Jan 17 2013
With a funky style, friendly staff and a mile-long list of freebies, there’s lots to love about Singapore’s Five Stones Hostel. It’s also one of the few budget joints stumbling distance from the riverside entertainment area of Clarke Quay.
Five Stones is a traditional hostel in the sense that it offers a mix of dorms and private rooms with shared bathrooms. What makes it unique is that each room has been designed by a local artist in a way that celebrates Singaporean culture. The pantry is called “Makan Corner” with pictures and information on where to sample Singapore’s famous hawker food and the hostel’s name – Five Stones – pays homage to a traditional Singaporean children’s game, with the pillows in the dorms shaped like the pieces used to play it.
Each of the five dorm rooms is a different colour (pink for the female-only dorm) with funky murals adorning the walls. The dorms are air-conditioned and furnished with sturdy metal-framed bunk beds, thick mattresses and crisp white sheets. If you need a little more privacy, there are also two private rooms furnished with queen-sized beds and their own TV/DVD player. All guests share bathroom facilities which can be found on each floor. The showers are separated by gender and stocked with shampoo and shower gel.
If the word “free” makes your heart flutter, you’re going to love everything that’s included at Five Stones Hostel. Guests can help themselves to a breakfast of cereal, toast and jam every morning from 08:30 till 11:00 while complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bottled water are available all day. There’s a strong WiFi signal throughout the hostel and guest computers with webcams and headsets for Skyping your family and friends back home. For entertainment, there’s a cosy lounge with 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.
As already mentioned, Five Stones has a central location near Clarke Quay (and the Clarke Quay MRT) and is walking distance to the Singapore River, Raffles Place and Chinatown. There’s also a bus stop right outside the hostel’s front door.
The price of a bed in one of Five Stones’ funky dorms ranges from S$30-37 per night, with the lowest price for the 14-bed dorm and the highest for the six-bed dorm. The private rooms are S$105-110 and sleep a maximum of two people. Five Stones may not be the cheapest hostel in Singapore, but it represents great value.
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