A taste of Tiong Bahru
What we say:
Tiong Bahru is a quaint little area beloved in the hearts of Singaporeans for its old architecture, excellent market and close-knit neighbourly feel. Late in 2013, The Plot Hostels joined the pre-war houses here, providing travellers with a chance to discover this charming area usually off the tourist track.
Though set in a quiet area, the heart of Tiong Bahru’s old town is just a couple of minutes’ away, while the seemingly lacklustre-looking coffee shops are actually renowned for their great local food and zi char stalls, which start coming alive close to dinnertime.
Upon entering the hostel, you’ll see the common area, which consists of a couch, a TV, books and DVDs, and kitchenette. A very simple included breakfast of cereals and bread with spreads is served here, with hot and cold water and coffee/tea provided throughout the day. Other snacks, canned coffee and even the local brew are available.
Like most other hostels in Singapore, The Plot provides free WiFi and is comfortably air-con throughout its 11 rooms, which offer a total of 60 beds in four-, six- and eight-bed combinations. Most dorms contain an ensuite bathroom, and there’s one reserved only for women. The beds follow a pod/capsule concept, with two levels of beds built against the walls, rather than individually standing bunk beds, which helps the height phobic like yours truly (though it’s really no difference!). The addition of a curtain for each bed provides privacy and each bed has its own powerpoint, light and locker. Curtains are quite translucent and noisy to open and close and the locker position makes for a slightly more cramped pod than at some other hostels.
The Plot makes good use of the space it has. Each dorm offers a clear path to the bathroom and door, given that no bunks get in anyone’s way. There are a couple of (little used) balconies and and an alfresco area that get lots of bright sunlight when the weather’s good (which means it has evolved into a communal socks and undergarments drying area instead, but no matter!), and somehow it manages to squeeze in a funky (as in bright orange) old-fashioned manual door elevator as well.
The Plot is a comfortable and upmarket hostel, boasting sleek furnishings and nifty extras like a waterproof security access key in the form of a silicone rubber wristband. It was well occupied when we visited, and the staff were friendly and quite helpful.
The Plot offers a chance to discover the charms of Tiong Bahru which will appeal to those looking for a bit of a low key offbeat time in Singapore, but bear in mind that aside from the retro buildings, cafes and the excellent hawker centre, you're a bit out of the way when it comes to the more traditional sightseeing in Singapore -- but for some, that will be part of the draw to here.
Rates on their website range from S$40 to S$45 (for the four-pod room for women only — you'll find cheaper rates with online agents like Agoda and Booking) and while competitive, do take into account you are not near the centre of town; Chinatown is a solid 20-minute walk away. The Plot is roughly a ten minute walk from Outram Park SMRT and 15 minutes from Tiong Bahru SMRT. Tiong Bahru food centre through is just five minutes away.
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Contact details:259 Outram Rd Singapore T: 6298 8889 F: 6396 8356
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What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dorm air-con||40 S$||40 S$||8 bed dorm S$42 for 6 bed; up to $45 for women only.|
Added to Travelfish on: 24th April, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 6th April, 2015
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T: 6298 8889 F: 6396 8356
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