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5footway.inn Project Bugis
Ranked #66 of 241 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

I'm awake in this filthy room at the moment, it's 4am. The only thing that is keeping me going is that I'm checking out in 8 hours. I reserved a single room with a bathroom, no windows. This apparently is a perfect setting for black mold spores to grow. I'm pretty sure I've developed an upper respiratory ailment because all I've been doing for the last 5 hours is cough to the point that I'm spitting out a bit of blood (I'm not exaggerating here). There's also an industrial sized air freshener that pumps some noxious "pleasant" odor into the air every few minutes which is scary because a) I'm not sure what smells its covering and b) it sends me into another coughing fit. There's music pumping from the club next door which ended at about 2am. Doors are paper thin and hostel goers are loud. Despite the fact I booked a single room I ended up with bunk beds, which was lucky because I had to play that "which bed sheets have less blood on them" game (upper bunk won). I'm sick, tired and dirty from being in this place. Just terrible.
Positive: free bread in the morning.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

This is a nice hotel. It's centrally located and clean, with plenty of eateries abound, mostly middle eastern or indian halal food, with a sprinkling of chinese and singaporean food, and plenty to see withing walking distance. For die-hard shoppers, a walk around the area will yield interesting finds, especially in the nearby Arab street and Haji street. The night life here in also amazing, ranging from karaoke bars to jazz clubs or simple side street cafes. The hotel is also very accessible by MRT (Nicoll Highway stop and Bugis Junction stop), and bus running on Beach road and North Bridge Road. The free hot drinks and cold water are a plus point, and the staffs are always ready to give you info on where to eat, where to go or how to get somewhere. The front desk is rarely unattended, even in the middle of the night. Somebody will always be there to assist you at any hour of the day.

The only drawback is that the rooms have no window whatsoever and they are really small! One of my friends was claustrophobic so she had to switch to a nearby hotel whose rooms have windows. Another annoying thing is that if you get a room on the third floor, you have to walk down to the second or first floor since all bathrooms and toilets are on the second and first floor. The triple room is not really triple, but a bunk bed with a quuen bed on the top bunk and a single below. And my pet peeves is that the rooms have no clock, so I never knew whether it was already morning or still dawn, no sunlight coming in to greet me in the morning.

So, if you only need a place to sleep at night and stash your stuff, this place is excellent! With the price they charge, it is actually over the value. However, don't expect more than a comfy bed to sleep.

Room Tip: Splurge for a deluxe room, so you can have your own bathroom. When you travel with three people, boo...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

The bad:
- The 4-bed room (2 bunk beds) was like a prison cell - no windows, neon lights, a dirty old carpet and a loud fan humming throughout the night. The bathroom was disgusting: sewage smell and moskitos coming out from the floor drain.
- Breakfast: very basic. Coffee machine damaged, only producing watery liquid. If the only jug of milk is empty, go downstairs to inform reception. Wash your dishes yourself.
- The place is a mess. Stuff is stored everywhere in the stairs and corridors.
- WiFi connection has poor coverage.
- Cash only. Credit card would cost 5% extra.
- It's an inn, not a hotel - true to its name. But I have stayed in youth hostels which were much nicer than this, for a fraction of the price...

The good:
- Staff friendly and tried to help as good as they could.

Room Tip: Avoid the 4-bed room with private bath.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

3 days in 5footway.inn hostel. having a good time here.
1.we booked standard triple room (1 single bed & 1 queen bed) in 3rd floor w/ shared bathroom but it is clean & sweet-smelling. btw, they've a good wifi connection :D
2.in the morning, you get a free breakfast (toast w/ various jams, cereal, fruits & various drink ex.mineral water, tea, milo, coffee, latte) at the balcony. for drink, you can get it 24hr. (other public facilities: washing machine, refrigerator,etc)
3.the staff was very friendly & helpful. thanks to Nadya, Chris,etc. (see you soon in Indonesia Nad, haha).
hope to get back here, hihi. love this place ♡

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Been here for 2 days. Having a great time here.Tthe staff was very helpful and friendly (thanks to Nadya, Aaron, etc.). The ambience is nice and quiet, (i really enjoy my stay in deluxe single room). The cleanliness of the bathroom is mostly good. Overall, it's a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I went to Singapore for 3 days 2 nights with my friends. Looking at review on tripadvisor is very useful and we decided to choose 5footway.inn Project Bugis as our accommodation for the first time. The place is not far from MRT station, only 10 to 15 minutes walk and a lot of restaurants/foodcourt/cafe surround the place. You also can reach bugis street in 30 minutes walk.
We booked 2 rooms, Deluxe Twin Private Ensuite and Standard 3 Bed Private (Shared Bathroom). The size of rooms are quite small, but it is CLEAN and not smelly. Even though, we got shared bathroom, it is also clean. Furthermore, the balcony was good place to spend your leisure time in the morning while having breakfast and chit chat with your friends. In addition to that, they provided coffee, teh tarik, milo for 24 hours, however, we often run out of milo in the afternoon (maybe it's the favorite one).
When check in, there were 2 staffs, Nadia and Maya, who helped and informed us where is the nearest place to find food and direction to interesting places. Thanks a lot to both of them :)
Lastly, I would suggest if they can put prayer direction in each room as it is very useful for us as moeslim, add more choice for rooms (ex: triple rooms with attached bathroom) as it will be convenience for girls to have ensuite bathroom, and it will be better there is one locker in our Standard 3 Bed Private room.
That's all from me and hope you guys will have fun at 5footway.inn Project Bugis like us :)

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Upon check in, the staff was friendly even showed me around and escorted me to my room. Room is small, apart from bed, there is only a small locker but simple and clean. Bathroom amenities is good enough. 5footway.inn located near to town and surrounded by lots of eateries and convenience store. Love the courtyard on level 2, can enjoy sunshine in the morning during breakfast time and can have a good rest after a long day but the building behind is under constructions therefore will be expecting a little bit of noise when resting at the courtyard during day time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about 5footway.inn Project Bugis

Address: 10 Aliwal Street 5footway.Inn Project Bugis, Singapore 199903, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore > Kampong Glam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 241 Specialty Lodging in Singapore
Price Range: $25 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — 5footway.inn Project Bugis 2*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5footway.inn is designed with the modern traveller in mind: clean, cosy beds with individual lights; electrical outlets for power-hungry gadgets; privacy curtains for a sense of personal space; air-conditioning to get thru the warm Singaporean weather; complimentary broadband WIFI throughout the hostel and complimentary breakfast.The revamped 5footway.inn Project Bugis is the only ones in town where you get boutique hotel accommodation at hostel prices; relax in our in-house cafe/lounge and have a BBQ or watch a movie under the stars at our rooftop terrace garden. ... more   less 
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