Inspired by duo Tommy and Peggy with a love for travel, BLANC INN has been in operation for 3-4 years. On first impression, the hostel exuded warmth, in part because of the dim lights installed in a bid to make the hostel look cosy.
While challenged in space, BLANC INN maximizes it well, with double-storey alcoves and a lounge on the loft behind the hostel.
Checking in to BLANC INN
Peggy was well-prepared for my arrival and was very attentive to my requests before and during my stay, making booking with BLANC INN no hassle at all.
Self-service check-in option is also available for guests arriving past working hours.
BLANC INN Amenities
Entrances to the main door and respective rooms are secured with a 4-digit passcode which is changed regularly.
Take your conversations outside, hostel guests! Most hostels provide a cosy shared space for you to lounge in, as does BLANC INN. With books, a TV set and cushioned chairs at their lounge, there is no reason why you would want to stay cooped up in the room.
Toilets are unisex, with 6 toilet cubicles, of which, 2 cubicles are WC only cubicles, 2 cubicles are WC + shower and 2 are shower only cubicles. Shampoo and soap are provided in every cubicle. There was even a hairdryer provided, which surpassed my expectations of a hostel.
While breakfast is not provided, coffee and tea are complimentary.
Towel – $1 per piece for rent
Adaptor – $2 deposit for loan
Lock – $3 deposit for loan
Laundry – $0.50 per piece, minimum $5 wash and above.
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BLANC INN’s Room
With 4 alcoves per room, each room can accommodate up to 4 groups of guests. The alcove can host anywhere from 1 to 6 persons, with prices ranging from $52 to $210 per night.
Every alcove is equipped with either a single or double bed, a personal air-con unit, a fan, a cabinet and a safe.
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I liked the privacy conferred to each alcove, with curtains and doors to separate one alcove from another within the same room. All the rooms are windowless, and for a place so tight on space, the bed was comfortably spacious.
The partition walls, however, are not soundproof. It is the reason why I’d reconsider booking hostels. The annoyance from inconsiderate neighbours, from crunching on chips at midnight to talking on the phone on mornings when you want to sleep in, is a common issue when living in shared spaces. Ear plugs are (thankfully) available at BLANC INN.
At least 2 charging points are available in every alcove, and Wi-Fi is provided free of charge. The Wi-Fi signal was very strong throughout the hostel, so nothing the millennial traveller has to fuss about.
Directions to BLANC INN
The most convenient and cheapest way to to get to BLANC INN is to take the MRT to Lavender or Farrer Park station. Exact directions can be found on their website.
Around BLANC INN
Staying at Blanc Inn gave me a great opportunity to explore Jalan Besar, an area I frequently pass by on the way to rock climb at Climb Asia but never got to really discover. I was surprised by the sheer number of cafes and hotels in this vicinity. It made for a great café-hopping experience.
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The most notable cafe would be popular coffee house Chye Seng Huat Hardware, an open concept coffee and bar situated directly opposite Blanc Inn.
For cheap, local fare, I highly recommend Kok Kee Wanton Mee at Hoa Nam Building (exact location here) or Authentic Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup (exact location here). Both are locals’ popular favourites that cost $5 and under, so don’t miss it!
Looking for a bar to wind down? Jalan Besar’s got their very own microbrewery – The 1925 Microbrewery & Restaurant! WL and I tried it, and can only say they’ve got very unique flavours. Think watermelon-flavoured beers. 😉
If you’re looking for wet weather plans in the area, air-conditioned malls City Square Mall and Mustafa Center are all within walking distance. Mustafa is also open 24 hours, which makes for great late night shopping!
A public pool and sports stadium is just round the corner on the same street, for active individuals looking to swim or run.
Fancy some rock climbing? Climb Asia is a 12-minute walk from BLANC INN. Who knows, you may find me there. 😉 I’ve been climbing for 6 years, competitively at first, but now I climb recreationally, most of the time at Climb Asia. It’s a great sport to pick up!
Or maybe bowling for the family or groups of friends at Civil Service Club?
All in all, being located relatively close to the city centre, its affordability and accessible location make BLANC INN one of the prime choices around the area. There is no lack of dining and shopping options in the vicinity, from local hawker fare to microbreweries and restaurants all within walking distance.
It’s perfect for guests who aren’t too picky about windowless rooms and while it is challenged in space, it surpasses traditional hostels, with privacy and cleanliness assured.
BLANC INN 151 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207564 Tel: +65 6707 2368
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Special thanks to BLANC INN for making this stay possible! All opinions remain my own.
Images wonderfully captured by WL. 🙂
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