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Bunc at Radius Hostel on Clarke Quay
Oakland, California
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69 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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“Great hostel that looks like a modern hotel”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Bunc Hostel is run by an upscale hotel group who's approach to creating Bunc was to create a modern upscale hotel environment with dorm rooms and they've done a wonderful job. The ground floor houses the living room, dining, kitchen, and computer area and everything has a clean sleek minimal look to it.
The rooms are squeaky clean; the mattresses, pillows, and comforters are uber comfy. Each bed has a shelf and space to put your things as well as a reading lamp and electrical outlet.
It's pretty expensive for a hostel though, about $32-40 US per night. There are certainly cheaper hostels out there, but if you want to feel like you're in a upscale hotel for a fraction of the price, then this hostel is worth your while.
It's located in Little India, about a 5 minute walk from the Little Indian station. There are some great restaurants in Little India and Arab Street is 5 minutes away as well.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Lights, camera, action. Imagine if one the best weekends of your life is spoiled by a lousy place to stay. Not the case. Part of it was the experience at super friendly, super clean Bunc. It is in the right spot to go eating and dancing and strolling. It is in the Clarke Quay, right? If you go to Singapore, just go there! And the prices are good, which is crucial in Singapore.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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xJanice, Sales at Bunc at Radius Hostel on Clarke Quay, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Hello Yomera,

Thank you for taking time to leave this creative and quirky review for us! :) We're glad that you've enjoyed your trip, and most importantly your stay here with us at Bunc. We look forward to the next chance of hosting your stay here in Singapore!

Cheers!
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

First of all this hostel is in a brilliant place, within 1 minutes walk of Clarke Quay and also a whole street of restaurants across the road. The guys who run the cafe next door are real friendly and helpful as well. Now the hostel. it is quite small and very new so you will not get any assistance or group entertainment like you do in many hostels. The hostel is totally white and I mean white all over. it has no windows so is quite soulless. However the bed is spacious and really comfortable with a curtain to give you privacy. I was in a mixed dorm although I asked for a female dorm and this means that the showers and bathroom are mixed as well. They are clean and quite large but it is a challenge to get dressed without displaying your wares to others as there are no chairs to sit on, no shelves to put your clothes on. The beds are double high in what is really a corridor so there is little room beside the bed either. Again no chairs in the rooms. The lockers are quite challenging as they are a horizontal cupboard below the bottom bunk which means distorting yourself to both lock them and get the bag that has been pushed to the back. There is a handy lockable smaller locker by the bed, next to a handy shelf inside your pod where you can put your computer, phone, tablet etc. There is also your own electric socket. The price is really great for such a great position and it includes a basic breakfast and wi fi.
In summary, great price if you can forgo both colour and atmosphere and the hostel experience.

Room Tip: Great bed whatever you choose. You get more space and a couch if you choose the more expensive room...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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xJanice, Sales at Bunc at Radius Hostel on Clarke Quay, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Hello Lee,

Thank you for taking time to leave us a review. We are indeed conveniently located from Clarke Quay, just 1 minute away. Thank you for telling us what you love about us, such as location, bunk bed and our facilities. Our reception is open 24 hours, and available to assist you in planning your itinerary or provide recommendations to places in Singapore if needed. :)

We're glad you had a great stay and found great value in us, we look forward to hosting your next stay with us soon!

Cheers!
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

stayed here on a quick trip to singapore back in March when I haven't move to singapore permanently. the location was good. it's very close to the Clarke Quay MRT station and within walking distance from Chinatown MRT station.

The room was ok. But I personally think that you could get way better hostel with that price.
Sorry, just trying to be honest.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Jogja
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Great location, efficient use of space, and they are constantly cleaning. In my 12 months of continuous travel through Asis and the Pacific, it's a good deal. The mattress is super comfortable with a fluffy white comforter and supportive pillow. ..all tucked into a private n quiet pod!

The breakfast is useless, but just walj 5 minutrs to the Raffles City Center and there are tons of choices.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Newcastle, Australia
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

A good hostel but a bit pricey.

Maybe it's just the location but I have stayed in hostels before at half the price.

Rooms were clean.

Shared bathroom cleaned once a day and water build up on the floor after each shower use.

Cleaning staff oddly sleep in the fire stairs and also keep their belongings there?
Wifi works well and cut out only once.

Staff refused to refund a night stat when I was advised I could stay with a family member, reception staff stated I needed to give 5 days notice to cancel however I had only booked and payed for the extra night the night before and I explained giving 5 days notice was impossible due to this.

All in all a good 2 nights sleep. with no major issues.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Bunc Hostel for two nights. This was my first time staying in a hostel. We had a private room with shared bathroom. The room was cosy and clean but comfortable. There was no bin in the room which was a pain at times and only the overhead fluorescent light (no bedside lighting). The bathroom could have been maintained a lot better. The bin was frequently over flowing and when the toilet paper ran out it wasn't replaced. We had to find a roll on another floor hours after telling one of the staff members multiple times about the problem. There needs to be a clean bath mat in the bathroom replaced daily as there is always water all over the floor after people have showered. I was reluctant to dry the floor with my towel as the floor was dirty and I wanted to reuse the towel. The bathroom is awkwardly small. There are a few hooks on the wall but there isn't really anywhere to put your toiletry bag except on the floor or on the toilet which isn't very sanitary. The breakfast was ordinary. Toast with shared jars of margarine and jam. Guests were to wash their own dishes but appeared to be rinsing or scrubbing them 'clean' with a very dirty looking sponge. I would suggest regularly replacing the sponge and having individual packets of margarine and jams etc for food safety purposes. Perhaps offering juice and fruit as well would be a nice touch. I liked the idea that you leave a refundable deposit for towels and for international converter plugs etc. I think that was a nice touch. Overall the hotel is extremely expensive for a backpackers. The staff are friendly enough. There was a cleaner sleeping in the stairwell who appeared to also live in the stairwell and a maintenance guy just let himself into our room when we were in there without knocking which was very rude. I just think that the hostel need to fine tune a few basic things to make the stay better value for money. Overall the location is central and a quick walk to the MRT/Clarke Quay/Marina bay. There are a few seedy looking bars nearby with 'ladies of the night' hanging around but it's easily avoidable. Thanks for having us stay.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bunc at Radius Hostel on Clarke Quay
Address: 36 South Bridge Road Lai Nguang Building, Singapore 058670, Singapore
Region: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Bunc at Radius Hostel on Clarke Quay 2*
Number of rooms: 5
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Bunc@Radius Clarke Quay is a brand-new 70-bed, 5-storey hostel strategically located at 36 South Bridge Road, within the culturally rich Chinatown historical district in Singapore. ... more   less 
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