I fall in love with this place. We only stayed for merely 2 nights at Betel Box Hostel, Joo Chiat Road, Singapore. But it was love at first sight.
“My name is Tony”, the guy behind the reception desk introduce himself. “Let me walk you around and tell you some rules.” Later we know from the news clip on the wall that, he is the proud founder and owner of Betel Box Hostel.
Tony has no problem finding our reservations, which we made through the website http://www.betelbox.com. Payment is made in advance. We are handed over our bed linen and walked to the room
We rented 2 beds in the 20 beds room. Aside from 20 beds, Betel Box also has 16 beds dorm, 8 beds female-only dorm and a 1 private bedroom for 2. All room is equipped with air con, and shared bathroom. Rates information is at their website: http://www.betelbox.com/hostel_rates.htm
Our 20 beds room has 10 double decker beds, 2 hot showers and 1 toilet to be shared among us. There is also a locker room for our luggage (Dimension: 1 feet width x 2 feet depth x 3 feet high). Either brings your own padlock or you can borrow one from the reception.
The room is not pristine clean, but decent enough. You will see a lot of large bag lying around near each bunk, and towels hanging everywhere. Remember to pack your own towel & toiletries.
The Communal Room
Next Tony took us back to the Communal Room, which also host the reception. I must say that, this room is the heart of Betel Box Hostel. It is where traveler meets & share stories over breakfast or can of beer at night.
Here, travelers also look for information through the extensive collection of history and guide books left by former guest. Or if you have your own laptop, wi-fi access is available free of charge.
Around The Hotel
The Joo Chiat road is lined with food and bar. The road to the south is lined with small artisan café, uniquely designed with colors, and serving handcrafted dishes and dessert. Another different food that you will find is hawker center and kopitiam. It would be nice to sit at one of these artisan café or kopitiam if we have more time to spare.
Nearest bus and MRT station is 15 minutes walk away on nice pedestrian walkway. It can be very hot during the day, bring an umbrella and put a lot of sun block.
For other place, ask the staff. They are very knowledgeable not only for places around the hotel, but also places further down the road, and will also help you for transportation.
The Betel Box Backpacker Hostel
200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427471
Telephone: (65) 6247 7340
Email: [email protected]