Betel Box Backpackers Hostel, Singapore

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Super awesome

Likes -- Friendly staff, Cool reception area, Good location, Cheap. Disliked -- Other guests were really friendly but a little older with no interest to go out and party. But that's not the hostels fault.

Age 29 | UK


all services were in middle. common room was good with facilities. friendly staff. in a good area close to nightlife and food market.

Age 46 | pakistan

Worth the price

I Stayed here from 29 dec - 2 january, it was all great. I mean, you get what you paid right? the bed was comfortable but not that comfortable compared to 3stars hotel (what can you expect? it's a hostel) the free breakfast was good, and the staffs were friendly enough. I personally like Uncle Tong, he explained to me all the way to Sentosa and its way back. This place laid between so many pubs so you can see many hookers lining up at night, but after all, this place really make us at home!


Somewhat disappointed. booked a double room for $50SD and frankly it was dirty with Gecko poo and the carpet was filthy with dirt. I don't think it had ever seen a vacuum cleaner. Shared bathroom only had a cold shower and hair from previous users was on the shower floor. Breakfast was free and good. Internet free for a twenty-minute session per day. The kitchen wasn't clean, the dish-brush looked worse then an old used toothbrush, and the dishcloth was growing its own laboratory germs. honestly it was so gross I washed my dishes with my hands. and yes once again no hot water in the kitchen. People are expected to wash their own dishes (that's ok) but I saw many a person just rinsing their stuff and not washing them, a breeding ground for germs. The common room is one room, kitchen, TV, Internet, office, and eating area and by now crowded with furniture and not as good as the photos which were obviously taken when the place was new. Lack of communication between Tony and his staff led to an embarrassing incident which was unpleasant. Ok if you're not too fussed. not ok if you expect to get what you see/read and ask for. Hostel is also located in a brothel area, but you will not be hassled and you are very safe.


I stayed from 9 to 14 Aug. 2006. Nice place, good staff, always cooperative. Everything is free, like internet, breakfast, gym, tours, food, walk, cycling. Who gives free in this world? Only Betel Box in Singapore. I will request worldwide that you do stay at Betel Box. Even five-star guests should try Betel Box. It's marvelous. What more one can expect at SGD18? Again, I will repeat my stay in Betel Box in November 2006.

Bhupat pandya

This was THE best hostel I have ever stayed anywhere in the world! Staff are really friendly and helpful, and the tour (I highly recommend the food walk) was wonderful. This is one place where you get to be really great friends with the staff and other backpackers, not to mention you really get to see non-touristy part of Singapore. The dorm might not look like a luxury five star hotel, but the service definitely is! The breakfast is great, too.


Communal area is excellent, a good place to meet the others living there. The dorm room is basic, but serves the purpose. It's really clean. When I was there, they had professional cleaners there to do all the mattresses and pillows. Apparently it happens every couple of months. What I really liked are the people who are running the place and the tours they run for free Tony, T.K., and Wendy. I've not been to many places where the staff makes time to get to know you and show you around.


The dorm is definitely a letdown. Once you step inside, it's like wow! But when you see your room, your heart will sink.


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Location and Contact




Address: 200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore (Singapore), Singapore

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Website Betel Box Backpackers Hostel Singapore City
Phone Number: +65 6247 7340
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage



24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking



Gym/Fitness Room

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool



Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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