An Idiot’s Guide to Sleeping in Singapore on a Budget

I have spent a lot of time in Singapore, and due to the expense of the city it is sometimes wise to budget when it comes to accommodation.

So forget about those luxury 5 star hotels and check out some of Singapore’s best and most affordable hostels!

Hostels in Singapore can range from the basic dorms...
Hostels in Singapore can range from the basic dorms…

Backpacking in Singapore may be more expensive than in Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Bangkok and the like, but you certainly get value for money and you get what you pay for! Usually, you can dormitory rooms in the most simple of hostels in Singapore for as little as S$21 (£10) per night, although at peak times prices may go up according to supply and demand (such as Chinese New Year, National Day, Grand Prix Weekend, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc.).

...to the more private pod-style beds
…to the more private pod-style beds

Don’t look for budget accommodation around Marina Bay or on Sentosa, as those areas are WAY TOO EXPENSIVE for backpackers. You need to focus on the cheaper communities around the island, specifically Little India (maybe not for solo females), Geylang, Bugis, Bencoolen, Chinatown, which are all close enough to the so-called “downtown core” to make for a simple yet effective stay.

Hostels in Singapore are almost always clean and hygienic, with dedicated staff members and premises that are 100% safe, and here I want to share with you my choices for the best value hostels in Singapore, in no particular order.

hostelwink

Wink Hostel, Little India

Pods available from £24 per night.

http://winkhostel.com/

hostelpod

POD – The Boutique Hostel, Bugis

Pods available from £24 per night.

http://thepod.sg/

hostelbunc

BUNC@Radius, Clarke Quay

Beds available from £14 per night.

http://www.bunchostel.com/

hostelreddot

Little Red Dot, Boat Quay

Beds available from £11 per night.

http://atthelittlereddot.com/

hostelcoziee

Coziee Lodge, Kallang

Beds available from £10 per night.

http://cozieelodge.com/

hostelprince

Prince of Wales, Boat Quay

Beds available from £11 per night.

http://pow.com.sg/

hostelrucksack

Rucksack Inn, Chinatown

Beds available from £14 per night.

http://www.rucksackinn.com/templeST.php

hostelgreenkiwi

Green Kiwi, Lavender

Beds available from £12 per night.

http://www.greenkiwi.com.sg/

hostelbearybest

Beary Best, Chinatown

Beds available from £14 per night.

https://www.abearygoodhostel.com/bearybest/about.htm

hostelwokehome

Woke Home, Clarke Quay

Beds available from £14 per night.

http://www.wokehomehostel.com/

hostelspillows

Pillows & Toast, Chinatown

Beds available from £16 per night.

http://www.pillowsntoast.com/

hostelmtemily

Hangout @ Mt Emily, Orchard

Beds available from £17 per night.

http://www.hangouthotels.com/

hostelchic

Chic Capsule Otel, Chinatown

Pods available from £24 per night.

http://www.agoda.com/chic-capsule-otel/hotel/singapore-sg.html

All of the above hostels I have hand-picked as not only some of the very best in Singapore, but also in the entire ASEAN region, and as such I would recommend them all! However, if budget is your main concern, then do not fret about choosing the cheapest options. You will more than likely get free wifi during your stay and besides, you probably will only be there to sleep anyway! Regardless of how good your hostel is, you shouldn’t be spending too much time inside with as many great activities on offer as Singapore has!

For the record, my ultimate picks from this list would be Chic Capsule Otel and POD – The Boutique Hostel. Both are slightly pricey for a hostel, but the benefit of having the extra privacy of pods means you will inevitably pay a slight premium over the basic dormitory beds seen in the other hostels.

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3 thoughts on “An Idiot’s Guide to Sleeping in Singapore on a Budget

  1. Thanks for putting this together Lee. I’m thinking of going to Singapore for a visa run in a couple months. I’ve never been there before and I’m dying to see the city, but my only hesitation is the cost. It’s great to know that there is good, affordable accommodation there and I’ll definitely refer back to this post when I’m planning my trip. I think you might have just convinced me to give Singapore a shot!

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