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Betel Box Backpacker Hostel Reviews

200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore, Singapore

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853 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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lovely place, good breakfast, great location....wifi is only accessible by common dining area....


Very helpful and friendly staff, good location for yummy local food. Facilities are limited, no bar or good socialising areas. They have a pool table but it was being used as a storage shelf...


Very good hostel for quite a cheap price. I recommend it :)


Value for money and the place has a village atmosphere in the city of Singapore.

  • 13th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


great place to be, had a quietly very pleasant atmosphere


Possesses what you need in a hostel, clean beds, good showers etc. but lacks a real atmosphere that you may find closer to the centre of Singapore. We picked it for its proximity to the airport (only a $13 taxi) and was exactly what we needed, but I wouldn't have stayed there longer were we looking to properly explore Singapore

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Guests stayed in Singapore for just one night. While we are not a party hostel; we cater to true travellers looking to experience the real Singapore. Full house during their stay and had guests from over 10 different countries.


Really a great place. So many facilities !!! Big and pleasant common area. It is the first time I visit an hostel with a deal with a fitness center close to the hostel, very good idea !!!


Very pleasant place. Clean, airy dorm room with good AC. Most staff helpful. Lots to entertain yourself with in common area.


Very well run.


Excellent atmosphere. I like its cozy environment which is lobby area and I extended my stay with Betel Box.


The only drawback is the location. If access to Betel Box from Paya Lebar MRT. It takes up more than 20min to reach. However, it is wise to take Bus 33 from MRT station like Clarke Quay, Bugis, Lavender or Kallang to Bus Stop of 82151, Bef Joo Chiat Pl (21.8km from bus reader). This will be close to the hostel. Just like HOME to everyone, simple breakfast come with various jam, serve with fruits, and you can make your drinks ANYTIME. Spacious lobby, stayed in spacious 20 bed dorm, great service.


Including fruits (bananas, oranges and apples) in the breakfast is a plus, I liked it. The think I did not like is that we can use hostel's computers only 30 mins. for free. And if we want more time we have to pay 1 SGD every 30 mins.

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Computers are meant to be shared with everyone which is why its only free S$1 per half an hour. Wifi is totally free all the time.


Nice place. However hostel stays in Singapore are not the same as the rest of SE Asia. People stay in them and then go to work etc. So it's a completely different vibe. Also I stayed in a 20 person dorm and was the only female. This was fine but bring earplugs - lots of snoring!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Investigation done. Hostel was almost full during her stay. Her room has 5 other ladies staying. Only 2 guests in her dorm were working. Guest only stayed for 1 night.


Had an enjoyable experience at this hostel. Only thing that brings down the rating was location. The hostel is just too far from the city centre, and a 15 minute walk to the closest MRT station. Everything else was great.


The staff were amazing. Couldn't help you enough. The food tour was the highlight of our Singapore holiday. It was a walking tour mixed with history, culture and tons of food. A must do!


Great overall experience! I need I be close to the airport so so perfect! Staff were every friendly!


Excellent location if you're looking to get out beyond the touristy downtown - Joo Chiat is a really interesting and beautiful part of Singapore. Staff were very friendly and check-in/out was efficient. Beds were super comfortable for bunks, common area played great music and it was easy to meet people. This hostel deserves a higher rating.


Staff was so friendly an helpful, he even prepared breakfast foods for me before the official breakfast hours because I had to leave very early.


Good staff, thanks a lot.


This hostel was comfortable. Singapore is expensive. The location is definitely off the beaten path. However its a good neighborhood with great food. You're about a 20 minute walk from the MRT. The atmosphere is mixed. There were several businessmen and students - not a ton of backpackers to meet. The large dorm had too many people for just one bathroom. It was very loud. Still for the money - this is a good deal in Singapore.

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