Once you go private cube, I don't think you can go back.
A review of my first experience in cube/ pod accommodation, plus information regarding the Port by Quarters hostel in Boat Quay and how to travel there via MRT from Changi Airport.
When checking-in I was happily surprised by the receptionist with a free upgrade to a Queen cube. I had only booked a queen for my last night, so I'd have extra space the night before I flew to Laos, however, the staff were gracious enough to provide me with a queen cube for my entire stay.
The hostel was modern, secure and clean, with the bonus of breakfast provided in the morning.
Inside the room, (located up stairs on the second floor) the cube was comfy and the linen soft. The privacy curtain was a welcome addition and 4 international power points were inside the cube (I guess that single cubes would have 2) as well as a personal light, fold-down table and tiny clothes rack.
I of course hit my head and my arms a couple of times on the wall and ceiling while moving around, but I think that is more my issue than the cubes fault. Considering I booked a pod, the area was quite spacious and I was well impressed.
Once you go private cube, I don't think you can go back. A queen cube at the Port by Quarters Hostel was the perfect selection for my first visit to Singapore City. Especially since I spent most of day 2 in bed nursing a hangover and hiding from the world with the curtain down, after locking myself out of the hostel on night 1.
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Queen Cube ROOM FEATURES:
All of the guests were friendly, and the staff were very helpful, however, because each bed's main feature is privacy, the vibe of this hostel is not very upbeat and it was a very quiet place to stay.
I did meet a lot of people next door at the Prince of Wales Backpacker Pub, and the atmosphere there is great. Alcohol in Singapore can be expensive, and the Prince of Wales has great drink specials which always attracted a crowd. Backpackers, students, expats and locals alike - this balanced, as when quiet time was needed, I could achieve a good sleep and when I wanted to socialise, all I had to do is walk downstairs.
I loved the location of The Port by Quarters. The hostel is perfectly situated along the Singapore River, in bustling Boat Quay and is surrounded by many restaurants, bars and activities.
There is a backpacker pub located right next door that has great drink specials throughout the week and also a 24 hour 7/11 around the corner, which always comes in handy at some point.
The area has a fantastic view of Marina Bay Sands and it is a 30-40 minute, scenic walk along the river and across the bridge to Gardens by the Bay (or a quick water taxi across). River cruises can conveniently be booked just outside the hostel and Clarke Quay and Chinatown is a 15-minute walk away.
ARRIVING FROM CHANGI AIRPORT VIA MRT TO RUFFLES PLACE:
Navigating my way to the hostel from Singapore Changi Airport by public transport was easy. The smoothest train self-transfer I have found in any city.
On arrival at Changi Airport terminal 3, I followed clearly labelled signs for the Skytrain transfer to terminal 1. The MRT train system is accessible from terminal 1. After one simple transfer at Tanah Merah, Ruffles Place station is only a 20 minute, clearly labelled train ride away.
Alight at Ruffles Place station, find exit G (Boat Quay, UOB Plaza) and walk in the direction of Singapore River. From there, towards the restaurants on the left. The hostel is approximately 150 meters away from The Penny Black (the first pub you will walk past). Total 3 minute walk.
PORT BY QUARTERS - BOAT QUAY
50 Boat Quay, Singapore 049839
Phone: +65 6816 6960
RECOMMENDATION & Rating
I was really happy with my decision to select the Port by Quarters and if I am ever looking for hostel accommodation in Singapore again, I wouldn't hesitate to re-book.
HOSTEL RATING: 4½ out of 5 stars.