If lack of cash is putting the breaks on your getaway, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. The best part? No passport necessary! So, grab a friend or two and head to one of these bite-sized lofts that’s packed to the brim with character and intrigue. Sure these hostels may be primarily designed and built for travellers in mind, but hey, what can possibly stop us from pretending to be tourists in our own country? With their under-$50-per-night price tags, you’d better make a reservation, stat!
Located in the heart of Singapore’s heritage districts, Wink Hostel is always bustling. This upmarket pod hostel is one of the first boutique pod hostels here, and is mere steps aways from some of the best food offerings in the city. If you have a large group of six, try booking the entire six-pod room so everyone is in bunking in together exclusively. Spacious, clean and equipped with many facilities to unwind from the café to movie room, Wink Hostel is the perfect spot to congregate with your family or buddies.
Wink Hostel, 8A Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore 059488, 6222 2940, www.winkhostel.com
If you fancy being surrounded by a charming blend of heritage and urban architecture, this charming boutique hostel should be at the top of your budget favourites. A serene respite in the bustle of the Little India enclave, this spot is just minutes away from many shopping malls, great food, and amenities. If you’re worried about safety (which isn’t really an issue in Singers), there are spacious unisex and female only dorms with large comfort designed sleepers so you can kick back and have a restful night sleep with your girlfriends. Alternatively, you can opt for the private room if you’d like your own space.
Mori Hostel, 429 Race Course Road, Singapore 218675, 6299 1774, www.morihostel.com
Five Stones Hostel
For those who appreciate themed rooms, let us introduce you to this cheery domicile. Five Stones Hostel, named after a traditional children’s game, gives Singapore cultural elements a refreshing new lease of life. Each room is lovingly designed by a local artist to showcase the different sides of Singapore. This quirky boutique hostel is nestled in the middle of Singapore’s nightlife scene and could just be the cool crash spot after a long night out in town.
Five Stones Hostel, 285 Beach Road, Singapore 199550, 6535 5607, www.fivestoneshostel.com
Bunc @ Radius
With concrete floor, black trimmed furnishings, and light-wood floors, Bunc @ Radius has two outlets; one at Little India and the other in Boat Quay. We have our eyes set on the Little India district simply because it’s close to great food and many cultural sights – perfect for a day out of exploring like a tourist. A hostel in the truest sense, this 233-bed, three-storey hostel is boasts recreation rooms with gaming facilities and even an outdoor tanning deck so you can get your tan on!
Bunc @ Radius, 15 Upper Weld Road, Singapore 20372, 6262 2863, www.bunchostel.com
Shophouse The Social Hostel
Dubbed as the first indie boutique in Singapore, Shophouse The Social Hostel was inspired by the founders’ travel adventures and experiences. Housed in a charming conservation building along Arab Street, an area synonymous for its funky mix of culture, arts and fashion, Shophouse also hosts regular social nights on its rooftop terrace and movie room. Way to keep the conversations and encounters with other guests going!
Shophouse The Social Hostel, 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745, 6298 8721, www.shophousehostel.com