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“Moldy, dirty and expensive--find someplace else to stay”
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Ark Hostel
Reviewed 30 March 2011

I would never stay here again. For S$55 a night, this hostel should be ashamed of the way that their place is kept. I have no idea who wrote these other reviews.
We checked into a dusty room on the 3rd floor that had a significant amount of mold on the ceiling. The stairwell smells like a public bathroom. The hallway walls are dirty and the bathroom is filthy and moldy. Of 3 women's bathrooms, one is out of order and another is missing the toilet seat. There are apparently no toilet seats in the men's bathrooms, either. Here's a tip: if you're not going to clean often or well, perhaps white should not be the color-scheme of the hostel.
There is a huge tv in the room--considering that there are only 2-5 watchable stations, why spend money on the tv instead of a more robust cleaning staff or fixing the broken bathroom?

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

Didn't plan to stay a nite in Sing. 
Clean. Simple. Comfortable. Better than 3 start cheap hotel around.
Hospital-white setting shows cleanliness. 
Hot shower.
Little details showed the owner has heart in this biz.
Got a towel when asked is a little surprise that's heart- warming.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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4  Thank TetSan
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

The hostel was clean and no-frills. We stayed for 5 days and had no problems whatsoever. Location was also easily accessible by bus and MRT. Ideal for any budget traveller.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank lionelt87
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Reviewed 11 November 2010

Nice and clean hostel and, best of all, the price was very cheap considering its excellent location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank KelvinAndLing
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Reviewed 11 November 2010

We really enjoyed staying at Ideal backpackers Hostel early November. Arriving in the early morning from Amsterdam, we were tired and kind of on the edge. So we considered our self lucky to have found this backpacker (introduced by a taxi drive- a very good man). This hostel in good condition, basic within itself: clean, the bed comfortable and neat in standard room. Off course the best thing is rate.
I suggest it to anybody who's looking for a nice hostel in Singapore!!!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Edian
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Reviewed 16 October 2010

Great location and price... Ideal for those who just need somewhere to sleep comfortably. Great place to hang out with frenz. :D

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Alika89
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

They have good location and friendly staff. The rooms are quite cozy and there is TV inside.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Ark Hostel

Address: 89 Geylang Road, Singapore 389203, Singapore (Formerly Ideal Backpackers Hostel)
Region: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #74 of 237 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Price Range: £50 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ark Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Air-conditioned family and dormitory rooms are available at Ark Hostel, a short 3-minute walk from Kallang MRT Station. With free WiFi available throughout the property, the hostel is minutes' from famous local eateries at Geylang Road that include both halal and non-halal options. Self-service laundry facilities are available at an extra charge. The air-conditioned rooms all come with a flat-screen TV. Lockers are available outside the room. Bathroom facilities are shared and equipped with a shower. Most rooms do not come with windows. Ark Hostel is also 5-minute walk from Stadium MRT Station. By train, it is within 10 minutes' from City Hall or Dhoby Ghaut MRT Stations. Changi International Airport is a 25-minute drive away. This property is also rated for the best value in Singapore! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ideal Backpackers Hotel Singapore
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