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Prince of Wales Backpacker - Boat Quay
Ranked #108 of 230 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Manila, Philippines
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“No frills bargain”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

PoW is a definitely good place to stay at if you're looking for that cheap but fun hostel vibe. The whole second floor is full of double deck beds meant for backpackers, with only dividers to give each a bit of personal space. The dorms are hot in the mornings-afternoons and can get a bit hot in the evenings. They turn the AC on at a specific time, if I remember it correctly from 7pm-10am; otherwise, you are left with feeling humid and sticky because the ceiling fans cannot compete over the heat of Singapore.

Lockers in the common area are available, you can either bring your own lock or use one of the PoW lockers which you pay the lock for. WiFi is available in the whole place, restaurant and sleeping area.

They made a good deal giving backpackers 50% off on food and discounts on drinks as Singapore isn't really cheap and the food they serve are big portions that could keep you full for exploring the city.

Toilet and shower wasn't as good, the toilets are shared with the common toilets of the restaurant (which is disgusting if someone from the bar decides to throw up in the toilet while you're brushing your teeth on the sink). Shower area was a bit small and not enough hooks to place towel, clotes, etc. Clothes got wet from the showerhead as the cubicle was too small.

As with all hostels, breakfast is self-service. Eggs, butter, bread and jam are provided for with coffee or tea. Basic but filling.

Room Tip: CHOOSE THE TOP BUNK AT ALL TIMES. This is more comfortable as you are directly under the ceiling fan...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2012

This review is for Prince of Wales Boat Quay location.

We stayed in the private room at POW Boat Quay location, literally on top of POW pub. The location is great, and the stuff were friendly. There are 2 private rooms are on the 4th floor, essentially like an apartment bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

Now the awkward parts. We had to check in the hostel at the bar, a small bar during busy friday night. Dragging our bags past the performing band, and through the drinkers and dancers to get to the bartender to check in. Yelling at them so they can hear me above the music.

The room is a converted mezzanine, so what you think is a big window behind the bed is actually where you overlook to the room below, which happens to be the girls dorm room. That was a bit odd. Probably even more so for the people staying below, that anyone can peek at them from the mezzanine above. The good thing about this set up was that because there's no outside facing windows, the room is relatively shielded from the bar noises outside. There is a clerestory window above, so there is some sunlight in the room still.

All night long there're some critters above in the ceiling, making really loud scratching and screeching noises. I don't know if its mice, pigeons or what, but it is loud, and it goes on all night. So though we don't get noise from downstairs, we still couldn't sleep.

The breakfast here is really a shame. Sliced white bread, some old fruit, and you get a choice of peanut butter, margarine, and marmite. To add insult, there's a sign telling you that you can only have 4 peices of bread, and you need to wash your own dishes after. I understand food costs money, but really, either charge a few dollars more and provide some basic breakfast, or just don't include it.

Finally because I had to leave very early in the morning, I notified the staff the night before, which they told me they would give me my key deposit back by sliding it into the room and I can leave whenever. Of course they didn't do that. POW you still owe me 5 bucks.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Big dorms are really good for meeting people- they have dividers though which is good for a bit of personal space, half price on food is helpful and makes eating there really cheap for Singapore, really good food and you get a huge amount of it. The dorms are a little hot even with aircon on as the room is huge- top bunk is cooler. Discounts on drinks are good also. Staff are really laid back and on the ball. Really cool nice friendly place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

I stayed at the Toowoomba private room at the Boat Quay hostel with my partner back in March. It costs $80 per night ($40 per person), and you will not get a better rate for private rooms anywhere else in Singapore, unless you don't mind staying in those cheap one-night-stand inns in Geylang. The private room has a nice comfortable Ikea double bed, the slick wooden floors are spotless and it is air conditioned. The bathroom is shared with the only other private room on the same floor, and it is huge and has powerful shower equipped with hot water. Also, access to the rooms is secured by a door with an electronic lock and there are no curfews.

Knowing that the hostel has a bar downstairs (which is also its reception), I was initially worried about noise and cleanliness. There were absolutely no concerns of that sort. Of course, our private room was located at the topmost floor but you hardly can hear noise as you walk up the stairs even at the first floor above the pub.

Also, the pub is not those sleazy types patronised by questionable characters and plays loud, blaring music. It is your typical British/Australian type pub where you can bring your family for lunch. Pleasant staff, and the music they play is awesome. (Arcade Fire is in their playlist so that's awesome).

At nights, you get to enjoy live acoustic performances at the bar. Food and beer (selected) is also available at a discount for guests. There is free toast and coffee in the mornings, but for us it did not matter because we would usually hunt for local food in nearby Chinatown.

Location is excellent. About 10 mins walk from Clarke Quay station and it Marina Bay/Esplanade/Chinatown is totally walkable. And of course, on nightlife spots, you are spoilt for choice with the pub-oriented Boat Quay and the more glitzy nightclub haunt of Clarke Quay outside the doorstep.

If this sounds ideal to you, then this place is Excellent. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: The private rooms are on the top floor - probably 3rd or 4th - so just a warning as the stairs are q...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

I have been VERY disapointed by this hostel.

First of all, the guy who welcomed us was not pleasant at all and didn't make any effort with his english to let us understand and when we asked him to repeat just to make sure we really understood, it seems to really annoyed him !!!

Secondly, we found the room very expensive for the basic stuff we found inside, no private bathroom and very noisy during the night !!! It really didn't deserve the price we pay!!!
The breakfast was also very limited.

I think the staff really need to make effort if they want backpakers to come again.
It is really a shame because the location is very nice and the bar included in the hostel is very pleasant, but the staff really need to improve the way they welcome their guests !!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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jessthecollie, Manager at Prince of Wales Backpacker - Boat Quay, responded to this review, 28 March 2012
Hi there,
Very disappointed with your review as we strive to make every guest as welcome as possible.
Can you please with a reply stating which Prince of Wales you stayed in, Little India or Boat Quay.
Also can you provide me with the date you stayed and also the approx time you checked in so I can accurately access the review. Thank you.
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Property: Prince of Wales Backpacker - Boat Quay
Address: 51 Boat Quay, Singapore 049840, Singapore
Region: Singapore > Singapore > The Quays
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #108 of 230 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Price range (per night): $18 - $37
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With two hostels in varied parts of Singapore, Prince of Wales sticks true to its simple service promise of providing great Australian craft beers, Aussie-styled service and a safe and clean backpackers hostel. With free WI-FI, air-conditioning and the first anti-bed bug mattresses in any hostel in Asia, your stay at Prince of Wales is guaranteed to be comfortable and packed with excitement. Prince of Wales caters to every backpacker's budget with an offering of beds in mixed or female dorms, and private rooms. Stays include free breakfast of toast, marmalade/marmite, fruit and as much coffee and tea as you can drink. Breakfast is self-serve. Overlooking the river, Prince of Wales Boat Quay is located in the heart of the Central Business District, against a background of Singapore's towering skyscrapers, and a stone's throw away from the city's historical landmarks. Uncover layers of Singapore history as you walk down the river peppered with colonial buildings such as Asian Civilisations Museum, Old Supreme Court and Fullerton Hotel. Night owls will appreciate the convenience of walking right into Singapore's vibrant party scene located at nearby Clarke Quay. ... more   less 
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