Fisher BnB is one of our overall favourite hostels in Singapore and if it fits within your budget, we’d suggest looking no further. Opened in mid-2013, Fisher BnB offers immaculate dorm accommodation in a two-floor building on the tongue-twisting Tyrwhitt Road in Lavender. It is within decent walking distance of both Singapore’s Little India and Bugis/Kampong Glam districts — not that you’ll need to walk that far for a good meal as some excellent places to eat lie far closer.
Lodgings at Fisher (the name refers to the original name of the street) come in mixed dorm and female-only dorm along with a family room that will comfortably sleep four in bunk-beds. All bunks are metal framed with comfortable spring mattresses and oversized double lockers (the biggest we saw in Singapore) with room to fit a full sized backpack and a daypack. There’s included fast WiFi, plus each bunk has an individual reading light and universal socket. We stayed in the 18-bed mixed dorm and despite it being near full there was plenty of space for everyone and we had a very solid night's sleep. The mixed dorm has access to a well-sized upstairs balcony, which makes for a refreshing change from being cooped up in a dorm room.
Since we last stayed here, the bed rate has jumped up by a few bucks, but it now includes towel rental, ear plugs, a lock, print out of any travel documents you might need like your airline ticket, two hours of bike or scooter rental (reserve in advance), and a load of laundry -- a good deal. You can also use the showers after check out time.
Bathrooms are shared and, as with the rest of the hostel, are spotless and offer more room than we’d come to expect in a Singapore hostel — the showers are positively spacious.
As far as common area is concerned, a compact downstairs area hosts a lounge, flatscreen TV and simple cooking facilities. A row of internet access terminals along the hallway isn’t the most comfortable spot to write the Communist Manifesto, but has plenty enough space to check email. These terminals back onto a noticeboard with typical tourist information useful for first-time visitors to Singapore, though we also found the staff to be very helpful with advice on activities and locations in the area too.
While we’re on the topic of staff, we actually accidentally stayed here. We were on the way to another nearby hostel, spied here and dropped in for a quick look. We found Lee at the front desk so friendly and chatty we decided to stay here instead of the place up the road. You’ll find exceptionally friendly and enthusiastic staff at Fisher BnB.
Location wise, you’re within a 10-minute-walk of Little India, and it’s 20 minutes to Kampong Glam. The hostel is roughly equidistant between Farrer Park and Lavender SMRT stations, each of which are about 15 minutes away on foot. While the excellent Lavender Food Square Centre has now closed, there is another hawker centre straight across the road. A few doors down the relatively new Druggists delivers on some excellent craft brew, while for coffee-seekers, the outstanding Chye Seng Huat Hardware Cafe is just 50 metres away around the corner.
If you don’t mind the short SMRT run into the centre of town and the eclectic setting, FisherBnB is an outstanding choice. Double thumbs up!
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 19th May, 2016.