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Joyfor Backpackers' Hostel

Hostel
135 Geylang Road, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
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Impressive
8.3/10
According to 420 guests
It's really nice place for the cheap one. Comfortable and quiet. Thank you so much for your kindness.
Ratna A. W.
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Based on 78 traveler reviews
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24-Hour Front Desk
Restaurant
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Nearby attractions
Kallang MRT Station
(0.29 km)
Singapore National Stadium
(0.57 km)
Kallang Wave Mall
(0.89 km)
Stadium MRT Station
(0.93 km)
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Review by Traveloka users
Review
8.3
/10
Impressive
Cleanliness
7.77
Comfort
7.89
Meal
8.00
Location
8.47
Service
8.43

281 Traveloka customers have stayed in this hotel and given reviews:

9.4
It's really nice place for the cheap one. Comfortable and quiet. Thank you so much for your kindness.
9.3
I'm not comfortable in ur bathroom
8.5
I was have great days with my friends. The hotel located near MRT Kallang, the breakfast was good with sandwich and milk, milo, lipton tea, the staff was friendly and helpful. But the blanket was a bit smelly, but anyway, I bet I will stay here for next trip
9.7
This is the 2nd that I stayed there. Near kalang MRT station. More improvement. And this is best for backpackers!
5.8
Strange. Smelly. Buggy. Lobby looks good, but not the room and the toilet. Stepping into the air-conditioned room, you can feel the cool breeze with a stinky smell which smells like sweat to me. Walking into the washroom where you will experience another pungent odour and I don't think anyone could enjoy bathing there. Also, the ceiling isn't properly covered which allows the tenant to study the piping structure there. Another issue here is the other tenants whom enters and exits the room during wee hour, creating noises and turning on light. About 3am, one of the tenant turned on the wall lighting which "strategically" beside my bed instead of the lamp near to his bed. The question here is those tenants might have staying there for quite some time as they cleverly hanging their shirts or other objects to minimise the unwanted lighting. It seems like they are well aware that the other tenants would be back to room at late night. And they have their own blankets which are different from what is provided. Additionally, there are a few bedbugs on my bed after I woke up the next morning. Though I did not experienced itchiness or rashes, the cleanliness has to be questioned.
9.3
24 hours check-in and quick response of receptionist, breakfast is yummy, but unfortunately the cleanliness of the bed is not good.
8.7
Stay there for a concert at National Stadium. Its location is very strategic, a walking distance from MRT station and National Stadium. The staffs were nice, the place was clean, the only negative side was that the beds were very squeaky
10.0
The hostel is nice. Location's very strategic, near to Kallang MRT, it takes about 4 minutes walking. There are restaurants around the hostel. Requires deposit (30 SGD), they'll return it when we checkout. The room is comfortable. There are 2 bathrooms on 2nd floor, a hairdryer in the toilet, you can use it for free. One of the shower heater didn't work, I hope they'll repair it soon. Breakfast starts from 7 am - 10 am, you can make your own breakfast. The staffs are so friendly, especially the Indian one. Over all, this hostel is recommended for you who wants to find cheap yet comfortable hostel. I'll stay here if I go to Singapore again. Thank you, Joyfor!
8.8
Good and comfort, nice service
7.6
When I first came there, they didn't turn on the AC so it was really really hot and uncomfortable. But overall the service is good and the staff were very nice, they also provide breakfast as well. The location is near MRT station and shuttle bus, so it's pretty strategic. So if you're a backpacker, this hostel might be the solution.
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NatnOllie
Backpacking with children.
So I will start by saying that I am rating this place based on it being a budget backpacker. I did not expect all the fancy frills of a fancy hotel, so this is an honest review at the budget backpacker's level. Seriously it annoys me to read reviews on places like this and the person complains that the included breakfast is "just" toast and tea/coffee. This isn't the Ritz Carlton your not going to find an egg station here and that is completely ok because it is a budget backpackers. What was on offer for breakfast was pretty good for the price we paid. We had the choice of 6 different spreads to have with our toast and 2 different cereals. There was also 2 different tea options, a coffee option and milo. We traveled with our children aged 8, 12 and 14. We had room 3A which was set up for 10 people even though we had booked a 6 person private room. One of the mattresses was on the floor taking up much of the floor space. We were going to push it under the closest bed but realized that there was water under the bed, we aren't sure if the water is from the air conditioner or from the men's showers which are on the other side of the wall but each morning there would be a puddle of water under that bed and along that wall. When we first checked in, it was late, around 9pm. Going by looks alone I was worried. We had paid in advance on the insistence of the staffs saying they would cancel our booking on bookings.com if we didn't pay in advance - which was not at all indicated on the site. The site actually said we had until a week before for free cancellation and payment would be required at check in. So we walked into the reception knowing they already had their money and we were going to have to stay here at least one night. As we walked into reception the waiting area was full of older men in various states of dress, some in day clothes others in short open dressing gowns with boxers on. For a mother travelling with her family which includes a young daughter I wasn't sure how appropriate this accommodation would be. But we only saw this the 1st night and avoided the reception area in the evenings for the rest of our stay. Our room was on the 3rd floor, we had a private room with air conditioning and a fan, the room was spacious - once the floor mattress was put on top of one of the other mattresses on the bed frames. Our room had 2 double beds and 4 single beds in bunk beds (and the twin sized bed that was on the floor). The beds were all different, the twin bed was the most comfortable, the two doubles were what we in Australia would call a foam camp mattress, the type you would roll up and take camping. On these metal bunk bed frames using these alone would be uncomfortable - we were lucky they had given us a room with more beds then we needed. The pillows were also a mixed bag of soft and hard. One of the things that shocked me the most about the beds was the lack of mattress protectors on the beds. I don't understand how a business would miss this important mattress protecting tool. Surely it would save on the replacement costs and maintenance of the mattresses with so many people coming and going. It also provides guests with some feeling of safety that the bed is clean and looked after. But perhaps the mattress protectors were just missing from our room. The room came with no towels, and we were lucky that we had traveled with our little gym towels as this is the first "family friendly" backpackers we have stayed in that didn't supply towels. The bathrooms were right outside our room, which caused some noise but nothing to complain about. The female bathroom had plastic bar locks on only 1 of the showers and a metal bar lock on only 1 of the toilets. The dressing area was behind the main door, so if you, like one unfortunate lady who was showering, happen to come out of the shower as the main bathroom door is opened then anyone walking by - including the men lining up for their showers can see you. The showers are small but standard for S.E Asia backpackers, only 1 of the showers has a hook but it is the one that doesn't have a lock so choose your battle on that one. One of the toilets (the one without a lock) is so cramped that even my knees touched the wall and I'm 5 foot 4. On our 2nd night there at 4am someone was violently ill, spew trailing down the hallway all the way to the men's toilet which is next to our room. The person stopped at our door to do a big spew and then spewed on to the toilets. I had heard this person as he banged on our door and spewed but had hoped that by the time my children woke that the mess would be cleaned up.... 8am and someone had put newspaper over the spew on the floor but that was it. We had to hop over brown wet newspaper to get to the bathrooms in the morning. At 9:30am the cleaner came into our room and asked us if we needed house keeping and then moved on to the next room - the spew still on the floor. I don't know why this wasn't cleaned up as a priority.
Family - Oct 31, 2017
Shaun B
Great Staff
This place was cheap and conveniently located to where i needed to be while i was there. It is also a short walk away from 2 MRT lines. The Beds were decent enough to sleep on. The only real issue i had with the hostel was that other guest are not considerate towards other by meaning that they would come in at 1am/ 2am turn on the lights to the dorm and make some noise get something and then just leave, leaving the lights on. Other than that this place was awesome. i had great chats with Shaun at the front desk and he was very helpful on giving some tips about the city. Breakfast is perfect for a backpacker tons of Bread peanut butter, nuttela and jam to go around. and a decent cup of coffee to start you day. Thanks for the awesome stay
Solo travel - Sep 15, 2017
Aaron W
You get what you pay for..
First the pros; as it's low season, and the hostel business is rough, they had the best price in all of Singapore. The location is right in between all the major tourist places you could want to go, and only a 5-10 minute walk to the metro station. The beds are soft, unlike most of Asia. They have security cameras all over too, seems pretty safe. There's a kitchen area, but no stove, just microwave, hot water, and fridge. Now the cons: there's a cross walk directly across the street, so all afternoon and night you can hear the beeping sounds from the room. Dirty closed up windows don't block any sound. Bathrooms were atrocious, terrible, seriously, I've never smelled such nasty bathrooms in my life, and I've been to 300+ hostels. Staff needs to be better managed, and upkeep the premises. Watch out when you grab the bathroom handles, the back side of it has sharp metal ridges.. The kitchen has an open back to the road, and it smelled like piss, almost as bad as the bathrooms, and is also where everyone goes to smoke, so you get all that blowing back on you if you do anything in the kitchen. Staff would turn on lights in the middle of the night to check beds, or check in a guest. AC would automatically shut off very early in the morning, and not resume till later afternoon, was not a comfortable awakening. Many guests are old Singaporean men living there, for example my room had a drunk and two very cranky guys in it who had nothing positive to say about Singapore. Constant noise at night, crumpling bags, and worse in the morning. Contrary to the sign on the window, the lobby is not open 24/7, and staff even kicked me out the first night to have their own party in there. Preference was given to the old man living there, for controlling the AC, and they wanted it much warmer.. Breakfast is just toast and tea/coffee. If you walk directly behind the building for about 15 minutes, there's a huge food court with great meals all day, 4am to midnight or later. Staff was initially friendly, but quit talking or much even acknowledging me after a couple days. The lobby was an interesting place to people watch, it played out almost like a sitcom some days, new issues, new comedians. This place has potential, staff just needs better training.
Business - Sep 9, 2017
jeanccoughlan
No Joy for Singapoor
On our first night of backpacking across SE Asia, we found ourselves having the most dreadful sleep of our lives! First of all, there was a problem with our booking so we were all separated. There's 9 of is, so this was problematic. This meant that one of our female travellers had to sleep alone, which was not ideal. Then in the rooms, there was no air conditioning. Our roommates seemed to be locals who had moved in fully, meaning there was little room for luggage etc. Although we can't blame the hostel for the guests, there was a strange atmosphere and we felt like intruders. Our roommates would return at 5am and start loud phone calls. The next day we were moved to a private room which was better, but one of the beds was just a mattress on the floor. To add to that, the fire alarm went off at 5am and we had to evacuate. Breakfast was bread and tea, which was good until the air con leaked into our mugs. Location was close to a metro station, as good as you'd get for this price. Overall, the Joyfor Backpackers was a pretty negative experience, some of is quoting it as the 'worst sleep of our lives'. At least we can laugh about it now.
Friends getaway - Jun 20, 2017
Anton R
Not suitable for a family with young kids
We had booked for 3 nights. The place is clean with shared bathrooms and toilets. You have to carry your luggage to the 1 floor plus, based on which floor the room is. Very tight walkways and no space for natural light. I had paid around 170$ a night and expected more than what was on offer. We had decided to shift to another place due the inconvenience within hours of checking in, but the the business decided not to refund the any of the money. I would recommend families with young children to first book for a night and then decide if you want to stay their longer or not.
Family - Apr 24, 2017
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Deposit is required during check-in using cash

Hotel only accept guests with minimum age of 18.

Hotel facility

Description

Hotel policy

  • Hotel Services
    • Welcoming drinks
    • Early Check-in
    • Express check-in
    • Express check-out
    • 24-hour Receptionist
    • 24-hour security
    • Laundry service
    • Luggage storage
    • Multilingual staff
    • Tours
  • Public Facilities
    • Coffee/tea in lobby
    • Early check-in
    • Late check-out
    • Safety deposit box
    • WiFi in public area
  • Nearby Facilities
    • ATM/Banking
    • Grocery
    • Hair salon
    • Shops
    • Supermarket
  • General
    • AC
    • Family room
    • Non-smoking room
    • Smoking area
  • Food and Drinks
    • Breakfast
    • Early bird breakfast
  • In-room Facilities
    • In-room safe
  • Things to Do
    • TV lounge
  • Business Facilities
    • Photocopier
  • Connectivity
    • Free WiFi

Check-in and Check-out Time

Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM

Location
Staying at Joyfor Backpackers' Hostel is a good choice when you are visiting Kallang.

The hostel has a very good location, also near the Changi International Airport (SIN), which is only 14.36 km away.

This hostel is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned close to public facilities.

About Joyfor Backpackers' Hostel

Joyfor Backpackers' Hostel is highly recommended for backpackers who want to get an affordable stay yet comfortable at the same time.

Joyfor Backpackers' Hostel is the right choice for you who are looking for affordable accommodation in Kallang.

24-hours front desk is available to serve you, from check-in to check-out, or any assistance you need. Should you desire more, do not hesitate to ask the front desk, we are always ready to accommodate you.

WiFi is available within public areas of the property to help you to stay connected with family and friends.

Joyfor Backpackers' Hostel is a hostel with great comfort and excellent service according to most hostel's guests.

Staying at Joyfor Backpackers' Hostel will surely satisfy you with its great hospitality and affordable price.

Hotel may accept Early check in, subject to room availability

Hotel may accept Late check out, subject to room availability


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
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