Unique backpacker hostels in Chinatown

If you are coming to Singapore, then you must certainly live in Chinatown. Chinatown is home to great food, places and culture. Chinatown first got its name as it was the allocated place for Chinese merchants and coolies in the 19th century, by Sir Stamford Raffles. The place used to house Chinese coolies who lived in cramp environment within the shop houses. These shophouses usually stank as 10 coolies would have to squeeze within the shophouses. But thankfully, tourists no longer have to endure the foul smell ever since Singapore gained its independence in 1965. But today, tourists can still view these shophouses and soak in the local culture by staying in the cultural enclave itself.

It is centrally located which makes the perfect base for travelers to explore Singapore from there on. One gets to enjoy the proximity of the many exciting points of interest such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, bespoke bars and Singapore’s mouth-watering hawker centres. Chinatown offers a wide variety of accommodations but why not stay at some of the most unique backpacker lodgings like no others.

1. Adler Hostel & Coffee Bar in Chinatown

Source: Adler’s Hostel Facebook


Source: Adler Hostel’s Facebook


Female Dormitory

USAtoday has included this luxury hostel in the list of “World’s Number 8 Poshtel”, with good reason. Adler hostel is Singapore’s first luxury hostel that combines the comfort and chic design of a boutique hotel with the price and sensibilities of a hostel. Founded by a Singaporean, every piece of the hostel’s furniture is handpicked or designed by Adler himself, preserving an authentic colonial atmosphere inside and outside. Situated within a conserved heritage shophouse, the hostel offers 2 cabins with differently themed dorm rooms – Ivory, Chamber, Vault and more. Adler hostel represents and embodies unparalleled comfort and sophistication throughout its extensive amenities like feather-down pillows, mood lighting, complimentary freshly brewed coffee and an assortment of different tea bags. Adler Hostel & Coffee Bar is a top choice for travellers looking for a wholesome good hostel experience.

Address: 259 South Bridge Road Singapore, 058808

Price: From $67/ night

Website: https://www.adlerhostel.com/

2. 5footway.inn Project Chinatown 

5Foot Inn


Complimentary use of iMac computer


Automatic Check In counter


Standard triple room

Outdoor Terrace

Designed for modern travelers and modern travellers alone, 5footway.inn has come a long way and it is now a hostel chain that never lose sight of its vision; accommodation that embraces privacy, comfort, high-tech facilities and affordability. 5 footway.inn Project Chinatown 1 is one of the 4 boutique hostels that embraces Singapore’s rich culture and heritage. Guest will get to experience staying in a historic shophouse with the all white colonial-influenced dormitory rooms. The hostel houses a cosy lounge and outdoor terrace where guests can mingle around or chill the night away.

Address: 63 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059222

Price: From $43 onwards

Website: https://5footwayinn.com/project-chinatown


3. MET A Space Pod @ Chinatown

Met a Space Pod


The pod comes with a personal TV fitting

Clean and minimal interior styling

Shout out to all the space/futuristic lovers! MET A Space Pod is a spaced-themed accommodation that offers an out of this world experience. One can assimilate the experience of sleeping in a spaceship with the experience enhanced with complimentary Wi-Fi, foldable table and a flat-screen television. MET even went the extra mile to make each pod equipped with a control panel so that guests are able to change the air-conditioner and light settings with a simple swipe of touch buttons. Privacy is definitely not neglected here at MET as a solid door is in place for absolute privacy and security which can only be activated with a key card. Spend the night in outer space and wake up to a complimentary breakfast served everyday!

Address: 46B Smith Street, Singapore 058956

Price: From $70 onwards

Website: https://metaspacepod.com.sg/chinatown/


4.Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel in Chinatown

Capsule Pod Hotel

Dormitory Room

Family Room

Common Area

Outdoor Terrace

Hard to miss, Capsule Pod Boutique Hotel is a lively backpacker’s haven planted within a bright red building. This boutique hostel offers not only mixed and female-only dormitory pods, family room is also available to cater to the needs of families travelling with children. Luxurious 300 cotton-thread count sateen cotton sheets and a fluffy duvet are provided for an essential good night sleep. Do make sure you venture out to the rooftop terrace to treat yourself with the view.

Address: 38 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058341

Price: From $33 onwards

Website: https://www.capsulepod.sg/

5.Eighteen By Three Cabins in Chinatown

Check in lobby

Common Area

Bunk Cabin

Loft Cabin

Even though Eighteen By Three Cabins is technically in Tanjong Pagar area, we had to add it to the list because it’s a one of a kind hostel that most will surely love (and it is only a 9 mins walk away from Chinatown MRT station). Fairly new, Eighteen By Three Cabins was introduced in 2017 and it branded itself as a premium hostel targeted to budget-conscious yet discerning business or leisure travellers. As the name suggests, there are 18 contemporary designed cabins tucked in a refurbished shophouse. This cosy and affordable hostel has everything you need – towels, basic amenities, breakfast, snacks, luggage storage and more.

Address: 3 Stanley Street, Singapore 068722

Price: From $60 onwards

Website: http://www.18by3.com

Beyond just living in this culturally rich area, you can also take a walk around Chinatown with our Chinatown walking trail by downloading our FREE walking trail app.

Now you can explore Chinatown through street arts in our newly launched Yip Yew Chong Street Art Trail. You also get reward coupons to enjoy up at least $40 worth of vouchers.


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