Katong & Joo Chiat, Singapore Budget Hotels

Cheap Accommodations Near Singapore's Scenic East Coast

Lucky are the tourists who occupy Singapore budget hotels in the Katong or Joo Chiat area in the eastern part of the island - they're in for a treat.

The enclave encompassing Katong district and Joo Chiat Road cover ground traditionally occupied by the Peranakan, a tribe of assimilated Malayan Chinese whose culture lives on in the shophouses massed along the district's roads. The streets of this part of Singapore - particularly the area where East Coast Road meets Joo Chiat road - are full of cheap eats and interesting sights, with easy transport to the rest of Singapore.

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Betel Box Backpackers Hostel

Entrance of Betel Box Backpackers Hostel
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Located in a shophouse first built in the 1920s, the Betel Box Backpackers Hostel is completely modern nonetheless - a budget-friendly hostel with a thinking clientele firmly in mind.

The cozy common room is filled with art books and travel guides, and the owner hosts a weekly "food walk" that delves into Joo Chiat's history, culture and cuisine. Apart from 6-, 8-, and 20-bed dorms, the Betel Box also has a private room available.

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆
Address: 200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore
Phone: +65 6247 7340

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Venue Hotel

The Venue Hotel sits between Joo Chiat Road's restored pre-war shophouses, offering visitors a front-row seat to one of Singapore's most interesting historical areas. Rooms come in four categories, ranging in size from Superior to Family.

The hotel does not serve breakfast in-house, but the wide assortment of restaurants and hawker centers surrounding the hotel more than make up for this shortcoming. Go further afield to East Coast Park (ten minutes' walk away) to enjoy the best seafood dining in Singapore.

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆
Address: 305 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427556
Phone: +65 6346 3131

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The Fragrance Hotel

Facade of Fragrance Hotel
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The Fragrance Hotel offers 90 guestrooms on Joo Chiat Road, with as many creature comforts as the budget rates allow: color TV, air conditioning, small en suite bathroom, in-room WiFi (available upon request, and it's not free), plus mini-fridge and DVD player in selected rooms.

The hotel's location places it in the middle of gracefully-restored Peranakan shophouses, now occupied by hawker centers and karaoke bars. Nearby, the Malay Cultural Village offers visitors an insight into Malay life before the world wars. Guests can go further afield easily, as Joo Chiat Road has plenty of public transportation options.

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆ 
Address: 219 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427485
Phone: +65 6344 9888

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Venue Hotel - the Lily

Stay at Venue Hotel - the Lily, and enjoy Joo Chiat Road's taste of local cuisine and examples of well-preserved Peranakan architecture. The hotel itself is a four-storey former shophouse, refurbished to provide 84 guestrooms for budget travelers.

For guests who want to explore the rest of Singapore, Paya Lebar MRT station is a fifteen-minute walk away. 

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆ 
Address: 238 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427495
Phone: +65 6344 8181

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Hotel 81 Sakura

Facade of Hotel 81 Sakura.
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Hotel 81 Sakura offers clean and cheap (if cramped) accommodation for budget tourists on Joo Chiat Road. Most of the rooms have no windows, but have air conditioning to save visitors from the awful humidity and warmth that Singapore throws its residents most days.

No meals are served, but the surrounding area has plenty of cheap eats courtesy of the hawker centers on Joo Chiat. The MRT station is quite a walk away, but there are bus and taxi stops nearby.

Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 
Address: 181 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427452
Phone: +65 6247 8181