From the nightly laser light shows, the urban retro design, and the spotless sidewalks, Singapore seems like a city from the future.
I recently visited Singapore on my backpacking trip through Southeast Asia, and can say it’s one of the most surreal cities I’ve ever been to in my life. I visited nature reserves, an island, and futuristic parks with glamorous light displays.
During my time in Singapore, I was lucky enough to stay at 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay Hostel, a boutique budget hostel chain in Singapore.
I can’t recommend 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay enough. First of all, the hostel is along the Singapore River and in an ideal location near the Clarke Quay and Raffles Place Interchange MRT stop. I was lucky enough to have the perfect view of the Singapore River right from my dorm room window.
The famous Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay, the National Library, Merlion Statue, Bugis Street, and Chinatown are all within walking distance from 5footway.inn. Little India is only a few stops away on the metro. It’s also very easy to get to from the airport via the metro.
From the rooftop terrace at 5footway.inn, guests sit quietly sipping their coffee, which is free throughout the entire day, and gaze at the boats that float peacefully along the river. The rooftop terrace was one of my favorite parts about the hostel.
I immediately felt at home every time I walked upstairs. It’s cozy and decorated with retro pictures, tethered books, and chairs and a couch for optimal relaxation.
The restaurants within footsteps from the 5footway.inn offer visitors more than enough choices of different delicacies to choose from. And for those on a budget, Maxwell Market, which serves cheap food for around $3 Singapore Dollars is only a 20 minute walk away, while Chinatown is even closer.
Upon arrival at 5footway.inn, I received a free Android smart phone to use as I please. Every guest receives one complimentary phone to use during their stay, to make traveling around the city that much easier. This was the perfect addition considering I don’t have a SIM card and my iPhone loves to die at the most inopportune times. Guests can use the phone to make phone calls, find restaurants to eat at, and even book tickets for nearby attractions. You’ll have your own phone number where your family and friends back home can reach you.
The fact that the hostel put the time and effort in to help their guests with something as simple as this phone shows how important their guests are to them.
The staff members are also incredibly friendly. Reception is open 24/7, which is ideal for those of you arriving late or checking out early. The staff members are also eager to help and will answer any question you may have. Guests can also book tours through reception, which is really helpful.
For guests traveling without a laptop, two Apple computers are available for use in the lobby.
Everything feels new and clean. The bathrooms are constantly getting washed, and I never had to wait for a shower (there are plenty of stalls). The water temperature gets very hot, and the pressure is unbelievably strong.
5footway.inn is also very secure. Guests need a key card to enter the building, then to enter their room, and then to get into their locker. I always felt safe and never worried about my things while I was roaming the city. The beds are comfortable and come with your own light. Each room has air conditioning, which is such a nice thing to come back to after spending the day in the heat.
Guests also get free breakfast, which includes apples, cereal, and toast with peanut butter and other condiments.
Did I mention peanut butter?
There’s a coffee machine, which is free to use all day, and free water! All of these extra facilities at 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay are wonderful, especially for backpackers on a budget. They even have free Milo (hot chocolate), which I was more than excited to find out about!
Dorm rooms start around $20 a night, while privates start around $44 a night. The price is exceptional, especially for what you receive in return and for being in the expensive city of Singapore.
They also have multiple locations around the city; two in Chinatown, one on South Bridge Road, and one near Bugis street (this location has designer rooms). They also have a location in Macau, in the heart of Ponte 16, directly on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Staying at 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay made my time in Singapore that much better. I was always happy to return back to the hostel after a long day exploring the city. I’m definitely going to stay at 5footway.inn again when I return to Singapore!
Thank you so much 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay for the hosted stay! I am so incredibly happy I was able to stay with you and highly recommend your hostel to anyone looking to visit Singapore! As always, all opinions are my own.