If you are looking for a hotel in Singapore that is budget-friendly, can sleep a family of four and is in a great location, look no further than the Robertson Quay hotel.
I’m going to be upfront - the Robertson Quay hotel is not fancy; the rooms are small and basic, there isn’t a luxurious lobby and the 3 star rating on Google is pretty accurate. Normally, I probably wouldn’t bother writing a review for such an average hotel. However, before going to Singapore while I was researching places to stay, I searched for hours and hours to find a hotel that could fit the 5 of us (2 adults, 2 kids and an infant), was close to Clarke Quay or Marina Bay and was within my budget of less than $300 a night. For my hours of searching I came up with only a few places that met 2 of the 3 criteria, and I was almost going to go above budget just to get something booked in, until I found the Robertson Quay hotel, which ticked all 3 criteria
One of the reasons I chose this hotel was because it offered interconnecting rooms with a double bed in one room and two single beds in the other, as well as providing a cot free of charge. This made it perfect for our family of 5 to stay in. The rooms were pretty small, but given we spent most of our days out exploring Singapore and were only in our rooms to sleep, it didn’t make much difference if we were in a small or large room. Both rooms had air conditioning (which is a must when in Singapore), a small bathroom with shower, TV, kettle, mini fridge and safe. One of the best parts of the room was the amazing view we had of the Singapore River and the Alkaff bridge.
Breakfast each morning was included as part of our accommodation, which worked out very handy, as we found that most of the cafes and restaurants that were close by didn’t open until after 11am. The breakfast buffet on offer was fairly basic and included cereal, toast, eggs, chicken sausages, baked beans, fried rice, coffee and juice. Definitely not the most extensive buffet, and nothing to rave about, but it meant we could get the kids fed relatively effortlessly and ready for a day of exploring Singapore.
For a budget hotel, the Robertson Quay hotel is in a prime location. It is right on the Singapore River and just a short walk to the famous Clarke Quay with plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. It is also only a short walk to the Fort Canning MRT train station if you are keen to take public transport.We were also able to walk from the hotel all the way to Gardens by the Bay just by following the footpath along the river. Our taxi back from Gardens by the Bay was ~$10 and out to the zoo the next day was ~$22 - all very affordable!
The hotel has free wifi, but we found it was slow and dropped out a lot (which in my experience is pretty typical for free hotel wifi). Instead we purchased a Singapore SIM card from the airport for $30 which included a massive 100GB of data. Having the SIM made it a lot easier to get around, as we then had access to taxi and uber apps as well as Google maps.
We didn’t get a chance to check it out, but the hotel also has an outdoor pool. We could partially see the pool from our room window, and it looked very inviting.
All in all, I was very happy with our choice to stay at Robertson Quay hotel. It was within budget (and almost half the price of hotels just across the road), it had a fantastic location and it easily accommodated all 5 of us.
More information: www.robertsonquayhotel.com.sg
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Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 2nd May 2018
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