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Ali's Nest Singapore
Ranked #101 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Great location and Cheap for Singapore!”
Reviewed 25 November 2011

Stayed here a couple nights so that I could travel back into Malaysia. Exit the subway and turn left and you're at Ali's Nest. Couldn't ask for a place more convenient. Rooms are upstairs of an old building in little india. Rooms are clean, very simple and some have A/C. There is one dorm room and at the time I stayed rates were $15 for the dorm and $35 for a single with A/C. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and coffee. There's a kitchen and a little dining/common area.

My only complaint for this guesthouse was that I had a room with A/C but the thing vibrated like crazy and was extremely loud. Other than that it's a great place and the cheapest I think you can find in Singapore.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Salzburg, Austria
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

I have several problems with this place.

First and foremost, it is hugely annoying (and rude) of the owner not to reply to any emails. I have contacted Ali one week before our arrival in Singapore to book a room and asked for a quick email back to confirm our booking. Standard procedure. Never got a reply. I then emailed him again two days before our arrival, as I wanted to make sure we have a place to stay. Nothing. This is very bad customer service.

Anyways, we went there (keep in mind there's no big sign outside advertising the place) and were greeted by two elderly ladies sitting in the lounge. They signalled us to sit down while one of them went to get Ali.

The other lady had peed herself and there was a big, yellow puddle of pee on the tiled floor. Don't get me wrong, this is her house, she can do whatever she wants, but it is not the kind of place I want to spend my holiday at.

A few minutes later, Ali arrived and showed us the rooms upstairs. There's a dorm (it has 8 beds if I'm not mistaken), which only has a window into the kitchen/communal area. Then there's a fan double, which was shocking: There's a mattress on the floor, that's it. The wallpaper is peeling off, there's stains on the wall. Next there was a double with A/C, which was in no better state but at least it had a bed in it (a bunk bed though). There was big mould stains on the ceiling and the AC unit looked as if it was from the 30s.

The bathroom was very basic but at least at first glance looked clean enough.

Long story short, we checked the place out and left. Don't get me wrong, we're shoestring backpackers, and over the past 10 months we have been staying at some dumps, but this was too much even for us.

Yes it is cheap for singapore standards (35S$ for the AC double), but you can get a bunk bed in a nice hostel for 20 per person, which doesn't work out that much more expensive.

I would not recommend this to anyone, maybe with the exception of poor party students who will just go out, party, drink and don't care where they stay :)

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Muswellbrook, Australia
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

Singapore is so expensive compared to other Asian countries so it was a great surprise to find a place that only charges 35 Singaporean dollars for 2 persons in a private room with aircondition. Ali's Nest is not for everyone. This is a place for people who are OK in a basic room (just bed and air-con or bed and electric fan) who are looking for the hostel feel without too much going on (there's not too many rooms, so not too many people). There are 3 floors, which house 2 rooms on the first floor, 1 dorm (mixed) on the 2nd and Ali's family room, and 3 private rooms on the 3rd floor. The common kitchen and living room is on the 2nd floor, which is a nice place to hang out with fellow travellers. The 2nd and 4rd floor have the bathroom and toilet, but the one on the 3rd floor is intended for guests while the one on the 2nd is for Ali's family. We stayed here on 2 occasions, one on a visit in January and another in February. It is very close to MRT station (Farrer Park, Exit F) and a good walking distance from Mustafa Center (24 hours mall), City Square Mall (Singapore's first eco friendly mall), Tekka Market Center (a market and a hawker center that serves great Indian and Chinese dishes at a cheaper price than other hawker centers) and some Hindu temples.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tanah Rata
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Reviewed 1 December 2010

We stayed at Ali's for four nights at the beginning of Nov 2010.
Rooms and bathrooms are clean, simple but adequate - and at $sin35 for a double, aircon room, probably the cheapest in Singapore. 
The guest house is right in the middle of Little India and close to MRT stations and bus routes.  I'd definately stay there again. 

  • Stayed November 2010
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Property: Ali's Nest Singapore
Address: No. 23 Roberts Lane Little India, Singapore 218302, Singapore
Region: Singapore > Singapore > Little India
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Ranked #101 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Singapore
Number of rooms: 10
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