Sleepy Sam's Bed & Breakfast

55 Bussorah Street, Singapore, Singapore

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  • deeper_blue's Profile Photo

    Decent place for a budget price

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    This is essentially a hostel with some private rooms. The place is well maintained and the staff are helpful, only beware if you have to leave early as the reception opens at 8ish and they keep your passport! It's located in the Arab district which allows for easy access to the mosque and shopping.

  • carteki's Profile Photo

    Budget Accommodation in Singapore

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    I have not stayed at these places, but investigated them for a friend. I would appreciate your comments if you have stayed there.

    Near Farrer Park MRT, Lavender MRT
    1) Welcome Inn Backpackers hostel - www.welcomeinn.com.sg - has twin rooms. S$78pp
    2) Tresor Tavern - www.tresortavern.com - only has quad dorms. $40pp
    Both of these look like really nice hostels - they are brand new, but they are expensive and next door to Karoeke Bars which may get noisy. Prices include breakfast.
    3) Tai Hoe Hotel - http://www.taihoehotel.com. Rooms are $100 for 2 people
    4) Farrer Park Hotel and Hostel - ph +65 62912149 - This is a brand new hostel. The double rooms look nice. $80 for 2 people
    5) The Hive - www.thehivebackpackers.com - Twin rooms - S$55. I did put my nose in there and wasn’t really impressed with the common room area. I didn’t get to see much else there.

    Near Little India MRT (Closest from green line = Bugis)
    1) Prince of Wales - www.pow.com.sg - This is a popular Aussie pub with a hostel. The double rooms are currently being renovated but will be available in January. S$60 per room.
    2) The Inn Crowd - www.the-inncrowd.com - They have double rooms for S$59

    Bugis:
    I haven’t seen any of the other hostels, but picked them up from a travel site.
    1) Sleepy Sams - www.sleepysams.com - seems to have received the best reviews, but also is expensive. Double - S$89
    2) New 7th Storey Hostel - www.nsshotel.com - this hotel has some historic significance and is about to be closed down to make way for a mrt station. Standard Room - S$60
    3) Cosy Corner Guest House - http://www.cozycornerguest.com/index.html - S$50 for a double

    Dhoby Ghaut - closer to the centre of town (2 stops on the MRT from me)
    1) Hawaii Hostel - www.hawaiihostel.com.sg - Double S$40. I drive past this hostel on the way to work and it looks like a bit of a dive from the outside, however there is a good review on vt.

    Note - the hostels are touting a transport provider who charges S$35 for 1 - 4 people to go to the airport. The max fare that I have EVER paid to and from the airport (including surcharges) is S$25. This provider is a rip-off. Use a metered taxi - it is cheaper.

  • jackliveshere's Profile Photo

    Cheap, Clean and Well Managed

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    It was wonderful to stay in such a well run, clean, friendly and attractive hostel.

    From my experience, nothing missed a beat in this place. I think I paid S$25 for the night, including breakfast. The staff were helpful and friendly. The accommodation in the dorm room was airy whilst still rather private. And to top it off the breakfast was simple but excellent, toast, an assortment of fresh fruits and great coffee.

    Unique Quality: Located just behind Arab St, the area is pretty, the only issue being is that it's quite a fair way from the CBD and the MTR. However this should not discourage you.

    Directions: http://www.sleepysams.com/Where%20How.html

  • Basztian's Profile Photo

    The Best Hostel

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    ** To be fair I'm also giving you the drawbacks of this location. But let there be no mistake that I find Sleepy Sam's the best hostel in Singapore. **

    The past half year I've visited Singapore 4 times, staying at different hostels. All of them were at least decent, but Sleepy Sam's is the only one where I returned. The visitor's entrance of the great Sultan Mosque leads to an alley with some tourist shops, restaurants and this hostel. The surrounding atmosphere is a relaxed kind of vibrance -always people, never crowded- it's peaceful without the boredom. :) In the middle of this alley you'll find the hostel. It's not that big, but with 2 social rooms, a patio and a pretty big kitchen it makes the best of its room. It's got a bar (ok, they sell beer in frozen mugs at the counter) and free internet. A good breakfast is also included.

    Unique Quality: The Place Rules, Because:
    * Excellent Service from Employees. They are really friendly, (usually) enjoy their work and know just about all there is to know about places to go and how to go there. They are the main reason that returning to your dorm bed stills feels like coming home.
    * The beds in the dormitory have curtains! You may share the room with a buch of other people, but you'll still have your own space. Or you can leave them open. Or halfway. Or.. whatever. :)
    * The patio looks out over a nice little street, that's not really a street. It's more of a street-shaped square, which means there's no traffic exhausting at you. Only pedestrians and palm trees.

    But keep in mind:
    * You are in the Arab District. The hostel sells beer (and so does a nearby 7Eleven), but most places around it won't sell alcohol.
    * The private rooms have a door and walls and all, but these 'in-room' walls have a bit of space (for ventilation I guess) at the top. So you are not completely sealed off from the rest of the dormitory. Just for information, in case you want a lot of privacy . (NO, I stayed in the dormitory)
    * There's only a handful of DVD's. Really, how often can you watch 'Anchorman'?
    * It may be just me, but I found it hard to find the right bus stop out there. When you're told how to get somewhere, you may want go as far as possible by metro (MRT) instead.
    * If you don't know where it is, it may be a bit tricky to find. Check your map and when in doubt, aim for the Sultan Mosque. Over there, Bussorah Street is practically attached to it, so just circle the place.

  • jeners's Profile Photo

    Little India

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    This Hostel has nice rooms if u get your own room. Its hot so get air conditioning. Its a little dark in the hotel. breakfast is basic. Internet is free. Very nice people that work there. Its in a place called little India , so u hear chanting at the near by temple at about 6 am. the food around little India is good, and cheap. I would recommend this hostel because it is on the cheaper side, clean and nice friendly atmosphere. Close to most amedities.

  • largerama's Profile Photo

    Great budget option in expensive city

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    Lovely character ridden building in a great ethnic area oozing relics from Singapore past, this is a great place to stay.

    Downstairs is a cafe while upstairs is an open plan dorm with wood floors, dark wood decor and very clean. The beds are comfy and curtained off which is a nice touch.

    Staff are helpful and the plcae is 5 min walk to MRT.

    Only slight downside is open plan and wooden floor design means noise carries.

    Unique Quality: Off Arab Street which is a must see and must eat location

    Directions: Off Arab St

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo

    Good value, friendly hostel in Singapore.

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    I stayed at the excellent Sleepy Sam's Hostel for my first 7 nights in Singapore (2 nights in a dorm room and 5 nights in a private single).

    I booked directly with the hostel via its website (www.sleepysams.com) and received friendly, helpful correspondence from the staff, including a map and detailed directions for making my way from the airport.

    In the dorm room, I literally got a bottom bunk and a reading light. In the private single I got a bed, a ceiling fan, air-conditioning, a shelf, a lamp and a window. The bed in the mixed dorm cost approx. 9GBP per night, while the private single cost approx. 13GBP per night. In both cases, breakfast was included in the price.

    Breakfast consists of either a large bowl of cornflakes or a couple of slices of toast, with a choice of either tea or coffee (but no fruit juice). There is a large table in the kitchen, a few tables in reception and a few outdoors at which to enjoy your breakfast. Breakfast can be had at any time of day after 8:30am.

    The hostel is located on Bussorah Street in the Kampong Glam area of the city. The Sultan Mosque is at the end of the street (and the call to prayer gives you an early wake up call each morning!). Beach Road and North Bridge Road are a few minutes walk away, while the nearest MRT station (Bugis) is a 5-10 minute walk away. If you're catching a long distance bus to Malaysia, as I was, the departure point at Golden Mile complex is a 5 minute walk away.

    There are 2 bathrooms on the first floor and 2 on the ground floor. The facilities are clean and hot water is always available. There is a TV room next to reception, a kitchen and a fridge for guests' use.

    In reception there are large bookshelves full of reading material (including numerous guidebooks) and 2 computer terminals offering free Internet access to guests.

    There is no curfew at the hostel, but after 11pm you will need to enter a code to get in through the front door, as reception is closed. There is also a "whisper policy" in effect from 10pm through to 10am.

    Unique Quality: The staff at Sleepy Sam's are incredibly friendly!

    The email correspondence prior to my arrival was always friendly and helpful, and all my encounters with the staff were friendly.

    The owner of the hostel was kind enough to provide me with a detailed map of the city and to suggest places to visit, pubs to drink in (ie when the Happy Hours were in operation), restaurants to eat in and where I could watch live football. Another member of staff phoned the bus company to order my onward bus ticket to Melaka for me, and when I returned in the afternoon my ticket was waiting and a map to the departure point had been drawn for me!

    Upon returning the hostel, I was always greeted by my first name whichever member of staff was on reception!

    I didn't think I would ever give a 5 out of 5 rating to a hostel, but this place is very impressive! In fact, as you can see on its website, it was voted the "Best Hostel in Singapore" and the "2nd Best Hostel in Asia". Thoroughly deserved awards!

    Directions: In the area of Kampong Glam, near the Sultan Mosque. Close to the junction of Arab Street and Beach Road.
    Nearest MRT station: Bugis (5-10 minutes walk).

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo

    come as a guest, leave as a friend

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    for a place to stay, sleepy sam's already fulfilled my special requests: situated at the cozy place, surrounded by old buildings [it's at arab quarter, next to sultan mosque singapore and historical kampong glam] and close to the public transportation [mrt station: bugis and bus shelter at victoria street], hawker stalls and accessable to many direction in the heart of the town! and the thing i like beside these valuable things, of course about sleepy sam's own motto-grotto "come as a guest, leave as a friend".
    about the price, yes. it's acceptable. private about S$65 and dorms start from S$25.
    terima kasih ya sam, saya tamu yang cerewet yaaa. hahahah :) but you also enjoy the way i address your place as 'lovely jubely place to stay' :)

    Unique Quality: sleepy sam's using old narrow chinese house which is stands from 2 floors, at sam's i can find: mini cafe, internet access room, living room and nice corners for reading at the first floor. then, bed rooms [private and dorms] at the second floor. and as a backpacker, i like to be back to sam's before my departure to have a bath. then only takes 15 minutes to changi international airport by mrt. it's cool!

    Directions: ~ from bugis mrt station to direction arab street and turn to sultan mosque, find the entrance gate of the mosque and turn to the left.
    ~ landmarks from victoria street: raffles hospital and golden landmark hotel

  • gueto's Profile Photo

    The coolest B&B I've ever seen

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    To be honest with you, I've never stayed in this B&B but I had some drinks in the lounge because it's open to public as well. Anyway, I totally recommend you take a look at the place because It is great and the location is one of the best of S'pore. it is situated from steps of the Sultan Mosque. It is a pedestrian street full of charming shops.
    The lounge/bar area has teak wood furniture and lots of cushions on the floor to lay down and read a book or drink a tea. The B&B is steps from the S'pore landmarks. It also had different type of restaurants. The night costs only 25 singapore dollars with breakfast included.

    Unique Quality: Here I write down all the description of the flyer from the place.
    private female only and mixed rooms
    Private single and doulbe rooms
    Free breakfast.
    Free fresh linen and pillows
    Free local calls, free maps
    Cool air-conditioned, non-smoking rooms
    Hot and cold showers
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Movies on big screen TV
    Left luggage after check-out
    Laundry facilities
    International direct dial
    Safe deposit
    24-hour reception

    Directions: From Changi Airport
    By MRT(25 min,S $1.40, 1st train at 5.31 am, last train 12.06am) Get off at Bugis MRT station and walk around 3/4 blocks. Look for the Golden Sultan Mosque
    By Taxi (15 min, S$20)

  • gueto's Profile Photo

    The coolest B&B I've ever seen

    by

    To be honest with you, I've never stayed in this B&B but I had some drinks in the lounge because it's open to public as well. Anyway, I totally recommend you take a look at the place because It is great and the location is one of the best of S'pore. it is situated from steps of the Sultan Mosque. It is a pedestrian street full of charming shops.
    The lounge/bar area has teak wood furniture and lots of cushions on the floor to lay down and read a book or drink a tea. The B&B is steps from the S'pore landmarks. It also had different type of restaurants. The night costs only 25 singapore dollars with breakfast included.

    Unique Quality: Here I write down all the description of the flyer from the place.
    private female only and mixed rooms
    Private single and doulbe rooms
    Free breakfast.
    Free fresh linen and pillows
    Free local calls, free maps
    Cool air-conditioned, non-smoking rooms
    Hot and cold showers
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Movies on big screen TV
    Left luggage after check-out
    Laundry facilities
    International direct dial
    Safe deposit
    24-hour reception

    Directions: From Changi Airport
    By MRT(25 min,S $1.40, 1st train at 5.31 am, last train 12.06am) Get off at Bugis MRT station and walk around 3/4 blocks. Look for the Golden Sultan Mosque
    By Taxi (15 min, S$20)

  • gueto's Profile Photo

    The coolest B&B I've ever seen

    by

    To be honest with you, I've never stayed in this B&B but I had some drinks in the lounge because it's open to public as well. Anyway, I totally recommend you take a look at the place because It is great and the location is one of the best of S'pore. it is situated from steps of the Sultan Mosque. It is a pedestrian street full of charming shops.
    The lounge/bar area has teak wood furniture and lots of cushions on the floor to lay down and read a book or drink a tea. The B&B is steps from the S'pore landmarks. It also had different type of restaurants. The night costs only 25 singapore dollars with breakfast included.

    Unique Quality: Here I write down all the description of the flyer from the place.
    private female only and mixed rooms
    Private single and doulbe rooms
    Free breakfast.
    Free fresh linen and pillows
    Free local calls, free maps
    Cool air-conditioned, non-smoking rooms
    Hot and cold showers
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Movies on big screen TV
    Left luggage after check-out
    Laundry facilities
    International direct dial
    Safe deposit
    24-hour reception

    Directions: From Changi Airport
    By MRT(25 min,S $1.40, 1st train at 5.31 am, last train 12.06am) Get off at Bugis MRT station and walk around 3/4 blocks. Look for the Golden Sultan Mosque
    By Taxi (15 min, S$20)

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Fragrance Hotels?

by OneNightInBangkok

I'm looking for a budget hotel for a 5-day stay next month. Somebody recommended this hotel chain. Also, I was told that there are actually several Fragrance Hotels; Emerald, Sapphire, Pearl, Crystal and Ruby. Are these hotels any good? Which one of them is near the train station, places to eat and places to shop? Thanks to all!

Re: Fragrance Hotels?

by dixonchan

Many of these hotels are located near the sleazy area of Geylang - the official red light district of Singapore.

The best location should be Fragrance Hotel (Classic), located near Novena MRT. It is just 2 stops away from the major shopping district - Orchard Road.

Re: Fragrance Hotels?

by OneNightInBangkok

Magandang araw din sa iyo Sha!

I don't really mind if the area is sleazy but is the hotel sleazy as well? I mean, is this a hotel used for "you know what"?

Re: Re: Fragrance Hotels?

by dixonchan

I believe those hotels are utilised for those activities as well...

Re: Re: Fragrance Hotels?

by OneNightInBangkok

Oh well....

Thanks Dixon!

Re: Re: Fragrance Hotels?

by kiwihtage

people are being too polite - frangrance and hotel 81's are not just 'sometimes' used for a bit of hanky panky, it's their core market! other options sleepy sams www.sleepysams.com or merchant court hotel http://www.swissotel.com/

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Address: 55 Bussorah Street, Singapore, Singapore