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“A memorable Stay” 3 of 5 stars
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Metropolitan YMCA Singapore
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   60 Stevens Road, Singapore 257854, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #72 of 182 Specialty lodging in Singapore
Kuala Lumpur
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A memorable Stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010

I chose this hotel after reading the positive reviews from previous travellers who stayed in this hotel, I totally agree with most of their reviews and that is : the rooms were clean, location is central to most places, it's value for money, the breakfast served was good. The staff at front desk were most helpful and kind.
I particularly liked the showers because it is in proper working condition and water is forceful unlike most budget and 3 stars hotels I stayed in, have horrible showers either it's not working at all or the water comes out in trickles.

Overall a very nice hotel to stay in.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bangalore, India
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

As far as hostels go, this is one of the best I have ever stayed at. Provides all basic amenities one wants when on a budget travel - central location, easy public transportation accessibility, furnished rooms, comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, washing machines, sumptuous breakfast - with a certain degree of class with it. Free wifi internet was available but only at the public areas (reception lobby) and not in the rooms. The staff were very hospitable and helpful too.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010 via mobile

We were originally booked into the other YMCA but found out that it was fully booked. The travel agent told us that it was very central and included breakfast which was an added bonus. It took roughly forty minutes from the airport costing around 25 Singapore Dollars. The outside looked ok, had to walk up steps in order to enter. There is a desk on your right where I noticed that they offered a complementary free shuttle bus to Orchard Road - one way and at selected times. This service was definitely going to be used ;-). Went over to the counter, asked to fill in a form and was asked that we put down 50 Singapore Dollars for security measures. As recommended by our travel agent he said for the two of us we would only need equivalent to 1500 Hong Kong Dollars as we were going back to Hong Kong. We were recommended to change money in HK beforehand. The rate we got was for every 1 Singapore Dollar equated to 6 HK Dollars. I went with my cousin and she thought that she would change a little bit more so we ended up with 350 Singapore Dollars considering that we were only there for 3 days. We only had 275 due to hotel deposit and taxi. We were on the second floor - we walked past a free diapenser of cold and hot water. Got to the room as it was spacious. The washroom consisted of a shower, toilet and sink. You got a shower cap, two glasses and dispenser for handsoap and another in the shower. The shower had a ceiling showerhead and another showerhead for portable use. We were supplied with two towels and a floor towel with an extra toilet roll and a bin. There was two big sliding doors, the first one was spacious along with four clothes hangers. The other one was same size along with a fridge, safe and four more clothes hangers and extra blanket and pillow. The view looked out towards the car park and road. The tv was flat screened and had a welcome message. The beds were comfortable but I noticed that along the side where the kettle was, it was dusty along with someones hair!!! On one of the bath towels there was a long strand of hair too!!! The air con was to standard too. Overall the room was adequate for our purposes. One thing which I must point out was that there was another added bonus in that I was able to use the hotels Wifi - therefore extra research on Singapore and checking on line could be done. As we got there about 7pm we thought that we would get something to eat down Orchard Road. The receptionist advised us to catch the number 190 which is four stops away. One thing which is needed is that you need to mKe sure you have the right change as the bus does not give out change. The bus stop was less than a minute away :-) As we didn't know about the change scenario I asked on the bus if anyone had change. A nearby person managed to change a 5 Singapore Dollar as it cost 1 SD each. The bus dropped us outside Far East Plaza which was in middle of Orchard Road and within distance to the SMTR. As we didn't know where to catch the bus back we thought that it would be quite easy considering that the bus took 5 minutes. It was straightforward as it's one road down but lead to a few snags - Singapore was very muggy therefore it's not recommended as it took us about half an hour- had to shower as the sweat was dripping off (Good for diet reasons ;-)) next time we would be catching bus back!!!
Breakfast was at a certain time, it was on groundfloor. It was all self service. Tea and coffee along with evaporated milk. There were fresh fruit, ham, cheese and salad. For the British in us there were frankfurter sausages, fried eggs and even bake beans. To cater for Asian people there were Congee (rice soup). There were two kinds of cereals too. Also there were crossaints along with sachets of portions of jam and butter.
All in all the hotel was suitable for our needs. The location I felt was a little bit out of the centre, the other YMCA is nearer. Check in time is 12pm while checkout is 1pm. On the last day off check out you get returned your 50SD which came in handy. As we had a late flight we asked if we can leave our luggage until later they obliged. Went towards Orchard Road via free hotel shuttlebus for last minute buys. Make sure that you visit the night safari, unfortunately we didn't go to the zoo but if you visit all three sites - Zoo-Night Safari & Bird Paradise you can get a good ticket price (48SD I think!)
went on Singapore Flyer just like London Eye but with different buildings of course. On a good day you can see the Merlion and LittleIndia which we did. From there we walked to the Merlion which took about twenty minutes. One thing which is good about Singapore is that you can walk to all these places if you have the patience (Be warned it's tiring and you will sweat buckets!) Also you have to have a Singapore Sling at Raffles before you go home-it's very traditional with woven chairs. One thing which I thought was strange was that there were a box of complimentary peanuts with no bowl for shells, later found out that you just dump them on the floor - felt odd as I felt it was wrong to dump on floor!!! Last thing which had to be done was to sample the local food of Chilli Crab - delicious!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tokyo
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

Great hotel. Single room was smallish but big enough for one. Modern, clean bathroom with hot water. Comfortable bed, flatscreen TV, fast WiFi, good A/C. Rate included breakfast (eggs, ham, salad, fruit, cereal, breads galore). Nice pool on the roof with a great view. Hotel is 2 minute walk to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. I stayed there alone but the hotel is definitely kid-friendly. A nice alternative to the expensive hotels in the area.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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73 reviews 73 reviews
60 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2010

The first thing that struck us were the very large rooms. Staff was extremely helpful and courteous. Location near prime . Only down side was a very basic breakfast particularly for veg guys.

Stayed May 2008
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Kuala Lumpur
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

There are 2 YMCAs in Singapore and this Metropolitan YMCA is my regular accommodation for many of my Malaysian leisure groups when visiting Singapore.

My last group visit was during Christmas 2009 and my group was very happy with their stay and service provided.

The last review writer has indicated that the renovated rooms are at level 6. I am familiar with Metropolitan YMCA and thier buidling is only 4-storey high with the renovated rooms at level 2 and 3 (not level 6). Also, their websites did not feature their newly renovated rooms. As such, I am sure that this writer must have confused himself with the wrong YMCA.

It is sad to feel cheated but it is unfair to label the wrong estalbishment with a negative comment.

I have informed Metropolitan YMCA about this wrong review about them.

You may view my pictures taken with my camera on the rooms.
Kelvin Fong, Mishorai Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd

  • Stayed December 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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patrick074
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

all in all, i won't recommend this hotel to anyone. We got the hotel room at around SG120 per night for 2 nights stay in Jan 2010.

The YMCA website showed refurbished rooms, with new furniture and new bed, which prompt us to book and stay at this hotel. However, when we checked in at this hotel, we found that our room is old and filthy, the carpet seems to be there for ages and stink! The TV without remote control, no safe in the room, the toilet soap dispenser was not functioning.

we went down to the reception and ask about why the hotel room looks totally different from what is advertised in their YMCA website, and was told that only 6th floor been renovated.

Well, i think they should at least let everybody knows about that!

The service also is horrible. Every staff seems to be stone-faced all the time.

All in all, this is my last and only stay in this hotel. Never ever stay again!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Metropolitan YMCA Singapore

Address: 60 Stevens Road, Singapore 257854, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 182 Specialty lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Metropolitan YMCA Singapore 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a stone's throw away from dazzling Orchard Road and nestled amidst refreshing greenery near the Botanical Gardens, The Metropolitan Y is sure to delight you during your stay in Singapore. 98 well appointed rooms and suites, you are sure to find one to meet your needs. Friendly and knowledgeable Front Desk agents are ready to help you co-ordinate your stay in fabulous Singapore! ... more   less 
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