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New Society Backpackers' Hotel
Ranked #132 of 240 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Reviewed April 10, 2011

Nice atmosphere, the people working there made us feel like home. A lot of nice people to talk to, new beds, new and clean bedsheets. Toilet and bathroom had some mould on the walls, but they kept everything clean so it didn't really matter.
Perfect location in walking distance of Mustafa centre with everything from electronics to shoes and clothes and open 24 hours a day. Close to Sim Lim square.

Great place, went with my kids aged 6 and 16, and would go there again anytime.
And free Wi-fi. Gotta love it

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

Ark 259 Lodge is a very cosy place. Warm hosts always concern about your needs.
Although it is my first time to visit Singapore, I don't feel nervous or uncomfortable owing to Ark 259 Lodge's nice service.

The location is near Lavender and Little India MRT station. It is convenient to the centre of Singapore. It offers free breakfast and free WiFi. For backpackers, I think Ark 259 Lodge provides sufficient and satisfied services.

I enjoyed the days in Singapore because I chose Ark 259 Lodge. I would like to recommend Ark 259 Lodge to backpackers!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

i m from malaysia......
going to singapore for my training to complete my course......
i was suggested by agent to stay in ARK259......
i had stay there for 1 month......
the person in charge all very kind, friendly and helpful......
besides that, i got to know many friends there......
they are always willing to help each others......
the room is comfortable with air-con......
but just there are too many people in a dorm......
the location is somewhere at the center of singapore.......
is a ideal location for traveler......
it is suitable for limited budget traveler too......
so if u want to find a place to stay......
u can try to choose this......^^

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

I went there in mid-November 2010 with my mother and my young sister. We expected a female only space, with not too many people and some privacy, that's why we selected the so-called "5 female dorm" option, and booked 4 beds from there for 3 nights.

Finally, one of us couldn't join the trip, so we were 3 to go.

It turned out when we came there, that it was, according to the explanation from the host, that it meant "5 available places" in a big female dorm, which consisted of one big room and an old corridor transformed to 3 x 2-storey bed dorm. Of course, we were disappointed.

After a long discussion, the host offered us a triple room for that first night for free (except the non-refundable deposit). We agreed to find another solution the following day, since that triple room was only available that night, then already booked by someone else.

That was very kind of him, and we thanked him for that action. However, we lost the remaining time of that day to find another hotel to move to, which was pity also considering the little amount of time we had in Singapore.

Regarding the lodge itself, it is not too far from the center, but not very well located, either. The quarter was not cosy to us, nor quite clean, especially compared to the rest of Singapore city.

The lodge was small, which might disappoint you at the first look. It had been renovated before our venue, however not entirely at that time. One can see from the floor some of the old and dirty tiles. The bathroom was however very clean and spacious, with enough hot water and strong shower. The female dorm is in a separate floor with restricted access, with key cards, etc. so giving the feeling of security. Beds are clean and confortable. The triple room we had was well aired, with a window and a cabinet. There was no elevator though, so be prepared to carry your heavy suitcases up the high stairs. The staff was pretty friendly and might offer you a help with that, which was our case when coming.

Brief, if you're a group of young persons who don't mind walking and don't mind some noises from other "stranger groups" in the same room, that lodge might be your budget choice. But be careful, call or mail the host before making your reservation to avoid surprises.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

The hostel is good and clean. the staff are very helpful, and the location is just across from the bus station. we had a great time here.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

- First of all, I would say that the "crew" is very friendly and concern with our privacy since we were traveling with kids.
- I like the location because the hostel is close to MRT Station and a mall.
- I don't like the surrounding because it's quite dirty.
- I hate when we have to wash our dishes after breakfast... "it's a hostel not a dormitory..!
- The price fits the budget and worth for the cleanless of the room, bath room and the building.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

near to shopping, MRT and food. Recommended for short stays.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about New Society Backpackers' Hotel

Address: 259A Jalan Besar, Singapore 208934, Singapore (Formerly Society Backpackers' Hotel)
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #132 of 240 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range: $14 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — New Society Backpackers' Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New society backpacker's hostel is a clean, safe, friendly hostel centrally situated along the main road of Jalan Besar, five minutes walk from Farrer Park MRT station, and tucked amidst the colourful and vibrant food and shopping area of Little India. The hostel is in an old style building with a rooftop terrace that overlooks old charmed pre-war shops, modern buildings, condominiums and shopping malls. We provide a range of services to ensure your stay is comfortable. ... more   less 
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