Marrison Hotel at Desker
Marrison Hotel at Desker is a moment away (a 7-minute walk) from the modern Farrer Park MRT Station (NE8) and also has the sights of Little India on its immediate doorstep.
Guests arriving to Changi International airport will be glad to know it’s just an easy 45-minute ride by MRT train to Marrison Hotel Desker.
24-Hour Shopping Awaits You
An exciting destination for visitors and locals, with a wealth of bargains within its brightly lit interiors, Mustafa Center should make the top of your to do list. Its reputation is high; the only 24-hour shopping center in Singapore for budget shopping. You can’t afford to miss it. Mustafa mega shopping mall is just a stone throw from the rear of Marrison Hotel at Desker, located along Syed Alwi Road.
On the first look, Mustafa Center does not have a fancy facade but it makes up for it with bargains; affordable clothing, perfume, sports goods, toys, branded cosmetics, gold jewellery, digital cameras, laptops, mobile phones, iPhones, iPads, Apple accessories, LCD TVs and even luxury Swiss watches like Tag Heuer and Tissot. This really is a shopper’s paradise!
Because Mustafa operates round-the-clock, it is good for last minute foreign exchange, VISA processing and travel bookings to other countries. In fact it is an open secret with the locals that Mustafa Center’s money changers offer one of the most competitive foreign exchange rates in Singapore.
Sim Lim Square – IT Mecca for Geeks
If your appetite for IT gadgets and appliances is still insatiable even after shopping in Mustafa, then head over to Sim Lim Square at junction of Rochor Canal Road and Bencoolen Street. From Marrison Hotel Desker, it is a 20-minute walk down main Jalan Besar Road to Sim Lim Square.
At six floors high, Sim Lim Square IT Mecca sells every electronics gadget imaginable; the latest mobile phone, PCs, laptops, camcorders and digital cameras, computer parts like motherboards, memory and storage, high-end headphones, portable speakers, iPhones, iPads, etc. With so much on offer you’re advised to compare prices around before you purchase, as the competition between stores is rife and bargains are to be had.
Sim Lim Square has also been declared the electronic hub of the entirety of Asia by CNET Asia and draws enthusiasts from all over Asia, Australasia and Africa and people have been known to spend up to two days wandering around this IT Mecca.
Tekka Center – Locals Favorite Market
The Tekka Food Center and Wet Market located right next to Little India MRT Station (NE7) is one of Singapore’s biggest and busiest traditional style wet market, where thousands go to do their daily food shopping over the din of haggling between sellers and buyers.
The ground floor is separated into a wet market and hawker center. The wet market sells a large variety of imported fresh fruits and vegetables and has a sizable section on fresh seafood as well. It is only in Tekka Market that visitors can find lots of cheap Indian spices and freshly made curry pastes to make that authentic curry chicken.
The hawker food center on the same floor is a wonderful place to start the day with a hearty breakfast of “roti prata” (Indian pancake) and a glass of “teh tarik” (traditional-style pulled milk tea). India vegetarian meals served on fragrant banana leaves are common here as well as other Indian and Muslim food stalls.
Head to the 2nd floor where you will be treated to a visual feast of colorful and beautifully embroidered Saris, Punjabi costumes and Lehengas (fitted blouse with long skirt). This is definitely the place for savvy Indians to go to when they need to get affordable and good quality Indian costumes for their weddings, birthdays and festivals.
Sungei Road Thieves Market
Sungei Road is home to Singapore’s oldest and most popular flea market and despite its name you’ll be unlikely to find thieves flogging stolen goods here. The name is from the 1930s when criminals used to flock there to offload their stolen goods.
Today the Thieves Market which is just behind Sim Lim Tower is jam-packed with over 200 vendors selling; old electrical goods, bric-a-brac, shoes, accessories, vinyl, CDs, books, rare magazines or even the odd copies of Playboy and Penthouse, watches, souvenirs, household items and vintage clothing. Anything retro you will probably find it here and depending on luck, USD$10 may snatch you a good deal that cost you treble back home.
The best time to hunt for vintage stuff in Thieves Market is in the early evenings when sun has gone down. The place can get hot and stuffy with the bargain hunting crowd especially during weekends.
Quaint Hotel with Good Shopping Places
The 25-room Marrison Hotel at Desker is a small and nicely decorated boutique hotel in a restored heritage shop house to portray the very art and culture of traditional Singapore in the heart of Little India.
Besides being next to Mustafa, Marrison Hotel Desker is also close to City Square Mall, a modern eco-friendly shopping center that will appeal to family and youngsters
This Marrison Hotel offers almost anything the budget traveler needs with attached shower facilities. Marrison at Desker is also one of the rare hotels that still offer smoking rooms in Singapore. A tour desk is also available at reception for booking of conducted tours.
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all the rooms
- LCD TV with Cable Channels
- Laundry Service / Dry Cleaning
- Coffee / Tea Making Facilities
- Business Center
- Tour Desk
Address: 65 Desker Road Singapore. 209588
Contact number: +65 6294 6346
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park MRT Station (NE8)