I booked on-line directly with Betel Box at SD$22 per night. Justin was very responsive communicating over e-mail during booking. Betel Box website is rich with helpful info on maps, transports, things to do, etc. I recommend using the Beesy Bus air-con shuttle listed on the hostel's web site. SD$8 from Changi Airport to the door, prompt and courteous service. You can book by e-mailing. Ping the shuttle manager provided me with details and accurate info on pickup location at the arrival terminal and time. The reception at Betel Box was most welcoming, Carmelia was very helpful and friendly. She provided me tips and info on places to visit and how to get there. She even called and reserved express bus for me to Kuala Lumpur. Justin was equally helpful and knowledgeable on directions and places to eat and visit. If you decided to visit Malaysia remember to take the express bus straight through (i.e., bus will wait for you), if you take the regular public bus the immigration check point at the Malaysian end could be hell during holidays with the masses.
The hostel felt safe with cam over our lockers, bring a lock. A couple of things, use of hostel computers are limited to 30 minutes/day, and the hostel seemed to allow smoking, there was a smoking station at the 2nd floor stair well. It was unbearable one of the nights.
You have to love meeting people to stay in a hostel. I enjoyed chatting with dorm mates from Philippines, Germany, Norway, Australia, China... There are a few that are on long-term stay on job search or temping, looked a little glum. Hey, part of the experience.
This place is not centrally located, near red-light district (great eating places though at Geylang Ave) but easily accessible anywhere by bus and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). I had fun exploring on foot taking in the architecture, night live, and food. Justin and Carmelia will give you lots of good ideas. Definitely should do the Night Safari and go later around 8 pm. thinner crowd, and buy the discounted tickets at the hostel.
If you like meeting people, this place is of great value. They are voted the best for good reasons.
Dr KSG, Calif. USA
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