A recent review of the property by a luxury travel magazine send my curiosity to try the latest mode of accommodation that Singapore has to offer.
Booking was made by contacting the hotel directly via email. Prior to confirmation, a 10% deposit is needed to be made via credit card or Paypal. Booking is very easy and staff of hotel response to email in timely manner. An online booking facility could enhance the overall booking experience if the hostel wants to keep dubbed as "flashpacker" hostel.
The location of the hostel is very strategic yet in quiet surroundings. It is just 5 minutes walk from Chinatown MRT Station (along North East Line) via exit A (Pagoda Street), walk towards New Bridge Road and turn right to Mosque Street where the hostel is located starting on the first floor of the shophouse row.
Check-in was quick and staff was available at all times. Payment settlement need to be made at check-in together with another SGD10 deposit. Towel can be rented for SGD2 for the entire stay.
The hostel offer bed in pods. It is either a choice of single pod or double pod which consists of a double bed. The room which I'm assigned to has a total of 6 pods; 3 lower pods and 3 upper pods. Individual storage facilities which was activated by touch and card sensor is available at the bottom of lower pods. A pod comes with a bed with bedsheets, duvet, and 2 fibre pillows, a power socket, a hook, a reading light and switch for headboard light which sets as ambiance light for each pod. The room is also furnished with aircon unit, a ceiling fan, rubbish bin, and a cushioned bench. Room is accessible by card.
The pod provides private space for each occupant. However, as it is not totally confined and as such, light sleeper is not suitable to stay at the pod as one can clearly being disturbed by room's door slamming or other people's activities in other pods. Also, walls to the room are pretty thin and such, one can hear exactly conversation on the corridor. Nevertheless, the bed is comfy and I can sleep soundly without feeling disturbed. Providing a sliding door like airline's private suite will help to increase privacy though but hotelier need to be careful in implementing the concept as one can easily get injured if such facility not being installed carefully.
The common facilities
There are six notebook station; 3 on each floor, a common lounge with plasma TV, a kitchen, and a laundry room (chargeable). Guests can use the kitchenette facilities (microwave, dinnerware, refrigerator, etc) and breakfast is complimentary and served at the kitchen area. Internet speed is good but since it is not controlled for airtime usage, it can be lagged if someone is using the computer for downloading or playing games.
Bathroom is maintained clean at all times as there is a bathroom attendant during working hours. Shower cubicle: the rainshower has enough pressure but not enough space to put toiletries and the stall layout is kinda open. If hostel were to improve this facility, it can consider to create a more private bathroom such as installing shower, toilet, and sink in one cubicle so one can have more privacy.
Staff are generally very friendly and helpful. In particular, an older gentleman is very courteous and always serve with a smile. A good staff can further increase the experience of staying at Wink Hostel.
The hostel lives up to its motto: Indulge in a budget. A further enhancement can make the overall experience better by increasing more privacy and be different than the regular type hostel. Strangely, the hostel also attracting families and when they come and stay in the pods, the overall common facilities can turn into your grandma house at Christmas: very chaotic! Maybe the hostel can consider to separate this market from singles or couples which can be disturbed from the reunion scene by creating a new concept that cater for family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High style and high tech converge at Wink Hostel - the flashpackers’ travel accommodation of choice. Without sacrificing coziness and budget of the traditional backpackers’ inn, Wink innovates beyond conventional hostels in design, quality and conveniences.Amongst the very first worldwide to tout “pod” style beds, Wink’s own designer twist to the concept indulges travellers their private sleeping sanctums, while allowing for socializing in individual rooms.Queen-sized pods are available for couples travelling together, or the traveller who yearns a bigger bed. Ladies dormitories, complete with vanity counters, provide female guests better peace of mind and a little luxury on the side. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wink Hotel Singapore
- Wink Hostel Singapore