Sunday, 2 March 2014

Travel: Shophouse The.Social.Hostel (Singapore)


About Shophouse The Social Hostel
Singapore's first indie boutique hostel, the Shophouse The Social Hostel puts up clean, refurbished rooms housed in a beautiful conservation building that is unique to South-East Asia. Shophouse lies along Arab Street, an area famous for its heady mix of culture, arts, dining and fashion.

Location
Located at Arab Street, Singapore. Nearest MRT is at Bugis (700 metres) or Nicoll Highway (600 metres).



Facilities
  • Fully Air Conditioned Rooms
  • Free Light Basic Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi and Computer Terminals
  • Personal Reading Lights and Electrical Sockets
  • Individual Lockers
  • Free Hair and Body Shampoo
  • Firm Fibre Pillows and Comfortable Quilts
  • Free Ear Plugs
  • Rooftop Lounge and Terrace Area
  • Luggage Storage
  • CCTV Security and Room Key Card Access

Others: Bath towel rental at SGD$2.

My Stay
Made my booking at the Shophouse The Social Hostel, Singapore thru Wego.com redirected to Agoda.com for a 1 night stay in Singapore. Wego.com provides the best comparison of price from popular hotel booking platform.

This trip was to run in 2XU Compression Run 2014 Singapore which held at Republic Avenue, very close by to Nicoll Highway. The hostel was located less than 1KM away from the race venue.

Reached and checked-in at the hostel around 9pm  after 4 - 5 hours journey from Kuala Lumpur. Check-in was fast by nice and friendly hostel employee. A refundable deposit of SGD$10 was required for key-card upon checking-in. Key-card works for the room and its main-door. Before leaving the counter, a clear hostel rules and available facilities were explained by the employee.

I was staying in a 16 bed mixed dorm. Making friends was not a problem since I am used with hostel / dorm ethics. Luckily for me, my dorm-mates were all running in the same race event.

Getting food and public transport from this hostel are very convenient. Tons of 'halal' restaurants and close to shopping area.

Important note: Check-in counter is located inside the a cafe. Keep an eye for the hostel signage outside the shop building. You can refer the below image.


Main Entrance (Check-In)

Below some photos from my iPhone5.


Main Entrance (Check-In)
Singage
Hostel Rules and Regulations
Dormitory 
Dormitory 
Dormitory 
The hostel do not have any parking facility. You will need to find a public parking area if you are planning to drive your vehicle. Smoking within the area is prohibited. However, you can go to the open roof top area to chill with your friends.

Checked-out the next day noon with a picture taken by the hostel personnel. A collage of past guest photos were seen at the staircase area. 


Me with my younger brother and the friendly hostel employee
Summary: Great hostel, friendly environment with very nice employees. Will definitely stay here again!

Hostel Recommendation: ★★ (5/5)

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