Singapore's so-called "luxury hostel"
What we say:
If you prefer to start the day with a cappuccino rather than instant coffee, this is the guesthouse for you. Claiming to be Singapore's first "luxury hostel", Sleepy Sam's occupies a strip of beautifully restored shophouses smack in front of the Sultan Mosque. While the ambience is enchanting and the beds are comfy, Sleepy Sam's has outgrown its britches and has too many bunks and not enough bathrooms for the mixed dorm — at least the common areas are cosy. We wanted to love Sleepy Sam's, but some changes need to be made if they plan to keep charging these prices. Rates include internet and breakfast anytime you want it. Be warned the private rooms are simply partitioned off from the main dorm area, with a large gap between the top of your door and ceiling, meaning it's just as noisy as being in a dorm. And the single room is as big as the mattress plus space for your bag, and no more.
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Contact details:55 Bussorah St Singapore T: 9227 4998
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What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dorm air-con||28 S$||28 S$||Both mixed and female only available|
|Sgl air-con share b'room||59 S$||59 S$|
|Dbl air-con share b'room||89 S$||89 S$|
|Triple air-con share b'room||99 S$||99 S$|
Added to Travelfish on: 11th August, 2007
Last visited or updated on: 21st September, 2011
Read Sleepy Sam's reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5
Based on 4 ratings and 4 reviews
I liked the place on arrival, though it is a bit sparse for the money & considering we were coming from Thailand. However, considering it's Singapore I figured it's what you get in a big city. The common area and cafe were nice and the staff were super helpful. Unfortunately, I woke up the next morning covered in bedbug bites. I told the staff and asked for a discount or a free night, but they said that it wasn't their fault and that they could offer me some free coffee. Needless to say I was not impressed. They said they have professional cleaners come in once a month and that the bedbugs probably came from a previous occupant, however I think they should've done something other than offering me free coffee...
Sleepy Sam's reviewed by rhalper (Total reviews: 8) on
Happy with Sam
Good to find a place that actually has single rooms. Breakfast was included. Staff were friendly & helpful. I had a late flight so after check out I could store my bag, use the internet, have a shower and sit at the cafe for one of their very good iced coffees.
Sleepy Sam's reviewed by Saphir (Total reviews: 6) on
Ok, the place itself isn't amazing but it is good enough and in a place like Singapore where (depending on where you've come from ) it can be very expensive - by comparison this place really is not, and more importantly, it's in the only part of town that is good value too.. the pedestrianised street at the front is lovely - you can chill out outside late at night, friendly staff, free internet on computers that actually work.. and the cafe and restaurants around are nothing like the ridiculous prices of downtown Singapore.. It's in the Muslim Quarter which I was not sure I would like before I got there, but if I ever go back, i will be sure to check back in!
Sleepy Sam's reviewed by daveirving (Total reviews: 3) on
OK, but not exactly luxury
I stayed in the female only 6-bed dorm for S$28/night for 3 nights. Its website describes it as a ''luxury'' hostel - it had some really nice features, but I'm not sure about that. It is in a nice old building, lovely location on a pedestrianised street near the mosque. It does have really nice amenities: a cosy little cafe downstairs which does a pretty good breakfast (included), and good free internet (though this is not hard to find in Singapore). The bathrooms have been nicely renovated and were clean, but there were only 2 combined shower/toilets to service the whole first floor, where all the accommodation is (as well as 2 extras downstairs). The sleeping arrangements are a bit strange and could be a problem. All the beds and rooms are on the first floor and you literally have to walk through the main dorm to get to any other dorm or private room, so good luck sleeping if you are in the main dorm (though they do have curtains to go around every bunk in the dorm so that you at least get some privacy from all the people walking past you to go to their room or the bathroom). The female dorm and I think the 3-bed dorm and a single room are just partitioned off from the main dorm with a partition that does not go to the ceiling so they are not quite a separate ''room'' (though at least you don't get people walking past you). The whole area is air-conditioned but it is only turned on at night. I didn't actually have a problem with these sleeping arrangements as when I went it was low season and only about one-third full so there was plenty of room and not much noise. However, I think if the place was full (or even over half full) it would be extremely cramped and noisy (as you are essentially about 35 people in one big room) and nowhere near enough bathrooms for capacity. I go into this level of detail because they refuse to show you around the place to see for yourself until you have paid for the night. If you have made a booking for more than one night, they will make you pay for all of the nights you have booked for until you can go upstairs (I tried arguing - I assume it is because it would be disturbing to the people in bed in the main dorm you would have to walk right past). Having said that, during my stay everything (bathroom, sheets, etc) was clean and the staff were friendly. The pillows were more lumpy than fluffy (a central selling point on their website), but overall it is quite a nice place to stay in the off-peak season.
Sleepy Sam's reviewed by weiry (Total reviews: 3) on
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