“ Address: 624 Serangoon Rd / Singapore 218223 „
The Hive Backpackers' Hostel is easy to find on Serangoon Road, not far out of the centre of town, and an easy metro ride away. If you make your reservation directly with the hostel, they will tell you how to get there - as soon as you come out of the metro station it's directly across the field in front of you and you can't possibly miss it because it's a big pink building! Checking in was quick and easy and they showed us up to our room. They didn't have any double rooms available when we booked so we had to have a twin room. This was quite basic with just two beds on each side of the room and a small table in between them. However, the rooms are painted nice and bright colours which makes it feel a lot more warm and welcoming. Our room was facing onto the main road which does get very busy and so traffic can be noisy but the windows easily drowned out the noise when we shut them and the air conditioner kept us cool. The covers on the bed were wool with holes all through them, obviously to keep you cool, but I found that these were quite itchy and preferred to sleep with just a sheet. The room was a little dirty and no one ever came in to clean up. This didn't bother us too much though as we were only here for 3 nights and only came back to the hostel to sleep late at night and left early in the mornings. We had a nice and clean communal bathroom which we shared with 2 or 3 other rooms so there was no problem getting in there when we needed to. We were happy with our twin room until we got a peek of a double room through another door which looked so much nicer so it's a shame we couldn't have had this. The communal area was great. A huge room where the reception is, there are about 8 computers with free internet and wireless access. Because there are so many computers you're not left waiting for long to get on one and internet speed is good although uploading photos takes quite a while. There's also a big sofa and cable TV and a lot of information leaflets about things to do Singapore. Breakfast is free but this only includes toast and jams, juices and hot drinks and they only have two toasters so you might have to wait in line to get yours. We found that people didn't really talk to others here and just kept themselves to themselves. There was a big group of Indian men all in their 30s/40s who were staying in the hostel which I found a bit weird - they never seemed to leave and go outside! The hostel is quite big and there are many different entrances to get into different rooms each with their own security system. Dorm rooms are S$20 (£9), twin rooms are S$50 (£24) and doubles are S$42 (£20) - a bit strange that twins are more than doubles! Costs are a few dollars more if you want your own bathroom. The hostel is right down the road, about a 15 minute walk, from the bus station where you can get buses that take you into Malaysia. Although the staff were friendly and helpful, when we checked out and paid there was only a young girl on reception who said she couldn't give us our discount with our VIP cards as she didn't know how to do it and the manager wasn't around, which, although this would only have saved us a few dollars, every penny counts when you're travelling for a while, so it was a bit of a pain. Generally, the hostel was fine for our stay and the communal area with all the computers definitely made it a lot better. I'd definitely stay in a double if I went again though.