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“cute, with a nice and friendly owner who is very helpful”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Happy Snail Hostel

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Happy Snail Hostel
Ranked #62 of 223 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Belfast, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“cute, with a nice and friendly owner who is very helpful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

This hostel is the smallest hostel i have ever stayed. Because of this though it is very cute and has a homely feel to it.
Mike the owner is lovely, he provides bread, tea, coffee and bananas all day for everyone. He will also book tours for you at discounted prices. He will also even post your post cards home for you. He is just a lovely man.
The hostel itself is clean with very comfy beds. The beds are almost double sized with an individual plug so it makes for a good night sleep.
The only downfall are the bathrooms. They are wet rooms so the toilet and floor is always wet.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

Every 4 times in year our church celebrates a Thanksgiving to God. Because of this important religious event I discovered a lodging place near in our church. It is very convenient for me because I leave in SG from a location 1 hour from our church . So it is a best option for me to stay in happy snail to save time and transport . I've stayed here almost 6 times already times 3days. I'm very well pleased with service of Mike (the owner) and the facilities they offer. If you love travelling for a short stay in SG. This hostel is perfect . It is centrally located to all nearest tourist spots and accessibility to public transport. They offer discount tickets to different attractions and events in Singapore. In the hostel provides free internet laptop, wide screen cabel tv, free bananas , coffees, teas , beards and sandwich spreads.Also books, maps and magazines are available. You can purchase a towel for $1.00 and sodas as well. A laundry machine and 2 bathrooms are available. Hostel has 3 rooms. One is for all girls and can acoomodate 6paxs, 2nd (all boys) and 3rd room - recommended for families/couples. All are in double beds. Price range from $20-22/pax.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

The owner Mike is awesome and a pleasure to be around. Helpful labels everywhere, e.g. on the kitchen cupboard: "don't leave dirty dishes in sink - thx!" Mike will happily advise you on transport, what to see or do in Singapore, prices on activities etc. - and the common room has great maps with notes. Mike really puts in an effort.

Fridge and freezer are free to use, and breakfast (bread, spreads, banana, tea, coffee) are free anytime of the day. Laundry with dryer is cheap. The lockers are safe, bunkbeds spacious, dorms are cooled with AC and super clean. Fast and stable wifi.

This coule easily become a 5/5. Just needs cosier lighting and mosquito nets in dorm windows. But even without, Happy Snail Hostel is a great place to stay in Singapore!

Room Tip: All 3 doors seemed sufficiently cooled. We stayed in mixed, and experienced no outside noise whatsoe...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

My stay at Happy Snail Hostel exceeded expectations for hostel living. Despite the small space, it appeared to occupy its 15+ guests flawlessly. During my 8-day stay, I never felt claustrophobic or stifled,or felt the frustration of indoor traffic- which was great- especially for someone who values a bit of privacy and space.

Located near Chinatown and a brief walk or bus ride to Outram Park (where the Northeast Line and the East-West lines converge), its location is quite close to cultural attractions and hot spots (ie. Chinatown, Little India, Clarke Quay, Sentosa, etc).

In addition to its location, a critical aspect to Happy Snail is its owner, Mike. Mike goes above and beyond to ensure a safe, fun and comfortable stay in Singapore by providing guests with local advice and assistance. His helpfulness, kindness and light-hearted personality creates a an easy-going and stress-free atmosphere. Additionally, his complimentary offering of bread, nutella, peanut butter, teas, etc. were not only a bonus to my stay, but a representation of his hospitality & generosity- the kind of nature which also attracts a cool group of people from around the world.

Thank you Happy Snail for making my stay a pleasant & enjoyable one!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Suzhou, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

Mike was extremely helpful in helping me to figure out what parts of the town are worth seeing or not. He helped save a lot of time so that the time spent in Singapore was well worth it. In addition to his kindness and help, he is an honest man. I left my phone in the hostel when I left the country and he has been honest enough to not only hold the phone for me, but also help try to get the phone back to me. It's hard to come across someone so honest. Definitely a trustworthy place to stay.

Room Tip: Really dont have a swimming pool or fitness center, i just had to enter something. but there is a fi...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

Mike, the owner, is incredibly helpful. I arrived late (2am), which requires self-check-in, but Mike laid out everything I needed to know ahead of time to get into the hostel and which bed was mine. The hostel has spent a lot of time with making sure guests are comfortable with the little things - there are lockers for your bags, there is FAST, free wi-fi as well as a laptop for use by guests, local maps/guides, A/C in the public area and dorm rooms, washing machine, iron, towels for rent for cheap, plenty of outlets to charge your devices, etc.

The location is far enough to be quiet (second story walk-up in a residential neighborhood), but there is a bus stop one block away which takes you to the subway (Outram Park), which is also just a short 1km walk away.

The 24 hour self-service breakfast with breads, spreads, and fruits, as well as free coffee/tea is really great for on-the-go before you head out in the morning.

Definitely will stay here if staying in Singapore in the future, and will recommend this hostel to friends!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Overall very good little hostel. There are 3 dorm rooms with around 6-8 beds in each room. There is a reasonable amount of space, wifi works well, beds are comfortable. Its quite a small place with a more homely atmosphere.

If you are coming from the airport recommend the airport shuttle as its a VERY difficult place to find on your own for the first time.

Only downside is that the hostel is a little far from the centre although the nearest train stop is around 15 minutes brisk walking, so if you don't mind walking around in heat and humidity then it wont be a problem for you.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Thank Nicholas A
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Property: Happy Snail Hostel
Address: Block 147 Silat Avenue #01-32, Singapore 160147, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
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Ranked #62 of 223 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Number of rooms: 3
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