I hate to begin my blog post on a negative note, but Singapore IS getting more expensive. These days most hotels have increased their room rates by more than 20%, some even doubled the price compared to few years ago. With real estate price continuing to climb, most tourist class hotels are offering rooms at min. $200 per room per night.
As a member on Couchsurfing.org, I often get requests from overseas visitors asking if they can do a home-stay with me. But as I’m living still sponging under the roof of my folks, often I have to reject them and recommend some nice hostel choices for them.
Located in the heart of downtown Singapore, Project Boat Quay is one of 5footway.inn‘s latest hostel. It’s only 5 minutes walk away to Raffles MRT station or 8 minutes walk to Clarke Quay MRT station. Neko no Niwa Cat Cafe, LONDON Bar, seafood restaurants, cafes, pubs, massage parlour, 24-hour convenient store, board games cafe and coffeeshops are all within 5 minutes radius. From its balcony, I can have a good view of Marina Bay Sands!
Passing through the front door, Tiffany Yong and I are pleasantly surprised to find out that 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay is more than just a hostel. It is also an art gallery. The team has collaborated with award-winning Singaporean photographer, Edwin Koo to install Gallery 76 into the common spaces of the hostel.
The layout feels like a maze but there are proper signages to guide us. At the 3rd floor of this restored shophouse is The Terrace, a common area where there is a cosy TV lounge, alfresco dining area, pantry with refrigerator, water dispenser and microwave oven. There is even a hot beverage dispenser machine which you can make a cup of milo or teh tarik (hot tea) and enjoy a decent conversation. Breakfast is provided. Free flow toast and cereal are available for breakfast.
Upon check-in, the staff leads us to our room. For this review, we are staying at a standard double room. We are given bath towels and a security card which allows as to access the main door, our room and also the lockers in the room. The whitewashed room is small but comfortable. Besides the bed, there is a side table, two lockers and a mirror. There are no TV or attached bathroom. For guys, the shared bathroom is located at level 3, and Ladies is located at level 2. Shower gel and shampoo are provided in the shared bathroom. I’m glad that the cleaner takes pride in ensuring cleanliness of the toilets.
Bearing in mind, it’s a hostel, they try their best to make up for what is lacking. Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout the spaces and I have no problem accessing internet from the comfort of my room or at The Terrace at level 3. There are also 3 sets of Mac desktop available in the reception area. Cheap drinks and beer are available for purchase as well. They also provide laundry service at a small fee.
At night, there is live music coming from the nearby bar but the sound doesn’t penetrate to my room. However, as there is no attached toilet, I can hear people closing doors and footsteps as people make their way to the washroom to relieve themselves. I am a light sleeper and old shophouses are not built to be soundproofed, hence it was difficult for me to get rest at night. But hostel culture is communal living, so one cannot expect hotel standard and service when one is only paying a fiction of price. Overall, it is good for a roof over your head.
- Location: 4 / 5
- Ambience: 4 / 5
- Facilites: 3 / 5
- Amenities: 3.5 / 5
- Price: 4.5 / 5
- Overall: 4 / 5
Started in September 2011, 5footway.inn is currently the largest hostel chain in Singapore with over 700 beds in 4 outlets located at key tourist heritage districts in Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Boat Quay. Opened in May 2013, Project Boat Quay is the newest and largest property. Situated along the Singapore River, facing the Parliament House and Asian Civilization Museum, it is a few minutes walk from the legendary Fullerton Hotel, Lau Pa Sat, Merlion Park, the Esplanade and Chinatown.
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