Hotels in Singapore can be quite pricey. From what we could tell most moderately priced hotels ($80-$100 range) had horrible reviews and seemed downright dirty.
The room was in a residential area in an area called Serangoon Gardens, just outside the city. I read through all of the reviews (around 20) which convinced me to take a chance and book it!
|Our “hosts” Xavier & Elisa (photo from Airbnb)|
Within 3-4 hours I had a response from Xavier. They had no problem with infants and luck was on our side. They did not have a booking the following day so we could use the room until we needed to go to the airport and even shower before we left. They also weren’t asking for extra money to extend our stay which was awesome!
When I went to pay I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had a $25 signup credit from Airbnb so the room was now only going to cost us $65!
When our cab arrived at the house Elisa came out and greeted us before we could get a chance to ring the bell. Xavier soon followed and helped us bring our bags upstairs. They were friendly and welcoming, making us feel more like we were staying with friends. They asked us what we had done in Singapore and we also talked about things we might do the following day. They also prepared some info on Singapore including travel with kids and a shopping guide. We didn’t actually get a chance to use the information but it was so nice of them to take the time to try to help us out! They also had a bunch of pamphlets for various travel related things on a table outside of the room.
The house was gorgeous and very clean. Our room, on the second floor was just as described and shown in the pictures on Airbnb. It was very spacious and had a full/ queen bed. Our hosts put out an extra mattress on the floor just in case for Lucas. The air conditioning was excellent and necessary considering how humid it is in Singapore. There was also very good wifi throughout the house.
The room had it’s own bathroom which was great. It was also very clean (spotless) and had a stall shower with great water pressure. There was even soap included.
This was better than staying at a hotel!
The night we arrived Xavier asked us what time we would like breakfast.
The following morning breakfast was prepared for us by their domestic worker. We had eggs, bread (with salty butter brought back from France), tea- about 10 kinds to choose from, coffee, juice. Xavier sat & chatted with us during breakfast. We talked about travel, family and many other things. We had a really nice time and got to learn about what it’s like for an expat living in Singapore. Xavier also shared that he was from France and Elisa was from Taiwan.
In the evening we went to the Chomp Chomp Hawker food center. It was really a 5 minute walk like they said from the house. We were given detailed directions and Elisa even drew a map for Kim! We asked about what foods were worth trying and Elisa & Xavier gave us a good run down of what to order!
Our stay with Xavier & Elisa worked out amazingly well. I am really glad that we took a chance and booked a room with Airbnb. It saved us some money and we had a great experience. It makes me want to use Airbnb again in the future. I just wonder if we’ll find a place as nice and with such great hosts again. I guess we’ll find out when we use the site again!