Betel Box Hostel

Attraction 200 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427471 Published on: 17-12-2015

2 hours
01:00 PM
03:00 PM
First-time visit
15.00 USD

Betel Box Hostel is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
"Betel Box", located on Joo Chiat Road, is the fruition of our experiences of hostelling, backpacking and budget travelling around the globe and meeting like-minded travellers.

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Why Betel Box Hostel is special ?

Betel Box Backpackers Hostel is located in the vibrant Joo Chiat area, an 8-minute walk from the Geylang Serai Malay Village Market. Housed in a restored Singaporean traditional shop-house, it features a restaurant and free Wi-Fi in public areas. It embodies that we want in a backpackers’ hostel: friendly, respectful, addictive, aesthetically pleasing, functional and representative of all cultures in Singapore. "Live Like A Local" at Betel Box Hostel along with its creature comforts, easy reach to all parts of Singapore and in a culturally rich part of town! When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Singapore, make Betel Box Backpackers Hostel your home away from home.


What to explore at Betel Box Hostel?

Betel Box has spacious yet very comfortable and cosy communal areas including a kitchen, dining area, lounge area with comfortable day beds and pillows, a library of books/magazines/newspapers (for reference as well as exchange) all decorated with art, ethnic crafts and original photographs from across Asia.

All rooms are fully air-conditioned. The beds are fitted with thick and firm mattresses with firm hypoallergenic pillows, bed linen & blankets. The bathroom facilities have hot and cold showers. You also get a locker where you can store your valuables.

With so much good food in Singapore and around this district, they all have to do a bit more to get fit to continue in travels. You can use the state-of-the-art fitness centre facilities at Bodycraft Fitness Gym for free. At Betel Box Backpackers Hostel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay.


How to get to Betel Box Hostel?

Coming from Changi International Airport

I. Bus

The price for a ticket is S$1.70.

Bus frequency: Between every 1 and every 13 minutes

Operating hours: 06:00 – Midnight (every day)

* Bus 24 is the most convenient way to reach the hostel; they are only a short walk away from the bus stop

* Take bus 24 from Terminal 2 (the buses leave from the basement)

* If you arrive in Terminal 1 (the buses leave from the basement)

* If you arrive in Budget Terminal, take the BT Shuttle Bus to Terminal 2

* Ask bus driver to alert you when the bus reaches Joo Chiat Complex, which is at the corner of Joo Chiat Road and Changi Road

* Walk from bus stop in the same direction as the flow of traffic and turn left into Joo Chiat Road

* Walk down Joo Chiat Road for 7 minutes and you will see the Betel Box Hostel on the right side of the road

II. Train (Mass Rapid Transit or MRT)

The closest MRT station for the Betel Box Hostel is Paya Lebar on the East-West (EW) line (the green line).

The price for a ticket is S$1.40 plus a refundable S$1 deposit for a single trip ticket.

The MRT station is located in Terminal 2 of Changi Airport

* If you arrive in Terminal 1, take the Skytrain to Terminal 2

* If you arrive in Budget Terminal, take the BT Shuttle Bus to Terminal 2

* Take MRT to Paya Lebar station (station EW8)

* You will have to change at Tanah Merah station (2nd stop from airport, station EW4), but stay on the same platform for trains towards the city (direction Boon Lay)

* Take exit A (Sims Avenue exit), turn left and when you hit Tanjong Katong Road, turn right towards Sims Avenue

* Cross Sims Avenue and turn left (you should be walking in the same direction as the traffic)

* After passing Malay Village, turn right into Geylang Serai and keep walking straight, crossing Changi Road and walk into Joo Chiat Road

* Walk down Joo Chiat Road for 7 minutes and you will see the Betel Box Hostel on the right side of the road

III. Taxi

The taxi ride from the airport to the hostel should not cost more than S$12 before midnight and S$18 after midnight. These prices are for the normal taxis only (the blue or yellow ones); you should avoid the limousines, vans and London black cabs, because they are all much more expensive.


Selling points

  • Nice place for day or two
  • Great place, super central, friendly staff
  • Convenient place to stay when travelling solo
  • Budget foodies paradise, nice stay
  • The best place in Singapore that you can be in
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  • The hotel is also surrounded by late-night restaurants and stores so there isn't any problem buying whatever necessities/food you need.
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  • If you don't carry computer, don't worries. You can also access their internet terminals for free!
  • You should try to get a bed on the 2nd floor above the common area (room for six), you have more privacy.
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  • They also have collections of books that you can borrow.
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TripAdvisor View more

I visit Singapore regularly and always stay at Betel Box. The location is convenient and is always clean and well run. The 24 hour check in desk is surprisingly handy and the WIFI works well (in common areas only). They also provide free access to a gym around the corner and ample locker space. You can also rent a locker when you are not staying there?!? However most of all I really like the attitude of the staff as they always make me feel welcome and safe.

FourSquare View more

Wonderful place, very clean with a friendly staff, free wifi and breakfast on reception, quite area. And cheap, close to airport and mrt.

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