Oct 11 2012
Thanks to its clever pod-style beds, Wink Hostel offers greater privacy than a typical dorm for half the price of a hotel room. Add in lightning fast WiFi and a free continental breakfast, and this is our top pick for flashpackers in Singapore.
Opened in late 2011, Wink Hostel is in Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood just a few minutes’ walk from the MRT, street market, temples and hawker centres. It may be located in a heritage building, but everything else about Wink Hostel is cutting-edge, starting with its bold black and white paint job with lime green accents and a mural beside the entranceway welcoming you in dozens of languages.
There are a few different dorm configurations – mixed singles, women only and doubles – but all of them feature the unique pod beds. Not only do they look cool with ambient lighting that automatically turns on when you enter the room, but they’re comfortable with thick mattresses, silky duvets and sound-proof walls between the pods. Guests are given the remote control for the air-con so they can make it as cold as they like and storage lockers are located below the pods and opened using a keycard.
The common areas of Wink Hostel are just as welcoming and modern as the dorms. Throughout the hostel you’ll find cosy seating areas and computer corners in case you don’t have your own, and the attic has been turned into an entertainment lounge with a 3D TV, DVD collection and Wii complete with Guitar Hero. In the guest kitchen you can help yourself to a complimentary breakfast of toast and cereal each morning and coffee and tea throughout the day. If you want to prepare a simple meal, there’s a microwave and toaster oven.
Like most hostels, the bathroom facilities are shared. Unlike most hostels, the bathrooms feature rain showers and are kept squeaky clean. There are also plenty of stalls so you won’t have to wait long in the morning to take a shower. An additional charge of S$2 is levied to rent a towel.
Wink Hostel charges S$50 for a single pod or S$90 for a double pod including a light breakfast and WiFi. This may seem high for a hostel, but is very good value considering the price of a hotel room in expensive Singapore.
Be sure to have enough cash to pay for your room and a $10 deposit for the key – credit cards are accepted with a 3% processing fee.
Looking for somewhere cheaper to stay in Singapore? Check out our piece on the city state’s cheapest hostels.
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