We were excited to split our time in Singapore between two lovely hostels, the first being Bunc Hostel, which we had stayed at twice before. Because we knew that we liked Bunc, we were hopeful that we’d like our next stop just as much, but anxious that it would live up to our expectations. Because of that, we arrived at 5Footway.inn Project Boat Quay with a sense of anticipation.

The name is a bit of a mouthful, but it’s a small hurdle to overcome when you book the property. Everything else about Project Boat Quay is near-on perfect, and made us question why we’d never broadened our horizons when staying in Singapore before.

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The Location

Project Boat Quay has a prime location right on Boat Quay strip. You can easily access it from several MRT stations, including Clarke Quay MRT and Raffles Place MRT. It’s close to lots of lovely bars and restaurants, though be prepared to pay premium prices unless you walk to Chinatown or head to the hawkers centres, all within a 10 minute walk.

The best part of Project Boat Quay’s location is the view from the terrace. Think idyllic view of the quay, with the Marina Bay Sands hotel standing proudly in the background. It’s pretty perfect during the day and night, and we loved doing work on our laptops with the view as our frame.

 

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The Facilities

Just like Bunc Hostel, Project Boat Quay has amazing showers, however in our opinion they’re even better. They’re powerful and hot, and everything in the bathroom feels newer and more modern. The hostel itself isn’t too big, so there was never a wait for the showers and it never felt busy.

Breakfast is a good spread of toast, cereals and local snacks. Project Boat Quay also provides free coffee all day, and not the instant stuff either- great for days spent working! The kitchen was always spotlessly clean, which give the hostel a lots of plus points because I can’t stand a dirty cooking area.

The common areas aren’t large, but they’re beautiful! The hostel has really focused on creating a comfortable and luxurious looking space, and gorgeous art lines the walls while soft lighting warms the rooms.

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The Atmosphere

The décor really helps to give Project Boat Quay the atmosphere it has. The whole place feels friendly and welcoming, and like a home away from home. If you want a quieter atmosphere, and one that feels more cultured and calm than the social vibe of Bunc Hostel, you’ll really like Project Boat Quay.

If you want something lively, then this isn’t the place for it, but we still found many guests who were happy to chat and swap stories with others if you want to meet new people.

The Staff

The staff at Project Boat Quay were lovely! They were friendly, helpful and were always smiling too. They clearly do their jobs very well as we never saw an unhappy guest, everywhere was always clean and tidy and nothing was too much trouble.

The Beds

We enjoyed staying in both a private loft room and a 4 bed dorm room at Project Boat Quay. Whilst the beds weren’t as squashy as those at Bunc Hostel, they were clean and comfortable, and had handy features too.

Every bed had a small cupboard, light, shelf and plug socket, which were very useful for storing my many bedtime necessities (read: phone, charger, water, lip balm, inhaler)!

 

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CATS AND BACKPACKS EXCLUSIVE

Want a discount on your stay at Project Boat Quay in Singapore? We’ve teamed up with 5Footway.inn to offer an exclusive 10% discount to Cats and Backpacks readers on all stays up until August 2017!

Just email Project Boar Quay at promotion@5footwayinn.com and quote ‘CABP10‘ for 10% off your stay!

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Now we’ve experienced the ‘luxury-on-a-budget’ vibe at Project Boat Quay, it would be hard to say no to it when we next return to Singapore! There’s so much to this fascinating City, we’re sure another visit is on the cards for us in the future.

This post was a collaboration with The Uncharted Co, who manage 5Footway.inn Project Boat Quay. 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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