Mar 07 2013
There are countless reasons – great food, cheap prices, a central location – that Little India has become Singapore’s backpacker hub. If you’re planning to stay here too, these are our picks for the best hostels in this colourful neighbourhood.
Our all-around top pick is the boutique Bunc@Radius Hostel. This is one of the newest hostels in Little India and it certainly feels like it with hotel-quality bedding in its dorm bunks, chic communal bathrooms and brand new guest computers. Half the hostel space is communal area where you can relax with a proper cup of coffee or soak up the tropical sun on the patio, and the staff organises free events like movie nights and walking tours of Little India. A night in their squeaky clean dorm costs S$20-40 or S$100+ for a private room.
We also like the friendly duo of The Mitraa and Mitraa Inn, both under the same management and a five-minute walk apart. These hostels have a warm atmosphere thanks to the brightly painted walls and smiling staff plus they’re significantly cleaner and quieter than most hostels in Little India. Nightly rates range from S$26-30 at The Mitraa or S$28-35 at the Mitraa Inn where the dorms have ensuite bathrooms.
Half the fun of staying in hostels is meeting other travellers, and for that we heartily recommend The Inn Crowd. This popular hostel is always filled with Gap Year types who come for the hostel parties, barbecues, city tours by scooter and self-proclaimed “cheapest Tiger Beer in Singapore” at the hostel bar. The dorm rooms are nothing special, but for S$20 it’s a clean, air-conditioned place to sleep.
Another fun hostel is the Prince of Wales Little India which is literally above a pub of the same name. The second level has been turned into one big, breezy mixed dorm room with bunk beds and lockers. You’ll meet both locals and other travellers having a pint in the beer garden and the dorms are a bargain at S$22 including a hot breakfast (and a free beer for walk-ins!).
Backpackers will also be happy at the Lofi Inn. This newcomer sets itself apart from the rest with cheerful dorm rooms with ensuite bathrooms, an open-air common area and a rooftop cocktail bar. A bed costs S$20-27 per night or you can rent the whole room for a family or group. Lofi Inn hasn’t quite caught on with backpackers yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
Checkers Inn — one of Little India’s top flashpacker spots — is currently closed for renovations. Hopefully it will reopen in 2013 even better than before.
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