The man-made steel and glass canyons of Singapore’s bustling metropolis have an irresistible pull on travelers from all over the globe — who come for business and pleasure. And there is certainly much to enjoy — be it the movie magic of the Universal Studios Theme Park, the island resort of Sentosa, or the already-iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel — whose upper deck stretches across three skyscrapers and was designed to look like a ship in the sky. Check out the listings below for those looking for accommodations in the Lion City. From a variety of hostels and capsule hotels in Singapore crammed into its bustling streets, there’s definitely one for every type of travelers.
This 1-star hostel, which enjoys a “superb” rating among former guests, is set in the Lavender district of Singapore and is less than half-a-mile (under a kilometer) from a number of Metro stations, so should appeal to those planning on exploring the wider city. The property itself offers a range of mixed and female-only pod dormitories as well as a couple’s pod. Amenities include free wi-fi, air-conditioning for a good night’s sleep, and on-site parking. There are a number of restaurants within a stone’s throw of the hostel door, while those wishing to enjoy a little retail therapy will find the shops of the City Square Mall close at hand. Foodies who are keen on exploring the local culinary scene could check out other street food tours in Singapore.
Boasting thousands of satisfied customers, this 2-star pod capsule hotel enjoys a “very good” rating from previous guests who loved the helpful and multilingual staff, clean rooms, and the location within easy walking distance of the city’s popular Arab Quarter and the popular Haji Lane shopping area. There is free wi-fi access on-site, and the pods come with their own fold-down tables for laptop use — great for business travelers who need to do some work on the go. There are a number of chic cafés and authentic Indian restaurants in the local area, as well as arts and heritage centers, while those looking to explore more widely will find the three nearby Metro stations very handy. Indeed, it’s one of the best pod hotels in Singapore close to shopping malls, and other dining establishments to explore.
The final entry on this list is another good choice for those who wish to remove the stress of getting to and from the airport, thanks to the airport shuttle service it offers. Situated within Kampong Glam, it is handily placed for the Arab Quarter’s range of shops and cultural charms. There are also plenty of restaurants in the local area — although breakfasts are provided, there is an in-house café and bar, and there is also a kitchen available in the hotel for guests to prepare their own meals. The hotel, which boasts free wi-fi and a 24-hour front desk service, also operates a visitor centre which can help arrange city tours. And there are a number of private rooms for families.
Enjoying very good word-of-mouth among past guests, this 2-star capsule hotel is a great option for those looking to stay in the heart of Singapore. Indeed, it’s one of the finer Singapore capsule hotels within easy reach of a number of popular landmarks, including Boat Quay, the Victoria Concert Hall, and the National Gallery, as well as transport links in the form of Raffles Place Station just 650 yards (600m) away. The pods themselves come with plenty of equipment, including TV, USB charging points, and free wi-fi access, and are also air-conditioned — which makes them ideal for Singapore’s climate. Luggage storage facilities are also available.
MET A Space Pod @ Boat Quay
Address: 51A Boat Quay
Bar Non-smoking rooms Laundry Ironing service Internet services Safety deposit box Luggage storage WiFi Available
Set just 50 yards (45 metres) away from Chinatown’s bustling street markets, this well-regarded pod hotel — which has a “very good” rating — is great for those travellers who cannot wait to thrust themselves into the area’s vibrant culture. It is also well set just 250 yards (230 metres) away from the local Metro station and is within close proximity of the Chinatown Heritage Centre and the Sri Mariamman Temple. The pods themselves come with individual air-conditioning and USB charging points to keep your phone and other tech charged during your travel. For added privacy, each pod features sliding doors which are only accessible with a keycard.
MET A Space Pod @ Chinatown
Address: 46b Smith Street
Express check-in/check-out Access to health care professionals Face masks for guests available Non-smoking rooms Air conditioning Physical distancing rules followed Non-smoking throughout Ticket service
Another strong option for guests who wish to base themselves in Chinatown, the 2-star Adler Hostel not only enjoys a very good reputation among former guests but also runs an airport shuttle service, which will take all the hassle out of getting to and from your flights. The accommodation’s location within a restored heritage shophouse also won plenty of fans among guests, who loved the pleasant interior and the location close to some of Chinatown’s many attractions. This two-star establishment is considered one of the most affordable ones and is known to have better quality sleeping pods in Singapore, with a number of eateries and shops within easy reach. The hostel even hosts an in-house café should you wish to grab a bite to eat before setting off for the day. Amenities include wi-fi access, air-conditioning and universal power sockets for charging up your tech.
Address: 259 South Bridge Road
Boasting its own restaurant and bar, guests at this capsule hostel won’t have to go far to enjoy a slap up meal — or to socialise with friends at the end of a busy day exploring the local sights. Enjoying a “fabulous” rating from past visitors, the 2-star COO Boutique Hostel, which is located on Outram Road not too far from the Downtown core, earned plenty of plaudits from past guests for its clean interior, smart décor and good transport links — with bus stops and a Metro station close by. Amenities also include free wi-fi throughout and a 24-hour front desk service. There is also an open-air terrace on which to unwind.
Thad’s Boutique Hostel
Address: 259 Outram Road
Fabulously rated by thousands of previous guests, this 2-star boutique hostel offers a range of mixed and female-only dormitory pods and is a great option for guests who wish to explore the charms of Chinatown. Set amid this bustling corner of the city, it is very close to the Chinatown Heritage Centre as well as the local Metro Rail Station and local shops and markets. Guests enjoy access to air-conditioning and free wi-fi access — the latter of which will come in very handy for making travel plans on the go. There are also TVs in some of the units. The wider hotel also boasts an outdoor terrace on which to relax, as well as the option of family rooms.
Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel
Address: 38 Upper Cross Street
Another option for those who simply have to be right in the heart of Singapore, this capsule hotel is set amid the bustling Boat Quay area and looks out across the water. Little surprise then that the “great” location and “amazing” views were among past guests’ favorite aspects of a stay here. Indeed, this 2-star hotel is a cheap capsule hotel in Singapore that has a very good reputation and is a great choice for budgetand solo travelers. It is close to a number of local attractions, such as Victoria Concert Hall and the Sir Stamford Raffles Statue, as well as plenty of popular restaurants and transport links. Amenities include free wi-fi access, air-conditioning, and a luggage storage service.
Guests will have no problem getting to and from this 2-star capsule hotel in Chinatown — as there is an airport shuttle service available which will whisk you from the airport without any hassle. Enjoying very strong word-of-mouth among past guests, who rated the property as “fabulous”, it features a range of mixed and female-only dorms, one of the most frequented by travelers among other pod hotels in Singapore. There are quadruple rooms for up to four people which will likely appeal to groups of friends who wish to stay together or value their privacy. Amenities include free wi-fi access, smart TVs and a 24-hour front desk, which will come in handy for those jetting in on late night flights. There’s also parking available, should you wish to use a car, but the nearest Metro station and bus stops are both 200 yards (180 m) away or less — so you’ll have plenty of public transport options.
A great deal of choice
A city-state as urbanized as the Lion City is chock full of engaging attractions, establishments, unique hostels, and capsule pods, as well hostels with private rooms in Singapore, so there is bound to be one to suit your needs, whether it’s for business or sightseeing pleasure.
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