The unspoken tips and tricks / ins and outs of hourly rate hotels in Singapore.
Before the COVID-19 lockdown, we liked to laugh about going to an hourly hotel in Singapore to let off some steam, now we're only half-joking. Many of us who have had more than enough time to spend with family are actually contemplating having a getaway like the daring and promiscuous peers we used to make fun of.
And you know what? Hourly rate hotels nowadays really don't deserve the bad rep anymore, and we're here to tell you why.
More importantly, we're spilling the beans about the unspoken tips and tricks / ins and outs of renting a room for day-use.
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|Hourly hotels vs Conventional hotels|
|Hourly rate hotels||Rent out rooms by the hour, typically 2 hours+ per time slot|
|Conventional hotels||Rent out rooms by the day|
There used to be one major difference that splits the two apart: hourly hotels in Singapore rent out rooms for a few hours, whereas 'proper', conventional hotels rent out rooms by the day.
Hourly Hotels Have Gone Mainstream
However, in the last 1-2 years, an hourly/day rental hybrid model has gained popularity among major chains. Many are now offering hourly rates in secret to boost revenue.
Here's an example of why big-name hotels are finally at peace with what they were once so vehemently against:
It's a win-win situation - the shortened time slots available also eliminate a lot of undesirable activities guests may have to put up with, and guests who only need a room for a few hours are now able to save 65% off a full night's rate.
If you're a newbie in the hourly hotel scene in Singapore, how should you mentally prepare for a trip to the sex dungeon? What can you do to minimize the awkwardness and embarrassment, and not look like virgin or an unskilled dork who has just lost their v-card and screwed up their first time?
Here are some useful tips for first-timers.
So. Much. This.
Hourly hotels used to only accept walk-in reservations. You and your partner will have to physically walk up to the front desk, ask for a room, and line up until the room is ready.
During the evenings and weekends when people are found most likely to take care of their businesses, you may have to line up for what feels like hours on end.
Don't do that to yourself. Install our hourly hotel app Flow, get a booking online there, and check in at a selected time, hassle-free.
Now is not the time to be adventurous. Try a more vanilla, 'safer' option and get a room at a major chain for your first time. Once you're comfortable with the routine, you can venture off to more exciting uncharted territory.
Most established hourly hotels in Singapore require all guests to be 18 or above. If you're just over 16, chances are you don't have many choices.
Hourly hotel employees almost always check the identification of all the declared guests. If you're checking in with a partner, make sure you both have ICs with you.
A friendly reminder to all the teen lovebirds reading this, don't think for a second you can fool the hotel employees by playing the "I forgot" card - they REALLY have to make sure everyone who's staying is of age.
Most hotels will ask you to pay a deposit upon check-in. Some accept credit cards (as pre-authorization, meaning they'll only charge you the amount for real if they discover damages in the room during check-out inspection), some only accept cash. On Flow we put this as a remark to give you a heads up.
Don't wait for the knock on the door. Let the hotel know early if you're extending your stay. Not only will the employees appreciate the heads-up, but you will also get to stay in the same room whereas you may have to switch rooms if the hotel has already rented it out to the next patron after you.
If you're using Flow, our hourly hotel booking platform, you can book the next session online, no awkward talk on the call-phone required.
Your best bet is to choose ones that accept online booking. Every available session, every rate, and every amenity is clearly listed on the booking platform - much easier than walking into the front desk and asking a bunch of questions.
Here are a few boutiques hotels that can be charged by the hour on our App in case you don't know where to start and need some pointers. Read on to see what they are perfect for and why they are worth your while!
Run and managed by the largest co-living property in Southeast Asia, lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott is ideally located in the Funan Mall - a 5-min walk from the City Hall MRT station.
With a fashionably-designed communal kitchen, laundry room, and gym room to boot, you can have tons of fun and take many insta-worthy shots here.
▼ lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott Hourly Rates ▼
|lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott|
|Minimum Stay||4 hours|
|Hourly Rates||S$75 up / 4 hours|
|Nearest MRT Statio||5-min walk from City Hall MRT station|
|Address||67 Hill Street, City Hall, Singapore 179370|
Hotel NuVe Elements, opened in December 2019, is a 7-storey modern and serene hotel with a rooftop terrace with Jacuzzi and a café.
Some hotels give off a cold, sterile and rigid vibe despite having really nice interiors, but certainly not this one. The warm-toned rooms and comfy beds at Hotel NuVe Elements make you feel right at home.
▼ Hotel NuVe Elements Hourly Rates ▼
|Hotel NuVe Elements|
|Minimum Stay||7 hours|
|Hourly Rates||S$71.5 up / 7 hours|
|Dining Options||Fangko Coffee|
|Nearest MRT Station||3-min walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station|
|Address||41 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059680|
"You know how when you're driving and it's pouring down rain, you drive under a bridge and everything stops. Everything goes silent and it's almost peaceful. Then you finally get out from under the bridge, and everything hits you a little harder than before."
ST Signature Jalan Besar is the bridge.
Want the privacy of working from a hotel but don't want to be confined in your workstation for hours on end? This hotel is the perfect place for you.
ST Signature Jalan Besar is a co-living hotel that boasts a communal kitchen with daily free premium 100% Arabica coffee, laundry room, co-working space, and many other shared spaces for you to meet and greet like-minded people.
If you're afraid you'll get peckish, fear not as it is located in a small hip area where you can enjoy specialty coffee and inventive modern cuisine in quirky cafes.
▼ ST Signature Jalan Besar Hourly Rates ▼
|ST signature Jalan Besar|
|Minimum Stay||5 hours|
|Hourly Rates||S$53 up / 5 hours|
Daily free coffee
|Nearest MRT Station||Right next to Jalan Besar MRT station|
|Address||15 Upper Weld Road, Little India, Singapore 207372|
Luxury hotels that offer rooms for a few hours are a rare find. Grand Park City Hall is a 5-star hotel equipped with a beautiful outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and an upscale European restaurant and bar called "Tablescape".
There are shopping malls nearby and entertainment spots that are perfect for your bae who's all about the glam. If your boo doesn't have the patience of a saint, you'll be happy to know that it's only a 5-minute walk from the nearest MRT station and is surrounded by Instagram-worthy historical landmarks to distract them from the walking.
▼ Grand Park City Hall Hourly Rates ▼
|Grand Park City Hall|
|Minimum Stay||8 hours|
|Hourly Rates||S$110 up / 8 hours|
Outdoor swimming pool
|Nearest MRT Station||Right on top of City Hall MRT station|
|Address||10 Coleman Street, City Hall, Singapore 179809|
This hotel makes an irresistible deal because of its location, which is right on top of an MRT station.
To cast a love spell on your partner, you can make use of the exquisite interior design, breathtaking sight and the pre-war ethnic shop houses in the area to get the mood on and the love on lock. It will be the romance of a lifetime, one that the hotel and our App would be more than happy to make come true!
If you're planning on staying at the hotel the entire stay, Park Hotel Farrer Park boasts two dining options, Blue Jasmine and The Coffee Belt, that offer exceptional set breakfast for S$25+ and S$12.5 per adult respectively.
▼Park Hotel Farrer Park Hourly Rates ▼
|Park Hotel Farrer Park|
|Minimum Stay||8 hours|
|Hourly Rates||S$110 up / 8 hours|
|Amenities||Outdoor swimming pool
43" FUD LED TV
|Nearest MRT Station||Right on top of Farrer Park MRT station|
|Address||10 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217564|
These are a couple of tips to help you with getting the hang of boutique hotels that charge by the hour in Singapore. Now that you know more about them, you are ready to write your own story and create lasting memories in love, at work and in life, with all of them taking place in the hotels you can find on our App.
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