Like anything in Singapore accommodation does not come cheap, especially when you are travelling with children and need extra beds. We always knew our budget would not extend to Singapore, and before we had even left New Zealand this proved correct with only our accomodation paid.
After researching Airbnb in Singapore we found that short-term private rentals are illegal, with people on travel forums reporting middle of the night Police raids resulting in them being kicked out of the rental. Despite us believing these claims were probably exaggerated, we decided it was not worth the risk especially given it was our first days of our world adventure.
This left us with a hotel or serviced apartment, and in the end we were lucky to find Louis Kienne Serviced Residences in Havelock Road. We settled on a 2 bedroom apartment with two bathrooms. The bedding setup was not perfect with two king beds, but having a separate common area dividing the rooms was perfect, especially when one child is an early riser and the other likes to sleep in. We also found the staff at Louis Kienne to be fantastic from the cleaning, to providing us with great food options nearby, and of course providing us with an early check in of about 5 hours, which was a godsend after a near 11 hour flight with little to no sleep.
The apartment building had a total of 11 levels which meant it was dwarfed by most other buildings in the area, however it still provided a great view. The 11th floor also had a pool which was fantastic to take a refreshing dip in after a long day of exploring Singapore in mid 30’s temperatures.
Although the apartment was a little out from the centre of Singapore it was still close enough to food options and transport, such as:
- Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre – 220m
- Beo Crescent Food Market – 550m
- Fair Price supermarket – 550m
- Tiong Bahru MRT station – 800m
Given the prices of similar levels of accommodation in Singapore, we thought Louis Kienne was more than reasonable for the cost, which came out at $235 NZD a night. After the four nights at our first “home” on Our Awesome World Adventure, we all agreed it was a perfect place to start our journey.