Ali’s Nest

Ali’s Nest

If you are a traveler that is looking for an affordable overnight stay in cheap hotel in Singapore, then Ali’s Nest might be your best choice. With a quiet room and the taste of the local culture embedded inside this comfy establishment, Ali’s Nest is indeed the hotel for backpacker who is looking for affordable stay in Singapore.

Little India is full of great hostels and Ali’s Nest is no exception; backpackers will find everything they need for both short and long stays. Located in Roberts Lane 23 Little India, Ali’s Nest Ali’s Nest might be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re willing to sacrifice creature comforts to save money. While Ali’s Nest might be one of the recommended hotels for backpacker, it was quite a task to find the place as there is no real sign like any other establishment. To reach Ali’s Nest, you can use either a cab or the public transportation. From the Airport or Harbor Front, take the subway (MRT) to Farrer Park station (Exit C) and if you’re from Queen Street bus station or Lavender bus station, it is 15 minutes walk to the nest. Ali’s Nest is a stone’s throw away from a vibrantly colored Little India, and on a little side street that backs onto a Mosque. It is also not too far away from Singapore’s red light district, if that tickles your fancy. All in all, the Nest is a lovely 5 minute stroll from the city, but be prepared to stop and take in the atmosphere that the suburb Little India generates.

The setup of Ali’s Nest is more of a homestay than a proper hostel so you won’t find any plush lounge or even a proper sign, but you will get a warm welcome from Ali and his family. Ali welcomes you into his home with open arms as do the rest of his family who also live there. If you have ever wondered what ‘home from home’ means then this is the place to experience it. The kitchen is the epicenter of the hostel here you can catch up with fellow travelers and also quiz Ali on his knowledge of his home city. While the communal kitchen and sitting area are cluttered with the family’s possessions, rooms are shockingly spartan and cramped. It has a lived-in feeling where the rooms are basic and most have bunks. The bathroom is also simple but with the luxury of hot shower. This is not a choice for fussy travelers but some may value the opportunity to experience Singapore like a local. Apart from a lifetime of local knowledge, Ali provides a basic breakfast of toast and jam, and tea/coffee, which you can get up and make yourself. It also has Free WiFi Internet and 2 computers with high speed Internet (ADSL) for 2sgd/hour rate.

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