In this article we want to introduce you to the very best hostels in Singapore, Southeast Asia hand picked by yours truly; the Hostelgeeks. Singapore is a great destination and for sure you have heard about it dozen of times.
Other than the surrounding countries and hot spots, Singapore is more expensive than Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok for instance.
No matter what type of traveller you are, it’s important to do a bit of research and make sure your upcoming trip is going to be awesome. This is especially important since hostels are not cheap. And the cheap ones, well, we would completely skip them here!
That’s where this handy article comes in!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
tired of bad and crappy hostels
want to avoid the “young party kids”
happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Singapore.
Singapore is an Asian gem offering a mix of modern architecture, budget prices and a multicultural population.
It’s the perfect destination for backpackers and female solo travellers.
Average hostel price in Singapore: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 16€ up to 30€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. For hostel rooms in Singapore and more please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Deposit scheme: It seems many hostels in Singapore require a cash deposit during check in. This can vary from SGD$20-50 and will be returned once the key(s) is handed in.
Cheapest Hostels in Singapore: We recommend skipping the super cheap places here. We stayed in one of them; horrible experience! Cockroaches, dirty kitchen and dorms. Really, invest just a few Singapore dollars more and you will have a real hostel experience.
The Bohemian team are clear and forthright in their target group and we like that:
“If you are too serious, this place is not for you. Only stay here if you like to have fun and interact with other backpackers.”
This is a backpacker haven and the kind of hostel that you’ll feel at home at very quickly.
We really love it when a hostel has strong vibe that cannot be missed. What is the vibe here? A “cool and fun loving place for the Free-Spirit in you.”
Whilst you’re inside, make use of the:
Variety of games
Free super fast wi-fi
Pod dorm beds + privacy curtains
When you’re ready to explore the area, you couldn’t be better located.
Bohemian is right in the middle of the city with the nearest subway station just 2 minutes walk away.
Not only that but you’ll be within easy walking distance to the best clubbing scenes in the city: Clark Quay, Boat Quay and the Marina Bay Sands.
Along with the affordable price, this hostel is obviously the perfect choice for backpackers on a budget.
As for the room choices, we know you’ll be impressed.
There are mostly capsule beds on offer here, with a few standard bunkbed rooms. Choose either a mixed dorm or opt for the female-only. There’s even a “super single” capsule dorm if you like to stretch out!
Good to know: There are no private rooms here.
To top it off, check out time runs up until 12 noon.
Are there any cheap hostels in Singapore? There can be even cheaper hostels than the ones mentioned above.
In our opinion, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there. We already mentioned this in the beginning.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Also keep in mind a bad location far away from the city centre could cost you more in transport.
Furthermore, let us share what happened to us actually. First hand experience!
The cheapest hostels are really dirty, and a wide range of odd people may end up in your room. It happened to us, really. The beds were squeaky, the kitchen full of dirt and the microwave was home to a happy cockroach family.
We booked a cool looking hostel (it is NOT in this list). For whatever reason, the hostel put us in a different place. A dirty place, no windows, whatsoever. TERRIBLE! Again, this hostel is not in this list obviously.
Important to know: Prices always depend on season and holidays.
Example: River City Inn has low ratings and is a hostel we would recommend you skip.
More Hostels worth a mention
Still in need of more inspiration?
Once upon a time the below hostels were in our top 3. Yet, we keep these guides up to date and fresh and they no longer sit in the top spots.
Still, they are great hostels and worth consideration.
The Hive Singapore Hostel
The main characteristic of The Hive Singapore Hostel is change. These guys is always looking to improve their accommodation to guests and they really appreciate feedback.
We think this makes it a really cool place because they obviously put their guests first!
Thanks to the big rooms on offer, we definitely recommend this place first and foremost to travelling families.
Groups will also feel at home here as there is a big 10-bed dorm on offer.
Come on then, shall we have a look at the perks of staying here?
FREE breakfast & unlimited tea/coffee
Spacious lounge w/ board games
Strong, reliable free Wifi
TV room w/ cable
A super cool feature of The Hive is the intergalactic capsule beds in some on the shared rooms. This is definitely a cool option if you want to feel like you’re sleeping in space (and for privacy, of course).
The big communal area is really well set up for digital nomads that might need to get a bit of work done, or simply use the space to relax and socialise.
Good to know: Reception is open limited hours so make sure you check this matches with your arrival time.
Armed with a hostel access card once you’ve checked in, you can access the building 24/7. That’s right – no curfew!
Honestly, one of the best things about this hostel has to be the friendly and accommodating staff. Make sure you say hi on your way in and out.
What are the best hostels in Singapore for Couples?
Dream Lodge is the best hostel in Singapore for Couples.
This hostel was housed in a 1950s era shophouse, very romantic and cool huh!
Also, they do couples pods?! Well, this is the 21st century so why should couples miss out on a shared room experience.
How many days should you stay in Singapore?
We stayed in Singapore for 5 full days. Although it is small, there is always something new to discover.
We recommend you stay for 2 days.
We think, this gives you enough time to check out the Gardens on the Bay, wander under the skyscrapers and get an idea of the life in Singapore.
A few tips about Singapore: prices and things to
Singapore is worthwhile visiting, no doubt. However, since you are in South East Asia, you might expect low prices. Well, not so in Singapore. It is quite expensive compared with Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and all the other surroundings big cities.
We would recommend to stay in Singapore for two nights on a lay-over. Try to catch a flight with a 48 layover in Singapore, and you can tick off this city.
Our best tip would be to stay in China Town and soak in the culture here and get lots of food.
For sure you will wander the bank district and take cool photos of all the tall buildings.
When the sun goes down, make sure you go over to Gardens by the Bay. This is one of the highlights! There is always a light show you do not want to miss. It is beautiful!
Make sure you check the time table so you are not too late (this happened to us in the first night!)
Flights to Singapore?
Singapore is a big hub in South East Asia.
Same as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, you may end up here, even if it only for a connection flight. However, if you can, go downtown and spend 2-3 days here.
We think, 2-3 days is a perfect time frame to see Singapore.
As for flights, we enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Asia including Singapore.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Update: After closing Adler Hostel, the hostel now opened again and is named Atelier Hostel.
We’d like to welcome you to top-notch luxury, the Adler Hostel in Singapore.
The passionate, neat design and glossy dorms are just some of the reasons this is the only 5 Star Hostel in Singapore.
The location and abundance of facilities make it the perfect hostel for couples, solo travellers and small groups.
The location of this top hostel is also amazing!
We stayed at Adler Hostel and enjoyed the surroundings like the Sri Mariamman Temple, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Thian Hock Keng Temple. In fact, you have a mosque, buddhism temple, art galleries and more around the corner.
Insider tip: Just 300 meter in front of the hostel, you find the street food “Yi Xin Vegetarian“.
It is super delicious and extremely cheap. Go there, thank us later!
Perhaps you’ll agree once you have a look at the room types:
Queen Bed in Female Dorm
Single Bed in Female Dorm
King Bed in Mixed Dorm (for couples)
Once again travelling couples get the chance to sleep together and mingle with other travellers.
As always, the added comforts such as linen, blackout curtains and universal power sockets are found in every room.
It’s important to mention that no events are arranged at Adler. Instead, most guests head to the nearby attractions such as China Town and excellent food court.
This might be the only downside of the hostel. Sometimes you can meet amazing people in your big dorms, at other times you won’t meet any. It is a perfect place for couples to relax and digital nomads to get work done.
Fancy a classic stay, or are you intrigued about premium?
These are the two options at Adler Hostel. If you upgrade to a premium stay you’ll get added extras including:
Feather down pillow + duvet
Gourmet tea + coffee
And even your own laundry butler! We told you it was luxurious.
Other popular hostels that have closed include Happy Snail Hostel and Inncrowd Backpackers Hostel.
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