Equal parts pub and hostel
Styled after an Australian corner pub, the Prince of Wales is as popular for its live music and cheap pints as it is for its cheap rooms.The bar and bathrooms are on the ground floor while the single large room upstairs has been partitioned into three separate dorm "rooms", though there is little to separate them.
Air-con is switched on at night. Bunks are firm metal framed affairs and there is plenty of space and lockers are available. The bathroom is by the walkway from the main bar to the beer garden, so don't plan of showering at happy hour! Private rooms are also available but were occupied when we visited. The POW is a very friendly, very casual spot and you'll probably spend more time in the pub than the room -- light sleepers certainly will, because they won't be sleeping. Rates include WiFi and breakfast in the courtyard. The location, right in the heart of Little India at the corner of Dickson and Madras streets, is convenient for both eating and sightseeing, and you're only a short walk to the Little India SMRT. Rates are very competitive for the standard -- if you want something quieter, consider Phil Inn (previously LoFi Inn) which is just around the corner on Dickson Street and has similar fare starting at $18, but without a pub on the ground floor. Between the two though, we preferred here. Prince of Wales has a second property down at Boat Quay.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 30th March, 2015.