Backpacking South East AsiA – A Beary Nice Hostel in Chinatown, Singapore

During my solo backpacking South East Asia month in 2011, I mostly stayed at hostels and dorm-type accommodations. So, even when I was momentarily joined by two friends in the Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia leg, they were made to follow the backpackers way of hostel-type accommodations. And, I would like to think that we all had a very good experience staying at the Beary Nice Hostel in Chinatown, Singapore.

Singapore - Beary Nice lobby
it’s a beary welcoming reception

Back in 2010, I have wanted to stay at the Beary Good Hostel, also in Chinatown, during a very short couple vacation in Singapore. We decided otherwise and it was only during the 2011 backpacking trip that me and my friends stayed at Beary Nice Hostel, which happens to be a sister hostel of Beary Good.

Singapore - Beary Nice from street
taken from Smith St. in Chinatown

Located at 468 Smith Street in the busy Chinatown area, Beary Nice hostel is on the third floor (I think) of a quaint old-style building. Beary Good is also right in the middle of food tripping, bargain shopping, and walking tour sightseeing action.

Singapore - More of Chinatown
Welcome to Chinatown!

The Beary Nice hostel is located very close to Chinatown MRT and is just a few minutes away to the nightly food street, the People’s Park Complex, Sri Mariamman Temple (Hindu) and Jamae Mosque (Islam).

Map of Beary Good Hostels in Chinatown
Map of Beary Good Hostels in Chinatown from official website

Being in such a busy area one would think that it’s going to be a very loud day and night. But, I don’t really remember ever being bothered by the noise. I don’t know if the Beary Nice  hostel have soundproof walls but I just really didn’t notice. Maybe it’s also because we were barely there during the day and were back quite late and tired already! Even so, we still managed to somehow interact with other travelers through the cozy lounge area that was full of bears!

Singapore - Beary Nice lounge common area
Beary Nice lounge and activity area

Of course, there were also other things like the massive LCD screen, DVD and hard drive-powered entertainment system, game consoles, books and travel guides, and netbooks for free use and internet. But, if you still don’t get it by now, one of the beary great features of Beary Nice hostel (and the other Beary Good and Beary Best hostels) is the number of bears you can find all over the place!

Singapore - Beary Nice books
books and travel guides to pass time (maybe also for swapping?)

The guests are also encouraged to write their comments and feedback and more often than not, they end up drawing bears in the guestbook! Apart from the bears and the location, what I also liked about our stay at the Beary Nice hostel was the FREE breakfast! If you know me and my friends, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise! Hehe! And, I also liked the colorful walls, the comfy bed, power showers and the chance to wash clothes, which is important for backpackers who only carry three pairs of clothing in our bags!

Anyway, I would say that the price was steep at SGD26 (in 2011, it was about P850 I think) per person in an 8-bed or 10-bed mixed dorm room. But, to put into context, I find everything else in Singapore to be expensive. Also, given the features and amenities (yes, breakfast was a very important plus for me!), I think that it’s quite a value for our money. If you want a no-hassle, enjoying and centrally-connected stay, based on our 2011 experience, Beary Nice Hostel is recommended!

Singapore - Beary Nice stay
beary happy guests 😀

(Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or connected with a Beary Nice Hostel. Please also check for current prices and reviews of other more recent Beary Nice guests for more information and feedback.)

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