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18 September 2016

Fragrance Riverside Hotel (Clarke Quay)

Affordable Hotel with Swimming Pool

Fragrance Riverside Hotel Review 


Kali ini saya akan mengulas hotel di Singapura yang cukup populer di kalangan wisatawan Indonesia dan Filipina, Fragrance Riverside di Clarke Quay.

Today my blogpost is about a popular hotel in Singapore, which is well liked by Philippines and Indonesian tourists, Fragrance Riverside hotel in Clarke Quay.





Fragrance Riverside Singapore Hotel - Superior (cheapest) Room


 Tiap hotel ada keunggulan dan kekurangan masing-masing, pertama mari kita ulas beberapa cons dahulu sebelum membahas pros untuk memilih tempat ini.

Each hotels has their own pros and cons, I like to assess the cons first before laying out whats good about this place.


Fragrance Riverside Singapore Hotel

Kamar ini saya dapatkan dengan biaya sekitar Rp 900.000,- via Agoda, bisa klik link ini untuk cek harga terbaru.
Yang perlu disoroti, kamar satu ini di situs-situs booking hotel baik Agoda maupun Booking.com adalah deskripsi kamarnya kurang jujur. Saya baru tahu kalau mendapatkan kamar tanpa jendela saat check in.
Biasanya hotel lain akan menampilkan informasi, kalau kamar yang kita pilih adalah kamar tanpa jendela, salah satu contohnya bisa dilihat di bella bello hotel KL yang saya review tempo hari.


This room was booked for me for approximately Rp 900.000,- per night via Agoda, you can check the going rate here.
The problem is, in Agoda they didn't mention that the cheapest room is without window.
This is both in Agoda and Booking.com, no mention of windowless room, I found out that the room I booked were windowless upon check in.
It's common for other numerous hotel to offer windowless room, but they always states it in the booking information.



Booking.com Screen Capture - Fragrance Riverside with the so-called Subway Access

Di sini selain tidak menampilkan bahwa kamar yang dibooking adalah kamar tanpa jendela, di situs Booking.com malah ditampilkan adanya akses subway di hotel. Yang benar, akses subway terdekat adalah di Central Mall, dan untuk ke sana perlu jalan sekitar 7 menit, menaiki jembatan penyebrangan, dan turun ke subway di bawah mall.

Second problem I have with the booking information is they stated that this hotel has SUBWAY ACCESS, which it didn't. The closest subway is about 7 minute walk, you have to get across a crossing bridge too, so to label the hotel as having Subway Access for me is a bit misleading.

Bathroom


Fragrance Riverside Hotel - Superior Room bathroom
Kamar di Fragrance Hotel relatif sempit, kamar mandinya pun juga cukup mini. Hanya tersedia ruangan ala kadar, antara kakus dan showernya tidak ada pemisah yang jelas. Desain seperti ini menurut saya cukup menganggu, jadi kalau anda termasuk perhatian dengan kualitas kamar mandi hotel, lebih baik pilih kamar atau tempat lain.

With the narrow and windowless room, you get a similarly claustrophobic bathroom. There's only ample space, and no distinctive perimeter between the closet and the shower, so it's a jumble of mess design-wise. If you're particularly finicky about bathroom (as I am), you'd be better off finding other room.



Fragrance Riverside Hotel - Room Amenities, no Fridge
Salah satu fasilitas yang biasanya saya perlukan adalah lemari es, di sini sayangnya tidak ada. Butuhnya biasanya untuk menyimpan susu pasteurisasi dan es batu untuk membuat vietnam drip coffee / ca phe sua nong di pagi hari. Berhubung tidak ada lemari es, kopi harian saya buat dengan menggunakan bahan klasik vietnam coffee, susu kental manis.

My morning ritual, being a caffeine addict, usually consist of making Vietnam coffee or ca phe sua nong. For that reason I usually would love to have a fridge in the room, for keeping ice cube (ca phe sua da in the afternoon) and pasteurized milk, which would go sour in a day without fridge.
This room sadly had no refrigerator, so I'm left to use a classic Vietnam coffee milk, which is the condensed milk, which need no fridge, and could last a very long time in room temperature. The only hassle is that you'd need a can opener, which the hotel also didn't have (asked to borrow from the receptionist)




Fragrance Riverside Singapore Hotel - Hallway

Surrounding Area



Hotel 81 Singapore
Di dekat hotel Fragrance, ada satu hotel yang harganya mirip, tapi tidak ada fasilitas kolam renang. Bagusnya, kamar di sini memiliki jendela dan walaupun sama sempitnya, tapi kelihatan lebih nyaman, bisa di cek di link ini untuk cek harga terbaru, Hotel 81.

Close to Fragrance Hotel, in the Chinatown area, I stumble upon this lovely looking hotel. It costs around the same amount of money, with what seems to be a better room with window, what they lack is a swimming pool, which is available in Fragrance Riverside. If you want to check the latest price, use this link, Hotel 81.



Swimming Pool


Fragrance Riverside Singapore - Swimming Pool Area
Walau saya kurang cocok dengan hotel satu ini, untuk pembaca mungkin perlu dipertimbangkan menginap di sini kalau membawa anak kecil, atau penghobi berenang. Untuk saya sendiri selama 5 hari menginap di sini hanya sempat 1x renang. 


Though I'm not a particular fan of this hotel, they do offer one thing that's hard to beat for the price level, a swimming pool in the rooftop. This would be great if you really like swimming, or you have kids that does. I myself spent 5 days here, but only manage to swim once, I quite like swimming but I think I enjoy walking around the city much more.


Fragrance Clarke Quay Singapore - Swimming Pool Area
Kadang kolam renangnya juga terasa sesak karena ukurannya tidak terlalu besar sedangkan tamu hotel cukup banyak. Untuk saya lebih cocok untuk mencari hotel setara dengan kamar yang lebih ok, tapi untuk yang ingin fasilitas kolam renang dan lokasi strategis, sepertinya untuk harga demikian, hotel ini pilihan terbaik.


Sometime the pool can feel a bit cramped though, since the hotel are popular and plenty of occupants uses the pool frequently.
For those wanting a swimming pool facility, with hotel location adjacent to the city center, it's hard to beat this hotel for the price level
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Fragrance Clarke Quay Singapore - Swimming Pool Area

Fragrance Clarke Quay Singapore - Small Fitness Center

Fragrance Riverside Hotel (Clarke Quay Singapore)

Hongkong Street
Phone : +65 6636 0888

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