat – Katong area
The amazing architectural details and perfectly preserved shop houses make this area perfect for picture-taking and sightseeing. There is also an eclectic mix of Asian craft boutiques, knickknack stores and even a mini-museum dotting this charming precinct.
Bangku Bangku Art Gallery (317 Joo Chiat Road) is the place where vintage meets ethnic as this art gallery / shop strives to offer the best of the Indonesian art pieces, furnishings, and other items. These are all unique pieces, so if you like a particular piece, grab it while it’s still available. There are many interesting items here, such as mosaic frames, marble tables, stone sculptures, antique wooden cupboards, and many one-of-a-kind chairs, among other things.
Rumah Bebe (113 East Coast Road) is a Peranakan heritage house that strives to preserve and showcase the ‘almost extinct’ arts and crafts of this ancient culture. The artist owner is Bebe Seet, and you can find some of her amazing works of artisanal crafts inside the shop. Be sure to check out her specialty; bespoke beaded Peranakan-style shoes, bags and kebayas that are probably one-of-a-kind in the world.
Rumah Bebe is one of the last heritage places dedicated to this old and beautiful culture, and it is a must-see for all visitors.
Katong Antique House (208 East Coast Road) is also another definite place to visit if you want to dive straight into the Peranakan culture and history. The owner of this mini-museum has a superbly-rich Peranakan family history that goes back to four generations. This Peranakan museum has a dense collection of traditional Nyonya costumes, wedding gowns, beaded slippers, antique Peranakan crockery and well-preserved photographs of early Babas and Bibiks.
Food Adventure in Joo Chiat
Hotel 81 Classic is located within walking distance of many traditional eateries where you can enjoy some of the best Peranakan cuisine in Singapore. In the same vicinity are also many New Age cafes and restaurants that will appeal to those with adventurous palates.
Kim Choo Nonya Dumplings was founded more than 60 years ago by Madam Lee Kim Choo who inherited the authentic Peranakan recipes from her grandmother. At Kim Choo’s kitchen located at 109 East Coast Road, visitors can sample the best Nonya rice dumplings in the city. Other true-blue Peranakan style dishes that are must-try include the Babi Pongteh – “braised pork with fermented soya beans” and Ayam Goreng – “fried chicken marinated with special spices”.
Fei Fei Wanton Mee, a lone stall operating in a 24-hour coffee shop at 72 Joo Chia Place, is unofficially rated the best wanton noodle in Singapore. The delightful taste of the fragrant springy noodles tossed with specially concocted chilli paste will make one come back for more. Another great dish is the dumpling soup which they serve with big juicy meat dumplings in a delicious broth.
Awfully Chocolate is a boutique-chocolate cake shop located on 131 East Coast Road. Awfully Chocolate’s signature best seller is their dark chocolate cake made from high-quality chocolate that makes customers return again and again. To get a “chocolaty high”, one can experience try their premium dark chocolate ice-cream, the irresistible chocolate rum and cherry cake, or the Kahlua chocolate truffles.
Value for Money Budget Hotel near Changi Airport
Budget Hotel 81 Classic offers value for money accommodation with convenient locality to Changi Airport. It is also surrounded by good and affordable food, and is well connected to other parts of the city with the nearby Paya Lebar MRT Station.
All the 81 rooms in Hotel 81 Classic are no-frills type but with full-service hotel facilities like attached showers, room service and high-speed Internet access. The rooms are clean, compact and comfy for any leisure or business travelers looking for budget hotels in Singapore.
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all the rooms.
- TV with Cable Channels
- Coffee / Tea Making Facilities
- Complimentary Beverages
- Hair Dryer
- Laundry / Dry Clean Service
- Tour Desk
- Car Park
- Non Smoking Rooms (upon request)
Address: 12 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427353
Contact Number: +65 6346 8181
Hotel Website: www.hotel81.com.sg/hotels_classic.shtml
Nearest MRT Station: Paya Lebar Interchange MRT Station (EW8/CC9)