i didn't like at all the toilets and showers. the room for women is downstairs, so very uncomfortable (my room was upstairs, and in order to get to the shower in the morning one has to pass through the receptionarea). the room for men is on the first floor, so i used that one a few times. since it was not near the reception, so accessible only to guests, this one was also cleaner. however, all toilets were a bit dirty.
the room is very different from the good atmosphere, and the elegance of the building. while the lounge&gallery,and the terrace made me feel i was in some luxurious hotel, the room was rather disappointing: a bit smelly, and with a difficult to climb upper bed (my bed): the ladder looked like a toy ready to break.
the breakfast was good, the same as in their other hostels, but there was nobody around to refill the milk bottle, the cereals, etc.. even if i woke up early, i couldn't find much food.. then another guest discovered some milk somewhere.. confusing!
the tea machine was also empty, once i got tea, but later on i just got hot water.
the place has a wonderful terrace, with a view towards the river, and with shadow and cool breeze.. i spent half of the day just enjoying this place! there is also a good art gallery in the lounge and in the terrace, with nice exhibitions: this means a lot of quality time spent in there!
the location is also very good, close to the esplanade, the quays, the civilizations museum, and not far from chinatown and bugis area. lots of dining&wining around in the evening, but not for a low budget.
the reception area is also nice, the staff were helpful. good wifi, and also computers for those who don't have their own device.
nice old building.