Planning on visiting Singapore but don’t have the money to splurge on luxurious hotels? If you’re travelling on a budget and are looking for an affordable form of accommodation, you might want to consider staying in a hostel.
While hostels may not be the most lavish option, they have everything you could possibly need — from basic facilities such as beds and bathrooms, to a much needed working internet access. What’s more, these cosy spots have their own homey touches and are the perfect place for you to network with like-minded backpackers from all over the world.
Here are nine hostels in Singapore that will provide a comfortable travel experience and most importantly, give you a huge bang for your buck:
1. G4 Station
A humble hostel, G4 Station provides guests with a no-frills setting to kick back and relax in. Offering inexpensive private or shared accommodations in a laid-back atmosphere, you can expect to find clean spaces that uphold quality as well.
The best part is its location in the heart of the city, making the hostel just a walk away from tourist hot spots including Orchard Road, Bugis and Little India.
Go for the 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory ($28/pax/night) if you’re on a budget. The dorms here will allow fellow nomads to socialise and get a good night’s rest at the same time.
To cater to your needs, high speed WiFi connection is available at all times and lockers will be issued for personal storage. You can also expect to be greeted by a hearty breakfast in the morning.
G4 Station: 11 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228675 | Opening Hours: 24 hours | Tel: +65 6334 5644 | Website
2. Tree In Lodge
With aims to promote sustainable living, Tree In Lodge is a green hostel that saves the environment, and yet, does not compromise on your comfort. Located in the heartland of Singapore, backpackers who are looking for an authentic experience will certainly feel warmly welcomed here.
If you’re travelling in a group of four, opt for the 4 Bed Mixed Dorm ($25/pax/night). Each dormitory is air-conditioned with beds that have curtains attached for privacy. Guests are also provided with their very own lockers and wall plugs for charging electrical appliances.
Should you feel the need to occupy yourself, head over to the common area where there is free internet access, books and games up for grabs and a working kitchen. To ensure maximum safety and security, access cards will also be issued to guests upon check in.
Tree In Lodge: Block 149, Silat Avenue, Unit No. 01-64, Singapore 160149 | Opening Hours: 8.30am – 9.30pm (daily) | Tel: +65 6639 9641 | Website
3. River City Inn
Hospitality is of utmost importance to River City Inn, a family-operated hostel that is located near the Singapore River at Clarke Quay. Here, you will find all sorts of lodging options, from mixed dormitories and ladies-only dorms to private rooms for a more intimate setting.
The 14 Bed Mixed Dorm with windows ($26/pax/night) is lined with fresh linens and springy mattresses that are guaranteed to induce a good night’s sleep. Wake up in the morning to a free breakfast before going out to explore the island.
And, if you feel like staying in, entertain yourself with the copious amount of books, games and movies on display.
River City Inn: 33C Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672 | Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm (daily) | Tel: +65 6532 6091 | Website
4. Central 65
Translating their love for travel and backpacking into a hostel, the founders of Central 65 are here to bring you a comfortable resting stop to catch some much needed z’s after a long day out. Having been fully refurbished, this hostel also happens to have a rooftop Jacuzzi overlooking the Jalan Besar district!
With curtains for maximum privacy, the 16-Bed Capsule in a Mixed Dorm ($24/pax/night) is decked out with high quality bed linens that will certainly make the active traveller very happy. Equipped with a bedside table that allows you to get work done even while travelling, staying here really can’t get any more convenient than this.
Central 65 Hostel: 134 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208852 | Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (daily) | Tel: +65 6298 0015 | Website
A boutique hostel, 5footway.inn is situated in a reconstructed shophouse, within the Ann Siang neighbourhood. Bar hoppers will be delighted to know that there are endless rows of watering holes directly behind the hostel itself.
One should expect no less from the iconic Club Street area in Singapore.
The 1 Bed in Standard 4-bed dorm ($18) is as cozy as can be. Slightly less packed than your standard dormitory, each bed comes with an electrical socket, a reading light and a private locker.
A standout feature of this particular hostel would be the outdoor terrace where guests can recline back with complimentary hot beverages that are available 24/7.
5footway.inn: Project Chinatown 2, 227 South Bridge Road Singapore 058776 | Opening Hours: 24 hours | Tel: +65 6223 8083 | Website
6. Bunc Hostel
Housed in a conservation shop house built in 1926, Bunc Hostel was founded by backpacking enthusiasts who absolutely loved the concept of staying in a hostel. While they have restored and added a modernised touch to the original building, it still manages to retain its distinctive look, which I’m sure most backpackers will appreciate.
Accommodating to a large number of guests, Bunc Hostel features a huge 16 Bed Dormitory (Single Beds for $20/pax/night, Double Beds for $40) that places comfort as the number one priority. The beds here use only the best with fresh linens, pillows, a duvet and a mattress sealed with anti-bug covers. Essentials such as hangers and towels are also provided to guests.
If you want to bask in the authentic backpacking culture, be sure to head over to their communal space. Facilities such as the Kitchen and Movie Deck are where social events are usually held at.
Bunc Hostel: 15 Upper Weld Road, Singapore 207372 | Opening Hours: 24 hours | Tel: +65 6262 2862 | Website
7. iStay Inn
With eye-catching graffiti art spray painted across the wall, it’s hard to miss iStay Inn if you’re in the Chinatown district. Housed in a two-storey shophouse, this hostel boasts an edgy look throughout the premises, including the sleeping areas.
Backpackers who are interested in exploring the culturally rich Chinatown will find that this is a convenient location to travel to and fro many bars, cafes and even heritage sites such as, temples and mosques.
Mirroring the exterior, the interior is just as modernised. Consider living in the Mixed Gender Shared Room with 10 Beds ($20 on weekday, $25 on weekends) for a fuss-free sleeping area. The rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a bedside lamp for your reading pleasure.
Individual lockers are issued for the storage of personal belongings and basic amenities, and irons and hair dryers are also available upon request. Desktops with a working internet access are also stationed on site for guests who wish to browse online.
iStay Inn: 211A, South Bridge Road, Singapore 058760 | Opening Hours: 7am – 12am (daily) | Tel: +65 6225 4125 | Website
8. Rucksack Inn
If you value your privacy, definitely opt for Rucksack Inn — a hostel where guests are given pods to sleep in, instead of bunk beds. Offering something a little different from most hostels, they even have built-in rain showers within their bathrooms.
The amicable staff are also there to cater to your every need and even plan out your itinerary for you, if need be.
For singular pods, choose the Bed in the 14-Bed Mixed Dorm (from $16). Travellers moving in a group can also take a look at the other dorms, family rooms and private en-suite rooms available on site. Rucksackin’ here will undoubtedly make for an unforgettable travel experience.
9. The Shophouse
Designed for travellers by travellers, The Shophouse is a funky hostel that is tucked within Arab Street. Not only do they boast free amenities like breakfast and WiFi, but they also have special facilities including a cafe and rooftop lounge.
With high beamed ceilings, the 16 Bed Mixed Dorm ($20/pax/night), also known as The Social Room, is a loft-style room that is designed for backpackers to interact with one another. Air-conditioned and well-ventilated, the room is comfortably decked out with bunk beds that come with fresh beddings and individual reading lights.
Here, you won’t be complaining about not getting enough beauty sleep.
The Shophouse: #07-03 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, 169074 | Opening Hours: Mon to Sat (10am – 6.30pm), Sun (10.30am – 6.30pm) | Tel: +65 6323 7190 | Website