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Betel Box Hostel

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200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427471, Singapore
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had to stay 3-maybe 4 weeks for a sports event and stretch our money. Owners were very understanding we were on a very tight budget. This backpacker hostel in a shophouse (atop a bar) in the red light district (Geylang) has cheery, brightly colored interiors, carefully curated local flavor decor and necessary furniture in the open plan living area... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i guess it located on the red district, but the hostel itself is clean and secure. located near the beach, so they offer something that very rare in Singapore. even though you have to walk a bit farther to reach the hostel, the best part is you can find a lot of street restaurant a long the way.

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Seaforth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Betel Box Hostel is in a vibrant historical area of Singapore and staying there enabled me to learn much more about the many different ethnic cultures in Singapore. It is a bustling, lively area which boasts beautiful architecture such as restored shop-houses, eateries galore and food stalls. I thoroughly enjoyed all 18 days of my stay at Betel Box Hostel.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

Clean, quite cheap and a good bed in a quiet 20 person dorm with a free breakfast and free wifi. Not central but with excellent public transportation nearby (I kept discovering buses that stop somewhere close by). So in total a regular good hostel. The staff is what makes it stand out. Tinnie and Tony and the other receptionists (sorry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Good place, really good, friendly and connecting and cheapest in Singapore, and clean!!!!! Good street good citi good people good shower good bad great stuff good booking great free breakfast whit coconut kaya .

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Stayed here for 3 nights with a friend. Good clean dorms with a/c and fan. Showers were clean but very small, not much room to move. Common area was nice and good to meet people. Good wifi but only worked in the common room. Kitchen where you could cook food and had a fridge and freezer. Breakfast included and free... More 

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Loondon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We stayed in the private double room. We had to leave after the first night because a Norwegian Rat came into the room and was scurrying across the bed. I asked the management for a trap but he considered it unethical and instead gave me a tray of glue. I was also given a recent newspaper article which described Norweigen... More 

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BetelBox, General Manager at Betel Box Hostel, responded to this review

We are sorry for the bad experience in November 2014. Due to the heavy monsoon rain in November 2014, there were increase sightings of rodents across Singapore; rodents would seek higher ground to escape drowning. The room in question is on the third floor and does not any direct access to open pipes or rubbish bins. It is likely that... More 

Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

it was our first night of 3 weeks tour to Asia and it was Amazing! Staff was really helpful, room was clean and cozy, aircondition world perfectly ( as we are not so Used to such high temperature it was important idzie for us ;) ). Breakfest was really good. Location of the hostel is great - close to subway... More 

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Groningen Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I stayed here for three nights and I had a great stay. Though as you know it's not in the centre, but it's not far to the metro station. Staff is nice and very helpful. Breakfast is included, but a bit sober. Coffee and tea is provided the whole day. I stayed in the 8 bed dorm which was perfectly... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The Betel Box is just perfect as Hostle in Singapore. They offer a very relaxing livingroom at the reception where you can have free coffee or tea all day long and also other drinks at reasonable price (eg. Anchor Beer 4,80 S$). The breakfast is a small buffet with different kinds of toastbread, nice jams and chocolatecream. Speeping- and bathrooms... More 

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Staying in Joo Chiat

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Joo Chiat
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay families in the 15th century. The neighborhood is packed with colorful shops, local characters, and quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are visible as well, with modern cafes, bars, and shops abounding. Visit Joo Chiat to take a break from the big city sights and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a laid-back and local vibe.
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