In an effort to maximize our price-to-comfort ratio and with the understanding that showering while standing above a squat toilet is so 2011, we have graduated from staying at cheap youth hostels to staying at cheap hotels. It appears that we haven’t moved very far up the ladder…
Yes, it seems that in our search to find the least expensive hotel in town, we’ve landed at the notorious Hotel 81 – a chain of hotels known only for one thing: hourly room rentals.
After a full 24-hours in transit we arrived at the seemingly clean and upstanding Hotel 81 to find a drunk, young man bartering down the cost for a room, “What if I rent for two hours, better price?” Even in our blurred, travel weary state we knew what we were getting ourselves into but were happily surprised to find a small, clean room with a separate toilet and shower. Sure the windows are locked shut and the bed is more of a PVC laminated water-resistant mattress but Hotel 81 is certainly a step up from the living conditions of last year.
The slightly sketchy clientele and the appearance of the round-the-clock housekeeping services at Hotel 81 doesn’t bother me as much as it bothers our Singaporean friends whose reactions to our new home run the gamut from abject revulsion to curiosity and hysterical laughter. “What does it sound like in there!” one friend asked. “Singaporean men are…. you know.”
(And for the record, I don’t know, it’s pretty quiet up in Hotel 81.)