When it comes to accommodation, Singapore has more than just hotels and resorts to offer foreigners. As expats, the likelihood of not having a roof over your head upon your arrival is quite high (especially if you have no family or friends who are already in Singapore) and paying for a few nights or weeks of stay at a hotel could really burn a hole in your wallet.
It might then just be of interest to know that in Singapore, you can choose to reside temporarily (for either days or months) at hostels, which are very affordable and more importantly, clean and comfortable. Read on to find out more about the top 5 best hostels in Singapore!
1) River City Inn
Located barely five minutes away from Clarke Quay station, River City Inn has been touted as one of the best hostels to stay when in Singapore. The hostel has a homely feel to it with its warm tones and friendly staff and offers a its guests a clean environment. Also catering to the warm Singapore weather, the dormitory rooms are equipped with air-conditioning for your comfort. You can choose to either stay in a mixed (SG$26/US$20 per bed per night) or ladies only (SG$29/US$23 per bed per night) dormitory. There is also the option of booking a private 4 or 6-bedded room if you are travelling with your family.
Location: 33C Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672
Tel: +65 6532 6091
2) Five Stones Hostel
The Five Stones Hostel, also located five minutes away from Clarke Quay station, features attractive and brightly painted rooms coupled with interesting murals, some of which featuring traditional Singaporean games. The name of the hostel in itself is reflective of a popular traditional game, where small beanbags are tossed repeatedly in the air. A bed at Five Stones Hostel is slightly costlier, starting at SG$30/US$24 per night for a 14-bedded mixed dormitory, but includes daily breakfast, full wifi access and all day coffee and tea. If you prefer private rooms, Five Stones Hostels also offers that, starting at SG$105/US$84 per room per night.
Location: 61 South Bridge Road (Level 2 & 3), Singapore 058691
Tel: +65 6535 5607
Located in a restored shop house within the Indian heritage area, BUNC@Radius should surprise its guests with its contemporary and sleek interior. While other dormitories often have an open concept, BUNC@Radius offers its guests a sense of privacy within a shared dormitory with its partitioned beds that comes equipped with your own LED reading lights, lockers and plug sockets. BUNC@Radius also has a ladies floor, which offers private ladies lounging area, and a movie and game room. You can choose to either book a single or double bed, which begins at SG$40/US$32 per bed per night or a private room which would cost you SG$100/US$80 per room per night. But do look out for the offers that they usually put up on their website, as you may even get the beds at half the price!
Location: 15 Upper Weld Road, Singapore 207372
Tel: +65 6262 2862
4) Wink Hostel
Staying in a shared dormitory room would sometimes mean that you would have to put up with the noise of other guests. As such, to ensure that their guests do get a decent night’s sleep, Wink Hostel offers partitioned pod beds, complete with sound-resistance and personal lightings of fancy colours too (purple, green and orange). You can choose to either stay in a single-bedded pod (SG$50/US$40 per pod per night) or a double-bedded pod (SG$90/US$72 per pod per night). Wink Hostel also offers ladies only dormitory. Located in Chinatown, this hostel is easily accessible via Chinatown MRT station and guests need not worry about going hungry, as food places are aplenty in the area.
Location: 8A Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore 059488
Tel: +65 6222 2940
5) Blanc Inn
This posh looking hostel is one of the latest additions to Singapore’s bed and breakfast landscape. With its French name (meaning White Inn), it’s no surprise that this hostel is out to exude elegance in its theme while maintaining a reasonable price for its guests. This hostel also moves away from the typical bunker bed dormitory style rooms, and instead offers its guests privacy, with the beds being separated far away from one another and cleverly partitioned by walls and separators so it does not feel like room-sharing. Beds at Blanc Inn start from SG$60/US$48 per night for a single bed and can go up to over SG$200/US$160 for a private room which accommodates 6 people.
Location: 151, Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207564
Tel: +65 6297 9764