Our first stop after leaving China was Singapore, one of our favourite countries in the world (read here and here) and one we love coming back to. This time, we were lucky enough to stay in two lovely hostels: Bunc Hostel and 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay.

First up was Bunc Hostel, a place I’ve been happy to return to no less than 3 times in the last couple of years! Singapore is notoriously hard to travel on the cheap, but Bunc is a great option for people that want to be close to the centre of the City.

Third Time's a Charm at Bunc Hostel: Pin
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The Location

You can find Bunc Hostel nestled in the heart of Little India in Singapore, conveniently close to Rochor MRT, Bugis MRT and soon to be Jalan Besar MRT too. The location isn’t super-prime Singapore real estate, but you can take the MRT or walk to the Marina Bay Sands in about 30 minutes, and the walk there is one of my favourite things about Bunc Hostel.

The other major benefit to staying in Little India is, of course, the food! Bunc Hostel is close to lots of delicious Indian restaurants, including our favourite, Komala Vilas.

The Facilities

One of Bunc’s highlights is all the socialising space. Not only is there a big breakfast-come-entrance area, but there’s also a huge kitchen diner upstairs, as well as a more secluded living area with beanbags, a piano and a projector. There are occasionally events held at Bunc, which I think the hostel should capitalise on to draw in the guests who love to network and meet like-minded travellers.

Third Time's a Charm at Bunc Hostel: Kitchen
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Third Time's a Charm at Bunc Hostel: Cups
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Third Time's a Charm at Bunc Hostel: Reception
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Third Time's a Charm at Bunc Hostel: Microwave
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Showers are a big deal for us, and having lived in an apartment with a very poor shower for 6 months in China, we were anxious to get to a hostel that we knew had very hot, very powerful showers. We weren’t disappointed, and as we travel light we also appreciate the shampoo and shower gel in every stall. Although Bunc Hostel was practically full when we visited, the showers were never too busy. My only complaint was that the women’s showers were shut to be cleaned straight after breakfast, which was exactly when I wanted to use them! It didn’t cause too much of a problem though, as I went to the upstairs block instead.

The Atmosphere

Something we’ve always liked about Bunc is the atmosphere. Perhaps it’s because it’s one of the largest hostels in Asia, but there’s always someone to chat to about your adventures. Things were a little quieter this time, though I must admit we spent a lot of time with our headphones in getting work done- the perils of working online!

The style of the property really adds to the atmosphere in our opinion. The industrial style décor is clean and modern with a bit of a quirk, and makes Bunc an enjoyable space to work in.

Third Time's a Charm at Bunc Hostel: Decor
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The Staff

Inevitably, the staff have changed since our previous visits, which I was sad to see as we have met some lovely staff members during our previous stays! We didn’t have a huge amount to do with the on-site staff this time around, but I have to say they were always helpful, courteous and did their jobs well!

The hostel was always clean and tidy, and there were never queues of people at the front desk like I’ve seen in so many places.

The Beds

I’m ending on a high, as by far the best part about our stay at Bunc Hostel was our bed! Every guest is generously given two fluffy pillows and a cosy duvet, and the mattresses are soft without being springy. We stayed in a double bed in an 8 bed mixed dorm, and loved the pod-like feeling of the arrangement. The bottom bunks are enclosed, and although there aren’t any curtains to cover you at night, you don’t really need them.

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We loved our time at Bunc Hostel as per usual, and wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again when we next visit Singapore. Have you been to Singapore? Where did you stay? Let us know down below!

This post was a collaboration with The Uncharted Co, who manage Bunc Hostel. We received complimentary accommodation in exchange for writing this review. All opinions are our own, and as always we’d never recommend something to you that we didn’t love ourselves!

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