Then and now: Decrepit hotel gets makeover

The Sunday Times ran an article (right) about the sleepless night reporter Clara Lock (above) had at the Golden Dragon Hotel last year. Golden Dragon Hotel was leased to Singapore-based hotel management and booking platform RedDoorz, which renovated
Golden Dragon Hotel was leased to Singapore-based hotel management and booking platform RedDoorz, which renovated the property. The lurid green walls and tired brocade curtains have been replaced with a red, white and grey colour palette.PHOTO: CLARA LOCK, ST FILE
Golden Dragon Hotel was leased to Singapore-based hotel management and booking platform RedDoorz, which renovated the property. The lurid green walls and tired brocade curtains have been replaced with a red, white and grey colour palette.
Golden Dragon Hotel was leased to Singapore-based hotel management and booking platform RedDoorz, which renovated the property. The lurid green walls and tired brocade curtains have been replaced with a red, white and grey colour palette.PHOTO: CLARA LOCK, ST FILE
The Sunday Times ran an article (right) about the sleepless night reporter Clara Lock (above) had at the Golden Dragon Hotel last year. Golden Dragon Hotel was leased to Singapore-based hotel management and booking platform RedDoorz, which renovated
The Sunday Times ran an article about the sleepless night reporter Clara Lock (above) had at the Golden Dragon Hotel last year.PHOTO: CLARA LOCK, ST FILE

The former Golden Dragon Hotel, which has been rebranded as RedDoorz@ Geylang, now welcomes families and budget travellers with bright, clean rooms

Mr Siah Seng Koon knew his hotel was falling into disrepair.

There were cigarette burns in the comforter, flies in the bathroom and questionable stains on the walls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 12, 2020, with the headline 'Then and now: Decrepit hotel gets makeover'. Print Edition | Subscribe