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“The perfect choice for our stay in Singapore!” 5 of 5 stars
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Checkers Backpackers Inn
46 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209918, Singapore   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #52 of 184 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Bogota, Colombia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“The perfect choice for our stay in Singapore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

The location of Checkers is great. The MTR in Singapore is very manageable, and the hostel is located a few blocks from the Little India station. In general, the accommodations in Singapore are more pricey than those in other places in Southeast Asia we visited, but Checkers seemed to be one of the most reasonable of the options. For 22 USD a night we got a bed in a clean dorm room, spotless bathrooms, tidy kitchen, free use of laundry machines, linens, a locker and lock, all with breakfast included. The wifi was speedy and reception friendly. Checkers has everything you need and more, and it is probably the best dorm-style hostel I have ever stayed in. Thank you!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CheckersAdmin, Manager at Checkers Backpackers Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Johanna I,

We would like to thank you for your warm review of Checkers Backpackers. It is our privilege to have served and attended to your needs. Your kinds words are very much appreciated.

We take great pride in providing excellent service and maintaining high levels of standards for cleanliness at our place. We are glad that you have enjoyed your stay and our 'spotless bathrooms'. as housekeeping of the dormitories and toilets are done everyday.

Thank you for this humbling review and we hope to serve you better in the near future.

Warmest Regards
Checkers Backpackers
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Helsinki, Finland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Clean and very professional hostel close to Little India metro station. Breakfast, sheets, towel, locker and padlock included on 22$/night. Excellent Wifi in rooms and nice keycard system for security. Clean bathrooms with western toilets and hot showers!

Breakfast is mostly just bread and beanut butter, but still a nice bonus! They also have discount deals for singapore attractions, but those need to be booked at least one day beforehand

Stayed 4 nights!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

OK I arrived in Singapore hoping to pass through quickly. It didn't happen. Visa hassles meant I needed an affordable place "somewhere" in the Little India (Central Singapore) district.
As a result I jumped out of a taxi and walked by a Checkers looking for another place, the Little Red Dot acturally. (I was in that typical clone mentality where you put yourself on unthinking automatic and follow any ol' LP recommendation.)
Well I didn't want to waste time looking for the Little Red Dot, so I took a gamble and walked in to Checkers and asked about price and availability. And heck wasn't I pleasantly surprised that a place this clean, this well decorated, this new backpackers would still have room for me! Bingo - I lucked out.
Nuts & Bolts
This is a good place folks. Air-conditioned, stylish and secure.
Bonuses: Clean cute kitchen, internet, books, tv, lounge, access to shops, no busy traffic out front, mix of nationalities staying, washing machines etc etc.

Room Tip: Any room will do. Checkers is in a part of Little India where cars don't keep you up at night...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

It's located in a great location within Little India, just a quick five minute walk from the subway station. The staff is very friendly and helpful with everything. I stayed in a dorm style room, which had 3 bunk beds as well as lockers with a lock provided by the staff. The room and the spacious bathroom (2 Western style toilets and 2 shower rooms) were very well-maintained and looked very new. They provide free internet and FREE LAUNDRY (in-house washer and dryer). Overall a great experience and I'm glad I randomly found this place :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CheckersAdmin, Manager at Checkers Backpackers Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear jptash89,

It is a great privilege and honour to receive such kind and warm words from you. We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay with us. The various amenities that are provided free are just a little effort on our part to ensure you enjoy your stay at Checkers Backpackers.

We are travelers too and we understand that it is the little things that matter and we try our best to provide that to you at no cost. Your review is testament that our efforts and hard work are appreciated.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you soon again!

Warmest Regards
Checkers Backpackers
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Checkers is one place you come in as a stranger and you check out with lots of good friends.
Its the most comfortable place to stay. Centrally Located, friendly staff. Free laundry internet and a Kitchen to cook what else can you ask for in $22 dollars.

  • Stayed March 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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CheckersAdmin, Manager at Checkers Backpackers Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Vijay B,

Thank you for your kind words about Checkers Backpackers. It is one of our company's motto that travelers come as strangers and leave as friends. We are glad that you have made so many friends during your stay at Checkers Backpackers!

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you soon again!

Sincerely
Checkers Backpackers
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Pontefract, England, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was my first time in Singapore, and hearing stories from other backpackers that Singapore was generally much more expensive than the rest of SE Asia, my friend and I were very lucky to find Checkers, a hostel that was well priced, and offered numerous complimentarty services, as well as being very comfortable, clean and well furnished. Great location, in the heart of Little India, with lots of places to eat and drink for good prices all around. Two minutes from the MRT Underground, which is also very convenient.

A free breakfast was offered, as well as free laundry and tea and coffee throughout the day. Internet was available in every dorm, and was very fast, unlike some hostels you find, where free wifi is painfully slow and unreliable. The social room downstairs is very sociable; big table in the kitchen area means you always find people eating and drinking together, and during my stay there was a certain fondness for Connect 4, which was nice to just sit and have a few competitive games with fellow guests.

The staff were very helpful friendly and helpful, eager to engage in conversation, which meant you always felt welcomed.

All in all, Checkers is a very good hostel which I would recommend and certainly stay in again.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
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Vienna, Austria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

It is been a long time since I stayed in a dorm but I have to say it was just the best option! Everything was very cosy, clean, well designed and perfectly organized. We stayed in a girls room where many things necessary for girls, for instance shower gel, lotions etc. were provided. In addition there were washing mashines and irons which use was free of charge. Also there was a big and CLEAN kitchen where everybody could cook something or take a coffee or tea FOR FREE! And not to forget the free internet service which rounded out the perfect location! What really impressed me was the amazing friendliness and helpfulness of the staff! I had always the possibility to ask somebody a question and every request was solved immediately. It seems people working there simply love their place:)
Because we felt very comfortable we even stayed 3 night instead of 2 nights. I do highly recommend this place due to the mentioned facts and the overall atmosphere!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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CheckersAdmin, Manager at Checkers Backpackers Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear MarcinBujo,

We would like to say a big THANK YOU for your extensive review on Checkers Backpackers. It is such a privilege to receive such warm and kind words from you. We might be new in the market, but we try our best to provide the best service and accommodation for the price that you pay for.

We are absolutely thrilled and happy to find that you have had such a great and enjoyable time at Checkers Backpackers Inn.

Your compliments about our amenities such as free laundry and high speed wifi access are very much appreciated.

We will definitely extend your kind words to our staff and the owner and welcome you, anytime and day of the year, back to Checkers Backpackers Inn.

Your review is a testament to affirm the hard work and efforts our the team at Checkers Backpackers.

Warmest Regards
Checkers Backpackers
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Additional Information about Checkers Backpackers Inn

Address: 46 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209918, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 184 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brand new backpackers hostel in the heart of little india. Each room is enclosed in concrete walls to ensure quiet and good rest.Each bed comes equipped with personal reading/night lamp, fresh linen, fluffy pillows and soft quilt.24hrs unlimited high speed wifi.Free laundry and shower facilities.Housekeeping everyday.Breakfast includes bread butter jams and some local cuisine. ... more   less 
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