So last night I received a press release about Matchbox, a new hostel opening in Singapore that markets itself as “appealing to the needs of the flashpacker” with contemporary designed pods. Whilst I generally avoid writing for press releases, I couldn’t help but get drawn into a discussion with this one due its statement that they are the first hostel in the world to provide couple beds in the dormitory. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure the reason no one else has ever done this before is due to the debauchery that it would lead to and lets face it, there is nothing worse then listening to other people getting their freak on whilst you’re trying to get some sleep!
So before I get in too deep, here is a quick overview of the hostel and then I’m keen to know your thoughts – double bed, good or bad?
First up its $45.00SGD per night per pod, which is a bit higher than the average hostel in Singapore, but it does offer free all day breakfast, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and custom designed pillows to meet your sleeping needs….yep you heard right, custom designed pillows! It also has all the mod cons you expect a Singapore hostel to have plus bright and retro interior based on the images I’ve seen. Talking about those…
Here are a few images of Matchbox
Okay, so lets break this down. The average “flashpacker” is 25 to 35, has plenty of money to throw around, is totally tech’ed out and would prefer to spend more on an authentic experience that enriches their travels as opposed to expensive accommodation or meals. So with this in mind, what do you think of the Matchbox Concept Hostel my fellow flashpackers? Does this funky pad look like a great way to lose a couple of days whilst freshening up before continuing your travels onto Indonesia or Malaysia? OR is it bit too kindergarten come my little sister would love to stay here and what were you thinking with the double beds? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @thetravproject. Or even better, I’d love to hear from anyone who has stayed here?
Anyway, I remain woefully undecided and I think the next time I’m in Singapore I’ll have to skip my old faithful favorite and check this concept hostel out – I wonder if I can persuade Niki to take the double with me?