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Resort Calmo Chinatown is the worst-rated lodge in Singapore.
[Hotel Calmo Chinatown. Marielle Descalsota/Insider]
The resort is in Chinatown, a single of the best backpacking spots in Singapore. The town-point out is 1 of most expensive metropolitan areas in the world, so numerous tourists check out to conserve funds by keeping in much less expensive accommodations.
Lodge Calmo Chinatown has an ordinary score of 2.4 stars on Google Opinions, the lowest ranking I saw for hotels with at the very least 120 assessments.
One particular guest, who stayed at the lodge in October, stated it was “disgusting” and “super dusty and smelly.” Another visitor, who stayed at the resort in July, complained about very poor safety, writing in a critique that a different visitor experienced entered their place by incident.
When the lodge only has six reviews on TripAdvisor, it has an ordinary score of one star. Friends on the web site reported their expertise at the lodge was a “nightmare.”
When I appeared up the resort on the web, the shots seemed terrific, so I was intrigued to obtain out what it truly is actually like, and booked a a single-night time stay.
[Lobby at Hotel Calmo Chinatown. Marielle Descalsota/Insider]
I paid out around 135 Singapore bucks, or about $96, for a exceptional double space.
The resort is priced like most accommodations that belong to the a few-star group in the metropolis-state, in which nightly fees are commonly above SG$100.
Notably, the hotel is a lot more costly than Hotel 81, a spending plan chain where I paid out $55 for a night’s stay.
On first perception, the hotel looked like most other mid-range boutique motels. It’s housed in a former 19th century Cantonese opera residence, and the hotel’s entrance was discreet and elegant.
[Front desk at Hotel Calmo Chinatown. Marielle Descalsota/Insider]
I was at first puzzled by the poor assessments — the exterior looked like it belonged to a extra high-priced hotel chain.
The entrance desk was small and simple but effective.
The lodge is out there for working day use, which usually means guests can use it as a enjoy resort, but most of the guests there appeared to be travelers from overseas.
As I manufactured my way deeper into the hotel, its bad issue turned far more obvious.
[Escalators at Hotel Calmo Chinatown. Marielle Descalsota/Insider]
There had been no elevators in the resort, and the escalators were not working, so I noticed travellers hauling their baggage up the steps.
The escalators ended up soiled, it was dimly lit, and its run-down design and style did not definitely replicate the SG$135 selling price tag.
The place was a mere 150 sq. ft, but I hardly experienced time to sign-up my surprise about the restricted quarters, due to the fact the bed was the serious shocker. It was just a mattress on the ground, no mattress frame involved.
[Superior double room in Hotel Calmo Chinatown. Marielle Descalsota/Insider]
The room was in rough shape. The ceiling was ruined, there have been marks and holes in the partitions, and the creases in in between the doorways have been blackened with dust.
The bathroom was thoroughly clean but the style was peculiar: The shower was right up coming to the rest room bowl, with no divider amongst the two.
[En-suite bathroom at Hotel Calmo Chinatown. Marielle Descalsota/Insider]
The lodge offered primary dental kits and soaps. The towels have been thoroughly clean but had a a little bitter odor to them.
I settled into mattress for the night, and that is when I found the 1 matter that actually bothered me: Sheets that have been stained with both pink wine or blood.
[Bloodstain on the sheets. Marielle Descalsota/Insider]
Previously this yr, I observed bloodstains on my sheets at Malaysia’s famed “haunted” lodge, where by the discovery was uncomfortable but at minimum continue to considerably on brand.
This time all-around, I could not get in touch with the front desk and was currently in my pajamas, so I made a decision to just snooze it off. I could hear noises — from the bustling avenue down under and from other rooms in the lodge — properly into the night time.