May 30 2013

Review: Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown, Singapore

Published by at 10:49 am under Accommodation

If cheap and central are your main requirements for a hostel in Singapore, the Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown should be on your shortlist. With online booking rates starting from S$20/night in the large dorm, this is as big of a bargain you’re going to find in Singapore.

Feel free to stay awhile.

Feel free to stay awhile.

The Backpackers’ Inn has been around for a while but, for the obvious reasons, we weren’t crazy about its location above a grungy karaoke bar. Now the hostel has expanded into a bigger, better building on Upper Cross Street that’s cleaner, less noisy and very close to the Chinatown MRT station.

While many hostels in the Chinatown area have gone for a boutique style (with prices to match), the Backpackers’ Inn has kept the set-up cheap and simple. The lowest rate will get you a spot in the main dorm, which has bunkbeds jammed in at every angle to get the occupancy up to 14 people in a tiny room. On the positive, it’s air-conditioned and a locker is provided for each person. If you’re the type who values a bit more space and privacy, it’s worth the small upgrade to the four-bed or six-bed dorm.

The Backpackers’ Inn also offers some of the city’s best value private rooms for those who don’t mind sharing a bathroom. Prices range from S$65-90 per night with something to suit all travellers including a double room (one big bed), twin room (with bunk beds) or triple room (three single beds or one double bed and one single bed). Groups of four also have the option of having a whole four-bed dorm room to themselves for S$100/night. The hostel is family-friendly and welcomes children over the age of three.

The Backpackers’ Inn also offers all the facilities you need to stay on budget while you travel including a kitchenette, WiFi, guest computers and free laundry – even soap is provided. Rates include clean linens as well as the use of a towel, something that most Singapore hostels charge an extra couple dollars for. If you need long-term accommodation in Singapore, you’ll be happy to hear that they also offer weekly rates starting from S$150.


These nearby streets are great for exploring.

While it’s certainly not the poshest hostel in Chinatown (for that we suggest the Adler Hostel or Wink Hostel), we found the Backpackers Inn to be decently clean and with competent staff. The location also makes an unbeatable base for exploring Singapore with hawker centres, street markets, temples, museums and the MRT all within walking distance. If you’re simply looking for a clean, air-conditioned place to sleep and shower, you’ll be perfectly happy here.

Check rates & availability at Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown on Agoda.

Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown
14 Upper Cross Street, 27/30A Mosque Street, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Chinatown station
T: 6221 1239 

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