The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php (Part 2)

London lodgings are expensive — even Sherlock needed someone to go halves with him on 221B! — but these 15 hostels strike a good balance between comfort, location, and most of all, price. Here are 15 London hostels with beds less than PHP 1,500 ($33/£23).

This is Part 2 of The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php. (The list is in alphabetical order.) Please see Part 1 for the first 8 accommodations, and read until the end of the post to see a summary of the best hostels, as well as my personal pick.
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The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php

London lodgings are expensive — even Sherlock needed someone to go halves with him on 221B! — but these 15 hostels strike a good balance between comfort, location, and most of all, price. Here are 15 London hostels with beds less than PHP 1,500 ($33/£23).
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“What are you up to now?”

“Looking for lodgings,” I answered. “Trying to solve the problem as to whether it is possible to get comfortable rooms at a reasonable price.”

It was Dr. Watson who actually said that — in a conversation in the beginning of A Study in Scarlet with Stamford, his medical colleague who introduced him later that day to Sherlock Holmes — but Watson might as well have been talking about what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been trying to put together a budget trip to London — not for me, for a challenge — and it’s been, well, a challenge. When my sister and I went to London last year, we were incredibly lucky because a high school friend invited us to stay in his flat. (Thank you Rey and Adam!) Unfortunately, not everyone has friends or family in London, so I set out to find lodgings within a Pinoy backpacker’s budget.

Here’s what I did:

  • I ran a search in Booking.com for accommodations in London (I used my birthday as a sample booking date) and filtered the results to reflect only those properties that had a rating of 7 (Good) or higher. I then sorted the results from lowest to highest price. All rates under PHP 1,500 were for beds in hostel rooms that accommodated anywhere from 6 to 33 people per room — but none of us were exactly expecting a suite at The Goring for that price, right?
  • I cross-checked the Booking.com ratings with each hostel’s rating and ranking at TripAdvisor.
  • Finally, I opened Google Maps and determined the distance of each shortlisted hostel to its nearest Tube/rail station.

So here it is: my 15 under 1500, in alphabetical order. A summary of the best hostels in each category — price, ratings, distance to Tube, etc. — as well the hostel I would personally choose to stay in if I were to go to London right now are at the end of the post.

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Where to stay in Bangkok: On8 Sukhumvit

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The first time I went to Bangkok, way back 2005, my family and I stayed at First House Hotel. We stayed in adjoining twin rooms so we had more than enough space, and we loved their buffet breakfast. First House was also just across the road from Pantip Plaza — we didn’t buy any electronics, but we did eat at their food court, and one time the dish I ordered was so spicy, I downed my entire glass of Coke after just one bite. My proudest moment of that vacation was when, on our way back to the hotel after a day of sightseeing, the taxi driver had difficulty ascertaining where, exactly, First House Hotel was, and I confidently said, “Petchaburi, soi sip-gao.” #IKnowThai 😀

My second visit to Bangkok was in 2008; I was with a friend and we thought we’d try a hostel in Khaosan Road, for the experience. The Marco Polo — that was where we stayed. The name sounded reputable enough but, well, we wanted an experience and we got it. Our room was directly above a nightclub and the wooden walls shook all night (like, literally) from the noise. The walls were graffitied with stuff like “Free Tibet” (really made a difference to the well-being of Tibet, I’m sure), the sheets didn’t feel too clean (inadequate lighting made proper investigation impossible), and we woke up the next morning quite itchy (rendering proper investigation unnecessary). Thank God we were only booked there for one night.

Third time’s the charm

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My third and latest visit was in 2012, again with my family. This time we stayed at On8 Sukhumvit, a boutique hotel that we chose primarily for its proximity to a BTS (Skytrain) station, and we were quite happy with it. Their rooms were nice, if a bit small, and had proper amenities.
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Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: The Summary

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It’s challenging enough to put together “cheap”, “comfortable” and “Singapore” in one sentence, but when you’re looking for ideal 3-night accommodations for a family of 5 — 4 adults and 1 toddler — you ought to know you’re taking “challenging” to a whole new level.

Ideal, of course, is a matter of preference. For our particular party of 5, the perfect lodgings would have had these specs:

  • A spacious family room or 2 connecting rooms
  • En suite bathrooms
  • Located in a central, interesting, respectable neighborhood
  • 5 minutes or less walking distance to MRT
  • Free breakfast, preferably buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool and play area for kids
  • Good reviews from previous guests
  • Cheap

(Yeah, that last one blew the bubble.)

Cheapos can’t be choosers, I suppose, but I also think that some amenities are worth paying more for. With that in mind, I spent the better part of a week scouring Booking.com, Airbnb, other hotel booking engines, various hotel websites, and Google Maps in search of a happy medium. Here’s what I got.

The Short Lists

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For a detailed comparison of hostels/inns, budget hotels, and apartments/houses, read:

My Picks

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Here’s an overview of my favorites (note that the prices here are already for 3 nights):
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You can simply click on the name of the hotel/hostel/property above to be taken to its booking page. See the “Top Ten” section below (you can skip the italic “Notes” part if you want) to learn why these accommodations made it to the short list.

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Notes:

  • Search parameters:
    • 4 adults, 1 child
    • 1 room or 2 rooms
    • 3 nights (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in November
  • Distance to nearest MRT was obtained through the Directions feature of Google Maps. Allow for a variance of a few meters, since the actual exits of a train station might not be in the exact spot marked in Google Maps.
  • Many Airbnb properties have no ratings, so I noted instead the amenities offered: B – Breakfast | W – WiFi | P – Pool.
  • To get the average rating, I converted the Booking.com score into percentage, added it to the TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14), and divided by two. Although these ratings give you an idea of quality, do remember that what’s acceptable or essential for one person might not be acceptable or essential for another. Before you go ahead and book, it would be best for you to read the actual comments/reviews from previous guests.
  • Exclusion Criteria — Places that met any of these conditions were automatically excluded from consideration:
    • Less than 50% average rating;
    • Extremely negative reviews in TripAdvisor or Booking.com, even though the average ratings were acceptable;
    • Rooms that we would have to share with strangers, e.g., 12-bed dorm rooms;
    • Total price of over PHP 22,000 for hostels and over PHP 30,000 for hotels and Airbnb.
    • Since I used Booking.com to do the preliminary search, places that were not available during the dates I entered were not included in the subsequent evaluation.

Top Ten

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Among the short-listed hostels/inns, Footprints Hostel is the only one that has an ensuite bathroom, while the Blanc Inn seems to be tops in aesthetics and maximization of available space. Both Joyfor and Gusti Bed & Breakfast are consistently well-reviewed and a walkable distance away from the MRT.

Fragrance Hotel Ruby is one of the cheapest in the budget hotels category and is reasonably well-reviewed. Santa Grand Hotel Bugis costs much more but offers a buffet breakfast — always a good thing — and a pool. The Strand Hotel is the most expensive, but its family room can accommodate 5 persons, the breakfast sounds filling, it’s a stone’s throw away from the Bras Basah (CC2) exit, and the busy Dhoby Ghaut interchange is nearby as well.

If you’re after a “home away from home” feel, and you’re not traveling with young kids, the 3-room apartment in Geylang is a shoo-in: it’s relatively cheap, comes with breakfast, and has a pool. Both Breezy East rooms have stellar reviews; Plumeria appears to be the bigger of the two and is thus the room of choice. The apartment in Woodleigh Close, though not cheap, ticks most of the other boxes, including the pool and playground, and seems to be the best choice for families with young children.


If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb yet, use this INVITATION — you’ll get $25 credit right off the bat, and I’ll get $25 credit when you make your first Airbnb booking. You can sign up without an invitation, of course, but you won’t get your $25 credit, so it’s really a win-win for both of us.


What will fit you best?

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In the end, it’s going to boil down to what you consider non-negotiable — whether it’s an ensuite bathroom, a central location, or something else — and what you’re willing to give up or pay more for. Set a price ceiling, then prioritize. When traveling with children, think of things like bottle sterilization, nappy changes, and sleeping space. Think of possible problems too: if there are, say, torrential rains the whole day, will you be okay with staying in? And try to remember past travels: what was it in previous hotels that you remember fondly, and what was it that you absolutely never want to experience again? When choosing accommodations, in Singapore or elsewhere, it’s best to consider not only your budget but the people you will be traveling with, your expected routine and itinerary, and the little things and comforts that will make for a memorable vacation.



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Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Airbnb Homestays

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It’s challenging enough to put together “cheap”, “comfortable” and “Singapore” in one sentence, but when you’re looking for ideal* 3-night accommodations for a family of 5 — 4 adults and 1 toddler — you ought to know you’re taking “challenging” to a whole new level. I spent the better part of a week scouring Booking.com, Airbnb, other hotel booking engines, various hotel websites, and Google Maps in search of a happy medium.

Airbnb Homestays: The Top 13

If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb yet, use this INVITATION — you’ll get $25 credit right off the bat, and I’ll get $25 credit when you make your first Airbnb booking. You can sign up without an invitation, of course, but you won’t get your $25 credit, so it’s really a win-win for both of us.*

For a home-away-from-home feel, nothing beats “borrowing” a local’s house, apartment, or room, though you’ll have to pay dearly for the privilege. Many Airbnb hosts will let you cook your own meals, give you the sort of tips that only locals can give, and even lend you stored-value cards for navigating the public transport system. Here’s a quick comparison of the Airbnb properties I short-listed from my search.

(For a detailed comparison of suitable hostels/inns and budget hotels, check out: Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Private Rooms in Hostels/Inns | Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Budget Hotels)

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Notes:

  • Search parameters:
    • 4 adults, 1 child
    • 1 room or 2 rooms
    • 3 nights (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in November
  • Walking time to nearest MRT is as provided in the property descriptions in Airbnb.
  • Amenities:
    • B – Breakfast
    • W – WiFi
    • P – Pool
  • Exclusion Criteria — Places that met any of these conditions were automatically excluded from consideration:
    • Properties that were not marked “Family/Kid Friendly” (except for the last two properties);
    • Extremely negative reviews;
    • Total price of over PHP 30,000.
    • Since I entered specific travel dates to do the preliminary search, places that were not available during the dates I entered were not included in the subsequent evaluation.

The Details

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House in Sims Avenue East – Room 2

  • Private room / 1 room / 1 bed
  • Nightly rate: 6,333
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 21,285
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 3-4 min
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: No

House in Sims Avenue East – Room 3

  • Private room / 1 room / 1 bed
  • Nightly rate: 6,333
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 21,285
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 3-4 min
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: No

House in Sims Avenue East – Room 1

  • Private room / 1 room / 3 beds
  • Nightly rate: 7,168
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 24,099
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 3-4 min
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: No

Apartment in Normanton Park

  • Private room / 1 room / 2 beds
  • Nightly rate: 7,212
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 24,231
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 10 min
  • Breakfast: No
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: Yes

2-Room Apartment in Woodleigh Close

  • Entire home / 2 rooms / 5 beds
  • Nightly rate: 7,740
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 25,990
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 3-5 min
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: Yes

The Breezy East “Plumeria”

  • Private room / 1 room / 3 beds
  • Nightly rate: 7,916
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 26,606
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 3 min
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: No

The Breezy East “Leopard”

  • Private room / 1 room / bed + sofa + ottoman
  • Nightly rate: 7,916
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 26,606
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 3 min
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: No

Lucky Plaza Apartment – Room 9C

  • Private room / 1 room / 3 beds
  • Nightly rate: 8,795
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 29,552
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 5 min
  • Breakfast: No
  • WiFi: No
  • Pool: No

Lucky Plaza Apartment – Room 10B

  • Private room / 1 room / 3 beds
  • Nightly rate: 8,795
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 29,552
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 5 min
  • Breakfast: No
  • WiFi: No
  • Pool: No

Lucky Plaza Apartment – Room 10C

  • Private room / 1 room / 3 beds
  • Nightly rate: 8,795
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 29,552
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 5 min
  • Breakfast: No
  • WiFi: No
  • Pool: No

Lucky Plaza Apartment – Room 23C

  • Private room / 1 room / 2 beds
  • Nightly rate: 8,795
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 29,552
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 5 min
  • Breakfast: No
  • WiFi: No
  • Pool: No

These two apartments don’t accept kids but are great options otherwise:

3-Room Apartment in Geylang

  • Entire home / 3 rooms / 3 beds
  • Nightly rate: 5,497
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 20,405
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 10 min
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: Yes

Apartment in Owen Road

  • Entire home / 1 room / 2 beds
  • Nightly rate: 6,860
  • Total Price for 3 nights, 5 guests: 23,044
  • Walking time to nearest MRT station: 5 min
  • Breakfast: No
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Pool: Yes

My Favorites

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If you’re NOT traveling with young kids, the 3-room apartment in Geylang is a shoo-in: it’s relatively cheap, comes with breakfast, and has a pool. Both Breezy East rooms have stellar reviews; Plumeria appears to be the bigger of the two and is thus the room of choice. The apartment in Woodleigh Close, though not cheap, ticks most of the other boxes, including the pool and playground, and seems to be the best choice for families with young children.

In the end, it’s going to boil down to what you consider non-negotiable — whether it’s an en suite bathroom, a central location, or something else — and what you’re willing to give up or pay more for. Set a price ceiling, then prioritize. When traveling with children, think of things like bottle sterilization, nappy changes, and sleeping space. Think of possible problems too: if there are, say, torrential rains the whole day, will you be okay with staying in? And try to remember past travels: what was it in previous hotels that you remember fondly, and what was it that you absolutely never want to experience again? When choosing accommodations, in Singapore or elsewhere, it’s best to consider not only your budget but the people you will be traveling with, your expected routine and itinerary, and the little things and comforts that will make for a memorable vacation.

If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb yet, use this INVITATION — you’ll get $25 credit right off the bat, and I’ll get $25 credit when you make your first Airbnb booking. You can sign up without an invitation, of course, but you won’t get your $25 credit, so it’s really a win-win for both of us.

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Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Airbnb Homestays” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 

*Ideal, of course, is a matter of preference. For our particular party of 5, the perfect lodgings would have had these specs:

  • A spacious family room or 2 connecting rooms
  • En suite bathrooms
  • Located in a central, interesting, respectable neighborhood
  • 5 minutes or less walking distance to MRT
  • Free breakfast, preferably buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool and play area for kids
  • Good reviews from previous guests
  • Cheap

(Yeah, that last one blew the bubble.)

 


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Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Budget Hotels

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It’s challenging enough to put together “cheap”, “comfortable” and “Singapore” in one sentence, but when you’re looking for ideal* 3-night accommodations for a family of 5 — 4 adults and 1 toddler — you ought to know you’re taking “challenging” to a whole new level. It’s no surprise I spent the better part of a week scouring Booking.com, Airbnb, other hotel booking engines, various hotel websites, and Google Maps in search of a happy medium.

Budget Hotels: The Top 14

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There aren’t that many hotels with triple rooms, much less family rooms that can accommodate 4 or more adults. Most of the options below consist of two rooms.

(For a detailed comparison of suitable hostels/inns and apartments/houses, check out: Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Private Rooms in Hostels/Inns | Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Airbnb Homestays)

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Notes:

  • Search parameters:
    • 4 adults, 1 child
    • 1 room or 2 rooms
    • 3 nights (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in November
  • Distance to nearest MRT was obtained through the Directions feature of Google Maps. Allow for a variance of a few meters, since the actual exits of a train station might not be in the exact spot marked in Google Maps.
  • To get the average rating, I converted the Booking.com score into percentage, added it to the TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14), and divided by two. Although these ratings give you an idea of quality, do remember that what’s acceptable or essential for one person might not be acceptable or essential for another. Before you go ahead and book, it would be best for you to read the actual comments/reviews from previous guests.
  • Exclusion Criteria — Places that met any of these conditions were automatically excluded from consideration:
    • Less than 50% average rating;
    • Extremely negative reviews in TripAdvisor or Booking.com, even though the average ratings were acceptable;
    • Total price of over PHP 30,000.
    • Since I used Booking.com to do the preliminary search, places that were not available during the dates I entered were not included in the subsequent evaluation.

The Details

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Fragrance Hotel – Balestier

  • PHP 16,190
  • 2 double rooms
  • Location: Novena / Balestier
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 1400 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 55%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.4
  • Average rating: 60%

Fragrance Hotel – Ruby

  • PHP 16,330
  • 1 family room, 1 double/twin room
  • Location: Geylang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 650 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 55%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.1
  • Average rating: 63%

Fragrance Hotel – Emerald

  • PHP 16,330
  • 1 family room, 1 double/twin room
  • Location: Geylang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 800 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 50%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.6
  • Average rating: 58%

Fragrance Hotel – Sapphire

  • PHP 16,330
  • 1 family room, 1 double room
  • Location: Geylang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 900 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 47%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.9
  • Average rating: 58%

Fragrance Hotel – Pearl

  • PHP 18,981
  • 1 family room, 1 double/twin room
  • Location: Geylang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 950 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 34%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.2
  • Average rating: 53%

Fragrance Hotel – Lavender

  • PHP 21,717
  • 2 double rooms
  • Location: Lavender/Kallang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 450 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 70%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.1
  • Average rating: 66%

Harbour Ville Hotel

  • PHP 22,406
  • 2 queen rooms
  • Location: Chinatown / Tiong Bahru
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 1500 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 45%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.5
  • Average rating: 55%

Hotel 81 Star

  • PHP 22,679
  • 1 triple room, 1 twin room
  • Location: Geylang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 750 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 50%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7
  • Average rating: 60%

Hotel 81 Sakura

  • PHP 23,167
  • 1 triple room, 1 double room
  • Location: East Coast / Katong
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 1100 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 55%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.5
  • Average rating: 60%

Asphodel Inn

  • PHP 23,376
  • 2 double rooms
  • Location: Little India
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 450 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 48%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.8
  • Average rating: 58%

Park View Hotel

  • PHP 24,393
  • 2 double/twin rooms
  • Location: Bugis
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 600 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 41%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.9
  • Average rating: 55%

Santa Grand Hotel Bugis

  • PHP 25,621
  • 2 double/twin rooms
  • Location: Bugis
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 500 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 66%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.4
  • Average rating: 70%

Aqueen Hotel Balestier

  • PHP 25,871
  • 2 double/twin rooms
  • Location: Novena / Balestier
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 1400 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 68%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.1
  • Average rating: 70%

Strand Hotel

  • PHP 29,604
  • 1 family room
  • Location: Bugis
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 250 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 66%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 6.6
  • Average rating: 66%

My Favorites

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Fragrance Hotel Ruby is one of the cheapest in the budget hotels category and is reasonably well-reviewed. Santa Grand Hotel Bugis costs much more but offers a buffet breakfast — always a good thing — and a pool. The Strand Hotel is the most expensive in this list, but its family room can accommodate 5 persons, the breakfast sounds filling, it’s a stone’s throw away from the Bras Basah (CC2) exit, and the busy Dhoby Ghaut interchange is nearby as well.

In the end, it’s going to boil down to what you consider non-negotiable — whether it’s an en suite bathroom, a central location, or something else — and what you’re willing to give up or pay more for. Set a price ceiling, then prioritize. When traveling with children, think of things like bottle sterilization, nappy changes, and sleeping space. Think of possible problems too: if there are, say, torrential rains the whole day, will you be okay with staying in? And try to remember past travels: what was it in previous hotels that you remember fondly, and what was it that you absolutely never want to experience again? When choosing accommodations, in Singapore or elsewhere, it’s best to consider not only your budget but the people you will be traveling with, your expected routine and itinerary, and the little things and comforts that will make for a memorable vacation.

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Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Budget Hotels” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 

*Ideal, of course, is a matter of preference. For our particular party of 5, the perfect lodgings would have had these specs:

  • A spacious family room or 2 connecting rooms
  • En suite bathrooms
  • Located in a central, interesting, respectable neighborhood
  • 5 minutes or less walking distance to MRT
  • Free breakfast, preferably buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool and play area for kids
  • Good reviews from previous guests
  • Cheap

(Yeah, that last one blew the bubble.)

 


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Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Private Rooms in Hostels/Inns

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It’s challenging enough to put together “cheap”, “comfortable” and “Singapore” in one sentence, but when you’re looking for ideal* 3-night accommodations for a family of 5 — 4 adults and 1 toddler — you ought to know you’re taking “challenging” to a whole new level. It’s no surprise I spent the better part of a week scouring Booking.com, Airbnb, other hotel booking engines, various hotel websites, and Google Maps in search of a happy medium.

Hostels/Inns: The Top 7

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Here’s a quick comparison of the hostels and inns I short-listed from my search. These are either private rooms or dorm rooms that you can rent exclusively for your entire party. Take note that most of these lodgings feature shared bathrooms — that means you have to go outside your room to use the bathroom, which you share with occupants of other rooms. (This isn’t too big a problem when you’re traveling by yourself but might prove to be difficult if you’re with kids and/or seniors.)

(For a detailed comparison of suitable budget hotels and apartments/houses, check out: Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Budget Hotels | Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Airbnb Homestays)

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Notes:

  • Search parameters:
    • 4 adults, 1 child
    • 1 room or 2 rooms
    • 3 nights (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in November
  • Distance to nearest MRT was obtained through the Directions feature of Google Maps. Allow for a variance of a few meters, since the actual exits of a train station might not be in the exact spot marked in Google Maps.
  • To get the average rating, I converted the Booking.com score into percentage, added it to the TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14), and divided by two. Although these ratings give you an idea of quality, do remember that what’s acceptable or essential for one person might not be acceptable or essential for another. Before you go ahead and book, it would be best for you to read the actual comments/reviews from previous guests.
  • Exclusion Criteria — Places that met any of these conditions were automatically excluded from consideration:
    • Less than 50% average rating;
    • Extremely negative reviews in TripAdvisor or Booking.com, even though the average ratings were acceptable;
    • Rooms that we would have to share with strangers, e.g., 12-bed dorm rooms;
    • Total price of over PHP 22,000.
    • Since I used Booking.com to do the preliminary search, places that were not available during the dates I entered were not included in the subsequent evaluation.

The Details

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Mitraa Inn

  • PHP 15,690
  • 1 family room (1 queen bed, 3 single beds)
  • Location: Little India
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 600 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 81%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.7
  • Average rating: 79%

Pillow Talk Hostel

  • PHP 17,584
  • 6 bunks
  • Location: Lavender/Kallang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 750 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 89%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.6
  • Average rating: 83%

Joyfor Backpackers’ Hostel

  • PHP 18,421
  • 2 double beds + 2 bunks OR 6 bunks
  • Location: Lavender/Kallang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 400 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 88%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 8.8
  • Average rating: 88%

Gusti Bed & Breakfast Singapore

  • PHP 18,840
  • 6 bunks
  • Location: Lavender/Kallang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 400 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 92%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 8.2
  • Average rating: 87%

Blanc Inn

  • PHP 20,109
  • 1 alcove, 5 beds
  • Location: Lavender/Kallang
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 850 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 82%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.4
  • Average rating: 78%

Footprints Hostel

  • PHP 20,893
  • 1 family room (6 beds, ensuite bathroom)
  • Location: Little India
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 700 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 68%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): Not found
  • Average rating: 68%

G4 Station Backpackers’ Hostel

  • PHP 21,980
  • 1 family room, 1 double room
  • Location: Bugis
  • Distance to nearest MRT station: 450 m
  • TripAdvisor rating (as of 8/9/14): 74%
  • Booking.com rating (as of 8/8/2014): 7.4
  • Average rating: 74%

My Favorites

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Among the short-listed hostels/inns, Footprints Hostel is the only one that has an en suite bathroom, while the Blanc Inn seems to be tops in aesthetics and maximization of available space. Both Joyfor and Gusti Bed & Breakfast are consistently well-reviewed and a walkable distance away from the MRT.

In the end, it’s going to boil down to what you consider non-negotiable — whether it’s an en suite bathroom, a central location, or something else — and what you’re willing to give up or pay more for. Set a price ceiling, then prioritize. When traveling with children, think of things like bottle sterilization, nappy changes, and sleeping space. Think of possible problems too: if there are, say, torrential rains the whole day, will you be okay with staying in? And try to remember past travels: what was it in previous hotels that you remember fondly, and what was it that you absolutely never want to experience again? When choosing accommodations, in Singapore or elsewhere, it’s best to consider not only your budget but the people you will be traveling with, your expected routine and itinerary, and the little things and comforts that will make for a memorable vacation.

Affordable Singapore Accommodations for a Family of 5: Private Rooms in Hostels/Inns” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 

*Ideal, of course, is a matter of preference. For our particular party of 5, the perfect lodgings would have had these specs:

  • A spacious family room or 2 connecting rooms
  • En suite bathrooms
  • Located in a central, interesting, respectable neighborhood
  • 5 minutes or less walking distance to MRT
  • Free breakfast, preferably buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool and play area for kids
  • Good reviews from previous guests
  • Cheap

(Yeah, that last one blew the bubble.)

 


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