As some of you may know, I’ve recently relocated to Vietnam. Although I’ve been living and working in Ho Chi Minh City for the past three months, I’d only been living here on a tourist visa. In order to obtain a proper work permit and business visa, it was mandatory to leave the country.
While most people go to Cambodia as it’s the most economical choice, James and I opted for Singapore. I’ll be honest: Singapore was never exactly on my radar until I moved to Asia in 2013. For some strange reason, I’d never considered it to be a booming city, let alone a tourist destination.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Singapore is honestly one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited in my life. This little country is quiet, quirky and quaint; it’s full of surprises and bursting with culture. The city was a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Saigon. After living and working in New Zealand for nine months, the constant exposure to smog has taken a toll on my body. Singapore felt clean and serene. Nobody uses their car horns! YEAH, DUDE! Zero car horns. Cue the little cherubs joyously singing.
One of the reasons I loved Singapore so much was our accommodation. We stayed at 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay – a lovely boutique hostel located along the Clarke Quay and around the corner from the Raffles Place Interchange MRT stop.
Why I fell in love with 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay
One thing I really love about 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay is the interior. The airy vibes felt cozy and familiar, and it was great to start my mornings off alongside the riverbank. The hostel offers a free breakfast that consists of fruit, condiments, and toast which hit the spot. There’s also a fancy schmancy coffee maker available throughout the day, serving out anything from frothy mochas to simple black coffees.
Our room was simple and homey. I think one of the reasons it felt so comfortable is due to the fact the walls are painted a serene sky blue – you can’t really go wrong there. Despite the fact it was just the two of us, the bed would be ideal for a group of three. The bunk bed-style set up fits a queen-sized mattress up top and a single on the bottom. The single was used for a mid-day nap and not much else.
The location is more than ideal
Another thing that completely rocks about the hostel is the location. I’m a pretty simple gal, and I don’t think there’s anything better than a meal with a view. Having breakfast along the riverbank was just what the doctor ordered. The hostel is also located along one of the most happening parts in town; there are pubs and restaurants abound. For those wanting to explore the different parts of town via train, 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay is the spot. It’s a relaxing five-minute walk to the nearest MRT station. It’s also walking distance to the Marina Bay Sands as well as the Gardens by the Bay.
The staff is beyond accommodating
Not only is the location of 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay completely ideal, the staff is incredibly helpful, too. Each of the staff members assisted us when needed and provided us with some local insight on attractions near the hostel as well as throughout town. Despite the fact James and I arrived to the hostel around 2 AM, Shahidah and Ting Fu were more than willing to answer our questions and help us get settled in with ease. I definitely would not be that helpful or chipper at that hour!
Ting Fu got us set up with a free SIM card so we could navigate the city a bit easier. I love that the hostel offers this type of deal; it made me feel like they genuinely care about their guests. The SIM only had 1 GB of data available, which was plenty to browse maps and the odd Google search here and there. If you’re planning on being connected to Facebook and Instagram, I’d purchase your own data package.
Although we had a general idea of what we wanted to see and do during our stay, we still looked to the staff for suggestions. They’re the pros after all, right?
While the hostel itself was completely lovely, there are a few factors that could have made our stay better.
As I mentioned earlier, the hostel is located just along the main pub street. While this was not a detrimental concern as I’ve been in this position before, it was somewhat annoying when we were trying to sleep. The walls of the hostel seem a bit thin; we were woken up quite a few times to drunken guests running about the halls and screaming. Again, this is not a huge set back as it’s part of the traveling experience from time to time, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t cranky the next morning.
Regardless of the late night noise, I can’t recommend this accommodation enough. I left Singapore feeling refreshed and at ease, and this hostel had a bit to do with that. The clean air, quiet atmosphere and ease of life was a perfect escape from Saigon – especially because we’ve been missing our life in New Zealand quite a bit lately. We’re back living in Saigon (LEGALLY!) and can’t stop raving about Singapore and this hostel.
Good news for readers: If you’re interested in staying at 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay on your next trip to Singapore, you can get 10 percent off your stay by using the code WWH10! That’s a pretty sweet deal, right? All you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know I sent you by using the code WWH10. Safe travels!
Disclaimer: I was a guest of 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay. As always, all opinions are my own regardless of any perks.