Singapore is an exciting city-state located at the end of the Malay Peninsula. It has 64 different islands, but most of the population is concentrated in the city on its largest island’s southern end. It has a very diverse population with Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultural influences.
The city is a trendy tourist destination, attracting over 18.5 million travelers annually. People love its slightly futuristic feel, world-class shopping and dining, and beautiful sights. Wandering around Singapore, you’ll see impressive architecture like the unique Helix Bridge over Marina Bay or Chinatown’s traditional buildings. Singapore is also very well-known for its iconic gardens and the world’s largest indoor waterfall. The best places to soak up all of these views are at the world’s largest observation wheel and the SkyPark Observation Deck at the Marina Sands Resort Complex.
If you plan on visiting Singapore, here are the five best hostels to stay at.
Backpacker’s Hostel at the Little Red Dot
The Backpacker’s Hostel at the Little Red Dot is located between two famous tourist districts, Kampong Glam and Little India. The bus station is only a minute away, and the subway station is only 5-7 minutes away. You can even walk to the beautiful Marina Bay Sands within 30 minutes.
Rooms here are dorm-style, and there is a large common room for guests. The facilities are air-conditioned, which helps in the hot and humid climate. The hostel has complimentary Wi-Fi, airport shuttle service, coffee and tea, bed linens, adapters, and maps. If you need help planning your visit, the staff are happy to help and can offer discounted tickets.
Visitors love the attentive staff, airport shuttle service, and convenient location.
125 Lavender Street, Singapore.
4.3 out of 5.
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The Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel
The Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel is located at the edge of the Singapore Central Business district. Its location in the historic quarter, Kampong Glam, is filled with boutiques, cafés, and dining. You can easily access Hajji Lane, one of Singapore’s best shopping districts, from this hostel.
The air-conditioned facilities at this hostel are sleek and ultramodern. Accommodations are pod-style, and there are female-only rooms. Each pod has a reading light, folding table, clothing rack, duvet, luxurious sheets, and power socket. Toilets and bathrooms are self-contained in cubicles for maximum privacy. A hot breakfast, beverages, dry cleaning, and self-service laundry are all complimentary. Local calls and Wi-Fi are also free.
Guests are impressed by the prime location, delicious breakfast, and cleanliness.
289 Beach Road 03-01, Singapore.
4.4 out of 5.
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The Bohemian Chic Hostel
The Bohemian Chic Hostel is located in Chinatown within walking distance of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and the Marina Sands. It is also minutes away from the Singapore City Gallery and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. This hostel offers free walking tours for visitors or city maps for independent travelers.
The hostel’s decor is modern and artsy. Guests can enjoy the common room and use the meeting facilities. The air-conditioned rooms are either mixed or female-only-style dorms. Bunks include a safe, reading light, linens and towels, and blackout curtains. Breakfast, Wi-Fi, and airport transfers are complimentary for guests. Other services offered include a 24/7 reception desk, laundry facilities, and housekeeping.
Visitors enjoy the exciting neighborhood, welcoming staff, and spacious rooms.
40 Mosque Street, China Town, Singapore.
4.4 out of 5.
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Tree in Lodge
The Tree in Lodge is a centrally located hostel in the Kampong Glam or the Malay Muslim district. You can easily access all of Singapore’s sights from this hostel. It is an environmentally-friendly hostel that has won the “HOSCAR Award” twice for Best Hostel in Singapore.
Its air-conditioned rooms are equipped with curtained bunk beds. Each guest has a reading light and locker. Females can also stay in female-only dormitories if they prefer to. There is a common area on-site with internet access and books. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, city maps, linens, city tours, and breakfast. Guests have access to the washing machines, fridge, and freezer.
This hostel’s high ratings are due to its friendly owners, excellent value, and comfortable facilities.
5 Jalan Pinang, Singapore.
4.6 out of 5.
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The Dream Lodge is on the outskirts of the Central Business District on Lavender Street. There are three MRT stations within walking distance of the hostel that can take you anywhere in town. You can find trendy cafés and historically and culturally significant sights in the hostel’s vibrant neighborhood.
The hostel has a cozy and modern design. Sleeping arrangements are pod-style in air-conditioned rooms. Each pod has a curtain, reading light, two pillows, a clothing rack, an international power socket, and lockers. Guests can enjoy the communal area and participate in the hostel’s book exchange. The Dream Lodge offers a complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, and vending machines.
Guests enjoyed their stay because of the great location, spotless rooms, and comfortable pods.
172 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore.
4.7 out of 5.
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About our Singapore hostel recommendations
Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for a private room, or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm, above you will find the best hostels in Singapore for all your needs.
Please note, we only list hostels on our website that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregate all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Singapore.
Best price guarantee
For our hostel recommendations, we work together with Hostelworld and Booking. These partnerships don’t have any influence on the recommendations we make or on the order in which our recommended hostels are listed. The reasons why we have chosen to partner with these companies is that they’re trustworthy, offer excellent service and they both apply the best price guarantee. This means you can claim a refund for the difference if you find your reservation cheaper on another website. It has to be for the same property, accommodation type, dates, cancellation policy and conditions, otherwise, you can’t claim the refund for the difference. If you book through Booking.com then all you need to do is contact them at least 24 hours before your check-in date. If you book through Hostelworld you must claim the refund within 24 hours after you made the booking.
Top 5 hostels in Singapore
To summarize again, based on thousands of guest reviews, these are the best hostels in Singapore:
- Bohemian Chic Hostel
- Tree in Lodge
- Dream Lodge
- Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel
- Backpacker’s Hostel at the Little Red Dot
Why you should be careful when booking the cheapest hostel available
The cheapest hostels available are typically not in a great location. If you want to go sightseeing or go for a night out in central Singapore, you probably end up having to pay for public transport or a taxi to get there. So your stay could end up being more expensive compared to a stay in a central location. For first-time travelers, we recommend staying central anyway, but also for frequent visitors, it’s probably worth it to pay a bit more to stay in a central location.
Another reason why you shouldn’t stay at the cheapest hostel is that the people staying at the cheapest hostels are often not the people that can afford to travel like you. Because a very cheap hostel is often cheaper than renting a flat, these places tend to attract migrant workers or local misfits. That’s probably not the crowd you want to hang out with, especially if you’re a solo traveler looking for friends.
The third reason why you should avoid the cheapest hostels is safety. Some of the cheapest hostels don’t check IDs, don’t ask for signatures, or only accept cash at check-in. The hostel won’t know who is actually staying there.
Lastly, the service at these hostels isn’t great. For instance, if you choose to store your luggage, your bags will be unattended in a public space. It won’t be recorded anywhere or tagged and stored in a locked room.
So, it’s probably worth it to spend a bit more on your hostel stay in Singapore.
And finally, a tip: always read the latest reviews of the hostel! All places have good and bad reviews, but the most recent reviews matter the most.
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