Bunc Hostel was conceived over a casual conversation between the founders. Noticing that there was a gap between quality hostels in Singapore and a price gap between hostels and hotels ($40-$80 range), the founders at Bunc Hostel sought to combine comfort, design and social spaces into one affordable hostel.
Bunc Hostel is now managed by The Uncharted Co. which also owns the largest chain of boutique hostels in Singapore under the brand 5footway.inn. The Uncharted Co.’s vision is to be part of every traveller’s journey. By including Bunc into their brand portfolio, they hope to better serve travellers with different travelling needs and create unique guest experiences for them as they go on their travel exploration.
Checking in to Bunc Hostel
What first caught my eye when I stepped in was the long tables that make for both communal working spaces and for dining. Incidentally, it is where people come together in the mornings for breakfast. With the reception perched at the side of it, Bunc Hostel integrates the idea of a open concept well.
The reception is 24/7, with approachable receptionists always at your service. Check in is from 3pm and check out is until 12pm. Upon checking in, a cash security deposit of SGD 10 is required for any charges or damages during the stay, which will be refunded upon departure.
The non-smoking hostel is fully air-conditioned, except for the kitchen and open terraces on the second floor.
Bunc Hostel’s Room
Bunc Hostel houses 27 convertible rooms which can occupy more than 250 guests. Room types include a double room, 6-bed, 12-bed and 16-bed dormitories. Ladies-only dormitories are also available.
Double room prices start from SGD 85, while dorm prices start from SGD 20.40.
Check prices on Booking.com, HostelWorld, or Agoda.
Bunc’s beds come in two sizes – Singles and Deluxes. A deluxe Bunc bed is twice the size of the full-sized single which can accommodate two people comfortably.
Upon entering our 10-bed dorm, I was swathed with a musty smell. I also noticed dust specks along the sides of the bed, and that my pillow case cover was torn. It was as if the room had not been aired or inhabited in a while.
Air con in the rooms runs from 6pm to 10am the next day, but fret not, for there is still a fan attached in every room. The air con is controlled by a centralized system, which means there was no way of adjusting the temperature. I did wish I could, since we were freezing in the middle of the night.
Backpacks can be kept at the bottom of your bunk beds. Note that the word backpack is used, as the locker space would be a challenge for anything larger than that. Each bunk bed has an individual bed lamp and charging facilities. Because of a lack of a curtain, the light from one’s neighbours might hinder your rest if you’re a light sleeper.
Interestingly, the room’s bin is found outside the room instead of inside.
Bunc Hostel’s Amenities
The outdoor kitchen is on the second floor, as is the outdoor, sheltered terrace. You can watch movies on a large screen while resting on the bean bags which give the place a pop of colour.
Other than spotting some ant residents in the washroom, it was mostly spacious, with the provision of soap, a dressing table and hair dryer. These seemingly inconsequential amenities did improve the quality of our stay, and exceeded my expectations of what a hostel usually provides.
Bunc Hostel’s Services
The Handy device
It is essentially a smartphone, with unlimited 4G network. This Handy device is offered to every guest that checks in. That means you are free to surf the internet and download apps as you wish. You can carry it around on your discovery around Singapore, and stay connected on the go.
Read more about this device on my review of their sister property, 5footway.inn @ Project Boat Quay.
Tea, coffee, milo and hot water are provided complimentary 24/7. Daily breakfast comes with every stay from 6.30am to 10am, with a standard choice of either toast or cornflakes.
Complimentary towels are provided per person for private rooms while a SGD 2 fee is imposed for those living in the dormitories.
Luggage storage is available free for up to 24 hours, with a fee of SGD 2 per piece imposed for every day you exceed.
Laundry services are also available.
Bunc Hostel’s Location
5 minutes walk from Rochor (Blue line) MRT, Bunc Hostel rests along the local neighbourhood of Rochor, where you are pretty much away from the bustle of the tourist crowds. Shops along Bunc Hostel have a rich history, as can be seen from the traditional shop gates and Peranakan-style shophouse decoration.
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant (exact location here) is a local favourite (and so is mine!) restaurant selling a variety of authentic dim sum. It’s a popular restaurant for late night suppers, especially after a long night of partying at Zouk club (exact location here). It closes at 6am and opens again at 11am.
For some daily supplies, head to Mustafa Centre (exact location here), a 10-minute walk from Bunc Hostel. It sells some of the cheapest supplies in Singapore, and is a favourite among visiting backpackers. Best of all, it is open 24 hours!
Having stayed at their newly refurbished hostel 5footway.inn @ Project Boat Quay, Bunc Hostel is the older of the two. Nestled in a quieter neighbourhood, I did wish there was more activities to partake in at night, but at least there was Swee Choon to count on to satisfy midnight hunger pangs and late-night shopping if you get restless at night.
While the closest MRT Station is Rochor, it is just one stop away from the Purple and Green line, which can take you to pretty much the rest of the attractions in Singapore. For backpackers who aren’t a stickler about cleanliness, you’ll get a bang for your buck at Bunc Hostel, with free breakfast included in your stay.
Bunc Hostel 15 Upper Weld Road, Singapore 207372 [email protected]
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Special thanks to Bunc Hostel for making this stay possible! All opinions remain my own.
Images wonderfully captured by WL. 🙂
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