Singapore hostels are going up market to cater for the more affluent backpacker.
Some hostels in the city are raising prices 40% beyond the average US$18 per night rate, adding many perks to the service for travellers with longer shoestrings. Frills include private rooms, free use of netbooks, higher quality bed linen at no extra cost and even complementary toiletries.
According to the Jakarta Post, this new budget range of accommodation in one the most expensive cites in the world is proving popular. Many so-called ‘flashpackers’ are taking an interest, looking for a little extra luxury during their city stay.
According to STB data, average occupancy rates for hotels in the economy tier grew 3.9 percentage points year-on-year to 84% in Q12011. And though Singapore is not traditionally on the backpacker hit list, accommodation providers are reporting a growing number of arrivals in recent years which they attribute to the proliferation of low cost flights.