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Shophouse The Social Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745, Singapore   |  
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Ranked #48 of 183 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
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“Cool place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Recommending this hostel! I stayed at Shophouse with two of my friends from June 22-June 24. We stayed in the 12 bed mixed dorm, which was really comfortable. First thing I noticed and loved from the hostel was its bold-pink-colored everything. It was nice. Other decorations (esp the wall where they paste previous traveler's photos) were also quirky in a nice way! It is also conveniently located, just a 3-mins walk to Bugis MRT station and near to 3 bus stops (which serves routes to destinations like Orchard, Clarke Quay, etc). 7-Eleven was just across the street and there were many Middle Eastern restaurant around. The staffs were very friendly as well. Bed, pillow, and blanket were very comfortable. The locker near each bed was very convenient, along with the hanger, power socket, and lamp.

I love the rooftop patio the most! It is very cozy, we stayed up from night to morning in the patio. The all-day "breakfast" was okay too, however, adding more choices to the menu wouldn't hurt :p

Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShophouseHostel, Owner at Shophouse The Social Hostel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Hi Cahya,

Thank you for the awesome review! A lot of love went into building the hostel and we're glad you felt it.

We're opening our own cafe soon, so expect a better start to the day when it does! We will also start selling beers on the roof to complement your 'night to morning' experience. =)

We will see you again soon!

Cheers,
Mustaffa
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is the best Hostel in Singapore!! friendly staff and well-located in the arab area of Singapore. near to bugis mrt and in no time u will be at the party area of marina bay or clark quay!! the roof is the best common room i have seen so far, its a nice place to meet other travelers. the beds are very comfy and clean!! the Bathroom is very clean as well! u can storage ur stuff if you want to!! they will help you with any questions u have at any time!! I definitely made some very good friends in that hostel!! thank you Mustafa and Calvin and the others staff members!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShophouseHostel, Owner at Shophouse The Social Hostel, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Hey Tim!

Thank you for the flattering review. It was a pleasure to have you at the hostel and we're glad you had a blast here.

We hope you'll be back soon to hang out with us again! =)

Cheers,
Mustaffa
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

Super staff here, v friendly and helpful. The dorm beds can be tightly fitted but can are comfortable and kept clean. Nice rooftop lounge and balcony, a small shop selling some beer and soft drinks would be a great idea though lads! Reasonably priced and close to the nearest train/metro libe

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ShophouseHostel, Manager at Shophouse The Social Hostel, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
HI Cianwhack,

It always delights us when a guest enjoys their stay :) And you read our minds, plans are underway to run our own cafe/bar so the next time you're here pop back a beer or two with us yeah!

Cheers,
Calvin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay here. Just as many of the other reviews have said, the staff are super friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean (and well thought out with a lamp, outlet and locker at each bed). The 'breakfast' is a nice add on, but don't get too excited it's just toast with different spreads (but nutella is one of the options!), plus tea and/or coffee. It's in an AMAZING location on Arab Street, close to the SNRT (metro) as well as Raffles City Mall, etc.

The one thing I loved was they have a movie night every Saturday eve on the rooftop, and they provide snacks too! It was perfect as I arrived late coming from Tioman Island and all I wanted was to shower and veg out... and I couldn't have been happier.

Would definitely stay here again and recommend this place!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShophouseHostel, Manager at Shophouse The Social Hostel, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Hi Megan,

Thanks for the lovely review :) Point noted on the breakfast, once we run the cafe ourselves we promise to make the breakfast choices more exciting! Eggs maybe?

Glad you enjoyed movie night, we love entertaining our guests and we can't wait to have board game nights, local food nights...

Cheers,
Calvin
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Nice atmosphere, convenient location, friendly staff. Beautiful view from the roof top. The only con is the price, but Singapore is expensive, so it's really not that bad. Plus, breakfast is included - you can have all the toast, cereal, tea and coffee you like, all day. Definitely recommendable!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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ShophouseHostel, Owner at Shophouse The Social Hostel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We agree that Singapore is expensive (especially accommodation) but I'm sure we offered you value for money!

We look forward to hosting you again in future :)
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Toulouse, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We chose this hostel initially because of the comments on this website, and have no regrets. The staff is helpful and welcoming, rooms are simple and clean with good air cond (Required given the climate) . the location is just perfect, near the subway (5 minutes), and several nice bars (2 minutes). the district is really lively and pleasant (street concerts, bars with terraces on the street and with better prices than clarky the trendy district) . there is a seven eleven right outside the hotel, perfect to buy some beer and enjoy them on the rooftop with other people of the hostel (great memories). I was there at the beginning of May 2013 with a friend, two french in Singapore, and it was an awesome stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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ShophouseHostel, Owner at Shophouse The Social Hostel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Hi Antho_tls,

Thanks for the review and letting other guests know about the perks of staying with Shophouse! We enjoy having a beer or two at the rooftop terrace and lounge ourselves! ;)

Even better news, we are opening our own cafe/bar at the ground floor at the end of the year so expect an even greater experience when you come back next time!

Cheers,
Calvin
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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Amazing hostel with amazing staffs in an amazing area in an amazing country.

Chose this hostel initially because of it's competitive price and wasn't expecting anything much. But it turned out to be a real pleasant surprise

It may sound a little too good to be true but this pretty new hostel is truly a nice place to be if you happen to visit Singapore whether it's with friends, your family or just by yourself.
The owners definitely know what a traveller needs and the hostel is well-designed to meet everything you need and want in a hostel.

The Room:
Air conditioning is good which is especially important in the tropics. Beds are decent and comes with quilts and pillow which allowed me to enjoy a good night's sleep every night. Along with the free ear-plugs given out at the reception, I have never slept better during my travels.
Everyone has their personal locker and the locker is definitely much spacious than most hostels that I have slept in. Though they are spacious, the lockers ain't large enough for your backpacks or luggage. Though they might fit a 40litres backpack, the 60litres one that I used can't possibly fit in. However, the Dorms are spacious enough for you to place your luggage by the bed or by the wall without causing an obstruction to others. Would recommend the 8bed dorms if you're going with friends as it offers more privacy along with some cosiness without burning too huge a hole in your wallet.
All beds come with their own power-point and reading light.

Facilities:
They have got a really nice common area at the rooftop where you get a good view of the surrounding area and gives a pretty interesting view of old style shophouses surrounded by towering buildings Such as the Suntec City and Park Royal Hotel.
They have got a TV at the common area and instead of showing local channels, they have a collection of movies to choose from which really allowed me to catch-up with the movies that I missed while travelling.
Showering facilities are adequate though nothing luxurious. They however, come in three different sizes on the floor I was staying in. The only downside of the toilet was that it's a little warm in it but I guess that's how it is in the tropics unless we want windows in our toilets. Towels can be rented for a mere SGD$2 for the duration of your stay.
The room cost includes an all day breakfast which is really thoughtful as I could have my breakfast even at 1pm or when I'm hungry in the middle of the night. The all day breakfast is a simple fare of Coffee, Tea, Bread and Cereal. One of the most amazing thing they have that I rarely see in other places is the Nutella spread. Do take note that the hostel practises a "wash your own dishes" style. But for an all-day breakfast, that small little effort is definitely nothing.

Location:
The hostel is pretty centrally located in Singapore and just a 5minutes walk from the subway station. So it's actually in a very convenient location. Golden Mile complex where most tour buses depart for Malaysia is just a 15 minutes walk away, not to mention the famous Golden Mile Food Centre which serves up delicious local food at reasonable prices.
It's located right in the middle of a heritage area with restaurants and boutiques just a few steps away.
The convenience store is also just across the road if you ever need anything in the middle of the night.

Service:
The owners and staffs are friendly and helpful, not to mention good-looking, especially the two owners, always trying their best to answer our queries and getting things done for us.

The bad:
The Hostel is so amazing that there really isn't much to complain about. one of it would be their security system. While it definitely made me feel safer and sleep better, it's a little troublesome if you're absent minded like me as they require you to use a security card to access your rooms and I often leave it in the room while I hit the showers. As I mentioned earlier, the showers come in 3 sizes and the smallest of the three is probably a little too cramped. The common area is also 5 stories up, at the roof-top, so some basic fitness is probably required to conquer the stairs.

Conclusion:
Great place for the budget conscious as this place has everything a traveller need though not extravagant. Room rates includes great service, a good night's sleep and all-day breakfast. Amazing value for money.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShophouseHostel, Owner at Shophouse The Social Hostel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Hi GoAtzzz,

We're chuffed! Thanks for taking the effort to leave such a in-depth review :) We're glad you enjoyed your stay so much, and we can't wait to have you and your friends back again!

Cheers,
Calvin
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Address: 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 183 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Shophouse The Social Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Singapore's first indie boutique hostel, the newly opened Shophouse The Social Hostel puts up clean, refurbished rooms housed in a beautiful conservation building that is unique to South-East Asia. Shophouse lies along Arab Street, an area famous for its heady mix of culture, arts, dining and fashion.We offer 6, 8, 12 and 16 bed mixed dorms as well as 8 and 12 bed female-only dorms which lie on an exclusively ladies-only floor.Guests who stay with Shophouse enjoy:Fully Air-Conditioned RoomsFree All-Day BreakfastFree Wi-Fi and Computer TerminalsPersonal Reading Lights and Electrical SocketsIndividual LockersHigh Quality Foam Mattress and BedsheetsFirm Fibre Pillows and Comfortable QuiltsFree Ear PlugsFree Hair & Body ShampooLuggage StorageCCTV Security and Room Key Card AccessDiscounted Tour and Sightseeing Tickets ... more   less 
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