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River City Inn
33C Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672, Singapore   |  
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Efficient”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

A good hostel. The room was clean and set in just the right temperature that we fallen asleep right away. The common shower room and restroom is clean. The free drink and bread provided for breakfast was perfect way for budget traveller like me to solve the problem of getting breakfast somewhere. Located very close to the Clarke Quay MRT Station, Boat Quay area, and Merlion Statue, I found this place made my Singapore stay very efficient. :)

Some problem might be the sliding-door lock on the shower room is not strong enough to keep it closed. Sometimes people can open it from outside even if i locked the door. It is recommended for the hostel to change the type of lock to the stronger one. The water hose in one of the restroom somehow could not work properly that the water keep coming out and made the floor wet.

But it's a good hostel overall :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

I loved this place. Great staff, location and general feel to the place. Everything is in walking distance and when I wanted to go somewhere less well known the staff rang ahead to make sure it was open, saving me one unnecessary trip. To me the place to stay when in Singapore.

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Great hostel - very friendly staff, all the areas were really clean and for the price it was a great place to crash for a couple of nights. Its location is great as well if you're coming from the airport as it's close to Clarke Quay MRT, and all of Singapore's sights are a short walk from the hostel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This was my first time travelling alone and it was too expensive to book a hotel room in Singapore so I started looking into hostels instead - i can came across River City Inn which was the PERFECT accomodation for a budget traveller (and groups too!).

LOCATIONS: it is about 5-7min walk from Clarke Quay SMRT station and is very accessible. The street is very safe and across from a 7-11 store. It is also about 5 min walk from a major shopping center called Central.

STORAGE & SAFETY: luggage is kept under your bunkbed and valuable/personal belongings can be stored in a locker (about 1m x 30cm x 30cm) next to your bed.

AMENITIES: there is shared bathroom and toilets (3 of each) which is always kept very clean. There is a laundry service ($8SNG/load) that is on offer too.

COMMON AREAS: there is a common area with couches, TV, books where you can relax after the day of walking around. There is also a dining room table with full kitchen utensils, tea and coffee. There is a fridge were you can store your food and drinks. To keep the hostel clean, once indoors, there is a no-shoe policy which means that all shoes needs to be kept outside in a box.

ROOMS: there is mixed dorm with 26 beds (bunkbeds) and two 6 bed dorms. Each bed has own bedlight and power plug (electric plug converter provided). For privacy, there is curtains that can be drawn on either side of your bed. There is a 9pm lights out policy in which the lights are switched off and the doors closed to each room which provided much needed quiet for those travellers who wanted to sleep early.

BONUS: fantastic high speed FREE wifi (also two computers for public use) and also FREE breakfast (basic fruit, bread, jam and butter, tea and coffee)

Overall, it was fantastic experience living in the hostel and it provided the perfect gateway for me to explore Singapore. The reception staff were extremely helpful in providing me tips and advice for places to travel and they also have special offered on tickets too.

Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

Me and my 2 friends had a very nice experience here. We we're greeted nicely by the inn keeper at that time. It's just like we've known each other for a long time. We suddenly felt home in this hostel and in singapore. We were treated like a family here, not as a guest. The location is perfect, 2 mins from nearest mrt station, and most importantly near the river. If you like to chill in the nice bar or restaurant alongside the river, this is the place for you. So river city inn its a highly recommended place to stay :)

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Great location to a reasonable price. You get what you can ask from a hostel. Wifi, ac, light breakfast and a good bed. Friendly and helpful staff. Location is good and you won't find many options at this price in central Singapore.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Surabaya, Indonesia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed here for six nights
very nice to live here
a clean, warm atmosphere, and quiet at night

Service was very friendly
we made ​​at home

Place strategic enough to make us not to bother if we want to travel

Close to Clarke Quay MRT, maybe it only takes about 5 minutes
For eating places can also be found in the Central Mall and there prices are very affordable

and we will definitely return to this place

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 33C Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672, Singapore
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Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 184 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River City Inn is a family-owned and operated hostel. As travellers ourselves, we know that affordability should never compromise hospitality. Everything you need to provide a comfortable stay are available: Free Wi-Fi, Clean Sheets, Good Breakfast, Air-Conditioning, and more!But at River City Inn, we aim to offer something more. After you have explored the winding streets of Singapore, experienced the different cultures, delighted your taste buds and worn your shoes under the sweltering heat, we want to welcome you back. We want to offer you a place to unwind, write your journal, talk to other travelers and share stories. We aim not only to provide a bed for the night, but a space for the exchange of ideas, inspirations, personal reflections and growth. Because that is what traveling is about.Terms & Conditions:• All rates are inclusive of taxes• Check in time: 2pm to 11pm. Please note that we DO NOT accept check-in after 11pm. Please respect our check in time after 2pm as we have to adhere to our cleaning schedule (12pm to 2pm) to upkeep the cleanliness of the hostel. Our reception operates from 7am to 11pm.• Check out time: 12pm• If you have an early flight, you may check in early(after 7am on the check in date)and use our facilities or you can leave your bags with us whilst you head out to explore the city.• Likewise, if you have a late flight or bus to catch on the day of your checkout, you may leave your bags with us at no additional cost.• To keep our prices low, we accept cash only for payment.• To upkeep the environment of a backpackers hostel, we do not accommodate children below the age of 5. Children aged between 5 and 11 years can be accommodated in private rooms only, and not in dormitories. Children aged 12 and over can be accommodated either in private rooms or in the dormitories.• Due to our limited capacity at our Inn, we do not accept Singaporeans/returning locals/PR/Foreigners holding work permits. Please contact us before booking whenever in doubt.• Please note that we are located on the 4th floor of a heritage shophouse without a lift.• To upkeep the cleanliness of the hostel, no footwear is allowed indoors (except in the toilets). Guest may wear socks if they are not comfortable barefooted.• We do not accept big groups above 8pax. Please contact us for clarification.•Please note that not all our rooms or dorms have windows. If you need to stay in a room with windows, please check with us before booking. ... more   less 
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