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“strategic location for budget stays” 5 of 5 stars
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Matchbox The Concept Hostel
39 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069716, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #50 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
“strategic location for budget stays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

If you're looking for a budget hostel (solo or biz trip) to stay then this is the place. Within 10mins walk to 2 different lines of MRT. One of them is located in Chinatown (Purple) while the other is at Tanjong Pagar (Green). I was greeted by friendly and helpful staffs and they even show us what we can do around chinatown or getting to the city. The famous "Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum" is just 5 mins walk away form the hostel. If you love drinking then this location is super awesome as well. A quiet, dull looking road at day and a happening road at night (weekends only if I'm not wrong). There's tons of place that you can go drinking over there

If you know who Gordon Ramsay is then probably you should try this chicken rice stall as the staff told us that Gordon Ramsay lost to the chef of this chicken rice stall and even Anthony Bourdain did visit his stall. So you know how good he is.

The only downfall to this hostel was, the air-conditioner was cold enough. It was ok but i would prefer if it would be slightly cooler. Other than that everything's awesome! Would definitely stay here for my future biz trips

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Abuja, Nigeria
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Beginning with the best part, Matchbox's staff is incredible. They're attentive, accommodating, and very friendly. They handed me a map upon check in that was marked with nearby sights and even recommended stalls in the nearby hawker markets. The location was also great: it's easy to get on the EW line to the airport, and to get around for food and fun. There's a wonderful room upstairs for lounging and games/TV, and another cozy common room downstairs where I enjoyed reading.

The reason I can't give Matchbox a 5/5 is that I couldn't sleep at all! The beds are not very comfy, and the thin walls and lack of curtains at the opening of each of the pods meant that I was up as late as my loud neighbors, and even later since they kept their lights on all night. The breakfast was also a little too simple: just cereal and bread.

Overall, my stay was good, but curtains and a little more effort towards breakfast would have made it great!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Nice clean place and a super friendly staff that can help with almost everything! The location is good and about 7 min walk to 2 different metro stations. The box concept gives you more privacy which I'm a big fan of.
The downside was my mattress which was really worn out and flat in the middle and that they only put on the air-con on from about 7 pm to 11 am and it smells a little like a basement.
Overall a really nice hostel!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Spent a few times in this hostel based in heritage shophouse perfectly located in the heart of the city near to Tanjong Pagar MRT and within very short walking distances of all kinds of eateries.
I valued very much the assistance and flexibility of the management, as well as the clean and neat rooms, bathrooms and all common areas.

Would definitely return.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 December 14, 2013

Matchbox is an excellent hostel, in line with the latest and newest hostels one can find in Hong Kong, Singapore and other cities. The bed is comfortable, not too hard so can sleep, and the "box style" give some extra privacy. There's plenty of space and a surprising set of two massage chairs, first time have seen that in a hostel...

It's near Chinatown and right next to the "party street", so it's very convenient, and the Maxwell food court is just awesome mmmmh

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Medan, Indonesia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Good location - centrally located between two MRT stations. Very near with food centre and pub is only walk away. Nice and friendly staff. But the most important thing is the hostel is clean. Love to visit again. Cheers

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The location is perfect. On one corner a lovely neighbourhood food court of 40 odf choices. The other has some of the best quaint eateries in Singapore. 2 mrt train station within walking distance. Great management at the hostel who even helped me plan a last minute trip to Indonesia's Batam island. Great place people. Ps love the oddity of the pod concept for a backpackers!

  • Stayed November 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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Additional Information about Matchbox The Concept Hostel

Address: 39 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069716, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 189 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently situated near Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer MRT Stations, Matchbox The Concept Hostel is the best one-stop pod hostel to stay at during your adventure in Singapore. With two famous hawker centers - Amoy Street Food Centre and Maxwell Road Hawker Centre -located just minutes away from our doorstep, you can definitely eat your fill of the many delicacies of Singapore. If that's not what you are looking for, fret not, as we are certain that one of the surrounding cafes, restaurants and bars will be able to satisfy your cravings. Besides that, we also provide complimentary daily breakfast, as well as, free flow of coffee, tea, milk and juice to kick-start your day. Not sure where to go to after having your meal? Feel free to check with any of our friendly staff who will be more than happy to provide you with maps, tips and information on the best places to visit in Singapore. No matter whether you are more interested in culture, history, shopping, entertainment or relaxation, we are absolutely sure that we will be able to find something that will suit your needs. In addition, enjoy special discounts when you purchase attraction tickets from us during your stay. After a long day of exploring Singapore, we know that your feet and back might be sore. Hence, Matchbox offers you exclusive complimentary use of our full-body massage chair, neck massager and foot massager. Moreover, we also provide you with two pillow choices - hard and soft pillows -to ensure that you will have a good and comfortable rest for another day of adventure. Want to say a few words to your friend sleeping in the pod beside you before you sleep? Simply unlock the creatively designed peep holes that we offer between our pods. However, if you are too lazy to entertain your chatty friend, you may wish to lock up your side of the peep hole so that he/she won't disturb you (Kidding! We hope you won't do that to your friend! Haha!). For added privacy, Matchbox also offers satin curtains for each of our pods as we believe in providing you with a good night's sleep. So what are you waiting for? Book with us now as our friendly team can't wait to welcome you at our hostel!:) ... more   less 
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