The Fragrance Hotel – Joo Chiat
The Fragrance Hotel Joo Chiat is a budget hotel located in the upbeat area of East Coast / Katong, which has become famous for the numerous traditional eateries that offer great Singapore food.
The nearest MRT stations to the Fragrance Hotel Joo Chiat are the Paya Lebar (EW8/CC9) and Eunos (EW7), both within 20-minute walk to hotel’s doorstep. Changi Airport is also relatively close (with a 20-minute train ride) to this area that is located in the eastern part of Singapore.
The Fragrance Hotel Joo Chiat Hotel is perfect for all travelers due to its proximity to many reasonably-priced food outlets, shopping centers, and other historic attractions that can be visited in the area.
Rooms from US$50 per night.
Soak Up the History and Flavors of Old Singapore
The Joo Chiat suburb (or locally known as Tanjong Katong) is one of the liveliest in the whole city, and one that is very popular among Singapore’s residents due to its outstanding food haunts. Visitors should also know that this area is full of history that is reflected in the quaint old-style shop houses and Peranakan terrace houses, which have great stories to tell and that have been perfectly preserved.
At the Katong Antique House (on East Coast Road), visitors can be enthralled with history and stories about Peranakan culture from the owner, a 4th descendent of his Peranakan lineage. This museum and antique store showcases many wares from the Baba-Nyonya culture, such as wedding dresses, jewelery, decorative items, textiles and all sorts of traditional fabrics, different hand-crafted wooden items etc.
A little further down the Peranakan trail, and only a few minutes’ walk from the Fragance Hotel Joo Chiat, you will find the famous Nonya Laksa stalls. The Katong area is where the first Laksa stalls started serving this spicy noodle dish garnished with fresh jumbo prawns, cockles, fish cakes, and other tantalizing spices. The best place to sample this amazing Nonya Laksa is the 328 Katong Laksa on East Coast Road.
A very popular Singaporean treat that can also be found on the same East Coast Road is the famous Kaya Toast, a sweet and mouth-watering Hainanese snack. Where you need to go for this amazing treat is the Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, probably one of the very few old-school coffee shops left in Singapore. The place simply oozes nostalgia from the worn-out marble top tables, wooden chairs and retro mosaic floor tiles. You can’t go wrong by ordering their combo set of coffee, kaya toast and half-boiled eggs.
Indulge in a Little Shopping in Eastern Singapore
Since the eastern part of Singapore is not as famous for shopping centers as places like Orchard Road, this is precisely why you can find some great bargains and interesting souvenirs in this part of the city.
The 250,000 sq. ft Joo Chiat Complex is located on the same road as Fragrance Joo Chiat Hotel, and it offers a lot of ethnic Malay and Peranakan items, as well as other great finds. Here you can buy anything from traditional Malay costumes to carpets or household items to exquisite jewelery. The traditional Malay sweets and cakes are also to-die-for, so make sure to buy some for everyone as they are simply divine-tasting.
112 Katong located at junction of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road, is one of the newest malls in eastern Singapore. This Katong mall offers a good mix of retail shops, lifestyle stores, beauty and wellness facilities, cafes, restaurants, and an 8-screen state-of-the-art cinema. Some of the famous brands that you can encounter here are Adidas, Cortina Watch, Charles & Keith, Springfield, and Triumph, just to name a few of the 150 over outlets.
Budget Hotel amidst a Historic Enclave
The Fragrance Hotel Joo Chiat offers great value for money given the reasonable-sized rooms, affordable prices, and conveniently served by two MRT stations. This hotel can be the perfect base for accessing business districts, shopping areas and most places of interests in Singapore.
The Fragrance Hotel Joo Chiat has 90 well-appointed guest rooms equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV and attached showers. Rooms are spacious, clean and cozy for those looking for comfy budget hotels in Singapore.
Wireless Internet access (charges apply) is available in all the rooms.
- LCD TV with Cable Channels
- Coffee / Tea Making Facilities
- Hair Dryer
- Complimentary Beverages
- Safe Deposit Box
- Tour Desk
- Laundry Service / Dry Cleaning
Address: 219 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427485
Contact Number: +65 6344 9888
Hotel Website: www.fragrancehotel.com
Nearest MRT Stations: Eunos MRT Station (EW7) and Paya Lebar Interchange MRT Station (EW8/CC9)