Hostel Review: 5footway.inn Project Ann Siang – a hostel in a Chinatown heritage building in Singapore

Hostel Review: 5footway.inn Project Ann Siang - Singapore

Hotel Name: 5footway.inn Project Ann Siang
Address: 267 South Bridge Road, Chinatown, Singapore

I stayed at the 5footway.inn Project Ann Siang in Singapore. I was hosted by 5footway.inn; an independent hostel group in Singapore.

5footway.inn have a selection of hostels in heritage buildings in prime locations in Singapore. The Ann Siang property is on South Bridge Road in Chinatown, which is famous for having a Hindu temple, a mosque, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple on the same street. It’s close to the metro and the busy streets of Chinatown. Plus you can walk to most of the famous places in Singapore.

5footway.inn Southbridge Rd

5footway.inn takes its name from the covered walkways of the old shophouses in Singapore which are called 5-foot way (being 5 foot in width). These walkways are incredibly useful in the tropics to hide form the sun and tropical downpours. If you are visiting Singapore I always recommend staying as close to the historic area so you can walk around and explore.

5-foot way

I had a private room with a shared bathroom. Staying in a private room at a hostel is a good alternative to staying in a budget hotel. By staying in a hostel you get the chance to meet other travellers as well. If you have been on the road in Southeast Asia and have become accustomed to guesthouses with private rooms, then the private rooms in hostels is the best alternative.

My room had a comfortable double bed and air-conditioning.


The room was very spacious, especially by Singapore standards where room space is at a premium. It was nice to have a proper work desk in the room, though the room could have used a rack to hang clothes.


Most hostels with private rooms have shared bathroom facilities, and the shared bathrooms here were in a clean and orderly state.

Shared bathroom

There is free wifi throughout the property with a one-time login. If you don’t have a mobile device you can use the public computers in the reception area.

Public computers

There is a terrace area on the rooftop with some seating and tea and coffee making facilities.


Here you get a great view of the Chinatown area (the big temple is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple).

Terrace view

A breakfast service is provided at 5footway.inn Project Chinatown 2, which is nearby at 227 South Bridge Road. The breakfast is a typical hostel breakfast of toast, fruit, and tea and coffee. A good deal if you are backpacking and counting your Singapore dollars, otherwise I would go for a local Indian breakfast.

Overall this was a great place to stay in Singapore. This was my second stay in a 5footway.inn hostel and I was impressed with the overall quality and cleanliness of the property.

Also check out my review of the Boat Quay property.

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