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Wink Capsule Hostel
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

I stayed here for 2 nights and was very happy. It is brand new and squeaky clean. The pods are great in giving you the privacy you need. The wifi worked great and there were even net books with headsets so you can use skype so that you don't bother people in your dorm.

The staff was very friendly and very helpful. I also liked the electronic keys. However, the front door is kept open during the day time.

The location is near the Chinatown food street, just two/three blocks away, and my favourite, maxwell food centre. They are both so close and convenient. As well, it's only a 3 minute walk to Chinatown MRT stop. Certain sites are very much accessible by foot. I walked to the river area and all the way to the Marina Bay Sands. If you're a walker then you can easily do it too.

The only awkward part was that I chose a pod on the top bunk to get a little bit more privacy. I think the person who designed the ladder to climb up to the top did not actually TRY to climb it haha. That being said, it takes a little extra talent and maybe balance to climb up and down. Tip, step parallel to the wrung.. I only figured this one out on the last day! Or just choose a bottom bunk. This is just a small thing, I would still choose the top bunk again.

Room Tip: Single sized bed was enough room for me. But you can also book a double. I am not sure what they are...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2011

Yes, food, food, abounds around. Great reminder this is a foodies locale .....

Glad you'd persevere with our top pods next time you visit! We'd have you conduct a coaching clinic now that you have mastered the art of cavorting into the upper pod (meantime, we'd keep pointing to the handy handles at the side).

Thanks for sharing your experiences. We look forward to your next trip.

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Reviewed 30 November 2011

I stayed a couple of nights here over the weekend. First time in a long time i've stayed in a hostel... first staying in one on my own... and I have to say I loved it.
Friendly, helpful staff... service with a smile!
The pod concept is brilliant and a nice change from the bunk beds of old. Close to the MRT stop... walking distance from Clark Quay, Smack bang in the middle of Chinatown... you can't go wrong. I'd be more than happy to stay there again!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2011

Hey Mita!
Your cheerfulness and smiles added loads to the place whilst you were here! We are looking forward to welcoming you again during Christmas.

Yes - your pic will be posted and treasured. Thanks and great having you.

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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Stayed a couple nights at this place. One of the nice features is that you can get a double pod, which is great if you're a couple and don't want to be on separate beds. The pod concept, as opposed to bunk beds, is also great, you feel like you have more privacy if needed. The rooms look very cool, which alone makes the place enticing. There's free wifi and since this is Singapore, it's very fast, faster than anything I've seen at 5 star hotels in other countries. The storage space is large and controlled by your keycard, which is convenient. The location is also great, the Chinatown MRT station is just a 2 minute walk, and from there you can go anywhere. Only downside with the rooms is that there's a feature that turns a light on in your pod when you enter the room. It seemed clever at first, but then it wasn't so great when my wife went to sleep and I stayed up. Every time I walked in the room, the light would come on and wake her up!

The hostel lost a few points in the common areas. While the showers are wonderful (big showerheads!), there's no good place to put your clothes while showering. Could definitely use some extra hooks or a shelf or something. The second time I went, I made sure to bring a bag I could put everything into so I could hang it on the lone hook.

Another thing is that outside your air conditioned room, it's unbelievably hot everywhere else in the place. I got out of the shower and found myself sweating already by the time I got out of it after changing and brushing my teeth.

So while there are a few minor issues with the place, it's a great place to stay and a good budget option given the ridiculously high prices of accommodations in Singapore.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank T M
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2011

Hi TM,
Many thanks for taking time to share your thoughts. I am encouraged by your many positives on Wink!

We appreciate and take seriously your points for us to improve:
- Yes, we are putting up hooks, ledges and/or stands in the bathrooms shortly;
- We have overhead and side fans in all communal areas, including the toilets. Your kind feedback is a little surprising - but we'd immediately review the need for better positioning. One possible issue is folks tend to switch these off now and then as they stand alongside switches for heaters, lights etc. We'd also look into more labeling and perhaps having them permanently 'on'.
- The auto-light in our pods are very soft ambient light meant partly to guide occupants to their pods without their having to switch on the common light in the room. It's worked great for single pods but I take onboard your point for double pods. We'd sample more feedback - one option is to mute the soft ambient light even more.

Again thanks.

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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We stayed here around 5-8 nov 2011.....
+ Its fabulous location, next to Chinatown market and just couples minutes walk from MRT station
+ Very friendly and helpful staff
+ Clean and safe
+ The pods makes you have your own private area even in a dorm
+ Big and long locker
+ Great breakfast and also free coffee and tea all day
+ 6 Notebooks available for internet and high speed wifi
+ Comfortable beds and Aircondition
+ Fridge and kitchen for use
+ Great shower and hair dryer

Thank you for serving us!

Room Tip: Female dorm on level 2 is closer to the bathroom
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2011

Many thanks for taking time and effort to think through a list for Wink .... Our pleasure to host you!

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Reviewed 15 November 2011

The staff is pleased to help with anything.
They have good beds (we had a "single pod"), clean showers and a free breakfast. What more do you need???

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank BiancaVoorn
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2011

Hi Bianca - Delighted and grateful you folks stayed with us twice in your SE Asia journeys. Come back again!

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Reviewed 15 November 2011

Wink hostel is a fantatsic place to stay even if you aren't a traveller on a budget! The pods are spacious and very comfortable, the staff are very friendly, informative, helpful and genuinely nice people. The facilities are as good as you will find in shared accomodtion and better than a lot of private! Add in the great location in Chinatown close to the transport links, the various local food options and the hostel being a relaxed, comfortable and pretty cool place to stay and you really couldn't ask for better!

Singapore doesn't really cater well to the budget traveller, so spend a couple of dollars extra for a stay at wink you won't regret it!!

Would always go back here if visiting Singapore in the future, not only for the rooms, service and facilities but also to say hello to Cheryl and co!!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2011

Great encouragement! We'll work hard to keep up the standards. Again thanks.

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Reviewed 14 November 2011

I stayed at Wink between 28th Oct and 11th Nov 2011, the last two weeks of a global three month tour. Poor weather conditions in Thailand resulted in an extended stay in Wink Hostel, instead of the one wk initially planned. I was a "walk-in" guest and all credit to the taxi driver for suggesting Mosque St, as i indicated a preferance for the Chinatown district. It was also the first time i have stayed in hostel accomodation (anywhere). The hostel appeared very new and visually was spotlessly clean. Fastest fibre optic internet / wi-fi connection i've ever experienced. Breakfast, coffee and juices were included within a comfortably large breakfast room to eat and share travellers tales.Two internet areas with new six lap tops were provided for those without their own gadgets. Laundry room was fitted with new washer dryer appliances and the individual sleeping pods (cubicles), with quality bed linen had individual electrical points to power personal devices and personal lighting within. Building and locker access and billing was via hi-tech electronic cards. Location was perfect in Chinatown for taxis and a short walk to the MRT. Cheryl, Choong, FatHu and Thomas at reception were ever helpful, providing assistance in every regard with respect to with transport, eating suggestion and use of the facilities and the cleaning staff were also very friendly (if you spoke a bit of chinese). Would definately return to the Wink. Honestly couldn't fault the place in any regard, really enjoyed my stay there , a new experience and met some very nice people while there. Didn't see a fitness centre but wasnt looking for one, Well done and many thanks.

Room Tip: i preferred the pod at the end of the room (moved once) as it was less visible to others sharing th...
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cb h, Owner at Wink Capsule Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2011

Paul - We miss having you regale us with your daily exploits/adventures. Thanks for taking time to write. Come back soon!

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Additional Information about Wink Capsule Hostel

Address: 8A Mosque Street | Chinatown, Singapore 059488, Singapore
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Region: Singapore > Singapore > Chinatown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 247 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Price Range: £24 - £228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Wink Capsule Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in a historic shophouse that's nestled in the cultural heart of Singapore, Wink is a premium Pod hostel that offers travellers private sleeping sanctums that are inviting and decked in plush designer finishing. Want to indulge in a little luxury while on a budget? Looking to meet new friends while mixing it up with fellow travellers in a friendly environment? Then Wink is perfect for you! Our secure tap card system grants access to spacious dorms that are air-conditioned, fully carpeted and furnished with cushy couches, perfect for kicking back and just chilling with pals. Ladies dormitories are available and come complete with vanity counters. All dorms have Wi-Fi access. You will find our custom pods come in unique designs with plentiful headroom and side-allowances, presenting you with a comfortable and individualised space that caters to your needs. Every pod is fitted with ambient backlight, sound resistant walls, a cushy backrest, reading LED light, power socket and smartcard access locker located right at the foot. A 6 inch orthopaedic mattress draped in lush soft linen and accompanied by a sumptuous duvet rounds out the experience. Breakfast is served daily in our guest kitchenette that comes fully equipped with cooking hob, microwave oven, grill and refrigerator. Other facilities include showers & toilets, a relaxing café lounge, internet stations, laundry & ironing and 24 hour reception. Centrally located in bustling Chinatown, Wink is mere minutes away from numerous must-see heritage and cultural attractions. Nearby Clarke Quay and the bohemian Club Street also serves up an exciting array of nightlife and dining destinations. With Chinatown's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station and several bus-stops a short walk away, you will find Wink the perfect location from which to start exploring Singapore. ... more   less 
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