Singapore is a great city (well… country!) to visit. It also serves as a convenient springboard into the Southeast Asia region.
I’ve been to Singapore many times, often using it as a transit point to nearby countries. It’s a buzzing city that’s amazingly well-connected to the region, but one thing Singapore is not: cheap! Hotel rooms can easily cost four times more than in Malaysia, Thailand, or Indonesia.
That’s why even if you’re not a backpacker, you may still want to stay in a hostel in Singapore just to save some money. Luckily, the city has many types of hostels catering to different travelers.
Keep in mind that Singapore is very space-restricted, so hostels may be a bit more cramped than you’re used to in other places. Singapore hostels typically do excel in service and cleanliness.
Whatever your type of stay, here are my 5 top picks for hostels in Singapore.
5footway.inn Project Ann Siang
Based in the lively Chinatown area
Cool rooftop area with panoramic views of the city
Ideal if you’re looking for comfort on a Singapore layover
This hostel is located just on the edge of the vibrant Chinatown area, which is filled with interesting shops and amazing food. The 5footwayy.inn also just a stone’s throw from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and the (upscale) bars and restaurants at Club Street and Ann Siang Hill.
This is a no-nonsense and quiet hostel with some great facilities, AC, and both dorms and private rooms. I chose to stay there on a quick layover, when I needed a good night’s rest before catching a flight to Thailand the next morning.
One great feature is the rooftop area from where you get fantastic views (see above) of both the traditional-style temples and the modern skyline of Singapore.
The InnCrowd Backpackers Hostel 2
Focused on a friendly atmosphere; great to meet other travelers
Cheaper than most Singapore hostels
Ideal for solo travelers and Asia backpackers
The InnCrowd is a true backpacker-style hostel: very budget-friendly and with a big focus on creating a fun and lively atmosphere. Hostels in Singapore usually have a less social atmosphere than you might be accustomed to elsewhere, but InnCrowd Hostel is the major exception (it scores highest on the atmosphere rating on Hostelworld!).
The hostel has a fun common room and provides extras like free breakfast, free walking tours, and an island-hopping tour using their own boat. I recommend this hostel if you’re backpacking through Asia and are looking for a hostel with a similar feel to hostels in Thailand and other countries.
InnCrowd is based in Little India, which is one of the historic areas of Singapore with plenty of shops, cafes, and good restaurants nearby.
Tribe Theory Startup Hostel
The best Singapore hostel for digital nomads or business travelers
Offers dorm beds, private rooms, and co-working spaces
This is easily the top hostel for digital nomads in Singapore, or anyone who wants to connect with the local entrepeneurial and startup scene. Tribe Theory is the city’s first hostel aimed at fostering a community of like-minded young entrepeneurs.
Situated close to the central business district and some of the most famous hawker centers (Singapore food courts), it offers quiet accommodation as well as co-working facilities.
The Bohemian Chic
Located just a stone’s throw from the Clark Quay nightlife area
One of the highest ratings for atmosphere in Singapore
This hostel is an excellent choice if you’re a backpacker looking for a fun atmosphere and lively nightlife nearby. The Bohemian Chic is just walking distance from Clark Quay, which is Singapore’s main bar and club area.
(Budget travel tip: every Wednesday is Ladies’ Night at Clarke Quay making this perfect for some cheap partying for female travelers.)
The Bohemian Chic Hostel has some comfortable sleeping pods with reading lights and charging points. While the atmosphere in the hostel common areas is not necessarily always so social (as seems typical in Singapore), staying in the Bohemian Chic will put you closest to where all the fun nightlife is in Singapore.
Pod-style hostel giving more privacy and comfort
Just outside the central business district
Dream Lodge is housed in a 1950’s era shop house, providing capsule-style hostel beds with plenty of comforts (including two pillows, reading lights, and Orthopaedic mattresses). It’s in a very central location, near to three different MRT metro stations, and not far from the lively Little India district.
This is a great hostel for anyone who doesn’t mind a bit more privacy and an easy stay in Singapore.
P.S. Don’t miss my budget travel tips for Singapore!