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Wink Capsule Hostel
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Thank you for the best stay there. Fully AC room and great smiles and service. I will definitely come back here again. In my room, I met nice folks from Sweden, Taiwan, Australia, Ireland and France. :) Very safe! You can get a cheap SIM card right around the corner. MRT also around the same corner and easy to use.

Beautiful city where I met a beautiful woman... ;)

Room Tip: Pick pod farthest away from door for a little more privacy.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2012

Norbert - Thanks for sharing your made-in-the-movies story, and our best wishes for the inevitable classic happy ending! Wink was fortunate to host you and partake a little in the tale... Many thanks for your kind words. Please come back again!

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Staying here for my 3d/2n visit to Singapore. The hostel is just a stone's throw away from Chinatown MRT, making it easy for me to get around the city. Receptionist upon my check-in was very nice, friendly, helpful and informative. Room was as good as shown in the website, not so spacious yet comfort. Bfast was not in full selection, but bread, butter, jam and coffee, cerial were more than enough for me. They provided seperated toilet and shower rooms and of course they were cleaned everytime i stepped in. i very much enjoyed hot shower after a long day of exploring the city. For the common area, they also provided laptops with internet access, i used them twice, but they performed very slow. Wi-Fi in the area was very fast, it was broken once during my stay but was promptly fixed. The only downside was the locker, which individually controlled by guest's keycard ( not like other hostels, you don't need to buy your own lock ), it beeps loudly when in use. Like an alarm clock, i woke up in the morning everytime my fellow backpackers open their lockers. As i am in hospitality business too, i love this system, but if they could just make it noiseless, or at least less noise, it would be super perfect. All in all, i would strongly reccommend Wink Hostel to all you guys who seek a place for your visit to S'pore, to get more bang to your dollars, this place is safe and clean. Without thinking twice, i definitely come back !!

  • Stayed: April 2012
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2  Thank Nondanig N
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2012

Hi,
Sorry to hear of your inconveniences .... but great (relieved) to read your endorsements and kind remarks!

No excuses on the electronic lockers - the beeping is a design flaw in some software that is now surfacing for a very small handful of lockers. Nevertheless, we have taken the hard decision to change all the locker readers and expect installation in 1-2 weeks.

Not sure I understand why our computers are slow - they use the same WIFI which you referenced had good speed. We did do a series of maintenance and upgrades last week - perhaps your experience coincided with these sessions? We will re-look at the computers after your kind feedback.

Please come back and check on the items above to keep us on our toes! Again thanks!

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

I love the shophouse conversions in Chinatown but as I was only in town overnight between flights, I couldn't justify spending the money on The Scarlet or her peers. And even though it's been many years since I've backpacked, Wink Hostel looked like it might be worth a try.
The location is perfect for accessing the brilliant MRT network however I had luggage so opted for a shuttle from the airport for only S$9. Just a note here, if you plan to return to the airport the same way, the lovely reception staff will make you a reservation but their preferred operator requires 48 hours notice. The people I'd used from Changi ask you to ring 2 hours before you want them but there are no guarantees they will have a driver.
I had booked myself an upper pod in the all female dorm which, lucky for me, was only partly full and I was able to swap to a lower pod, sacrficing a bit of privacy for a lot more convenience. I just found it was a bit too awkward to get up and all the way to the head of the bed to access the light switch because even though the lights come on when you enter with your keycard, they turn off automatically within a couple of minutes.
The a/c in the dorm worked beautifully (none in the common areas) but apparantly it worked too well for one of my roomies who switched it off when she came to bed and the fluffy duvet quicly became redundant!
The place itself is like a tardis with, I think over 70 beds in total. It seems a popular choice for locals as well as foreigners as there appeared a number of families and school aged kids staying.
Self service breakfast is included but carbo-phobics need not apply!
So, has Wink converted me to hostelling again? I don't think so but I would definitely stay here again between flights.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2012

Hi - We're grateful you chose Wink to re-visit backpacking! Glad it did not disappoint - but it sounds like you're not 100% converted back yet. We'd watch out for your next visit, and try harder to convince you we're not just for in-between flights, and hostelling (our style) is the way to go.... Many thanks for taking time to write.

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Reviewed March 31, 2012

this was a great choice in expensive Singapore, location is 2 mins from China town MRT (and 2 mins to bus stop for golden mile, where we got bus to KL)

Pod beds v comfy, we had top double pod, which was private and quiet, with key card for door and locker which was big enough for both our backpacks!

Free wifi and breakfast of toast, jam/peanut butter, cereal, juice and tea/coffee appreciated.

Bathrooms clean and staff friendly, would def recommend! hope it stays this way :)

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2012

Hi - Thanks for your succinct words - they about sum up what we try to do! Yes, we'd want to keep up and diligently tweak the place as suggestions like yours and others helpfully come in. Great we had the chance to host you. Come back!

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

Wink Hostel provides excellent value for money... very friendly staff and atmosphere within a clean and secure building. Location is handy with the nearest MRT station being a 2 minute walk away and the vibrant Chinatown area on your doorstep. The rooms have comfortable 'pod' beds and air-conditioning which is much appreciated in a city as humid as Singapore. Key card lockers are provided for all guests and a baggage storage, free wi-fi also... basically it's well worth spending a little extra cash on this hostel!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2012

Hi Rob,
Thanks for making Wink your first stop in the tropics! Trust you are over the humidity (and sweaty T-shirts jokes) and fully immersed in the SE Asia sights now. Appreciate your comments and thoughts on Wink. Look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

I've never experienced such pods before, they are none in hostels in Europe or in Americas. It's really great, you really feel some privacy, you're not disturbed by the other in the room. There is a living room with a XBox, Dvd player ; a big kitchen...
Also, people working there are really great, smiling, helpful. You'll love them !!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2012

Hey - Kind of you to share your thoughts, and thanks for your generous comments! Safe travels and come back again!

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

i had a great stay..the bunk beds are like capsules, to ensure more privacy. it is very clean..which is exeptional compaired to other hostels. stuff was very friendly and helpful!

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2  Thank Constantin S
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2012

Hey Constantin,
Thanks for taking time to write. We enjoyed having you and look forward to hosting you again!

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Additional Information about Wink Capsule Hostel

Address: 8A Mosque Street | Chinatown, Singapore 059488, Singapore
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Location: Singapore > Singapore > Chinatown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 244 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range: $34 - $279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Wink Capsule Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in a historic shophouse that's nestled in the cultural heart of Singapore, Wink is a premium Pod hostel that offers travellers private sleeping sanctums that are inviting and decked in plush designer finishing. Want to indulge in a little luxury while on a budget? Looking to meet new friends while mixing it up with fellow travellers in a friendly environment? Then Wink is perfect for you! Our secure tap card system grants access to spacious dorms that are air-conditioned, fully carpeted and furnished with cushy couches, perfect for kicking back and just chilling with pals. Ladies dormitories are available and come complete with vanity counters. All dorms have Wi-Fi access. You will find our custom pods come in unique designs with plentiful headroom and side-allowances, presenting you with a comfortable and individualised space that caters to your needs. Every pod is fitted with ambient backlight, sound resistant walls, a cushy backrest, reading LED light, power socket and smartcard access locker located right at the foot. A 6 inch orthopaedic mattress draped in lush soft linen and accompanied by a sumptuous duvet rounds out the experience. Breakfast is served daily in our guest kitchenette that comes fully equipped with cooking hob, microwave oven, grill and refrigerator. Other facilities include showers & toilets, a relaxing café lounge, internet stations, laundry & ironing and 24 hour reception. Centrally located in bustling Chinatown, Wink is mere minutes away from numerous must-see heritage and cultural attractions. Nearby Clarke Quay and the bohemian Club Street also serves up an exciting array of nightlife and dining destinations. With Chinatown's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station and several bus-stops a short walk away, you will find Wink the perfect location from which to start exploring Singapore. ... more   less 
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