traveling alone ? with kids ? budget ?
If u r not crazy about shopping but wants a little of it as well as dining, try :
Novotel Clark Quay (novation rooms are best)
Swissotel Merchant Court (not along the water by across the bridge)
Grand Copthorne waterfront (huge property, if u get a good rate, it isnt bad but dont pay more than S$200/nite)
InterContinental (not on riverside but walking distance to Clark Quay)
Furama (both city center or riverfront are fine hotels for this price - chinatown area which is walking distance to Clark Quay)
PS. if u want to be closer to the esplanade or boat quay instead of clark quay, go with any of the marina square or raffles city hotels