Though I was never ever comfortable doing the stay-in-a-dorm-full-of-strangers business, there was a time when I thought that the less money I spent on accommodation while travelling the better, because, after all, what am I going to do in that room but sleep? But as the years passed, and I became a frequent, seasoned traveller who was ofter on the road for longer than just a week or so, and I realised that in fact, I was doing much more than just sleeping in my accommodation, and the accommodation I chose was going much more than just giving me a bed to sleep in.
Where I was staying always turned out to be an experience in itself, whether in a good or a bad way. The dusty room in Hoi An with a little cockroach living amongst the toiletries and little bugs using my bath tub made me stay out longer than I was comfortable doing because I couldn’t bear the thought of going back to the smell of mildew and my new creepy crawly friends. The soulless room I stayed at in Ho Chi Minh city with the mouldy shower depressed me even further when I was nursing a bad cold and throat infection.
But then I think of the little bungalow in Bali with flowers on my bed and bright green geckos in my outdoor bathroom, and the most beautiful pool I have ever seen, perched on a cliff, or the warm, homely room in Chan Tho overlooking one of the channels of the Mekong delta, where to get to the city you hopped on a boat shuttle if you didn’t want to bother with a taxi, or the little hotel in Hanoi where my room was on the 5th floor and you could see rooftops and hanging laundry and motorcyclists and sellers on the streets below, and where the receptionists treated you like family, and the hotel cat warmed up your chair before you sat on it for breakfast.
Where you stay is much more than just where you’re sleeping.
Today I thought I’d share with you photos of my latest love regarding accommodation while travelling; The Hotel 1929 in Singapore. Other than saying that this place is in a seriously fantastic location in the heart of China Town and a few minutes away from the closest MRT, I’ll leave you to the images below to show why I adore this place, and why I looked forward to going back to it at the end of a long day seeing the sights of Singapore.
What are you thoughts on accommodation while travelling? Do you have an anything goes philosophy or are you more particular about where you stay?
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-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com