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Wink Hostel

Singapore's flashest pod hostel

What we say: 4 stars

Set on Mosque Street in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll sleep plenty of winks at the aptly named and uber-comfortable pod-hostel, Wink Hostel.

Light and airy.

Light and airy.

Wink is one of a clutch of “upmarket pod hostels” in Singapore where instead of a bunk-bed you get a “pod” — effectively a tube among several stacked in rows. In our case we had a single pod (or capsule) in a six-pod dorm and it was the most comfortable and spacious of the three pod hostels we tried.

Many Singapore hostels have a tendency to cram a bunk into every space large enough to fit a pillow. Not so at Wink, where there is plenty of open space — in our dormitory there was enough room to fit at least two more sets of bunks, but instead there was a single lounge. Throughout the hostel nooks and crannies invite you to put your feet up: watch a movie in the movie room, relax in the “cafe”, which includes a veranda overlooking Mosque Street, hang out at the spacious and well kitted out kitchenette or just make use of one of the internet terminals scattered around the place.

The 6 capsule dorm.

The 6 capsule dorm.

Each pod capsule comes with its own plug and reading light and, in a very clever touch other hostels would be smart to adopt, when you enter the room with your security card, the light in your pod automatically switches on, negating the need to turn on the bigger light, perhaps disturbing others in the room. Bedding is comfortable and the WiFi signal strong. The capsules each have a deep luggage storage area below the bed. It’s keycard protected and is plenty big enough to store both a full-size pack and a daypack.


My “capsule”.

Bathrooms and showers are on the upper floor, which, as was the case with us, means it is a trudge upstairs to reach them (there is a toilet on the lower floor, but no showers) and they’re separated for the boys and girls. They’re spacious, extremely clean and there are plenty of them. Again, other hostels cram this into half the size they have done here.

With its many gathering areas — cafe, kitchen, movie room — there are plenty of possibilities here for single travellers to meet others and it’s a fairly sociable place. It might be a bit more sociable still were their beers not so overpriced — ouch!

Kitted out dining area and kitchen.

Kitted out dining area and kitchen.

While the ground floor entrance is not keycard protected, your dorm and your locker are. Take care with your key. They are flimsy and ours broke in our pocket and we were not impressed at all at losing our key deposit of $10 over what we considered to be regular wear and tear — it left a bad taste in our mouth. If Wink want to supply cheap, easily broken key cards, they should enclose them in plastic as Five Stones does, or not charge guests when the inevitable happens.

Broken keys aside, we found the staff here to be very helpful — they were able to supply concise and detailed advice for locations we wanted to find and at all times were friendly and accommodating — one even agreed their beer was very expensive!

Internet terminals are dotted around the place.

Internet terminals are dotted around the place.

The location is obviously good for Chinatown and as Mosque Street is very quiet you’ll get next to no traffic noise in the evening. Some good Szechuan eating is on offer a couple of doors up and the hostel is extremely close to Chinatown MRT.

Wink is the same price as Pod Boutique Hotel and we felt of the two, this was the better value, though Pod Boutique does have a more sophisticated air about it. You’re certainly paying a premium to have all the additional space and the lodgings are certainly comfortable. Just be careful with that room key!

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8 Mosque St, nearest MRT: Chinatown Singapore  T: 6222 2940 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 50 S$ 50 S$ Price for single pod. S$90 for double.

Added to Travelfish on: 8th November, 2012
Last visited or updated on: 2nd November, 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, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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Comfortable and spacious
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