Review by a Mr Jones of Australia for a 3 star budget hotel chain away from the main tourist drags but close to a MRT (light rail) station:
"Had booked into this hotel for 2 nites Arrived at 10:00pm after a long flight. There was no porter service to assist with my bags.
Breakfast was a disgusting oily over salted slop that I would not feed to my dogs. No friendly faces amongst the staff - no smiles and no welcome.
Requested reception call me a taxi prior to leaving my room so that I would not have to wait long. On arriving at reception was told that the taxi had not been called as they were waiting for me to come downstairs first. Had a 20 minute extra wait before the taxi arrived - making me late for my business meeting There is no restaurant at the hotel. The nearest is next door which only served Muslim food. Since the hotel is in a poor location another taxi was required to find another eatery that served good food The morning of my leaving there was still no porter service so I had to carry all my luggage back to the reception myself
This is a hotel to avoid - in all my years of traveling throughout Asia it would rate in the top two worst hotels ever Do yourself a favour and stay elsewhere - I will "
I've stayed in plenty of 3 star or worse hotels in Australia, Asia and Europe without encountering porter service. I'll probably stay at this hotel - muslim food being a bonus even though I'm not a muslim!
Peter from Malaysia about the 4 star Carlton Hotel (quite posh inside - brother-in-law stayed there during their wedding reception).
The kit was lacking, for a hotel of this calibre.Also, some people prefer to use water instead of toilet paper so a toilet hose would make it more 5 smiles.
I've never seen a "toilet hose" in Asian hotels,only at public squat toilets. Is this relatively common? Maybe he would like a bidet (I prefer the Japanese arse-washing toilets - always miss them when I return to Australia.)
I once stayed at the Swan Hotel in Shanghai and their was a dial labelled "smallpox" above the bed (it actually dimmed the lights).
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