This was the first dorm stay for my boyfriend and I in a six week trip to SE Asia. We were not really looking forward to it, and had only decided to stay in a dorm because of the high costs of accommodation in Singapore. Luckily, Beary Best turned out to be a wonderful place to stay for four nights.
The location is obviously excellent, close to the Chinatown MRT; we were dismayed by the long taxi queues when we arrived at the airport, and decided to give the MRT a go. It proved very easy to travel into town and then walk to the hostel when we arrived (though, unfortunately, while we were there the nearest exit was closed, so instead we would exit at the New Bridge Road/Pagoda Street exit and walk the block to the hostel).
Other reviews have mentioned poor internet access, but this appears to have been fixed; each floor has its own wifi (with the same password), so even though we stayed on the top floor we had excellent signal strength at all times. The wifi was fast and reliable.
The staff were fantastic and very willing to help. When we were checked in, the receptionist mentioned that our room was not yet ready but he could put us in another room. As it turned out, that room was empty for the first 2 nights (apart from us), which was a nice way to adjust to staying in a dorm! We arranged our Universal Studios tickets through the reception at a small discount on the normal price. They answered any question we had; my boyfriend really wanted dim sum one of the days we were there, and the restaurant recommended by the staff member proved to be excellent and good value.
The beds were not super comfortable (I could feel the springs in mine) but they were a good size. The lockers were also a good size - make sure to bring a padlock. The air conditioner is only turned on by request (as a way of saving power), but once it was on, we could easily adjust it. There were also ceiling fans in the room.
The room was very clean, as were the bathrooms - we had experienced some grotty shared bathrooms before so we were pleasantly surprised by this. While the unisex bathroom on our floor only had one sink/mirror, the female only bathroom had three sinks, so I mostly used that one. Hot water in the showers was great.
We liked the common area downstairs and it seems like it'd be a good place to meet other travellers. The free breakfast of toast and cereals was nice, as was the free tea/coffee at all other times. The netbooks came in handy.
When using the bathroom on the ground floor, after we had checked out, I noticed a list of rules on one of the dorm room doors. I hadn't seen this list of rules before and felt pretty bad when I realised my boyfriend and I had inadvertently broken a couple. As this was our first stay in a dorm, we weren't really aware of the etiquette (though of course most of it was common sense). Perhaps this list of rules should be in more places. :)
On the whole, Beary Best was a great base in Singapore. Modern, clean, and good value for Singapore. Highly recommend.
- Also Known As:
- Beary Best! By a Beary Good Hostel! Singapore
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing out independently in a beautiful art deco heritage building, Beary Best! was designed with the simple intent to merge backpackers practicality with hotel like space and comfort.Fellow backpackers and budget travelers are welcomed to choose from a variety of dorm types (6, 8, 9 bed dorm and female dorm with ensuite bathroom) at great and affordable prices.Rates are all inclusive of free breakfast and a long list of high quality facilities such as large and clean showers, spacious lounge, free internet, WIFI access, air conditioning, fully fitted bunk beds with international power points) The hostel is located just 3 minutes from Chinatown MRT station and within 10 minutes walking distance to Singapore River, Marina Bay and the Financial District. ... more less
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