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Pillows & Toast

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What we say: 4 stars

Pillows & Toast is a cute and clean hostel located on Mosque Street in the centre of Chinatown. Set in a three-storey shopfront-style building, the hostel is popular with both Western backpackers and Southeast Asian weekenders, it’s a comfortable choice, but lacks the generous common areas that nearby Beary Best! has. Where Pillows & Toast does really well is its staff — and in a city with such a high standard of hostel staff, that’s saying something.



Walking in off the street you’ll hit reception and a small kitchenette and dining area behind. Dorms are upstairs — but the shoes all stay downstairs. On the floor above the rooms is a large attic-like common area, but lacking much in the way of natural light and furniture (aside from a big TV) means it really isn’t all that common, and aside from a guy asleep on the floor it when empty each time we visited.

Pack-sized lockers.

Pack-sized lockers.

The air-con dorms are clean and they’re middle of the range size-wise for Singapore, but when full (our dorm was barely half full) it would be pretty cramped with bags and people. The bunks are wooden framed and were among the most wobbly of all the bunks we tried out. Definitely go for a lower bunk if you can. Note that the cleaning staff tend to open the windows and turn off the air-con during the day — feel free to reverse that should you be needing to stay in the room.

As with the dorms, bathrooms are clean and well kept. And again, as with the dorms, when Pillows & Toasts is full you will be waiting a while for a shower. With wet feet watch yourself on the wooden stairs — we took a nasty tumble.

The loft. Including guest asleep on the floor.

The loft. Including guest asleep on the floor.

Security wise you’ll find lockers in the dorm that come in a couple of seemingly randomly allocated sizes — not all are big enough to fit a medium-sized rucksack. The hostel is fully locked down with keycard access required for your dorm and through the front door (the latter out of hours only).

Pillows & Toast’s real strength though is its staff. They’re excellent. Particularly friendly and welcoming, we found them as helpful as we could hope for when it came to asking directions and suggestions, happily looking stuff up on the internet when they didn’t know the answer. Compared to some hostels, Pillows & Toast isn’t overflowing with onwards travel information and tourist literature, but we found the staff to be very knowledgable when asked.

The only kind of mice I want to see in a hostel.

The only kind of mice I want to see in a hostel.

The location is excellent, with just a five-minute walk needed to get to Chinatown MRT. You’re also within five minutes’ walk of some of Chinatown’s best sights and plenty of excellent eating options, and the hostel is just a 10-minute walk from Maxwell Food Centre and Club Street.

At this price-point, the closest competitor is Beary Best! and we’d say overall Beary Best! is the better value for money, with considerably better facilities, but it is on a far busier thoroughfare than here.

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40 Mosque St Singapore  T: 6220 4653 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 28 S$ 28 S$ 10-bed dorm. $30 for 8 bed, $33 for female only

Added to Travelfish on: 22nd September, 2011
Last visited or updated on: 15th October, 2014

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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T: 6220 4653

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