I stayed here with my girlfriend on our trip through SE Asia. Loved the place. Auntie Aini was a great hostess. She was welcoming, funny, and seemed to genuinely care about how we were doing. Very sweet lady. We arrived later at night than we thought we would by about two hours, but she waited for us and greeted us.
The place itself isn't anything special, but, then again, you (hopefully) don't travel to hang out in your room all day. The hostel is small. Very small. Three rooms: two private double rooms and a dorm room. There is one shower and one toilet. The common area has the reception desk, computer with free internet, and a small kitchen area (you wash your own dishes here, by the way). There are tables on the balcony. I found the view from the balcony to be nice, overlooking the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the lights of the CBD.
The location is great. Chinatown (of course) and its wonderfull nighttime food market, the Chinatown Food complex, Peoples Park complex, the CBD, and the Maxwell Road Food Center (right across the street practically and home to Tian Tian Chicken Rice - the best) are all close by, as is the Chinatown subway stop.
Value-wise, the Fernloft is one of the less-expensive places to stay in Singapore. The rates may seem high for a backpackers hostel, but in the context of an expensive city/country like Singapore, it is a good deal.
If you are looking for a place where you can just sit in the dorm all day and be entertained or a place to party at night and be loud, I'm afraid you will be disappointed. Auntie does, indeed, stay at the hostel in the dorm room to ensure the quiet hours are enforced, as well as to ensure the safety of her guests. She runs a tight ship, to be sure. Having stayed at many hostels where the management cares only about your money and is indifferent to the state of its rooms, toilets, showers, guests' well-being, and noise levels, I found her dilligence refreshing. She is a proud, lifetime Singaporean who loves handing out tips and advice regarding sights and places to eat (the Lau Pa Sat Center satay stalls are her favorite and now mine). My girlfriend and I found her to be a wonderful lady. I highly recommend this place.
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