I love travelling backpacking, though I must admit my health is not as resilient as it was few years back. I used to be able to go without sleep for days, and shop for 14 hours straight (with food, but eaten on the go!). Now? 1 hour & I’m complaining & badly in need of a drink & a comfy sofa.
I just recovered from fever, after 14 straight hours of sleep. Thank god for a nice clean hostel and its pretty convenient location.
Prince of Wales Backpackers’ Hostel & Pub, (yes you read right, it’s a pub downstairs!) is in the Little India district and a mere 5mins light walk from the Little India (duh, what else?) MRT station.
While the name “Little India” doesn’t quite instill confidence in some, bear in mind that I would only consent to staying in Little India in SINGAPORE. Not anyway else.
Do check out my previous post HERE on Little India in the mornings, Tekka Centre & it’s Indian food.
Little India is a hustle & bustle of activity after 11am til late evening.
I’m not too sure what is this Malay couple trying to do. Wedding shot in Little India?? 1Singapore? LOL. ;-)
Romantic hor?? Amidst all the “GREENS”…
The entrance to the hostel is via the pub downstairs. It is very nice and doesn’t reek of overnight beers and cigarette smoke when I checked in that morning.
They even have a Berg Hamburger joint here. Operating hours 12pm til late. Too bad room service ain’t allowed. ;-)
Berg Hamburger’s kitchen.
There are a shelf full of books for rent. Free wifi, free breakfast, clean linens, pillow case and hot shower & special rate of SGD5 for beers comes with your accomodation. Seriously, if you are not fussy, there isn’t much to complain about staying here!
The dorms and rooms are located upstairs. I took the dormitory package so I am only able to show you here how’s that’s like. Prince of Wales Backpackers’ Hostel has single and double rooms too (for different rates of course).
Told you there’s aircon! It’s on from 9pm to 8am in the morning.
The fans operates throughout the day & night. Thus, it was very very breezy and cooling in the afternoons. Likewise, it ensures proper ventilation in the entire dorm. There were no issues of unpleasant odours or anything of that sort ;-) .
Right inside the dormitory, shelves are provided for storing your stuffs, (or you could put it on your bed, beside your bed etc) and lockers (rentable) for storing your valuables. I kept my laptop in one of those and was pretty happy that I didn’t have to lug it around with me while I was shopping! There are 2 types of lockers – one that cost SGD1 (in coin) per time or SGD5 for a locker that uses a key and can be used during the entire duration of your stay.
A laptop is also provided in the dorm (it is on the red desk besides the locker in the pic below), Wifi-ed of course, and sharable for the dorm users.
The utility area is downstairs at the back of the pub. Again. it’s a shared concept. It”s pretty equipped with hot showers, toilet paper, hand papers (all stocked at all times) and most importantly, it is CLEAN at all times of the day, even at night when the pub is packed.
There’s more! I told you this place rocks right? :yes:
Below is the open air area right besides the pub. This is where we have our breakfast in the morning & also a place to chill with your laptop, read the papers, do your laundry (yup, washing machines are available & payable of course) etc. Cooling and breezy and CLEAN.
Breakfast consisted of free flow coffee & tea, fruits (watermelon & honeydew), white bread, butter, jam, marmite and eggs. Below pic: You’ll have to cook your own eggs though. Salt and pepper is provided ;-)
ps: The washing machine is here.
Someone burnt his eggs! LOL. :-)
There are some who cooked their eggs very well of course. I saw some fluffy scrambled & perfect bull-eyes eggs ;-)
Then you are supposed to wash after yourself. The pan, the mug and the utensils you used for breakfast. Yup, backpackers style living. Think you can do it?
The pool table, (SGD2 per game) is available in the evenings til late night.
So yeah, not a bad choice for cheap accomodation in Singapore right? I think I’ll be staying here more often from now on!
Contact: Prince of Wales Backpackers’ Hostel & Pub, Little India, Singapore
And the price of my dorm? SGD18/night. Check in at 9am. Check out 11am.