Madras Hotel Eminence
The Madras Hotel Eminence (formerly known as Cactus Hotel) is perfectly situated in the Lavender-Kallang area, within easy walking distance (10-15 minutes) to three MRT stations; Lavender (EW11), Farrer Park (NE8) and Boon Keng (NE9).
Although Madras Hotel Eminence is located almost at the edge of Singapore city’s center, its unique location makes it well-served by both North-East and East-West train lines.
The North-East Train Line (Purple) can bring visitors to Chinatown cultural district and Orchard Road shopping belt in less than 15-minute. With the East-West Train Line (Green), access to Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar business and financial districts is just under 10-minute.
Little India – A Cultural Gem
Madras Hotel Eminence is surprisingly close to Little India, the other famous cultural precinct of Singapore besides Chinatown. Little India, an area characterized by rows upon rows of heritage shop houses is just a stone throw from the Madras Eminence Hotel’s backdoor, along the Serangoon main road.
Operating out of these shop houses are an eclectic mix of businesses selling a mishmash of stuff. Colorful merchandise like jeweled-hued saris, flower garlands and traditional Indian sweet treats at storefront will greet surprised visitors and at the same time provide a good backdrop for photos taking.
You can also find henna tattoo artists, spices and curry powder grinders, Indian goldsmiths, Mamak Stalls or old-style provision shops and if you real lucky, the odd parrot fortune reader amongst the hole-in-wall stores.
Come dusk, Desker Road in Little India comes alive to a different beat when ladies of the night start plying their trade under the moonlight. If you look closely, some of these ladies may not be the real McCoy and are lady-boys instead! Family with kids and lone female travelers are advised to steer away while the adventurous males may explore the red light district at your own risk.
Non-Stop Shopping for The Sleepless
There is a 4-storey building with strange-looking steel façade at Syed Alwi Road in Little India district that visitors must not miss. This building is well known to world as Mustafa Center and it is connected to an older wing by a link bridge on second floor.
Mustafa Center is a huge department store that operates 24-hours every day of the year without fail. Mustafa Shopping Centre stocks more than 150,000 types of merchandise ranging from DVDs to digital cameras to fabrics to spices to even luxury Swiss watches. You name it, they probably have it.
If you run short of Singapore currency, fret not as there is a money changer inside Mustafa that offers pretty good rates. If cash is totally used up, they also accept major credit cards so you can literally shop till you drop.
Latest Electronics Gadgets at Cheap Prices
In Jalan Besar area is Singapore’s largest electronics and computer shopping mall, the Sim Lim Square which is located at the crossing of Jalan Besar and Rochor Canal roads. Sim Lim Square is about a 20-minute stroll from Madras Hotel Eminence through the Little India precinct.
Over here, you can find the latest digital camera models, laptops, game consoles, computer accessories, media players and LCD displays at competitive prices. Remember to compare prices amongst shops before making purchase and always ask for discount or freebies to get the best deal.
Good Singaporean Food is Everywhere
Tasty and affordable local food can be easily found within walking distance from Madras Hotel Eminence doorstep. Many coffee houses operates from the shop houses nearby and in the Little India area, visitors will also find no shortage of North and South India eateries with affordable menus.
Nostalgic Hotel with Many Room Types
The Madras Hotel Eminence aims to offer a varied service to suit all customers and as such offer a range of full-featured superior, executive and family rooms.
Rooms are from USD$80 – USD$100 per night at Agoda.com
Although a budget hotel, Madras Hotel Eminence do offer simple complimentary breakfast for their guests. Facilities such as safety lockers and baggage storage facilities are made available to all guests, without charge. 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
- Coffee / Tea Making Facilities
- Laundry Service / Dry Cleaning / Ironing
- Room Service
- Airport Transfer
- Complimentary Breakfast
Address: No.407 Jalan Besar Singapore 209012
Contact number: +65 6391 3913
Hotel Website: www.madrassingapore.com
Nearest MRT Stations:
- Farrer Park MRT Station (NE8) – 13-minute walk
- Boon Keng MRT Station (NE9) – 13-minute walk
- Lavender MRT Station (EW11) – 15-minute walk