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3 Best Hostels in Singapore – Fun Activities and King Sized Dorm Beds at Budget Price

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.

The coolest hostels in Singapore are:

  1. Dream Lodge – couples heaven
  2. The Bohemian – top pick for backpackers
  3. Wink Capsule Hostel – perfect for female solo travellers

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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.

Besides, we also collected 28 FUN Things to do in Singapore.

What can you expect to find here?

Make sure you check out our guides to all the major destinations in Asia:

Quick Introduction to Singapore Hostels

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.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend reading:

3 Best Hostels in Singapore

Come on then; it’s time to find out what all the fuss is about.

  1. Dream Lodge – couples heaven
  2. The Bohemian – top pick for backpackers
  3. Wink Capsule Hostel – perfect for female solo travellers

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Dream Lodge
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: The Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:The Bohemian Chic Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Dream Lodge
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: The Hive Singapore Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: The Hive Singapore Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Dream Lodge

1. Dream Lodge (couple dorms, anyone?)

All you need to do is pack your dreams before heading on down to the community style Dream Lodge.

The rest of your lodging needs are met, with a few added surprises thrown in!

This hostel has been designed by travellers, for travellers by means of extensive interviews and research. Pretty clever, right?

Book Dream Lodge here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Dream Lodge Singapore one the best hostels in Singapore, Asia

The coolest thing, however, is that Dream Lodge is housed in a 1950s era shophouse.

Forget bunk beds, you’ll only find a range of cosy pods here:

  • Single pod in a mixed dorm (12/14 beds)
  • Couple pod in a mixed dorm (12/14 beds)
  • Single pod in a female dorm (6 beds)

Couples pods?! Well, this is the 21st century so why should couples miss out on a shared room experience.

Read: Sex in Hostels? 4 Dos and Donts

Each pod comes with linen, towel, socket, light, curtain and 2 fluffy pillows. Score!

The bathrooms are stocked up with toiletries and a hairdryer to get you ready for a night on the town.

See we told you; you really only need to bring your dreams with you.

Kick start the day with a complimentary breakfast before hitting the beauty of Singapore.

It’s easy to start exploring thanks to the two MRT stations less than 10-minutes away.

On the doorstep, there are hip cafes, cultural & historical places and local delights. This is the closest hostel to Little India Neighbourhood.

Dream Lodge is the best hostel in Singapore for:

  • Couples
  • Solo travellers
Book Dream Lodge here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Dream Lodge Singapore one the best hostels in Singapore, Asia

Dream Lodge Singapore one the best hostels in Singapore, Asia

2. The Bohemian

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:

  • Movie room
  • 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.

The Bohemian is the best hostel in Singapore for:

  • Backpackers
Book The Bohemian here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Wink Capsule Hostel

To keep it fresh and exciting at the number 3 spot, we’re excited to introduce Wink Capsule Hostel. The name itself is enticing, right?

Here’s what they have to say:

“High style and high tech converge at Wink – the boutique flashpackers hostel. We are a one-of-a-kind new accommodation concept geared for the young (at heart), trendy and technology savvy. “

This hostel aims to bring together:

  1. Comforts of a boutique hotel
  2. Community of a backpacker’s accommodation
  3. Modern conveniences

And honestly dear travellers, they have nailed it!

The custom pod beds here are to die for. They’re spacious, sound resistant and offer all the mod-cons like a light, power socket, curtain and locker inside the pod.

There are mixed dorms, female dorms and male dorms which range from 6 to 10 beds. Plus a double pod option for sociable couples!

Alongside the shared accommodation, couples can book into the deluxe private with a queen bed. Yes please.

When you’re done snoozing head to the cosy communal area which is set up with a sofa and dining/work table.

Location: In the middle of Chinatown close to Upper Cross Street where the yummiest food can be eaten! Very close to the MRT station which will link you to all of the major attractions.

Wink Capsule Hostel is the best hostel in Singapore for:

  • Female solo travellers
  • Digital nomads
Book Wink Capsule Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Best Hostels in Singapore for Solo Travellers

Travelling alone but want to meet new people? Perhaps you’re a female solo traveller that’s nervous to explore the city alone in case of getting lost.

Luckily for you, the second two options for best hostels in Singapore are great for solo travellers:

  1. The Bohemian – for sociable backpackers
  2. Wink Capsule Hostel – for female solo travellers

The Bohemian is one of the best hostels in Singapore, Asia

Best Party Hostels in Singapore?

Honestly, party hostels in Singapore aren’t really a big thing.

If you want to party, better hop over to Koh Phangan in Thailand and other famous party islands like Gili Trawangan in Lombok, Indonesia.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and seek a fun atmosphere!

Start the fun vibes at The Bohemian and take them into town with new found friends.

FYI: this used to be known as The Bohemian Chic Hostel.

It’s a cool and fun loving backpackers hostel in Singapore within walking distance of the clubbing scene – sounds good!

Rules? As if.

“We have no rules here except mutual respect for one another. 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.”

Book The Bohemian here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Bohemian Chic Hostel is the best party hostel in Singapore, Asia

Cheap Hostels in Singapore

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.

Why?

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.

Please always check exact rates for your travel dates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

So, where to stay in Singapore in a super cheap way? Here is a way you can always find the cheapest hostels.

  • Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Singapore
  • Order the listing by price

Simple as that!

Yet again, we recommend spending the extra dollar; it really makes a difference here.

Read our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.

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.

Book The Hive Singapore Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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The Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel

Looking to experience modern and minimalistic living? Well, Singapore is pretty good at that and The Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel is definitely a winner.

“Designed for the discerning traveller who wants a fuss-free and convenient living.”

It’s good to know straight away that this hostel completely focuses on the rooms, and because of that there is very little communal space. It definitely has more of a hotel vibe.

As we already said; it’s all about the fancy POD-style rooms here. Let’s look at the inclusions for each bed:

  • Personal reading light
  • Fold-down table for laptop
  • Luxurious cotton sheets & fluffy duvet
  • Personal power socket
  • Hangers + clothes rack

Guess what? There’s a ladies-only floor that has female only dorms – cool!

Not only that, but the rooms comes with all different bed sizes. You can go for a single size or Queen. Some of side entries and others you enter through the front.

Male-only dorms are also on offer so no one misses out.

Book The Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Airbnb in Singapore

Another popular option for many travellers is staying at an Airbnb.

On this site, you can rent a local apartment of find a room and stay at a local’s house. For some destinations in the world, Airbnb is an amazing way to book your accommodation.

Here’s our guide how to use Airbnb.

Map of Singapore Hostel Locations + TOP Sights

Check it out – we’ve put all of the aforementioned hostels plus AWESOME sights in Singapore on a map below.

The sights include:

  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Universal Studios Singapore
  • Sentosa
  • Orchard Road
  • Merlion
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Clarke Quay
  • Singapore Botanical Gardens
  • Chinatown Singapore
  • Art Deco Heritage Building
  • Tribe Theory

Did you know you can go on a cool Night Safari in Singapore?

It may be worth getting the Singapore City Card and save up to 50% on top attractions whilst you’re in the city.

Make sure you read through our guide 28 fun things to do in Singapore.

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FAQs

If you don’t know where to start, here we share your most asked questions.

What are the best hostels in Singapore?

This is what this guide is all about. Here it is again in a nutshell: 

  1. Dream Lodge - couples heaven
  2. The Bohemian - great for backpackers
  3. Wink Capsule Hostel - perfect for female solo travellers

What is the best backpacker hostel in Singapore?

If we have to recommend one hostel for backpackers, with no doubts you should check out: The Bohemian

What are the best hostels in Singapore for Solo Travellers?

Luckily for you, the second two options for best hostels in Singapore are great for solo travellers:

  1. The Bohemian - for sociable backpackers
  2. Wink Capsule Hostel - for female solo travellers

What are the best hostels in Singapore for Couples?

Dream Lodge is the best hostel in Singapore for Couples.

Why?

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.

Walking under the skyscrappers 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!)

Gardens By The Bay - a highlight when visiting Singapore

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.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Asia

More Epic Hostels in Asia

Alright alright. By now you have found your coolest Singapore hostel.

You know what, we have written even more guides for you.

We at Hostelgeeks are here to help you to stay in safe and epic hostels around the world. Check out the finest hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.

For more cool hostel guides around Asia, check out:

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Over to you

Any questions? Anything not clear, doubts?

Please leave a comment below and bother us.

We would love to help you and make this guide to the coolest hostels in Singapore as useful and good as possible. Just write your questions below in the comment section.

We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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Update: The below hostels were once in our top 3 but have now permanently closed.

CLOSED: COO Boutique Hostel (sleep, eat, chill, repeat)

To kick-start a wonderful selection of hostels, we have COO Boutique Hostel.

The playful, chic design was created by the award-winning Ministry of Design and the concept was inspired by the culturally rich neighbourhood. A great youth hostel in Singapore!

It’s located in Tiong Bahru; a neighbourhood blended with history and modern, fun vibes.

There’s not much doubt that female solo travellers will love this hostel!

It’s super clean, super safe and the bed spaces have been designed with ultimate privacy in mind.

Any bed @ COO includes:

  • Private combination locker
  • LED reading lamp
  • A fluffy pillow, duvet, towel + linen
  • Universal Socket
  • Free Wi-Fi

Sounds pretty luxurious, eh?

Alongside a female dorm, there’s a choice of 4, 6 or 8 roomies to share with.

For all the rain-shower lovers out there: you’ll find them in the bathrooms at COO!

Note: this is an over 18s only hostel

There’s a whole bunch of free, fun extras that may entice you to choose this cool backpacker hostel in Singapore.

For one thing, there’s an open terrace for guest use – breath in the fresh air and share the space with other interesting peeps.

Fill your tummy in the morning with a free breakfast before…

  • Taking your free rental bike to the city
  • Having a chill day in the alcove area

We cannot fail to mention the awesome eatery downstairs.

It’s a wonderful space to grab some yummy food and drink or to get together with friends not necessarily staying at COO.

Outram Park MRT is within walking distance and Chinatown is only a 10-minute drive away.

Renamed Adler Hostel (premium accommodation + pizazz)

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)
  • Mixed Dorm

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:

  • Window room
  • 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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