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The Porcelain Hotel by JL Asia

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hotel is well located near Chinatown MRT station. The only downside is the size of the room which was very small. I had a Deluxe room, which was already few categories up. Room was reasonably clean though

Hard to fit two people in the room unless someone stays in bed but the location is great and it's clean.

it was a great experience. it was actually my 2nd time there

just around the corner from chinatown metro stop, easy to get from the airport with mrt. Room is small, has refrigerator, hair dryer, hot pot, and 2 bottles of free water daily. Wifi is good and TV is good too. Night markets and food stalls are just 5-10 minutes away on foot.

In the heart of Chinatown, there's no shortage of places to eat and flea market-style booths to explore. Also super close to the Metro stop and the area is very walkable if you want to explore. I was there at the end of Feb and there were still a lot of Chinese New Year things going on.

the hotel room are small and no window.convient to go to china town.

If you want to sleep in a tiny, dark room with no windows, to overcome your jetlag, this place is for you. It's so small you'll need to get creative about where to put your luggage. I think it's insane to charge people more than $100 a night for a shoesized black box, but then again, it is Singapore. Still, for $40 a night, you can check into WINK hostel across the street, and sleep in a pod, but a pod with a window.

The room is so small that because of no chair one person can sit on high bed and other has to sit on toilet. The bed is closed in on three and a half sides. Only two hooks for clothes to be hung. No room for two to store luggage. No privacy in bathroom as door glass see through. Shower one side of glass see through. Only couples that want to watch each other bath and go to the toilet can enjoy this set up. 2nd person has to crawl over first person in bed if that person is on the open side. Would not have stayed except room paid for and no refund allowed. Security deposit required on check in not returned up on check out but to be taken care of later. Do not recommend this hotel at all. The location was excellent if you wanted to be in Chinatown. But many other hotels in area.

Arrived early and I did appreciate the early admission to the cruise ship sized room. The hotel is new, unique and attractive; however, I just could not get beyond the size of the room. There is no room, just a bed surrounded by three walls and a small aisle. The washroom is unusable after the shower is used: it is one in the same, in fact the entire bathroom floor is the drain for the shower. The place has it's features, but I've never stayed in a hotel that has no windows in the room. It was weird to walk outside and go "oh, it's raining, why didn't I know this and dress for the weather...oh yeah, I can't see outside!" As I knew what to expect by reading other reviews I was prepared and enjoyed my stay. Staff were nice, room was clean, location was great with the MTR Chinatown station right around the corner. Often walked down to the waterfront, an easy 10 minute stroll. Would I stay again. No, I've done this one, I'll cross it off my list and move on to something bigger next time. My youth days are long gone.

We stayed at the Porcelain Hotel for four nights during our visit to Singapore. Since we arrived at Changi International Airport around midnight, we spent the first night at the Ambassador Transit Hotel inside the airport. This is a good option for late arrivals since the MRT stops running at midnight; note the hotel is inside customs so you won't have access to any checked luggage until after you exit customs. Fortunately, we only packed carry-on luggage, which proved helpful as well for our stay at the Porcelain Hotel! Here are the pros and cons of our stay at the Porcelain Hotel; we were in a superior room with a double bed: Pros: -- The hotel is one block from Chinatown and the MRT, which makes it an ideal location! Easy access to numerous restaurants, bars, and souvenir shopping. -- The newly opened hotel had plush towels, a comfortable bed, and the room had a small fridge, hot water pot, and a universal outlet. -- Free WiFi in the room! Cons: -- The room is very small! Tiny, really! No room for luggage and no closet (four hangers on wall hooks). -- The entire hotel is dark with black and blue decor and "can" lights providing the only lighting (don't even try putting on make-up in the bathroom, ladies!). The hotel staff actually carry around flashlights! -- The room had no windows! This made an already dark room even darker, which is good for sleeping in but not much else. While this kept the outside noise down, you could still hear people talking in the hallway, as well as the housekeeping staff at all hours (although we still returned late one afternoon to find our tiny room hadn't been made up!). -- The bathroom walls are made of glass, so you can see everything! Also, did I mention the room is small!? While a small room might be okay for a night or two, we'd only recommend staying at the Porcelain Hotel for the location near Chinatown. As far as things to do in Singapore, we went to Sentosa Island (artificial but there are beaches there; can't say much for the food on the island or the attractions, which are pricey), and also headed to the Singapore Flyer and Marina Sands hotel (both cost about $30/person for a view at the top). We also spent two days watching the golf tournament at the HSBC Women's Championship at the Tanah Merah Garden Course - terrific! By the way, our departure flight was at 8:00am in the morning, and the Chinatown MRT station doesn't open until after 6:00am, which would have us arriving at Changi Airport too late. Luckily, taxis are very inexpensive; it cost just over $20 from the hotel including the late night/early morning surcharge. Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip to Singapore, and don't forget to try some laksa while you're there!

Room options

Superior Double Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Twin Room (2 Single Beds)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Single Room, 1 Single Bed

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for The Porcelain Hotel by JL Asia

Everyone (2) Couples (4) Family (2) Other (2)
2

convenient hotel but very very small room

Everyone

Hotel is well located near Chinatown MRT station. The only downside is the size of the room which was very small. I had a Deluxe room, which was already few categories up. Room was reasonably clean though

By , from KL on Sep 16, 2016

4

extremely tiny but great location

Everyone

Hard to fit two people in the room unless someone stays in bed but the location is great and it's clean.

By on Sep 6, 2016

5

great trip

Families

it was a great experience. it was actually my 2nd time there

By on Sep 30, 2015

4

in chinatown

Couples

just around the corner from chinatown metro stop, easy to get from the airport with mrt. Room is small, has refrigerator, hair dryer, hot pot, and 2 bottles of free water daily. Wifi is good and TV is good too. Night markets and food stalls are just 5-10 minutes away on foot.

By on May 22, 2015

5

great hidden gem

Singles

In the heart of Chinatown, there's no shortage of places to eat and flea market-style booths to explore. Also super close to the Metro stop and the area is very walkable if you want to explore. I was there at the end of Feb and there were still a lot of Chinese New Year things going on.

By on Feb 23, 2015

2

family get away

Families

the hotel room are small and no window.convient to go to china town.

By on Jan 20, 2012

2

sensory deprivation box

Couples

If you want to sleep in a tiny, dark room with no windows, to overcome your jetlag, this place is for you. It's so small you'll need to get creative about where to put your luggage. I think it's insane to charge people more than $100 a night for a shoesized black box, but then again, it is Singapore. Still, for $40 a night, you can check into WINK hostel across the street, and sleep in a pod, but a pod with a window.

By on Nov 5, 2011

1

extra small room

Couples

The room is so small that because of no chair one person can sit on high bed and other has to sit on toilet. The bed is closed in on three and a half sides. Only two hooks for clothes to be hung. No room for two to store luggage. No privacy in bathroom as door glass see through. Shower one side of glass see through. Only couples that want to watch each other bath and go to the toilet can enjoy this set up. 2nd person has to crawl over first person in bed if that person is on the open side. Would not have stayed except room paid for and no refund allowed. Security deposit required on check in not returned up on check out but to be taken care of later. Do not recommend this hotel at all. The location was excellent if you wanted to be in Chinatown. But many other hotels in area.

By on Sep 4, 2011

3

you've been warned

Singles

Arrived early and I did appreciate the early admission to the cruise ship sized room. The hotel is new, unique and attractive; however, I just could not get beyond the size of the room. There is no room, just a bed surrounded by three walls and a small aisle. The washroom is unusable after the shower is used: it is one in the same, in fact the entire bathroom floor is the drain for the shower. The place has it's features, but I've never stayed in a hotel that has no windows in the room. It was weird to walk outside and go "oh, it's raining, why didn't I know this and dress for the weather...oh yeah, I can't see outside!" As I knew what to expect by reading other reviews I was prepared and enjoyed my stay. Staff were nice, room was clean, location was great with the MTR Chinatown station right around the corner. Often walked down to the waterfront, an easy 10 minute stroll. Would I stay again. No, I've done this one, I'll cross it off my list and move on to something bigger next time. My youth days are long gone.

By on Mar 16, 2011

2

small in singapore!

Couples

We stayed at the Porcelain Hotel for four nights during our visit to Singapore. Since we arrived at Changi International Airport around midnight, we spent the first night at the Ambassador Transit Hotel inside the airport. This is a good option for late arrivals since the MRT stops running at midnight; note the hotel is inside customs so you won't have access to any checked luggage until after you exit customs. Fortunately, we only packed carry-on luggage, which proved helpful as well for our stay at the Porcelain Hotel! Here are the pros and cons of our stay at the Porcelain Hotel; we were in a superior room with a double bed: Pros: -- The hotel is one block from Chinatown and the MRT, which makes it an ideal location! Easy access to numerous restaurants, bars, and souvenir shopping. -- The newly opened hotel had plush towels, a comfortable bed, and the room had a small fridge, hot water pot, and a universal outlet. -- Free WiFi in the room! Cons: -- The room is very small! Tiny, really! No room for luggage and no closet (four hangers on wall hooks). -- The entire hotel is dark with black and blue decor and "can" lights providing the only lighting (don't even try putting on make-up in the bathroom, ladies!). The hotel staff actually carry around flashlights! -- The room had no windows! This made an already dark room even darker, which is good for sleeping in but not much else. While this kept the outside noise down, you could still hear people talking in the hallway, as well as the housekeeping staff at all hours (although we still returned late one afternoon to find our tiny room hadn't been made up!). -- The bathroom walls are made of glass, so you can see everything! Also, did I mention the room is small!? While a small room might be okay for a night or two, we'd only recommend staying at the Porcelain Hotel for the location near Chinatown. As far as things to do in Singapore, we went to Sentosa Island (artificial but there are beaches there; can't say much for the food on the island or the attractions, which are pricey), and also headed to the Singapore Flyer and Marina Sands hotel (both cost about $30/person for a view at the top). We also spent two days watching the golf tournament at the HSBC Women's Championship at the Tanah Merah Garden Course - terrific! By the way, our departure flight was at 8:00am in the morning, and the Chinatown MRT station doesn't open until after 6:00am, which would have us arriving at Changi Airport too late. Luckily, taxis are very inexpensive; it cost just over $20 from the hotel including the late night/early morning surcharge. Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip to Singapore, and don't forget to try some laksa while you're there!

By on Mar 1, 2011