Half hotel and half hostel, Pod Singapore is a really cool place to stay, right in the buzzing Bugis area of central Singapore.
With a nod to the famous Japanese-style capsule hotels, Pod Singapore offers each visitor a self-enclosed sleeping area complete with pull-down blind and plush linen that would not feel out of place in a classy hotel – a welcome upgrade from the cheap hostels I have been getting used to on my travels so far!
On arrival I was greeted by two super-friendly reception staff who showed me around the place (always a nice touch) and explained how the keycard would permit entry to my room and also double up as the key to my under bed storage.
The rooms were hostel-style in that there were five of us sharing a room, but as soon as you crawl into your capsule you realise this is no ordinary backpacker experience! The pods themselves are pretty spacious with a modern feel, offering a personal light and fold down table (big enough for a decent-sized laptop) plus a power socket (UK style – yes!).
Beyond the capsule
Moving outside the room, Pod Singapore offers a raft of included extras such as free buffet breakfast, free laundry facilities and even free dry cleaning. Free bottled water was also well appreciated as I hate nothing more than having to trek out to a shop when you realise you have nothing to drink at 3 in the morning! The list of amenities goes on, including free wi-fi, local telephone calls, towels, soap & shampoo and use of their “Business Centre” (though I cannot say I tried this one, sorry!)
There is a shared kitchen/reception area for socialising and making snacks but at least while I was there I found that the atmosphere of the place was closer to that of a hotel than a hostel (less sociable), despite the shared living arrangements. This is not necessarily a bad thing however – just something to bear in mind when you book.
Pod Singapore is a 10-15 minute walk from the nearest MRT station (bear this in mind if you have a lot of luggage) but conveniently located close to plenty of bars and restaurants – the Mexican place at the end of the street is great by the way.
- A great experience that is more up-market than a typical hostel but will not break the bank like most Singapore hotels
- Plus points: Lots of included extras make up for the extra cost over hostels
- Minus points: Atmosphere is more like a hotel than a hostel so maybe not ideal for single travellers looking to meet people
- Top tip: Choose a bottom capsule if you can – the top ones are really high up!
Photo credit: thepod.sg, hospitalitybusinessnews.com