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Wink Hostel
Ranked #11 of 223 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Incheon, South Korea
1 review
“Excellent Hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Clean hostel.The beds with pods were very useful and helpful for travellers.Breakfast was good.My first stay at hostel was very good due to Wink Hostel.I want to stay again at Wink Hostel for my next trip to Singapore.The only thing I request to Wink Hostel is 24hours cold and hot water supply by water purifier.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Thank KYUYEON P
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cb h, Owner at Wink Hostel, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Hi Kyuyeon,
Thanks for your comments. We are very happy to have hosted you for your first hostelling experience! Appreciate your feedback on the hot and cold water purifier. I'm not 100% sure what you meant - we have a hot water thermal pump available in the kitchenette at all times for guests' use. We sell mineral water and also point out to guests that tap water in Singapore is portable. Perhaps next time you come back (we'd love to be given the chance to have you again), we'd pin this down. Again, many thanks for taking time to write.
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Lummen, België
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

I've booked this hostel after reading all of the positive reviews, both here and on booking.com, and didn't regret it for one second. First of all: the rooms. Very very nicely done. You have to swipe your card at your dorm door, the door opens and when you enter the light in your pod is lit. The locker underneath the pods is very big, so you can easily fit all of your luggage. The property is also on a very good location, on a 2 minute walk from the Chinatown subway station. But the most important thing: the people, and by people I mean the other guests. Maybe I was just lucky to be there on that time, but every single guest that stayed in the same dorm was extremely friendly. Since my girlfriend left that day to head back home (and me travelling for another month and a half), that kind of company was exactly what I needed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Thank WinkeB
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cb h, Owner at Wink Hostel, responded to this review, August 18, 2012
Very kind words - many thanks! Not enough has been said about how guests at a place make a difference to a hostel experience. I am glad you mentioned this. We have been lucky to get great guests many of whom visit again and become friends.... Your willingness to mingle and chat with others during your stay added greatly to the atmosphere. Again thanks.
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

I was at Wink in July and received really good service esp. from one of the front desk personnel, Sharon Ho. Thank you for helping me esp. on my date of departure.

The hostel is generally clean and well maintained. Some guests were rather inconsiderate when it came to using the laptops esp. after midnight and would talk loudly to their friends overseas or to each other or in the dorms whilst others were asleep. In the ladies dorm, I thought my dorm mates had left cosmetics on the vanity table but it wasn't theirs and left by previous occupants. Perhaps, housekeeping could be more attentive and collect towels and throw things out once guests leave.

The bathroom was great with monsoon showerheads and it was well ventilated esp. in the tropical heat. The only drawback is that there aren't enough hooks and users would occupy almost all space leaving very few for others to use.

Overall, it was a good experience and I hope that Wink will continue to do well as I hope to come back next time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Alexis539
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cb h, Owner at Wink Hostel, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Hi Alexis,
I'd share your kind words on service with the team which undoubtedly will encourage! Thanks for your point on items left behind by guests - well noted and we'd be more vigilant. And yes - please come back to check on us... we'd love to host you again. Safe travels until then.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Since my initial enquiry before arriving, to checking out, I had a great experience at Wink. I spent a while searching for somewhere to stay for 4 nights in Singapore and Wink Hostel ticked all the boxes and no where else came close, especially for the cost, being a backpacker it was perfect. The staff are really helpful and friendly, they have everything on site you could need, laundry room, kitchen, big TV to watch films, free internet (including the use of 6 laptops), free breakfast. The whole place was cleaned daily including the showers, toilets, rooms and beds. The pods are really comfy and you get a good nights sleep if other guests respect each other with noise level, all rooms have A/C and a big locker for your stuff. The hostel is situated in an excellent location, two minutes from a MRT station, 15minutes walk from the Marina, the market is just down the next street, and you have a big shopping mall just on the other side of the main road, as well as several restuarants with in arms reach, and you can get special discounts on tickets for the local attractions too. I didn't go to the zoo or anything as it was just too hot for me. Big thumbs up for Wink hostel - it made my trip to Singapore even better.

Room Tip: Try to get a room away from the kitchen/bathrooms if you like to sleep past 8am.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Thank raweggs
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cb h, Owner at Wink Hostel, responded to this review, August 18, 2012
Very much appreciate that you took time to get into quite a bit of a list. Very encouraging for the team here. Hope you'd visit and check off the list again to keep us on our toes! Safe travels.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

Plus
- Located in Chinatown, with a lot of local food and almost a 24 hours place of eatery and pub
- MRT is stone throw away.
- if you feel adventurous, clarke quay is 20 minutes by foot.
- reception service is excellent and no nonsense
- bathroom and bed very clean
- change bed sheet everyday
- using card to enter the room and open our private luggage box
- free broadband wifi

Minus
- if you are a light sleeper, pick a hotel. what can you expect when ten people are sleeping together in one room


Other than that, it was a new experience for us. Love the hostel and the people who runs it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Thank FranCulio
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cb h, Owner at Wink Hostel, responded to this review, August 12, 2012
Thanks very much for sharing your "Plus" list! Sorry you felt disturbed in your sleep. We try hard to mitigate noise with our sound-resistant pod partition walls, carpeted rooms, situating lockers right beneath your bed-pods, and keeping room size small (as low as 6 to a maximum of 10 pods in each room), etc.... but no, we can't quite keep all sounds down like a private room arrangement. I'd remind the team to 'patrol' dorms more during the nights to remind guests to keep the volume down. When you come back next time, please remind us early you're a light sleeper and we'd try hard to assign you a smaller dorm. Again, I appreciate your kind words.
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Chester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

Great hostel bang in the middle of Chinatown. Great for the solo traveller, and very friendly. Lovely staff who massively go out of their way to help, even via email weeks before you arrive! The electronic locks are good and make the whole place feel very secure, and the pod bed setup works well and provides much needed privacy. Bathroom had plenty of showers and was always spotless. There are laundry facilities on site which are reasonably priced. Simple breakfast is provided.
In an expensive city, Wink is an excellent compromise if a stay at Raffles is out of your price range! I'd love to come back.

Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Helena T
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cb h, Owner at Wink Hostel, responded to this review, August 18, 2012
We'd love to have you back! Thanks for sharing your comments on Wink. Great to host you. Happy travels.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Stayed here for a couple of nights when we stopped off in Singapore on our way to Sydney. Found the hostel very clean, had everything that we needed and the breakfasts were a bonus. Really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend / stay again in the future. Thanks Wink!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Thank Frickinpenguin
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cb h, Owner at Wink Hostel, responded to this review, August 12, 2012
Thanks for taking time to write! Delighted you like the concept and package we put together for the modern backpacker. We're still tweaking and hopefully will have a few more things to add to make your stay even better the next time you come by. Visit again soon!
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Property: Wink Hostel
Address: 8A Mosque Street, Singapore 059488, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore > Chinatown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 223 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Wink 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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