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Shophouse The Social Hostel Reviews

48 Arab Street, Singapore, Singapore

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351 Total Reviews
  • 76%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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We were just slightly concerned about the security because it seems like residents/staff of the hostel are quite happy to open the doors for anyone.

  • 28th Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This is more of a bunch of rooms above a cafe. Not much hostel atmosphere. There is a roof top terrace, but there was never anyone up there. A bit disappointing when I was expecting a bohemian art house style hostel. But it was clean and well located


Didn't like this hostel. The WiFi didn't work for the entirety of my staystay and the bathrooms were very cramped and didn't seem very clean. Shower hot water was unreliable. There was zero atmosphere during the stay I had and the whole place just seemed rather tired and dirty. Staff were friendly and the location is good. Many better options out there for the same price.


There's nothing I don't like about this hostel! The staffs welcome you with such a warm service. The only thing that needs a bit of improvement: the bed on 22J was a bit hard, kinda smashed down I think. :) Apart from that, it's COOL!

  • 7th Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Indonesia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Sall good


Staff were amazing- so friendly and helpful! The hostel was great and they even threw a Halloween party on the night we arrived so it was a very social place. Rooms are good and worth the money! Recommend a night here during your trip to Singapore!


Booked 2 beds in 12-bed female dorm in No-Man's-Land floor. But it happened that we saw one guy standing in front of 8-bed female dorm when we opened the door, AT NIGHT. We are not that happy since it supposed to be No Man's Land.


Staff were very helpful. However no social environment, wouldn't recommend for travellers Air con was poor, my entire room couldn't sleep as it was so hot! Rooms had damp and didn't look like the photos at all, I was quite disappointed


Nice and friendly employees. Breakfast is included and the facilities are clean.


I think it would be better to have more lights in the room, the breakfast should serve earlier than 8:30am. Other than that all is good!


“It was a good stay. But I found a bed bug in my bed, and when to get breakfast in the morning, since I woke up late, I wasn't able to find dishes or cups, or something to put in the bread (I only found clean cups after finishing eating, cause someone showed me where I could wash my hands - in the sink).”


Located above a café with interesting shops and eateries nearby. Given keycard (door) and key (locker). Clean and comfy. Breakfast is the usual offering of bread and cereal. Good value stay.


Security and location excellent, can't fault it. Sheff generally smiley and helpful. But, there's no atmosphere for a 'social hostel'. Very small communal space and other guests were unfriendly (this isn't the hostels fault though), people talking loudly in dorms way past midnight, generally bad vibes. But we might just have picked a bad week to come. Average cleanliness and facilities. I'd stay here again and just hope for a better vibe. Attached cafe is nice.


Excellent location, lovely staff.....will certainly stay here again!!


I wish there had been at least one toilet that didn't double as the shower on the same floor as our room. Breakfast very basic, but all in all a cute hostel. I felt safe here. Wifi worked well. Big lockers and beds did not creak. No lockout time. Kind of a small space in general, but it works!


Great location, in a cool neighborhood and nearby to the metro. Hostel has rooftop terrace and great AC.


The staff didn't seem very with it, and no-one offered to help me drag my suitcase up the stairs when I arrived. The hostel does have a nice atmosphere, with comfy beds but the showers were annoying as there was no-where to keep anything dry in the toilet/ shower cubicle.


Nice hostel, showers a bit grim. Good breakfast!


It is my first hostel in Asia... I still remember the good atmosphere is the cafe on ground floor and nice view from the rooftop... However, the location is a little far from MRT. In conclusion, I really enjoy these few days there xxx


Staff members were polite and the hostel was pretty cool and quirky. A little bit expensive but so is the whole of Singapore!

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