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Singapore is an expensive city by anyone’s standards but if you are in town on a backpacker’s budget then fear not, it is possible to find cheap hostels in Singapore. In typical Singapore fashion, even backpacker hostels are high-tech, with modern amenities and plenty of freebies thrown in – complimentary breakfast, WI-FI, internet terminals and lounges with flatscreen TVs and Nintendo Wiis.
Traditionally, backpacker and affordable accommodation options are found clustered around the Little India and Chinatown areas. Both areas are good choices for budget travellers, with easy access by MRT (subway/underground), and cheap hawker centers and budget restaurants aplenty.
The most high-tech of Singapore’s hostels is undoubtedly Wink Hostel in Chinatown. Its unique pod design of dorm rooms are designed to optimize privacy, and are fitted with neon back-lights which are activated using a smart swipe card as guests enter the dorm room. The nearby Matchbox the Concept Hostel follows suit with their pod-concept dorms.
Those travelling in couples or small groups and looking for more privacy should try the Hangout @ Mount Emily. This trendy hostel has a selection of private rooms in doubles, triples, quads and quins in addition to its shared dorm rooms. Other popular hostels worth checking out include the funky boutique hostel Five Stones, the eco-friendly Tree In and family-run River City Inn.
For more of a party atmosphere, then the Prince of Wales pub and hostel is an old-time favorite with backpackers. Its hostel dorm rooms are set above a lively pub, which offers live music, pool tables, cheap beer and inexpensive Australian-style counter meals. The Rucksack Inn similarly encourages its guests to mingle and have fun.