Concierge.com's insider take:
The Perak Hotel (formerly Perak Lodge) is as famous in its own way as Raffles: It has long been Singapore's best little budget hotel. The 34 rooms are nice-sized, immaculate, and furnished with basic wood furniture and colorful throw pillows. All have TVs, mini-fridges, and bright, clean bathrooms; upper-floor rooms have DVD players. Breakfast is served each morning in a sunny little café off the lobby. The Chinese staff is friendly and helpful, always happy to advise you about where to go and how to get around town. The location, just off the bustling bazaar of Little India, is a big draw. Dozens of excellent curry houses and budget restaurants are within a few blocks of the hotel, and there's an MRT subway station a five-minute walk away.