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New Society Backpackers' Hotel
Ranked #152 of 247 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Reviewed 20 October 2012

stayed here with 4 other friends for new year's eve. We made a booking at one of the hotel, same row with this hotel, but the room was given away and they refund our money. So we randomly picked Ark259 Lodge and it was an awesome stay. we got a room at the ground level, right next to lobby, shared bathroom, and pantry.

It was a big dorm for us only, comfortable beds, aircond, new lockers, and clean bathrooms. Its just that the location was a bit too far from city center - orchard rd, marina bay, etc. but its short-walk to nearest MRT station and good restaurants / cafes. overall, i would recommend all travelers to stay here and enjoy singapore.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed in the dorm room and really enjoyed the the air conditioning and the price. The staff at Society are really helpful and friendly. They were very knowledgeable about Singapore. My all time favorite thing was the blackberry jam for breakfast and the cheap beer.

Thank you for making our stay comfortable and pleasant.

We will definitely be back.

Julia and Tom

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

A big thank you to the family team at 'Society backpackers Hotel'. You guys made my 7 nights stay in your hotel a very comfortable and enjoyable one. Your personal care and concerns for the guests much impressed me as many hostels or hotels are just too commercialised.
This hotel is just newly renovated 2 months ago and everythng here is almost perfect for a backpackers hotel calibre (cannot compare to a 4*star hotel but this would be a 4* standard to a budget traveler). Its simple and warmth decor with nice clean white walls, newly replace timber flooring, almost spotless clean envirmonement and most importantly clean beddings and linens got my uptmost vote. Good locale, close to MRT and shops. Friendly and ever-ready to assist staff.
A big thank you to hotel owner, Terence in allowing me to charge to his credit card to facilitate my air-ticket booking as my card did not work. Thank you once again and I will definately spread the good words of your hotel to the world. Keep up the great service and wish your hotel great success.

Cheers.
Ingrid

Room Tip: There are some long term stayers on the 3rd level but overall is ok. I was given the 2nd floor dorm...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ingrid48_12
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

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This is a very good hostel where we can have a good rest and a decent sleep at night. I slept here 2 nights with my friend and overall, we like it. We were given a 20-bed dorm and it is divided into 2 i.e. 10 beds and 10 beds by a curtain in the middle.

The location is nice as it is near the Farrer Park station where you can just enter the City Square Mall to go to the station. The cleanliness is also good and the toilets are fine. You will be given a locker with key [no need to bring own padlocks] and the toilet is attached to the dorm which make it convenient to go to the toilet and/or bathroom.

Hot shower is available and to enter the room, you will have a key card which means, security is also good. The staff is also friendly and the best part is it has free breakfast and you can have plain water at any time of the day. There is also a place for you to chill and relax in the front balcony which is also a smoking area. WiFi is also doing great.

Met fellow travellers from Indonesia, Japan and Germany apart from those staying for work.

Overall, this hostel is good and you can have a good sleep and/or rest with a cheap price.

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Overall, I liked this hostel. But several things that I want to comment are:

1. There is no individual reading lamp at your bed. However, this is not a big problem as at night, I am only here to sleep and have a rest.

2. The aircond is not 24-H. It is on from 7.00 pm to 10.00 am. I am fine with this, but I think an alternative such as fan should be provided so that travellers who need rest in the afternoon will have a breeze.

3. My mattress is quite old and thin. On my last day, I sat at the bed beside me and it feels that the mattress is so comfortable as compared to mine. But this is no big issue as I still have a decent and good night sleep.

Room Tip: Ask for bed which is a little bit further from the door, the curtain or the bathroom door as it is q...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

This place is mostly filled with long term stayers that are working in Singapore and need a place to live. We were the only people there for a visit.

The price was ok, but the breakfast was terrible, there was a mouse that seemed to have taken up residence in the kitchen and the bins in the communal toilets were continually overflowing. We did not have a problem with noise though and the staff were friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

Despite that I definitely would NOT stay there again and would only recommend it to people that I didn't like too much!!

Room Tip: choose another backpackers
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

Ark 259 lodge very affordable and the facilities on the satisfaction level. A great place to stay and the people just lovely !

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

Security is very bad. I lost my I-pad and HTC cell phone there. I never come again.
Bye

Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about New Society Backpackers' Hotel

Address: 259A Jalan Besar, Singapore 208934, Singapore (Formerly Society Backpackers' Hotel)
Region: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #152 of 247 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Price Range: £10 - £24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — New Society Backpackers' Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New society backpacker's hostel is a clean, safe, friendly hostel centrally situated along the main road of Jalan Besar, five minutes walk from Farrer Park MRT station, and tucked amidst the colourful and vibrant food and shopping area of Little India. The hostel is in an old style building with a rooftop terrace that overlooks old charmed pre-war shops, modern buildings, condominiums and shopping malls. We provide a range of services to ensure your stay is comfortable. ... more   less 
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