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.
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.
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
Address: 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.