If you want to see Singapore from a local's point of view, Balestier is a good place to start - its budget hotels offer visitors cheap accommodations in a district known for its HDBs, conserved shophouses, and its authentic local food.
The nearby Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple hearkens back to the days when tigers used to roam freely in this once-swampy land - the temple was intended as a supplication to the deity Tua Pek Kong for his protection against the rapacious beasts. Other interesting local sites include the Sasanaramsi Burmese Temple and the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
Fragrance Hotel Oasis is a Balestier budget hotel with 36 compact guestrooms. Each room comes with an LCD TV, DVD player, air conditioning, and coded key card access. Bathroom en suite comes with water heater. In-room WiFi available for a small fee.
A 24-hour hawker center and 7-Eleven convenience store are very close by, as is a bus stop if you want to explore the rest of the island. The nearby Novena shopping center is also connected to the MRT Novena Station.
Value Hotel Balestier is a Singapore budget hotel with 208 guestrooms, each one furnished with broadband internet access, satellite LCD TVs, DVD players (in selected rooms), and bathrooms en suite with hot and cold showers. Rooms are divided into Standard Room, Twin Room, Superior Room, and Superior Plus.
Guests without laptops can access the Internet using the hotel's lobby workstations for a nominal fee. Public transport is easily accessible from the door, with a bus stop adjacent to the hotel and Novena MRT station within walking distance.
Housed in a modern building on historic Balestier Road, Fragrance Hotel Rose is a budget hotel with 68 cramped but comfortable guestrooms. Guestrooms come with air conditioning, hair dryers, IDD phones, and TV. In-room WiFi available for a fee.
Surrounded by historic shophouses and hawker centers, the Fragrance Hotel Rose offers guests an authentic look at Singapore, and provides easy access to the rest of the island via nearby Novena MRT Station and adjacent bus stations.
Fragrance Balestier Hotel is a budget hotel with 48 guestrooms. Each room comes with an LCD TV, DVD player, air conditioning, and coded key card access. Bathroom en suite comes with water heater. In-room WiFi available for a small fee. Other hotel facilities include a business center, swimming pool, onsite restaurant, and spa. Guests enjoy easy access to the rest of Singapore through nearby bus stations and Novena MRT Station.
Aqueen Hotel Balestier occupies a freshly renovated conservation shophouse on Balestier Road, with a six-storey annex added. The hotel's 45 guestrooms are small, but guests will be more than compensated for with the usual amenities (air conditioning, internet access, in-room safe, flat screen TV) and great location near Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
The Aqueen's onsite restaurant offers breakfast and a place to relax in the evenings, as it converts into a bar lounge after dark. Novena MRT station is only five minutes away, as are Novena Square and United Square shopping centers.