Jul 19, 2011

Upscale Budget Accommodation In Singapore

A recent article in the Jakarta Globe states that some backpacker hostels in Singapore are going upmarket, to cater to a rising number of backpackers with bigger budgets.   Well, this isn't entirely true.   It isn't just backpackers looking for reasonably priced place to stay but businessmen and tourists as well who have been looking for a decent place to stay without having to pay an arm and a leg.

If you are looking for a hotel room in Singapore expect to pay anywhere from S$200 (US$165) to S$600 (US$493) a night.  On the high end, Singapore has some of the finest and most luxurious hotels in Southeast Asia - if not the world, but on the low end, it can be the lowest of lows.  In other words, if your idea of an "accommodation experience" is a budget hotel with hourly rates, rubber mattresses and greasy sheets then a cheap room at Hotel 81 will be right up your alley.   Trying to find a clean decent budget hotel in Singapore that is below a US$100 a night is for the most part an exercise in futility and the this is the niche that the former backpacker hostels are now starting to exploit.

The competition between Singapore's hostels is booming with many offering crisp linens, hotel mattresses, air conditioning, free movies, wifi and in some places even a free breakfast.  Urban Hostel is one of those such places and in my opinion it's one of the best, it's located only a two minute walk from Aljunied MRT station which makes everything convenient and from Changi Airport the fare is just S$1.80 to Aljunied MRT station, so you can skip taking the taxi.   Urban Hostel has both dorm rooms and private rooms - with prices starting from just S$15.00 a night - bookable online - and later when you want see the city, just hop on the MRT and you can be at Orchard road is about ten minutes.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's recently published Worldwide Cost of Living Report 2011, Singapore is now the 10th most expensive city to live in - in the world.  It can be cheaper though when you know your way around.   

Sleep on that.

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