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Society Backpackers' Hotel
1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   259A Jalan Besar, Singapore 208934, Singapore (Formerly Ark259 Lodge)   |  
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Ranked #98 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very clean, friendly and helpfull!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Stayes here for two nights and had a great base to see Singapore, very helpfull staff who went out of their way to give information on what to see, where to eat and how to get to these places. A relaxed place with free lockers and comfortable beds. Would definatley return!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Nowhere is cheap in Singapore but you can save a few pennies by staying here. We had a room (2 bunk beds). Clean linen, good air con, clean shared bathroom. It was quiet and just a place to lay our heads but no character. If you are looking for atmosphere try somewhere else. Staff were helpful and lots of amenities nearby.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Stayed once due to recommendation but never regretted my choice as the people there are awfully friendly and helpful. With the latest renovation, the place is really making every penny I spent worth..will never doubt if I ever go Singapore in future, Society Backpackers' will be the first choice :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cadiz, Spain
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I want to promote and to congratulate to the Society Backpackers Hotel in Singapore, Personally I was there and I give him a very special vote, for being cozy, wonderfully ... in every sense. To give the congratulation to his manager Terence Chong for s or amiability, comity, dedication ... and to his wonderful family. To all those that work there, being persons special and dedicated to the necedidades of the client for point, for his confidence, his help, in end that to say of a company that it cultivates clients based on love, discipline, cleanliness, generosity, amiability.......Also, like the facilities of the Society Backpackers do not forget Hotel in Singapore?, in general it is the situated brilliant one where you find a great comfort for his magnificent decoration and his marvellous distribution. Common zones where to be able to have breakfast, speak, share friendship with everything that one that comes there. Wide bedrooms shared with persons of the whole world, a meeting of culture, of friendship ...... Really not you podeis to lose if at some time decidiis to go to Singapour. A city with a captivation and a very sensual glamour that captivates you for the quantity of marvels that has, his people .... everything there shines, is spectacular, his port, his beaches, which to say of Singapour!!!.I thank for having found this hotel where his manager Terence Chong Is very special since personally he devotes himself that everything that one that comes places Singaopur's great smile, for his attention, for his simplicity, sharm, for doing that all sintamos as in house, it detaches his peace, harmony ...., you eat dudaria in returning to happen there my nights and days in the Society. I captivate this Spanish woman and I her fill with enthusiasm each and every of the presents there. Thank you for everything and you I give my mas congratulation for your hotel, facilities and the confidence, captivation and the love that becomes detached there. Teresa.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

stayed here with 4 other friends for new year's eve. We made a booking at one of the hotel, same row with this hotel, but the room was given away and they refund our money. So we randomly picked Ark259 Lodge and it was an awesome stay. we got a room at the ground level, right next to lobby, shared bathroom, and pantry.

It was a big dorm for us only, comfortable beds, aircond, new lockers, and clean bathrooms. Its just that the location was a bit too far from city center - orchard rd, marina bay, etc. but its short-walk to nearest MRT station and good restaurants / cafes. overall, i would recommend all travelers to stay here and enjoy singapore.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed in the dorm room and really enjoyed the the air conditioning and the price. The staff at Society are really helpful and friendly. They were very knowledgeable about Singapore. My all time favorite thing was the blackberry jam for breakfast and the cheap beer.

Thank you for making our stay comfortable and pleasant.

We will definitely be back.

Julia and Tom

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A big thank you to the family team at 'Society backpackers Hotel'. You guys made my 7 nights stay in your hotel a very comfortable and enjoyable one. Your personal care and concerns for the guests much impressed me as many hostels or hotels are just too commercialised.
This hotel is just newly renovated 2 months ago and everythng here is almost perfect for a backpackers hotel calibre (cannot compare to a 4*star hotel but this would be a 4* standard to a budget traveler). Its simple and warmth decor with nice clean white walls, newly replace timber flooring, almost spotless clean envirmonement and most importantly clean beddings and linens got my uptmost vote. Good locale, close to MRT and shops. Friendly and ever-ready to assist staff.
A big thank you to hotel owner, Terence in allowing me to charge to his credit card to facilitate my air-ticket booking as my card did not work. Thank you once again and I will definately spread the good words of your hotel to the world. Keep up the great service and wish your hotel great success.

Cheers.
Ingrid

Room Tip: There are some long term stayers on the 3rd level but overall is ok. I was given the 2nd floor dorm...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Society Backpackers' Hotel

Address: 259A Jalan Besar, Singapore 208934, Singapore (Formerly Ark259 Lodge)
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #98 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Society Backpackers' Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ark259 Lodge is a clean, safe, friendly hostel centrally situated along the main road of Jalan Besar, five minutes walk from Farrer Park MRT station, and tucked amidst the colourful and vibrant food and shopping area of Little India. The hostel is in an old style building with a rooftop terrace that overlooks old charmed pre-war shops, modern buildings, condominiums and shopping malls. We provide a range of services to ensure your stay is comfortable. ... more   less 
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