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Reviewed 27 February 2015

The Nostalgia was our base for our family visit (2 adults, one baby) to Southeast Asia. We stayed here on three separate occasions spread across a two week period. We chose the Nostalgia due to the balance between cost, positive reviews and convenience of location. We were able to make use of some coupons from a third party booking site to bring the cost down to $87 - $95 US. I did see some cheaper establishments but they were either too far away or of questionable quality.

The location was a big selling point. It's about 750m from the Outram Park MRT station. The walk is pretty level, maybe slightly uphill and while it shouldn't take too long for most, it does seem significant when you just arrive from somewhere it was -14 outside and now you're in the 29 degree heat and humidity, plus carrying bags and what not! You may want to acclimatize yourself first before relying on the MRT. The Tiong Bahru station isn't much farther in the opposite direction but Outram Park ends up being quicker for most of the popular destinations as it houses both the East/West line and the North/East line and Tiong Bahru station only has the North/East line. Tiong Bahru station is at a small mall though so there's shopping and restaurants there where Outram Park has only a couple quick food options. The Nostalgia hotel itself is a mere block away from the Tiong Bahru market so it's a very quick walk to many produce stands, hawker stands, fabric and clothing vendors and more. If you're into the hawker stand eating, the selection here is very good and exceeds what you have at some of the other markets i.e. Maxwell. Also, there are many sit down restaurants, cafes and a couple of convenience stores all within a few blocks of the hotel. The hotel itself has a restaurant which at the time was offering a lunch special for $8.88 SGD your choice of meal including soft drink, i.e. fish and chips. Chinatown is about a 1300m walk. It would be a waste to take the MRT one stop and then backtrack by foot. I ended up walking all the way to Raffles Hotel and the waterfront so it is possible but you may want to consider the bus or a cab. The bus stops right in front of the hotel.

A little more on transportation options -- Once we did the airport shuttle which was $9 SGD per adult. We were lucky as our flight arrived quite late sometime after 1 AM so there weren't many people on the shuttle. By the way, the MRT doesn't run 24 hours so it was either this or a cab. This was just as good as a cab because our hotel was the first stop. No traffic at this hour so the trip was only about 20 minutes. The next trip from the airport the shuttle was so backlogged that it was going to be almost an hour before we could even get on! This was at an hour that traffic was probably very bad so we decided to take the MRT in this time. The MRT does take about 38 minutes plus a 7 minute walk, however the cost is only $2.30 SGD (or $1.78 with one of the smart cards). Also the MRT doesn't have to worry about traffic so there are many times of the day that the MRT is the quickest option even if it's not the most convenient. We've also used a cab (via Hailo app) and Uber and both were about $23 SGD at times where there wasn't traffic to contend with. There are $10 off coupons for your first ride on Hailo and free first rides on Uber so we made good use of them! If you're headed to Malaysia by land, take the MRT to Kranji (36 minutes, $2.40) then take SBS Bus 170 to Woodlands CIQ (7 minutes, $1.30) if you're taking the train or straight into Johor Bahru. This is the best way to do it as it's inexpensive and the MRT doesn't get stuck in traffic. There are bus only options that you can take from various points, namely Queen Street bus terminal, but most are more expensive and have to deal with the traffic which can be a plenty especially during the morning rush. A cab to Woodlands will also cost you at least $24. Don't forget, when you jump into a cab the fare may look not so bad but there's a little number on the bottom that adds up too and those are the road tolls. The two numbers get added together to make your fare! One more thing about transportation, the MRT is great and you'll probably use it quite a bit but think twice about the $10/1 day unlimited pass. Most MRT rides are under $2. You would have to ride at least five times to spend $10. You're usually better off getting an EZLink card which costs $12 and comes with $7 of value on it. The $5 is the cost of the card so you can keep it as a souvenir. If you have any money left on it when you're done travelling you can get it refunded. EZLink cards work all over the place though, not just on transit but in shops, 7-Eleven, restaurants, etc. It worked out being cheaper for us so research your options before you jump for the tourist card option.

Laundry -- The Nostalgia does not have self-service, coin operated laundry. They do have the full service kind and just like everywhere else, it's not cheap! Usually, they would suggest those looking for the much more affordable coin operated washing machines to go across the street to the Link hotel and use their machines, but the Link hotel was undergoing some renovations at the time and did not have any laundry facilities available. The closest coin op laundry at this time is Easy Wash in Chinatown, about a 15 minute/1300m walk from the Nostalgia. On the plus side, 11kg of laundry costs $5 SGD, including the detergent and drying is $5 +/- depending on the load. Worked out being less for us.

The Nostalgia Hotel is a friendly establishment. Guests checking in may see their name on the TV behind the front desk along with a welcome message. All of the staff we encountered were exceptionally friendly and helpful. They were quick to help with the door seeing us with the pram or with luggage, and any time we needed help with directions the front desk was quick to print off maps from StreetDirectory (better than Google Maps in SG!). They were able to store our luggage for us on our various outings to locations outside Singapore for more than one night. They do ask for the tag what time you will be back which is sometimes hard to judge but a rough estimate is okay.

Staying basically three separate times allowed us to try out three different rooms! The first one was on the second floor which can be accessed via stairs or elevator. It was quite small but the bed was large. It was just difficult finding a place to have all of our luggage opened up at once. There was also no window. There are many lights so no problem there. Actually a little too much light! I couldn't find a way to turn off the lights over the coffeemaker. There was also a strange problem with the TV where it stopped responding to the remote and I had to unplug it and plug it back in. It worked fine after that. There is a clock radio with an iPod/iPhone dock for the older style iPhones like mine so I used it to charge my phone to free up the other outlets for our other devices. The clock was not set and I soon found out why. The electricity in the room is controlled by a slot by the door that you put your room key in. Understandably it shuts off the lights and the aircon when you take out your key and leave, however it also shuts off the power to the clock radio so your alarm settings and time are gone! Luckily our second and third rooms were better. It did cost a little extra but it was worth it for the larger room and we didn't have issues with the lights or anything. They were both on the first floor, very close to the bar and the front desk. There was a small window but nothing to see as it faced an alleyway where a moped was parked. The window only occupied part of the wall but the curtains cover up the whole wall so when drawn it gives the appearance that a large window is back there. The third room we were in also had one of those clock radios with the iPod/iPhone dock, however it had a euro plug on it and the outlet was UK style so it sat there unplugged. I asked the front desk if they had an adapter as they obviously must've forgotten to put it on and I was informed that I would be charged $5 if I didn't return it at the end of my stay. It seemed kind of odd that a permanent fixture of the room should require an adapter be asked for and returned by a guest, but that's only minor. It was worse that this clock radio was an off brand one and even after the adapter wouldn't charge my phone. Still, no big deal. No crib was provided, nor did we ask for one. There wasn't room in the first room and it would've been tight quarters in the second and third, but the bed was king sized so co-sleeping was no problem at all. There were a fair amount of TV channels including kids ones to keep the little one entertained. The room keys are proximity cards so you don't have to fumble around with it with your hands full trying to slip it in just the right way at the right speed trying to get it unlocked. All of the rooms were cleaned well and the linens were nice and fresh. The water pressure is good in the glass enclosed shower. The toilets are western style and there's a handheld bidet sprayer as well. The air conditioning isn't individual units like some places have. You do have your own temperature control but don't expect to be blown away when you set it to max with the temp all the way down. It was never uncomfortable, though.

There is a small outdoor pool on the third floor with a plexiglass barrier facing the street. It's not big and there's no hot tub or anything but it's nice for a refreshing dip while watching people walk by or watching a bubble soccer game played across the way. There are tables and chairs up there to just relax out on the balcony if you wish as well.

The lobby is decorated very nicely, fitting in well with the Nostalgia name. It's sometimes nice to just sit in there awhile soaking up the air conditioning after sweating from walking around in the heat. Free WiFi is available and a password is given to you upon check in. It's fast and reliable.

So while we experienced some minor quirks, we still very much enjoyed our stay and would stay here again if our travels bring us back to Singapore. It's clean, in a pretty good location, the price can be decent for Singapore so good bang for your buck, the people are top notch and the food is good too. I doubt you'll be disappointed if you decide to stay here, too.

Room Tip: If there's no big difference in price, pay the extra for a bigger room if there's more than one person. It's worth it!
  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled with family
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11  Thank vo1one
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DELIANA L, Manager at Hotel Nostalgia, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2015

Dear vo1one, Mount Pearl - NF. Canada.
Thank you for taking your valuable time schedule to write us this objective and unbiased feedback about our hotel & the info about going around in Singapore.
We are glad to hear that you have found Hotel Nostalgia is up to your expectation, particularly your recognition about the service staff, food quality & cleanliness of the facilities.
We do have promotional rate from time to time" the best value for money" for the enjoyment of our guest.
Your decision to stay with us was based on the cost, review & location are well said in many ways and your impression of " FRIENDLY ESTABLISHMENT" is right on the spot.
We are located in the historical estate of Tiong Bahru, MRT & Bus stops are just within walking distance from the hotel and authentic local eateries, cafes, pubs & bakeries are all around the neighborhood. The pool is on the 3rd floor, the perfect spot to be after your hectic day.
We welcome all-our guest to Hotel Nostalgia as their “home away from home “while they are on the road.
On behalf of the management, staff & owner of Hotel Nostalgia, we sincerely appreciate your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you & your family in the next visit to Singapore.
Management
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Reviewed 26 February 2015

We booked this hotel on the basis of TA reviews and we were not disappointed. I would have given this hotel higher rating if not for the size of the room. It is really small, but everything else is excellent. Good location with the market within 1 block and metro stations about a 10 minute walk, plus excellent cafes for breakfast within 2 blocks. The chinese seafood restaurant on the same block is very good as well.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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DELIANA L, Manager at Hotel Nostalgia, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2015

Dear Canuk88 - Vancouver.
Thank you for taking your valuable time schedule to write us the objective and unbiased feedback about our hotel.
We are glad to hear that you have found Hotel Nostalgia is up to your expectation, overall ambiance & facilities.
Our rooms are furnished with quality bedding & linens, the amenities are paraben free products and each room is local designer work of arts. As for the particular room size, guest could upgrade to a larger one with additional fee upon availabilty.
We are located in the historical estate of Tiong Bahru, MRT and Bus stops are within walking distance of the hotel and local eateries, cafes, pubs & bakeries are all around the neighborhood.
On behalf of the management, staff & owner of Hotel Nostalgia, we sincerely appreciate your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you & your colleague in the next visit to Singapore.
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Reviewed 20 February 2015

I stayed at the Nostalgia Hotel for three nights and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I used the $9 airport shuttle to reach the hotel. The desk staff and porter were friendly and helpful. Yes, the rooms are small but everything worked. The shower and toilet were clean and shampoo/conditioner was supplied. I had a couple of meals at the restaurant and both were good at a reasonable price. The local area has many shops and restaurants and the Tiong Bahru market. Due to the lack of parking in front of the hotel my tours departed from the Link hotel directly across the road (a pedestrian crossing is at the intersection). I would certainly consider staying at the Nostalgia if I visit Singapore again.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled solo
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5  Thank David N
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DELIANA L, Manager at Hotel Nostalgia, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2015

Dear Madam/Sir,
Thank you for taking your valuable time schedule to write us this objective and unbiased feedback about our hotel.
We are glad to hear that you have found Hotel Nostalgia is up to your expectation, particularly your recognition of our front desk & concierge service associates, room cleanliness & amenities and the F&B qualities. Airport shuttle transport can be arrange upon arrival at Changi International at a very reasonable fare.
We are located in the historical estate of Tiong Bahru, MRT & Bus stops are just within walking distance from the hotel and authentic local eateries, cafes & bakeries are all around the neighborhood.. We welcome all-our guest to Hotel Nostalgia as their “home away from home “while they are on the road.
On behalf of the management, staff & owner of Hotel Nostalgia, we sincerely appreciate your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you & your colleague in the next visit to Singapore.
Management

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

Got this hotel very last minute. Found the staff very helpful. Hotel and room very clean and quite luxurious only it was a very small twin room for £85. I know Singapore is very expensive so I guess this room was adveragely priced. Only there for one night.

Good location for transport links outram park was 5 mins walk. Worth getting a tourist pass which is $10 for a day but you also pay a $10 deposit which you will get back when returning the pass. Passes can be purchased at harbour front station...not all stations sell tourist pass.

Botanical gardens is a must see....also on tube line and has its own station.

Also for cheaper flights travel to johor bahru senai airport about 1 hour by bus from woodlands station in Singapore. You will have to get off the bus to go through immigration and then back on another bus or coach but it was 50% of the cost of a flight from Singapore Chengai airport.
A bit of a funny journey but follow the crowds and it will all make sense.

Would definitely recommend this hotel for sight seeing.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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DELIANA L, Manager at Hotel Nostalgia, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2015

Dear BrownSugarAbroad - London.
Thank you for taking your valuable time schedule to write us the objective and unbiased feedback about our hotel.
We are glad to hear that you have found Hotel Nostalgia is up to your expectation, especially with our service staff at the front and back of the house and the cleanliness of the room facilities.
Our rooms are furnished with quality bedding & linens, the amenities are paraben free products and each room is local designer work of arts.
As for the particular room size, with an additional charge, guest could upgrade to a larger one upon availability.
Attractions & Tours can be arranged with our concierge agent.
We are located in the historical estate of Tiong Bahru, MRT and Bus stops are within walking distance of the hotel and local eateries, cafes & bakeries are all around the neighborhood.
On behalf of the management, staff & owner of Hotel Nostalgia, we sincerely appreciate your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you & your colleague in the next visit to Singapore.
Management

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Reviewed 16 February 2015

We spent 5 days at this hotel. Although the rooms are small they are comfortable. Close to hawker village, transportation and staff were extremely polite and helpful. Roof top pool was also very nice.
Food was pricey but lots of options nearby.

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Joe K
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DELIANA L, Manager at Hotel Nostalgia, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2015

Dear JK- Headingly, Canada.
Thank you for taking your valuable time schedule to write us this objective and unbiased feedback about our hotel.
We are glad to hear that you have found Hotel Nostalgia is up to your expectation, particularly the service associate & the comfort of the room.
Our rooms are furnished with quality bedding & linens, the amenities are paraben free products and each room is local designer work of arts. As for the room size, with an additional charge, guest could upgrade to a larger one, upon availability.
We are located in the historical estate of Tiong Bahru, MRT & Bus stops are just within walking distance from the hotel and authentic local eateries, cafes & bakeries are all around the neighborhood. The pool is on the 3rd floor, the perfect spot to be after your hectic day.
We welcome all-our guest to Hotel Nostalgia as their “home away from home “while they are on the road.
On behalf of the management, staff & owner of Hotel Nostalgia, we sincerely appreciate your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you & your colleague in the next visit to Singapore.
Management

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