Cheap and chic hostels and hotels in Singapore

Singapore isn't a cheap place to live in, but good news if you're visiting! You can find cheap, or at least affordable, places to stay at during your trip.

Whether it is a backpacker hostel or a capsule hotel you're looking for, there are some quirky and fun options out there that won't break the bank! Plus, most are located conveniently in central locations so you can get around the city easily.


chic capsule otel

Chic Capsule Otel

What: The hostel boasts a stylish space, with its capsules decked out in sleek wood veneers and dark brassy tones, complete with warm lighting. Every pod comes with a smart television set. Rates start from $38 a night.

Where: 13 Mosque Street

Info: To book, call 8380-0500 or go to facebook.com/chic.capsules.otel


Capsules @ The Little Red Dot

What: There is no missing this brick red building, aptly named The Little Red Dot. Inside, the stacked capsules are simply furnished with bold accents of red, complete with dim mood lighting for a restful night. Rates start from $20 a night.

Where: 125 Lavender Street

Info: To book, call 6294-7098


matchbox the concept hostel

Matchbox The Concept Hostel

What: The hostel's all-white interior is refreshed with bright punchy colours through its accent furnishings. Unlike most capsule hotels, which install curtains or blinds in each pod for privacy, the hostel does away with them to encourage guests to mingle. Rates start from $40 a night.

Where: 39 Ann Siang Road

Info: To book, call 6423-0237 or go to matchbox.sg


wink hostel

Wink Hostel

What: The hostel is a three-storey historic shophouse with a Chinese baroque facade. But its interior has an interesting futuristic twist, with pods boasting sound-resistant walls, anti-glare LED reading lights and colourful backlights. Rates start from $50 a night.

Where: 8A Mosque Street

Info: To book, call 6222-2940 or go to winkhostel.com


the pod

The Pod

What: With its palette of neutral tones and warm wood veneers, this hostel boasts elegant furnishings and tasteful artwork flanking the capsules. On top of the usual complimentary amenities, it also provides free dry-cleaning services. Rates start from $50 a night.

Where: 289 Beach Road

Info: To book, call 6298-8505 or go to www.thepod.sg


plush pods

Plush Pods

What: Despite the simple decor, a monochrome theme keeps the hostel looking spacious, while the airy, all-white interior of the capsules offers peaceful respite to the weary traveller. Rates start from $40 a night.

Where: 2 Tan Quee Lan Street

Info: To book, call 9226-8310 or go to www.plush-pods.com


rucksack inn

Rucksack Inn

What: The hostel uses red as an accent colour to offer a homely space to travellers, but ups the chic factor with an eclectic mix of tribal decorations and a brick wall in the lounge area. Rates start from $30 a night.

Where: 280 Lavender Street

Info: To book, call 6295-2495 or go to www.rucksackinn.com


the plot hostels

The Plot Hostels

What: Clean lines and a mix of textures provide visual interest, while wood veneers and an earthly palette dominate the sleeping space, giving travellers a cosy home away from home. The hostel groups capsules in rooms with an ensuite bathroom. Rates start from $46 a night.

Where: 259 Outram Road

Info: To book, call 6298-8889 or go to theplothostels.com


vintage inn

Vintage Inn

What: Warm tones and woody elements complement the striking black-and-white chequered floor for a touch of vintage. The hostel shows its rich heritage through its collection of South-east Asian artwork and antiquities. Rates start from $45 a night.

Where: 60 Race Course Road

Info: To book, call 6396-8751 or go to vintageinn.sg


adler hostel

Adler Hostel

What: The hostel stands out with its eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture as well as local artwork of flora and fauna. Feather down or foam pillows are available, reflecting Adler's label as a luxury hostel. Rates start from $55 a night.

Where: 259 South Bridge Road

Info: To book, call 6226-0173 or go to adlerhostel.com


(First published in The Straits Times.)