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Shophouse The Social Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745, Singapore (Kampong Glam)   |  
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Ranked #46 of 187 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Friendly staff..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Friendly staff good location the shower facilities aren't great at all you could have a shower whilst going the toilet!and it's quiet ridiculous they make you pay $2 a towel considering its not that cheap for a hostel!but got a good sleep all the same! inclusive all day breakfast which was good! But we stayed in the mixed dorm on the top floors a lot of steps!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Hostel is strategically located. About 5 mins walk from Bugis MRT station. Rooms are comfy with wooden bed frame which I love cause it does not creak like the metal ones. Hostel has a social room with games, PS3, book exchange, TV with movies, two apple computers and fast wifi available. Breakfast items and instant noodle, coffee and tea available throughout the day. Very helpful and friendly staff. Middle eastern food are easily available everywhere within 3 minutes walk radius around the hostel. Bugis shopping area about 15 minutes walk away.

Only 2 things bothered me and that's the hostel has only 2 adjoining shower and wc on each floor to be shared by 20 people when the hostel is full. The middle Eastern restaurant across the street from the hostel opens till 3 to 4 am in the morning so you can hear music and people talking or shouting when they get drunk. But to the credit of the hostel, they provide free ear plugs to give you a good night's sleep.

Overall I am happy with my stay and will be back again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

stayed for 2 nights in 12 bed female dorm. The location is perfect, walking distance from bugis MRT, good price, friendly and helpful staff, wifi worked well, female floor only area available which is a plus and actually the room is okay but a bit messy because of long term stay customer's luggage. They put their luggage and clothes everywhere, causing the room looks cramped. And also there's a no shoes/sandals policy inside the room, and I fully respect that but as i see some of travelers in my room still wear their sandals inside the room so please give more attention due your cleanliness in the room.

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

Thanks for the good review! We're glad you enjoyed the comforts of our all-female floor :)

We appreciate the feedback, and we do occasionally have exchange students staying with us and things can get a bit messy! Rest assured we'll step up the reminders to keep her area neat.

Noted on the footwear issue as well, we always inform guests when we check them into the room to remove their footwear, and our cleaners work doubly hard to keep it clean :)

We look forward to having you again in future!

Cheers,
Calvin
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

It was not hard to find the location, just 5-10 minute walk from the Bugis MRT. The area of the hostel is Kampong Glam which is muslim area and not very bustling at night so you will get good night sleep. It was easy to find good food nearby the hostel and you have 7-11 just at the opposite of the hostel. The staffs were friendly (not mentioning good looking, haha), the room was clean with comfortable bed and cold air-con, the bathroom was superclean, the internet was fast, although the breakfast was only standard: cereal and toast but they've got nutella! I stayed just for one night at the Shophouse The Social Hostel but it is enough to make me go back for my next visit to SG.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bandung
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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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12 helpful votes 12 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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Additional Information about Shophouse The Social Hostel

Address: 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore > Kampong Glam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 187 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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