The COOlest Budget Hostel in Singapore

With COO Bistro + Hostel

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If you are planning a vacation or staycation around Singapore and wondering which budget hostel to stay downtown, this post might be your holy grail! Have you heard of COO Bistro+Hostel? It is a newcomer in the Singapore's budget hostel scene and I think it could be THE COOLEST budget hostel in downtown Singapore.

COO marries an elegant backpackers hostel on the upper floors and a modern bistro on the ground floor, making it a convenient experience for travelers (especially during heavy rain when you are "grounded"). Its strategic location in downtown Tiong Bharu means that we are just a stone's throw away from various local and tourist favourites such as Chinatown, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Sentosa Island, Clarke Quay, Merlion Park and many more.

Alight at BLK55 bus stop, just one stop away from Outram Park MRT Station
Alight at BLK 55 bus stop, just one stop away from Outram Park MRT Station
COO Hostel is just behind this building across Tiong Bharu Road
COO Hostel is just behind this building across Tiong Bharu Road

I was greeted by their friendly manager Ris when I walked in to COO Hostel. After completing the payment including a $50.00 refundable deposit, I was assigned to a 6 bedder room. It cost $75.00 for 2 nights including free breakfast (700am to 930am).

Ris doing his job
Ris doing his job

 I was handed a COO wristband by Ris which functions as an electronic key to my room door. There is a complimentary towel inside your personal locker as well. Ris was also very helpful in giving me tips and guides on the attractions around the hostel. 

This waterproof wristband functions as your room key. How cool is that!
This waterproof wristband functions as your room key. How cool is that!


 The Room

There are 4-bedder, 6-bedder and 8-bedder rooms in COO hostel. Some rooms even have an attached bathroom! The rooms are air-conditioned, very cozy and their pillows are so soft and comfortable. 

Cozy room with bunker beds
Cozy room with bunker beds
Beds come with curtains for privacy
Beds come with curtains for privacy
Super comfy pillow and comforter
Super comfy pillow and comforter
Personal locker big enough to store my traveling bag
Personal locker big enough to store my traveling bag
Little recess along the bed compartment to charge my phone. There is also a charging port inside the locker in case you need to be away while charging your phone
Little recess along the bed compartment to charge my phone. There is also a charging port inside the locker in case you need to be away while charging your phone

To be honest, I can't fault anything in the room. It was just perfect for me. 

The Common

There is a hangout area on the second floor which is very cooling at night. Here is also where you do your laundry and chill out with other travelers. However, when I was there, this space wasn't fully utilized. I guess everyone preferred their cozy rooms. 

The common corridor
The common corridor
Chill out area on the second floor
Chill out area on the second floor
Did I mention that they have a hydraulic jacked lift in the hostel?
Did I mention that they have a hydraulic jacked lift in the hostel?

The Bistro

All COO guests are entitled to 15% discount off the Bistro's menu (and occasionally there's even a 25% discount!). They served a wide range of dishes and beverages. I tried their Salmon Omelette and Macchiato and it was really tasty. 

Very modern and elegant bistro. That's Lisa at the far end. She just arrived from Korea a few weeks ago
Very modern and elegant bistro. That's Lisa at the far end. She just arrived from Korea a few weeks ago
Looking at this salmon omelette just made me craving for it again
Looking at this salmon omelette just made me craving for it again
Just chilling at the bistro while updating my Singapore Botanic Gardens blog post
Just chilling at the bistro while updating my Singapore Botanic Gardens blog post

To get such high quality hostel+bistro experience with a budget of less than $100 for 2 nights at COO was definitely more than worth every penny. I highly recommend you guys to give COO Bistro+Hostel a try if you are looking for a budget backpackers hostel to stay during your vacation/staycation in Singapore. 


Getting there:

Location: COO Bistro+Hostel, 259 Outram Rd, Singapore 169056

By Public Transport: From Outram Park MRT Station Exit A/B, cross the road and take bus 33, 63, 75, 121, 122, 851 or 970 and alight one stop later at BLK 55 Bus Stop.    

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