Hotel 81 Dickson
Hotel 81 Dickson is located Little India district that is favoured by backpackers and blanked with bohemian vibes. Guests to Hotel 81 Dickson are also blessed with just a 10-minute walk to two MRT stations; Little India MRT Station (NE7) and Bugis MRT Station (EW12).
Tip – Guests arriving to Changi Airport can take a 40-minute train ride on the direct Green MRT Line (East-West), alight at Bugis MRT Station and then walk to Hotel 81 Dickson.
Laptops, Digital Cameras & Thieves Market
Sim Lim Square, Singapore’s largest electronics and computer appliances shopping center is just a 5-minute walk from Hotel 81 Dickson. The size and pace of this place, total of six floors to be precise is incredible and it’s located on Rochor Canal Road.
Sim Lim Square has it all; the latest in mobile phone and Andriod tablets, laptops, computer parts like motherboards, graphics cards and memory, digital cameras and camcorders, LCD TVs and monitors, GPS appliances, iPhones, iPads and accessories, multi-function printers, Xbox, Playstations, Nintendos and multi-format media players.
Just make sure that you have a good look around before you pull out your wallet, different stores charge different prices for the same items and there are some real bargains to be had.
After you are done trawling Sim Lim Square, cross the Rochor Canal Road and head over to Sim Lim Tower, a playground for electronics hobbyists that has many wholesalers selling a gamut of electronic components like resistors, capacitors, LED lights, DIY circuitry, mini-motors, etc.
Come early evening (5pm – 7pm), the stretch of Sungei Road behind Sim Lim Tower comes alive with many bare-chested, pot-bellied old men hawking second-hand and retro stuff from the yesteryears.
This place is known as Sungei Road Thieves Market, unanimously voted Singapore’s oldest flea market but rest assured that nothing on sale is stolen here. Sungei Road Thieves Market moniker was coined during the early days when criminals peddled their stolen wares here and it was an open secret if anyone’s belongings were stolen, he would probably find them in this flea market.
Relive Singapore’s Past on a Trishaw
Visitors to Singapore normally head straight for the cosmopolitan appeal of international shopping brands and world-class restaurants. Visitors and even locals are starting to forget the less modern areas of Singapore that are still rich in cultural diversity and heritage. And the best way to relive this nostalgic experience is through a relaxing trishaw ride.
Hotel 81 Dickson guests can take a 7-minute walk to Albert Mall Trishaw Park located on Queen Street, smack between Fu Lu Shou Complex and Albert Center Market and Food Center. This trishaw park is operated by Trishaw Uncle and they offer various back-to-the-old-days trishaw expeditions covering historical and culturally rich places like Little India, Bugis and Singapore River.
The trishaws are driven by elderly uncles who may make visitors cringe with guilt but do not be fooled by them because they are still going strong at their age riding the lengthy 10km route 2-3 times per day. The newer trishaws are now battery-powered to make the ride less demanding on the old uncles so visitors can ride without guilt and enjoy the slow trip back to old Singapore.
Oh Food! Glorious Food!
The labyrinth of quaint streets surrounding Hotel 81 Dickson are lined with almost an infinite amount of Indian, Muslim and Middle Eastern eateries serving cheap and savoring dishes. There is even a Spanish tapas bar (Zsofi Tapas Bar) with a roof-top terrace overseeing whole of Little India tucked away on 68 Dunlop Street.
Just next to the Trishaw Park is the sprawling Albert Food Centre that packs in huge crowds during meal times clamoring for the Fried Carrot Cakes, Steamed Rice Cakes with diced preserved turnip, Braised Noodles, Chicken Rice and Rojak (Singapore-style mixed salad with prawn paste).
For vegetarians, head to Fortune Center located on Middle Road and just beside the famous Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple). On the first level, you can find the whole place teeming with vegetarian cafes dishing out meat-free rice, noodles and pastries. Prices are affordable and portions are reasonable too.
International Brands Shopping at Doorstep
A short 10-min walk from Hotel 81 Dickson will bring guests to popular the shopping centers; Parco Bugis Junction Mall and Bugis+ (formerly Iluma). You will find brands like; Calvin Klein, Celio, Aeropostale, Bershka, Dockers, Quicksilver, Pull&Bear, Billabong, Casio G-Shock, Dorothy Perkins, Everlast and Japanese high street fashion names Lowry’s Farm and Uniqlo.
If you want to catch the latest blockbuster movie, you are in the right place because each Bugis mall houses a multi-screen cinema using the latest digital projection technology with Dolby Surround Sound system.
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all the rooms.
- LCD TV with Cable Channels
- Coffee / Tea Making Facilities
- Hair Dryer
- Self Service Ironing Equipment
- Laundry / Dry Clean Service
- Tour Desk
- Non-Smoking Rooms (request during booking)
Address: No 3 Dickson Road, Singapore 209530
Contact number: +65 6392 8181
Hotel Website: www.hotel81.com.sg/hotels_dickson.shtml
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis MRT Station (EW12) & Little India MRT Station (NE7)