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Where to Stay in Singapore

Where to Stay in Singapore

By Coco YangUpdated Jul. 19, 2022

Accommodation in Singapore is of all kinds, from budget guesthouses and value-for-money mid-range hotels to luxury hotels, making it not an easy task to choose the best hotel from the rest when you plan a Singapore trip. This is our ultimate guide to where to stay in Singapore.

  • Budget hotels are mostly located in the Little India and Chinatown areas and the range is from US$50/room/night.

  • Four-to-five-star hotels are mostly located in Sentosa, Marina Bay, and Orchard, and the range is from US$110/room/night.

  • Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and an oft-chosen place for international conferences, so it is suggested to book a hotel about a month ahead of your trip.

  • Singapore is a small country with convenient public transportation. You can take the subway to most sightseeing spots, so staying near a subway station will make things easy for you.

There are seven popular areas that people typically choose for a Singapore stay: Chinatown, Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Sentosa, Little India, Clarke Quay, and Bugis. Each area is full of popular attractions or other reasons to choose it, and you can definitely find food easily in these areas.

Hotel Marina Bay Sands Hotel Marina Bay Sands

1. Chinatown: Best for Chinese Culture and Atmosphere

Advantages:

  • Chinatown has more youth hostels and economy hotels. Tourists with a lower budget often choose to stay in this area.

  • It has ancient temples such as Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and  Museum and Sri Mariamman Temple and a mosque: Masjid Jamae.

  • The area has many food hawkers.

  • There are Several MRT stations in Chinatown, such as Chinatown Station, Outram Park Station, Telok Ayer Station,  Tanjong Pagar Station, and Raffles Place Station.

Disadvantages:

  • It is crowded and noisy especially at night.

  • There are no big attractions.

Suitable for: budget-limited travelers, (Chinese) food lovers

Singapore Chinatown Singapore Chinatown

Recommended Hotels:

Hotel 1887 The Opera House

Features: 

  • Located in the center of Chinatown, it was transformed from the former Chinese opera theater "Legendary Garden".

  • Decorated with dragon robes, palace lanterns, and wooden fences, it reproduces a Chinese elegance.

  • About 2 minutes’ walking to Chinatown MRT station

Budget: from US$95 per night

Amoy by Far East Hospitality

Features:

  • Small boutique hotel full of Chinese elements

  • The entrance of the hotel is designed like a Chinese temple.

  • Close to Chinatown MRT station, with lots of bars and restaurants around the hotel

Budget: from US$230 per night

Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore

Features:

  • Adjacent to Tanjong Pagar MRT station

  • Very recognizable with green plants on the whole building

  • Modern design with a view overlooking Singapore

  • The outdoor swimming pool has a wide view and is good for relaxation.

Budget: from US$230 per night

2. Orchard Road: Best for Shopping

Advantages:  

  • Singapore's shopping mecca! There are many large department stores and shopping centers along the 2-km-long road.

  • There are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars in the shopping malls along Orchard Road.

  • The famous Grande Whisky Collection is located on the fifth floor of ION Orchard.

  • Close to Fort Canning Park and National Museum

Disadvantages:

  • Hotels prices on Orchard Road are high, and most are world-brand 5-star establishments. There are not many budget hotel choices.

  • Limited night life activities.

  • It is busy and crowded at the weekends and holidays, especially during Christmas and New Year.

Suitable for: shopping lovers

Orchard Road Shopping Mall Orchard Road Shopping Mall

Recommended Hotels:

JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La

Features: 

  • The first floor of the hotel is a shopping mall.

  • Close to Somerset MRT Station

  • It is a modern glass building with 20 floors.

  • The large infinity pool on the top floor is a good place to enjoy the bustling urban night view of Singapore.

Budget: from US$190 per night

Goodwood Park Hotel 

Features:

  • It is an time-honored hotel by Singapore standards, started in 1947.

  • The hotel is one of the iconic buildings of Singapore.

  • There are two swimming pools, and one is in the garden.

  • A few minutes’ walk from Far East Plaza

  • About a 7-minute walk to Orchard MRT Station

Budget: from US$210 per night

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Features:

  • Shangri-La's first hotel in Asia.

  • A tropical garden brings you an immersive nature experience.

  • You may meet wild monkeys when walking in the hotel! 

  • Family friendly with children's playgrounds

Budget: from US$260 per night

Hotel Marina Bay Sands Hotel Marina Bay Sands

3. Marina Bay: Best for Luxury Experiences

Advantages:

  • In Marina Bay, you can easily walk to the major landmark buildings of Singapore including Merlion park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, and Gardens by the Bay.

  • The most prosperous area in Singapore, its hotels enjoy convenient transportation, many shopping malls nearby, and beautiful bay and city scenery.

  • It is easy for you to find large, luxury hotels in Marina Bay.

Disadvantages:

  • Marina Bay hotel prices are always high without cheap options.

  • The overall cost of living is high in this area too.

Suitable for: those looking for luxury experience and who want to stay in the city center

Recommended Hotels:

Hotel Marina Bay Sands

Features: 

  • One of Singapore’s landmarks

  • The Sky Garden Observation Deck on the 57th floor of the hotel offers stunning views of the city skyline.

  • The hotel has a huge rooftop infinity pool offering a panoramic view of Marina Bay.

  • A few minutes’ walking to Bayfront MRT Station

  • Direct access to Gardens by the Bay

  • A good choice for honeymooners

Budget: from US$400 per night

Swissotel The Stamford

Features: 

  • The hotel is located above City Hall MRT Station.

  • It looks out on the entirety of Marina Bay and the F1 Circuit, and the view is unsurpassed.

  • Within walking distance of Merlion Park

  • The revolving French restaurant ranks the 39th in the world, offering a rare dining experience.

Budget: from US$350 per night

Fullerton Bay Hotel

Features:

  • Yacht-style hotel

  • Good location by the river

  • A few minutes’ walk from Raffles Place MRT station and Merlion Park

Budget: from US$400 per night

Fullerton Bay Hotel Fullerton Bay Hotel

4. Sentosa: Best for Holiday Relaxing

Advantages:

  • The nearest resort island to Singapore

  • Full of entertainment and experiences, including a pristine beach, lush tropical rain forests, golf courses, casinos, the first Universal Studios in Southeast Asia, and SEA Aquarium

  • A great place for families with kids

Disadvantages:

  • It is crowded at the weekends and holidays.

  • Only top-end resorts and hotels, no budget choices

Suitable for: families with kids, golfers, beach lovers  

Singapore Sentosa Singapore Sentosa

Recommended Hotels:

Resorts World Sentosa — Beach Villas

Features: 

  • Located in the Resorts World Sentosa within a short walk of Universal Studios Singapore

  • All villas offer panoramic views of the sea and surrounding forests.

  • The floor-to-ceiling glass windows of the bedroom offer beautiful views of the SEA Aquarium. You can see large marine creatures swimming around from the window.

Budget: from US$1,000 per night

Resorts World Sentosa — Hotel Michael

Features: 

  • Expertly designed

  • Located in the Resorts World Sentosa within a short walk of Universal Studios Singapore and SEA Aquarium

  • The spacious rooms at Resorts World Sentosa – Hotel Michael feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Merlion or the harbor.

Budget: from US$400 per night

Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa

Features: 

  • Located next to the Merlion in Sentosa, you can watch the light show of the Merlion at the hotel at night

  • Just opposite the small Yingbiao Train Station with convenient transportation

Budget: from US$350 per night

Singapore Little India Singapore Little India

5. Little India — Best for Indian Culture

Advantages:

  • A good place to taste Indian food and enjoy Indian culture without traveling to India

  • Little India Station and Rochor Station are located in this area making it easy to get to other places in Singapore

  • It has plenty of budget hotels and hostels.

  • The accommodation price is relatively friendly, and it is the preferred accommodation area for many tourists who are new to Singapore.

Disadvantages:

  • Noisy in the evenings, especially Sunday evenings when Indian working staff are off

  • Limited nightlife, because night activities end early

  • Limited range of top-end hotels

Suitable for: young people who love liveliness, low budget travelers, and those pursuing cultural enjoyment.

Recommended Hotels:

Hotel G Singapore

Features:

  • Nostalgic American industrial style

  • About a 5-minute walk to Bencoolen MRT Station and Bugis Village shopping center

  • The first floor is a bar.

Budget: from US$80

Wanderlust Boutique Hotel

Features:

  • Housed in a 1920s building in Little India

  • Just next to the Jalan Besar MRT station

  • Its rooms have different decorative themes, such as origami, pop art, and cosmic space.

Budget: from US$150 per night

Clarke Quay Clarke Quay

 6. Clarke Quay — Best for Nightlife

Advantages:

  • Clarke Quay is Singapore’s nightlife center with many nice bars, coffee shops, and restaurants.

  • It turns into a flea market during the day each Sunday, with lots of good bargains and cheap goods.

  • You can take a boat cruise from Clarke Quay to the Singapore Flyer on the Singapore River. The view is more beautiful if you take the night cruise.

  • The colorful houses around the Quay are a good place for photos, which are especially popular with young people.

  • Clarke Quay is a nice place to see the sunset.

  • There is Clarke Quay MRT Station for convenient access.

Disadvantages:

  • The cost of living is a little higher than other places in Singapore.

  • It might be noisy at night in this area.

Suitable for: Young people, nightlife lovers

Recommended Hotels:

Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore

Features: 

  • About a 5-minute walk from Clark Quay MRT Station

  • A short walking distance from Clark Quay and Chinatown

  • You can overlook the Singapore River from the hotel windows

Budget: from US$160 per night

M Social

Features:

  • Unique hotel design, full of creativity and modern adventure elements

  • Located by the Singapore River

  • A little far from the main street, but this gives it a quiet location

Budget: from US$130 per night

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay 

Features:

  • About a 5-minute walk from Clarke Quay 

  • About an 8-minute walk to Fort Canning MRT station

  • The view from its rooftop infinity pool is great.

Budget: from US$130 per night

Central Public Library Central Public Library

7. Bugis: Best for Singapore Art and History

Advantages:

  • Bugis is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Singapore, and it is the arts and heritage district of the city center.

  • Bugis is home to great museums, national monuments and institutions, art schools, the Central Public Library, etc.

  • The famous Singapore Night Festival is held in Bugis each August, offering a dazzling light show, thrilling aerial acrobatics, an immersive art exhibition, and more.

  • From Bugis Junction to Haji Lane, Bugis is a shopping paradise and one of the most popular shopping places for young people.

  • There are lots of special restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in this area.

  • Bugis MRT Station and Queen Street Bus Terminal offer good access to public transport.

Disadvantages:

  • Busy and crowded in the evenings 

Suitable for: Young people, art lovers

Recommended Hotels:

Hotel Royal @ Queens

Features:

  • 3 minutes’ walk from Bras Basah MRT Station

  • Just a 6-minute walk to the historic Sri Krishnan Temple and Bugis Village Shopping Center

Budget: from US$140 per night

Naumi Hotel

Features:

  • A small but luxurious hotel

  • Its rooftop infinity pool offers incredible city views.

  • About a 5-minute walk to City Hall MRT Train Station

Budget: from US$200 per night

Andaz Singapore — A Concept by Hyatt

Features:

  • Located between Kampong Glam and Bugis

  • About 200 meters from Bugis MRT station and Bugis Junction

  • About 350 meters from Sultan Mosque

  • The swimming pool is on the 25th floor and has a wide-angle view.

Budget: from US$360 per night

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Sentosa view Sentosa view

Where to Stay in Singapore for Families

As one of most family-friendly travel destinations, there are many hotels for families in Singapore, whether you want economical accommodation or a luxury resort.  

Sentosa might be the best place for a family stay, as it is home to Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove Water Park, and long beaches. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Siloso Beach Resort, and Resorts World Sentosa — Festive Hotel Singapore are all good options, but the prices are a little expensive: from US$400 per night. 

There are also good family accommodations in the city area.  

The top-end options: Fairmont Singapore, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay Singapore, or JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach in Marina Bay; Ascott Orchard Singapore or Four Seasons Hotel Singapore in Orchard Road; InterContinental Singapore in Bugis. Prices are from US$240 per night.

The middle-range options: Ramada by Wyndham Singapore At Zhongshan Park or JEN Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-La on Orchard Road; Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium on Outram Road. Prices are from US$150 per night.

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Recommended Hotels for Honeymoons in Singapore  

Featuring interesting attractions and colorful nightlife, Singapore is also a popular destination for newly-married couples. Here are some recommended hotels for a honeymoon trip.

Hotel Spa Hotel Spa

Raffles Singapore

Features:

  • Built in 1887, it’s one of the oldest buildings in Singapore.

  • Many celebrities have stayed there including William Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad,and Charlie Chaplin.

  • About a 3-minute walk from City Hall MRT Station and Raffles City Shopping Center

  • It houses a museum showing the history of the hotel.

  • You can enjoy a drama in its Jubilee Hall.

  • It has a shopping center with about 17 shops including Tiffany's and Louis Vuitton.

  • The first cup of Singapore Sling was made at Raffles Singapore!

Budget: from US$620 per night

Mandarin Oriental

Features: 

  • Located in Marina Bay with great harbor views 

  • Direct link to the Marina Square Shopping Center

  • About an 8-minute walk from City Hall MRT Station

  • Its outdoor pool has stunning cityscape views.

  • 7 restaurants and bars in the hotel offer delicious food from all over the world.

Budget: from US$420 per night

Conrad Centennial Singapore

Features: 

  • Located in Marina Bay with great harbor views 

  • About a 3-minute walk from Promenade MRT station

  • Home to an Asian art collection

  • Offers lots of award-winning dining options

Budget: from US$280 per night

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