In this article we want to introduce you to the very best hostels in Singapore 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.
What can you expect to find here?
- Introduction to hostels here with prices and info
- 3 best hostels in Singapore
- 5 star accommodation
- Best party hostel in Singapore
- Cheap hostels Singapore
- Handy map
Make sure you check out our guides to all the major destinations in Asia:
Quick Introduction to Singapore Hostels
Average price for a bed: 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. 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 to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Singapore
Come on then; it’s time to find out what all the fuss is about.
The coolest hostels in Singapore are:
- COO Boutique Hostel (for female solo travellers)
- Dream Lodge (couples heaven)
- Adler Hostel (top pick for small groups)
1. 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.
COO Boutique Hostel is the best hostels in Singapore for:
- Female solo travellers
2. 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?
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.
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.
Dream Lodge is the best hostel in Singapore for:
- Solo travellers
3. Adler Hostel (premium accommodation + pizazz)
We’d like to welcome you to top-notch luxury in Singapore, the Adler Hostel.
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.
Adler Hostel is the best hostel in Singapore for:
- Digital Nomads
We personally stayed and wrote a full review of Adler Hostel which is full of more information.
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 first two options for best hostels in Singapore are great for solo travellers:
No matter what your situation, Shophouse ‘The Social’ Hostel is also a great choice for solo travellers.
There are mixed and female dorms here, just take your pick.
All guests get 20% off all of the cafes under The Black Hole Group which can be found in the area – perfect for socialising!
Wi-Fi and breakfast are free and there unlimited tea and coffee during the day.
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 Chic Hostel and take them into town with new found friends.
It’s a cool and fun loving backpacker 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.”
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.
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.
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
Hostelworld usually offers great rates and deals.
Yet again, we recommend spending the extra dollar; it really makes a difference here.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Singapore. For now you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
We do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here – take full advantage of it!
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
- Orchard Road
- Singapore Flyer
- Clarke Quay
- Singapore Botanical Gardens
- Chinatown Singapore
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.
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!) Here is the official website of the Gardens by the bay with all its events.
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.
Over to you
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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!
Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.
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How to book the Best Hostels in Singapore?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Singapore!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
Here you can find
Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries