Mar 07 2013

The best hostels in Singapore’s Little India

Published by at 11:37 am under Accommodation


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.

Little India has become Singapore's backpacker hub

Little India has become Singapore’s backpacker hub.

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.

A clean, air-conditioned place to rest your backpack.

A clean, air-conditioned place to rest your backpack.

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 Innone 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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2 Responses to “The best hostels in Singapore’s Little India”

  1. kaytion 07 Mar 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Ooh Travelfish don’t discount the MOON, it is advertised as sort of classy but is really a backpackers with curtains and free cocktails. You can get great internet specials and the best thing is that if you have come from the trials and trails of elsewhere you can get really clean and enjoy a quick indulgence in air con and confort. They have good wi-fi in the rooms and you can catch up with correspondence, the drinks in the mini bar are free and they provide a daily cocktail, I think each guest can have three!
    Sure it is not ‘actually’ backpacking but you are in the Little India area and sometimes even the most die hard ‘traveller’ can use a break…

  2. Tanya Procyshynon 12 Mar 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Hi kayti – I’m a fan of Moon Hotel, though it’s not a hostel and certainly outside of most backpacker’s budgets.

    I wrote a review of Moon Hotel for Travelfish here – http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/singapore/central_region/central_area/little_india/all/4725

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