The Great Madras
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The Great Madras

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#4 of 5 special inns in Singapore
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
2.5 of 5 bubbles
Value

ON THE LITTLE RED DOT,

IN LITTLE INDIA, SITS A LITTLE GREAT HOTEL.

OF LITTLE OBJECTS THAT SPEAK OF TIME AND PLACE.

OF LITTLE STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE GREAT JOURNEYS,

SEEN GREAT THINGS, AND LIVED GREAT LIVES.

THESE PEOPLE HAVE LEFT A LITTLE OF THEIR GREATNESS

TO MAKE THE GREAT MADRAS, GREAT.THE GREAT MADRAS IS SMALL IN SIZE— JUST 35 ROOMS BUT IT IS GREAT ON ATTITUDE, PERSONALITY & SERVICE

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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Taxi service
Salon
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Trendy
Languages Spoken
English, Malay

Location

28 Madras Street, Singapore 208422 Singapore
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Grade: 97 out of 100
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Changi Airport
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Seletar Airport
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Deanosaur89 wrote a review Jan 2020
Edmonton, Canada7,272 contributions487 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked here because it was a great price and close to the metro (Rochor Station). We were pleasantly surprised by the complimentary breakfast for all, the location with many good Indian restaurants nearby and a small pool on the 2nd floor. It is very easy to this hotel from the airport and it is very quick to get to Marina Bay Sands, botanical gardens and Newton Food Center from this hotel.

We stayed in the "good room" and found it to be quite comfy, but small so use the space wisely. If you book this room take the toilet paper out of the bathroom prior to a shower so you don't get it wet as the toilet and shower share the same room. The air conditioner was not quite strong enough for us and took a long time to cool down the room. There is some noise that you can hear from the nearby clubs and street below, but we never heard our neighbors!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Addy_L_22 wrote a review Dec 2020
66 contributions60 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I came across this hotel was browsing on social media and happened to chance upon a video of some local celebrities promoting this hotel. I decided to search for more info and really liked what I read. I think in the early days of the hotel, it really was an instagrammable spot but now, it sort of lacks that draw.

I booked the room with a balcony which was about SG$100+, not too expensive but not cheap either.

When I arrived, the receptionist at the counter checked me in. She wasn't that friendly to begin with. When you check in, be prepared to fill up some forms regarding your travel details, it won't take to much time to do so. I was also given a set of toiletries. The toilet itself has shampoo and bath gel so you don't need to bring your own if you chose not to.

I was also informed that to get to the pool, I'd have to go back to reception to take temperature and get the access activated on my card.

When I got to my room, I was a little surprise how tiny it was but since I booked it, I decided to make the best of it. The balcony was nice, the whole decor had a nice throwback feel to the 70s/80s. I liked it a lot but not enough to agree that the entire hotel is instgrammable. I spent more time out on the balcony than in my room.

I tried to connect to the wifi but realised I wasn't given the details at check in. I called reception and was greeted by a very annoyed staff. She told me that she had already gave me a slip of paper with the log-in details. When I said there wasn't any, she replied that it was impossible that she forgot to pass it to me, and begrudgingly gave me the details.

While this hotel tries to market itself as a boutique hotel with "great on attitude, personality and service", the staff's attitude in tourism hospitality makes the hotel feel like it's pretty run down and I could have spent my dollar somewhere else better.

What you read on the website about the hotel's facilities and decor, while believable, needs to be checked out by the marketing team and maintenance guys. The wallpapers are peeling, the bed frames (soft cushiony parts) have really REALLY funky stains and the toilets aren't as clean as they should be (I has to hose down the toilet before I used it and there were large chunks of dirty coming out from under the toilet bowl and there were drips of pee on the toilet floor.).

While the website site's info steered me to my decision to book this hotel, what I saw for myself was really quite different. It would have been really helpful that the hotel updates it website to say that the barbershop is not in operation anymore as well as the in-house bistro.

Notwithstanding my experience with the staff, I made the best of my stay and hopefully, would like to return again in the future when service changes for the better.
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Date of stay: December 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Choose the balcony rooms if you want walking space.
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ginaiskandar wrote a review Jan 2020
Pontianak, Indonesia4 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
for family stays it's great, the room were small, but really comfortable, my room have the veranda which connects 3 room so we were able to meet at the veranda.
you should bring own toothbrush coz they don't provide onee. towel, bathrobes, hairdryer, shampoo and soap are available.
they also have swimming pool, i just realize this at the second day lol
it takes 5min to nearest MRT and bus stop stop, take the shortcut to small alley right next the hotel.
it's a bit loud at night coz near a market, they play loud song at night.
ah right they have big tv for their small room lol, and the fried rice for breakfast was delicious.
overall good 👍🏻
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nortsoz wrote a review Feb 2020
Darwin, Australia34 contributions19 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 5 nights. Room on top floor. Staff courteous Good value clean hotel. Did a full inspection of the bed and room on arrival. New mattress no signs of unwanted pets sealed floor no skirting boards. Bedding clean and fresh. Clean white dressing gowns, slippers and white towels. Bed made and towels changed daily.
Small room but ok. Air con worked. You have to study the air con control.
No bar fridge.
Slept every night without ear plugs. But it is a city venue.
Street Activity starts after 10.30 am.
Swimming pool clean and we’ll maintained.
Breakfast fried eggs, noodles, rice, toast, pastry rolls, cereal, butter, jam, orange juice, tea and coffee.
And as much as you want. Ask if not there.
You are amongst Little India warts and all. Storm drains, night curry houses spilling over the pavement. It’s old Singapore. People nice and industrious. We were often the only white fellas there.
Ate local no tummy worries.
Very nice 5 days. Walked miles.
I would stay again. With ear plugs, just in case.

Excellent
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dd123 wrote a review Mar 2020
7 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a very horrible experience. Reception with zero customer service. No greetings. Broke one of the IC while reception need to photocopy ,the ic is already in a plastic cover, reception took it out n it broke n shattered. No apologies or feeling remorseful as IC to make new one is not cheap. No explaination or information abt the hotel upon check in, as a guest we need to ask abt the breakfast timing,where is the way to go up to the room(where is the lift) and check out timing was not told verbally too. Reception just ask to fill up the crosses on the form, reception have no iniative to inform guest abt the information we need to know.Breakfast very bad, just bread,cereal,jam butter and egg. Went to reception again to ask for slightly late check out at 1pm as we want to explore the pool, was told that we need to check out by 12pm but the check in time for next guest is 3pm. We got the suite with bath tub, room is very noisy as we can hear people talking n the noises frm the pool while we are in the room. Just very bad experience here. Water heater also not constant and aircon not cold at all.Price for 1 night is not that cheap for suite room, would rather get better hotel with the price paid. Will not come back again. Very run down. No hype abt the instaworthy spot. Just very bad. Honest review here.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Christina C wrote a review July 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Really love the wallpapers and the vibes of the hotel. Bed was really comfy, quiet at night since the pubs nearby are mainly all not open.

They accommodate to my request to change the blanket quite fast once i spot some stain on it.

Room was a-bit dusty, toilet bowl have black spot stain once u lift the lid up to my horror! 😌

Balcony is also super ultra dusty, do not sit outside unless u wipe it down! So i did a brief wipe down of the entire sink area and rinse the whole bathroom 😌 and also clean the balcony before sitting out. Balcony is shared w another room btw but I guess no one is using it since it’s so dusty 🤣

Please step up on the cleaning!

The rooms near to the lift by the pool is not quiet at all, i get staff shouting and guests talking loudly in the early morning while i tried to sleep in.

And i think this is more like a 2-3 star hotel then the 4 star that agoda claimed for it to be.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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MintH wrote a review Sept 2021
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I've travelled a fair bit and stayed in many hotels; I would say the receptionist at this property is the most unwelcoming front desk I've ever encountered.
And that was how my staycation began.

This is a boutique hotel near little India. Good location with mrt station nearby and lots of small restaurants and cafes in the surrounding. However, building is a little run down.

For longer stay travelers, note that there is no closet and no hangers provided. The room has very little space to hang your clothes/towels etc. Shower drainage was bad, and sink was leaky. We stayed in the suite that comes with a huge bath tub which is the only plus point.

It was bearable for a one night stay, but once is more than enough.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kyd26 wrote a review Aug 2020
Singapore, Singapore104 contributions38 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked a balcony room for my stay and though the room was rather small it was just nice for 2 pax staycation. I love how it was surrounded by local food eateries and it was about a 15minutes walk to the famous Mustafa centre and also near to the train station-Little India. I booked this property because it was featured as one of the insta-worthy location. I love the neon light concept of the boutique hotel. I was only disappointed that the second floor neon light wasnt operating. It could have been a picturesque if it is actually switched on. I actually asked the reception about it but was only being told that it will switched on and off automatically. But I do not actually see it on. Nevertheless the other neon lights was still good enough to create a certain ambience. Room amenities like toothbrush and toothpaste was provided upon check in. But there was no ironing board or hairdryer. Perhaps need to request but we did not. There is a laundramat also which I am not too sure if you can utilize as a hotel staff or is it for the hostel personnel. All in all, I enjoyed my stay here. And the price per night is quite reasonable.
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Get high floor with Balcony
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Elle N wrote a review Mar 2020
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Room size was adequate with a big bathtub to fit 2 people. However, the bidet was leaking constantly and aircon did not work very well. It feels more like a “no frills” hotel as the room lacked basic amenities such as a hair dryer or toothbrush. Facilities wise, the hotel was decorated with neon signs. However, it seems less than half of them lighted up or worked at night. A small sized Swimming pool about 4 metres in length is located within the hotel. Do note that it may fit only one group at a time unless you’re willing to waddle at arms length with strangers. Overall, it was an okay experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mehtab A wrote a review Feb 2020
11 contributions8 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice hotel for pictures but wouldn't stay again. Most hotel rooms are small in Singapore but this was smaller than average. Ideal location for little India but the MRT is soo good you rather be further away and catch the train in. Very poor breakfast only fried egg,rice and bread available with no fruit available.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Silky asked a question Aug 2023
3 contributions5 helpful votes
We are planning a stay in coming month please share a fair review
Raihana Salehuddin asked a question Oct 2019
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions7 helpful votes
Do they collect deposit upon check in?
Answer from calli882000
Malaysia28 contributions16 helpful votes
Yes they do. To date, no one from the hotel has contacted me about my complaints, after numerious emails and calls. Suggest you avoid at all cost.
synicalrules asked a question Aug 2019
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia248 contributions133 helpful votes
Which MRT is closest? (on foot) Thanks in advance
Answer from Eva Zhou
Taiwan131 contributions52 helpful votes
I’ll say Rocher is the nearest
hajs asked a question Feb 2018
Devonport, Australia72 contributions15 helpful votes
Hi, some comments about the noise, can anyone suggest a quiet room if any, please?
Answer from callmeking
Balestier, Singapore5 contributions
If you’re a light sleeper,u can use the ear plugs.
Roam29407416932 wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dont stay here. Its not worth you going through the hassle of trying to get your money back. They didn’t even care to throw my things out. "
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Rayan Amarasekara wrote a tip Oct 2022
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not even waste time. The staff is the rudest if they think you are Indian, Sri Lankan or dark skinned. They cant speak english"
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jaschintaz wrote a tip May 2021
Singapore206 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you book the Great Suite, ask for the 2nd floor room for easier access to the pool"
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Addy_L_22 wrote a tip Dec 2020
66 contributions60 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose the balcony rooms if you want walking space."
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Kyd26 wrote a tip Aug 2020
Singapore, Singapore104 contributions38 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get high floor with Balcony"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$87 - AU$137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
SingaporeSingaporeLittle India / Rochor / Central Area/City Area
NUMBER OF ROOMS
35
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Which popular attractions are close to The Great Madras?
Nearby attractions include Wildflower Studio- Cat Cafe x Art Jamming (0.4 km), Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (0.4 km), and Kuan Yin Thong Hood Cho Temple (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Great Madras?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Great Madras?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Great Madras?
Conveniently located restaurants include Soi Aroy, Leo Cafe & Restaurant, and Aromas.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Great Madras?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Great Madras?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Great Madras?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Great Madras?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort Siloso (6.8 km), Emerald Hill (2.5 km), and Chijmes (1.1 km).
Is The Great Madras accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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