1. Wink Hostel
Having opened 3 years ago, Wink Hostel is the first boutique hostel in Singapore, and the first hostel in the region with pods (besides Japan whose traditional pods were geared for businessmen. Housed in a 3-story historic shophouse, Wink is both charming, sleek and modern.
Wink has the highest communal-area-to-bed ratio amongst all hostels in Singapore – so you won't feel overcrowded in their dorms and other facilities. You can choose from either a 6-bedder or a 10-bedder room. Wink's communal areas are spacious and full of equipment for you to enjoy with other travellers. You'll be able to chat over drinks at Wink's café, munch on breakfast in their well-equipped kitchenette (rare amongst Singapore hostels!), enjoy digital photos/DVDs in their TV lounge, or use their complementary computer stations.
Wink's reception is open 24 hour a day, ensuring security and service at any given point of the day. You will undoubtedly feel safe at Wink, with its CCTV and SmartCard systems for your lockers and rooms. Wink also emphasizes privacy/noise control with sound-resistant insulation in each pod, individual privacy curtains, and lockers. They have even installed special carpets to decrease the sound of movement in the rooms.
Wink is situated in Chinatown, a cultural enclave in Singapore that is not to be missed. The hostel is well connected to the rest of the city: the MRT train (Singapore's subway) is a mere 2 minutes’ walk away. The hostel is close to Clarke Quay, a premium nightlife destination for those who'd like to unwind. Sentosa island is not too far either.
2. Prince of Wales
With free WI-FI, air-conditioning and the first anti-bed bug mattresses in any hostel in Asia, your stay at Prince of Wales is guaranteed to be comfortable and packed with excitement.
Prince of Wales caters to every backpacker's budget with an offering of beds in mixed or female dorms, and private rooms. Your stay here would include free, buffet breakfast, consisting of toast, marmalade/marmite, fruit and as much coffee and tea as you can drink.
There are two POW locations:
Overlooking the river, Prince of Wales Boat Quay is located in the heart of the Central Business District, against a background of Singapore's towering skyscrapers, and a stone's throw away from the city's historical landmarks. You'll be able to uncover layers of Singapore history as you walk down the river, peppered with colonial buildings such as Asian Civilisations Museum, Old Supreme Court and Fullerton Hotel. Night owls will appreciate the convenience of Boat Quay's proximity to Singapore's vibrant party scene, which is located nearby Clarke Quay.
Prince of Wales Little India is a delightful treat for culture vultures looking to dive into Singapore's vibrant ethnic neighbourhoods. The tiny bylanes of Little India are constantly buzzing with activity, and provide a multi-sensory treat with vivid colours, aromatic scents of spices and scrumptious traditional Indian dishes. Little India, east of the Singapore River, is closer to other cultural hubs of the city, with Chinatown located right across the river and Kampong Glam to the south. Both are accessible by bus.
3. The Beary Hostel
Beary Hostels consists of a collection of 3 independently owned and operated hostels in the centre of Singapore’s Chinatown district. As the name suggests, Beary hostels are mad about teddy bears, keen on friendly travellers, and are firm fans of creating safe spaces for backpackers that also includes mixed dorm rooms. Since 2010, the 3 hostels have received numerous awards, among others the TripAdvisor Award of Excellence (for 5 years running!), Best Location in Asia by Hostelbookers and Best Hostel and Most Popular Hostel in Singapore by Hostelworld.
Each of the three Beary Hostels has it’s own unique style and quirks:
- A Beary Good Hostel (Pagoda Street) is a favourite amongst well-travelled backpackers who crave basic, practical and budget-friendly accommodation with a winning location.
- Beary Nice! Hostel (Smith Street) is more popular among first time and budget backpackers. This hostel features a smaller dorm configuration, gender separated bathrooms and has a dorm reserved only for female travellers.
- Beary Best! Hostel (Upper Cross Street) is the youngest outlet of the three, and combines some of the best aspects of Beary Good and Beary Nice into one accommodation. Being the largest of the 3, Beary Best! offers a various range of dorm types and appeals to group travellers, budget travellers, couples and backpackers alike. Beary Best! is located right in front of the brand new Chinatown Downtown line – giving guests ultra quick access to attractions like Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By the Bay, Esplanade and Bugis.
4. Five Stones Hostel
Five Stones Hostel is a 130-bed boutique backpacker’s hostel on Beach Road, resting at the heart of downtown Singapore. Five Stones has twice been awarded for service of excellence by TripAdvisor, so it goes without saying that they ensure comfortable, tailored accommodation at a price-friendly range to visitors,.
Rooms are conspicuously comfortable, with 8-inch, firm orthopedic mattresses, free 3M earplugs for all guests, individual reading lights and electrical sockets at all beds. Types of rooms available: 6, 8 or 10-person mixed dorms, female-only dorms, private double or private twin.
The lounges are well-stocked with toys for all ages and interests, to keep you entertained and to help you socialize with other guests. These include comfortable sofas, 42”LCD TV, DVD player (along with an eclectic collection of DVDs!), Nintendo Wii, as well as the more old fashion-styled board and cards games. Each morning you will receive free breakfast, as well as unlimited coffee and tea throughout the rest of the day. Complimentary shampoo and shower foam is available for use in every shower cubicle. But, in case you’ve forgotten to bring something on your trip– you can always purchase a snack or other necessities (e.g. power adapters) at the Five Stone’s general store.
Five Stones is a 7 minute’s walk from the Bugis MRT station – which leaves you very well-connected with the rest of the city. It is also direclty next to The Pod hostel that we have mentioned earlier on this list. Bugis station is a mere 30-minute ride from Changi Airport, a 10 minute walk from shopping centres (such as Bugis Junction), and close to restaurants and Hawker centres of all shapes and sizes. Here is a map:
6. The POD
Perfect for anyone seeking luxury accomodation on a budget, the POD is Singapore's latest boutique capsule hotel, offering convenient, hassle-free accommodation for business travellers and backpackers alike.
Located just on the fringe of the Singapore Central Business District, The POD is easily accessible to both the financial centre as well as other bustling areas of interest such as Haji Lane - rated one of the top shopping destinations in Singapore. Choose from a wide range of accommodation options, including single and double pods, private bathrooms and shared washrooms. All beds come with privacy blinds, and each bed is fitted with a keycard-access locker below to keep your belongings safe and your pod tidy.
POD also offer a large range of additional free services, such as complimentary laundry and pressing services, a business suite for you to work out of office in peace, luxury communal vanity rooms, free wifi and a complimentary breakfast buffet.
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