Budget Accommodation in Singapore with an Eco Twist
Finding Budget Accommodation in Singapore has a slightly different meaning to finding Budget Accommodation in other South East Asian countries. Of course, prices are relative to the economy of a destination. Costs are generally going to be a little more in Singapore than it’s neighbouring countries, so how do you make the most out of your budget accommodation without settling for just plain crumby?
You of course have a few options. Couch Surfing is a great free option, if you’d like to meet some of the locals and experience how people live in your destination. This is an excellent medium if looking for a fairly short stay, often just a night or two would be considered an acceptable duration without overstaying your hosts gracious hospitality. There are always positives and negatives with any experience, mind you, as your host will most likely be working, and you may not have full access to their accommodation while they’re out for the day. Another good choice is hostels, as you’ll meet many other like minded, budget travellers. Of course, since you’re paying, your only restraint will be what’s in your wallet. So how do you choose the right hostel to really get your money’s worth?While searching for budget accommodation in Singapore, you’ll find there’s several hostels in the city’s centre, all roughly in the same price range. I felt to maximize my time there, I would go somewhere which not only met my budget, but also gave back to the destination in a positive way. While searching for decent budget accommodation in Singapore, a friend referred me to the Tree In Lodge guesthouse. Tree In Lodge apart from other budget accommodation in Singapore was their very high standards for being eco-conscious. They have many green initiatives, and were even featured in a national news channel during my stay there. Check out the video and write upof their coverage) As you walk into the hostel, you immediately realize that there’s something special about this place. From the exceptionally friendly and helpful staff who will give you tips on all the cool, off-beaten-trail things to do around the city, to the fresh filtered tap water available for guests to refill their water bottles; from the helpful green-promoting tips painted on the walls all throughout the hostel, to the low-energy laundry service offered to the customers. There was even a trading post, where guests could leave unwanted baggage (from clothing, to sun screen, to half used batteries, etc) for other guests to pick up, rather than having them tossed in the waste bin. In fact, if you arrive by bicycle, you immediately get half off your stay with them (this promotion was relevant at the time of this publication, please check their website for current promotions). With a very comfortable lounge for guests, and large dorm rooms, filled with lockers, and privacy drapes on the bunks, including 24-hour tea and coffee in the guest kitchen, this place makes for a very pleasant stay. As far as finding budget accommodation in Singapore that you truly feel you’re getting your money’s worth, the Tree in Lodge most certainly will provide you with a memorable experience. While making a very low carbon imprint during their stay, guests will most likely leave feeling a little more educated as to how they can make an environmental difference while continuing on in their travels. Tree In Lodge‘s budget accommodation in Singapore will come as guests, and leave as friends… both of the staff, the patrons, and Mother Earth.
Have you ever stayed somewhere which really made you feel good about your decision to stay there? Where was it? What made your stay so positive?