Matchbox Concept Hostel In Singapore (Review)

Dorms are not exactly known to give you much privacy – you sleep together with a bunch of strangers in squeaky bunk beds while someone else’s sweaty feet climb the little ladder on the side of the bed next to your face, and wherever you look you’re facing someone else in a bed in front of you.

Well, there is a different sort of bunk bed system which is becoming more and more popular around the world, that claims to tackle some of these annoyances: pod beds.

We had never tried this concept before, and were curious to see how different a dorm experience would be with pod beds – so we decided to check out Matchbox The Concept Hostel, which is one of the most popular hostels in Singapore.

The Concept

Matchbox is one of the new “upmarket hostels” that are emerging in Singapore, catering to so-called “flashpackers”, although I have to say they’re keeping their prices quite reasonable when it comes to Singapore accommodation.

While the hostel is in a historical shophouse, the interior is refurbished into a very modern and immaculately clean place.

With foot and back massager, cardio exerciser, washing and drying machines, all-day breakfast and a large pantry with designer bean bags, board games and a big plasma TV with DVD’s – you feel right at home.

Super fast wifi spans throughout the hostel (or you can use their laptops for free if you don’t have one), there is an iPod docking station in every room, and a nice and quiet A/C.

The greatest thing about the hostel is that all of the above, plus towels and other extras, are included in the price – there are no annoying hidden extras and add-ons.

The Dorms

So you sleep in a type of capsule/pod bed cabin, giving you that well needed private space, your own little “crib”, where you can hang out and sleep undisturbed.

There are three room types to choose from; a 2 bed dorm, 10 bed female dorm and 16 bed mixed dorm – there are two types of pod cabins, the single pod and the double pod which is the size of a queen size bed.

We slept in a queen size bed on the upper bunk, and there was plenty of room for both of us.

It was actually very cozy, and it reminded me slightly of one of those tree houses you always dreamed to have as a kid.

With each cabin having its own lights and reading lights, the light of the dorm was very isolated, so nobody would disturb you if they woke up early, or if you slept in.

The bed was super comfy, with thick duvets and plush custom designed pillows to snuggle up in.


Tucked away on Ann Siang Road, a smaller street in the heritage district of Chinatown, the location couldn’t have been better.

Close to both fancy bars and cheap restaurants, night markets and shopping centers, it’s a great place to embrace the Chinese culture of Singapore, and being close to bus stops and the MRT station in Chinatown, it’s easy to get around the city from there.

Next time you’re in Singapore, I’d definitely recommend you to check out this place!

Matchbox The Concept Hostel

Prices: Single bed in 12 dorm room S$45 – Double Bed S$88 – Single bed in Ladies 6 dorm room S$52
39 Ann Siang Road, 069716, Singapore
Contact: +65 6423 0237

Disclaimer: Our stay at Matchbox The Concept Hostel was sponsored, however, our opinions are – as always, our own.

10 Responses to Matchbox Concept Hostel In Singapore (Review)

  1. Jordan June 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Looks like a cool concept. As a reader, I wish you would include the price (or at least a range) when doing posts like these… I was able to dig it up, but with a shoddy internet connection it is a pain. It’s always good to know if it’s somewhere I could reasonably afford to stay before going through the whole article.

    • Nathan June 28, 2012 at 4:38 am #

      Hey Jordan – great idea, will make sure to add the prices later today and also on future hostel reviews :)

  2. IamJoyceee June 28, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    I’ve always wanted to stay here since the first time I passed by this place! Glad to see the ‘inside’ of it through your photos. 😀 Will def recommend it to friends coming over.

    • Sofia June 29, 2012 at 3:46 am #

      Yeah it looks so inviting from outside doesn’t it! Great to hear you’ll be recommending it to your friends, they won’t be disappointed.

  3. Noida Hotels July 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I love this Matchbox Concept Hostel. Nice arrangement in low space.

    • Sofia - As We Travel July 8, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      thanks for the comment, yes they have set the rooms up perfectly!

  4. foggodyssey July 3, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Reminds me of this hostel thats in Singapore as well.  I haven’t stayed at this one as it’s the new one but I stayed at the old one and was my first pod hostel I ever slept in.  I LOVED and it’s still been one of the best hostels I have ever been at in all my travels.

    • Sofia July 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      We didn’t stay at the Winkhostel, but it seems very similar, thanks for the tip!

  5. anglodale July 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    All you had to say was ‘concept’ and I was interested. I’m always on the lookout for something out-of-the-norm, something a little bit different, and these photos show it to be just that. Must keep this page saved somewhere so that I can make it there myself someday.

    • Sofia July 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      Great to hear! We thought these pod style dorms were such a great solution to providing some privacy, definitely recommend this place if you visit Singapore.