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Five Stones Hostel

Artsy digs in a great location

What we say: 3.5 stars

In all but one area, Singapore’s 5 Stones (the names pays homage to a traditional Singaporean children’s game), located a short walk from Clarke Quay, is excellent. The one problem area, noise from ground floor bars, can be dealt with with earplugs, making this an allround-with-earplugs excellent option.

Brightest dorms in town.

Brightest dorms in town.

Unlike many Singapore hostels that aim for a shopfront look, 5 Stones is on an upper floor of a modern but bland looking office building on the busy South Bridge Road. While the building may be bland, the hostel is anything but. Brightly coloured (each dorm has its own theme) and light and airy throughout, 5 Stones is a well kitted out and quite social hostel in a central location.

Each of the mid-sized dorms has been decorated by a local artist in a way that celebrates Singaporean culture. They’re air-con and furnished with sturdy metal-framed bunk beds, thick mattresses and crisp white sheets. Each has a bed lamp, and not seen at any other hostel, each bed also has a pyramid-shaped pillow (matching the stones used in the 5-stones game), which is just ideal for propping yourself up in the bed to use a laptop or read a book — very handy. If you need a little more privacy, there are also two private rooms furnished with queen-sized beds and their own TV/DVD player.

Hand painted walls.

Hand painted walls.

Outside the dorms, facilities include a moderately sized breakfast area (“Makan Corner”) and a larger common area for watching TV, reading a book, or, it seems, well, napping in your underwear. It’s a comfortable area to hang out and seemed to cope well with the numbers when we stayed, despite the hostel being at capacity. Distractions include a 40” TV, DVD collection, board games and a library. Guests also have free use of the washer and dryer to do their laundry (just provide your own washing powder – or buy it there). A towel is included if you’re staying in a private room, but for the dorm it’s a couple dollars more.

Comfy common area.

Comfy common area.

All guests share the clean and well kept bathroom facilities. The showers are separated by gender and stocked with shampoo and shower gel. No complaints here.

Staff at 5 Stones are excellent. Exceptionally friendly and informative. One happily drew us a map from scratch to find an obscure bar and despite the never ending stream of questions were polite and professional throughout.

This is where you makan.

This is where you makan.

If we had one complaint it is regarding the noise from the (non-affiliated) bars on the ground floor. The night we stayed the thumping noise went well into the early hours — at least 4am. When we asked after it the next morning, the staff suggested ear plugs would have been a good idea (they sell them) this would have been some useful advice before we stayed here!

But in the scheme of things, this is a fairly minor complaint. This is an all round excellent hostel that gives the nearby (and outstanding) Rucksack Inn on Hong Kong Street a solid run for its money.

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Contact details:

Level 2 & 3, 61 South Bridge Road. Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay Singapore  T: 6535 5607 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 31 S$ 31 S$ For 14-bed dorm; $38 for six-bed dorm
Dbl air-con share b'room 108 S$ 108 S$ Upto $113

Added to Travelfish on: 6th June, 2013
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, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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Five Stones Hostel
Level 2 & 3, 61 South Bridge Road. Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay Singapore 
T: 6535 5607

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