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The Plot

A taste of Tiong Bahru

What we say: 3.5 stars

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 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.

Tea or Tiger, anyone?

Tea or Tiger, anyone?

Though set in a 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 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, mostly at a low cost of below S$3.50.

The Plot eases gently into the three-storey 1930s heritage shophouse where it is located, while providing modern amenities.

The Plot is snuggled into a three-storey 1930s heritage shophouse.

Like most other hostels in Singapore, The Plot provides free WiFi and is comfortably air-conditioned 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.

Cosy and functional, even to those afraid of heights.

Not a train.

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 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 old-fashioned manual door elevator as well.

What more can you ask for?

What more can you ask for?

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 happy to show us around.

Rates range from S$34 to S$52 (for the four-pod room for women only) and while competitive, do take into account you are not near the centre of town; Chinatown is at least a 20-minute walk away. Nonetheless, The Plot offers a chance to discover the charms of Tiong Bahru, and unless you really need to be in the middle of things, there’s a lot going for this new kid on the block.

If you take public transport, it’s easiest to get here by train via as the hostel is about a 10-minute walk away from Outram station and a 15-minute walk from Tiong Bahru station — you may prefer the latter because there’s a mall nearby and shops to grab any supplies you need before your stay.

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259 Outram Rd Singapore  T: 6298 8889 F: 6223 9626  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 34 S$ 34 S$ S$34 for women only; up to $52 for others.

Added to Travelfish on: 24th April, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 15th October, 2014

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259 Outram Rd Singapore 
T: 6298 8889 F: 6223 9626

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