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Written August, 2013 (updated 22nd February, 2014)
Areas to Stay:
Anywhere within walking distance of an MRT Station is a good choice. City Hall, Marina Bay, Bugis, Dhoby Ghaut, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Outram Park, Little India, or Orchard Road areas are popular with visitors. Or for something different maybe stay in the unique suburb of Tiong Bahru, or near Changi Beach.
This map link below will help you get a better feel for locations in Singapore. You can type in the name of any hotel, search, then grab and hold your mouse and move the map around to see what is near each hotel, and see where MRT Underground Train Stations and Bus Stops are. You can also get directions and it gives you transport options and prices for Bus, Taxi and MRT trips:-
Booking and Prices of Singapore hotels:
Singapore is quite an expensive destination. Generally prices are cheaper for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. At certain times of the year prices and demand increases due to public holidays, sporting events like the F1 Grand Prix in September (hotels can be 30-40% more expensive and are booked out quickly), cultural festivals and parades, local school holidays, and trade shows/conventions in the Suntec/Marina Bay area.
Booking hotels via your airlines website can sometimes be a good deal, eg. Singapore Airlines Stopover Packages include hotel, transfers and discounts on a range of popular tourist attractions.
Comparing prices on some of the reputable hotel booking websites and checking Hotel reviews is recommended as room prices, deals, inclusions and hotel quality varies. Also checking the price on the hotels own website can be worthwhile, but remember the initial price displayed will be in Singapore Dollars, and exclusive of taxes, so click on through to the page showing the 17.7% service fees and GST taxes included and check on a currency conversion website to see what the price is in your own currency before booking.
This Article is divided into the following sections:-
2.5 to 3 Star (Budget)
Sentosa Island Hotels
Tiong Bahru area hotels
Changi Beach area Hotels
2.5 to 3 Star Hotels
Please Note:- Many of these budget and 3 star hotels have very small rooms, and some have no windows. Please check room size and features before making a booking.
Soluxe Inn, MacKenzie Road (new budget hotel 5 mins walk from Little India MRT Station. Access to Reception/Lobby is on the 5th floor)
Perak Hotel, Little India (small guesthouse type hotel. Quite homely. Pleasant breakfast area)
Arianna Hotel, Little India (budget option - very lower end of the 3 star category)
Tai Hoe Hotel, Little India (basic hotel. lower end of this 3 star category. very close to City Square Mall and MRT)
Hotel 81 Dickson (one in the chain of Hotel 81's around Singapore)
Strand Hotel (has family rooms too)
Hangout @ Mount Emily Has dorm hostel beds, plus other rooms for couples and families or groups.
Victoria Hotel (good location on Victoria Street near Bugis and National Library)
Porcelain Hotel (Chinatown location. Very small rooms)
Jayleen 1918 Hotel, Carpenter St, Chinatown
Santa Grand Little India Hotel, Veerasamy Road (small hotel. Free WIFI. Breakfast offered in the cafe next door)
Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen (interesting boutique budget hotel in renovated old Chinese Opera House)
Santa Grand Bugis Hotel
Santa Grand Chinatown Hotel
Duxton Hotel (formerly called Berjaya Hotel - small budget boutique hotel Chinatown)
The Inn at Temple Street (budget hotel in Chinatown)
Park 22 Hotel, Chinatown. 2.5 star budget option very close to Hotel 1929 and Naumi Liora Hotel. Park 22 has small rooms and offers WIFI and limited breakfast. Also has family rooms.
Tresor Tavern Hotel, Cavan Road, Lavender area. 15-20 minutes walk from MRT Station, but bus stop nearby. 2.5 to 3 star hotel. Included breakfast and free WIFI in Hotel.
Dragon Court Hotel, Mosque St, Chinatown.2.5 to 3 star hotel. Has Single rooms with 1 Sgl Bed for solo traveller, Double or Twin rooms, and Triple Rooms containing 1 Dbl and 1 Sgl bed. Hotel offers Free WIFI Internet. Rooms are small, and some have no window, so please check features before booking.
Venue Hotel, Joo Chiat Road (new hotel in Katong/East Coast area between the airport and city centre)
Kam Leng Hotel (interesting renovation of an old hotel, heritage features. Opposite Lavender Square Foodcourt, and there is a bus stop across the road, otherwise its a 10-15 min walk to the MRT station)
The Ardennes Hotel, Jalan Klapa, Bugis Area. Budget Boutique Hotel. Free Wifi Internet, small swimming pool and Spa tub.
Amaris Hotel, 21 Middle Road, Bugis area
Sandpiper Hotel, 3 star Boutique Budget hotel. 63 Dunlop St, Little India. New Hotel. Offers small Superior rooms, slightly larger Deluxe or Family rooms containing a Queen and 1 Single bed. Free Breakfast, Free WIFI. Some rooms may not have windows, and some room categories do not have a mini-fridge in the room - please check before booking.
Hotel Kai, 14 Purvis street (good location centrally between City Hall and Bugis areas and their MRT stations). Small new 32 room budget boutique hotel. Has a range of small, but quirky design rooms. Has single bed rooms, bunk bed rooms - 2 single bunk beds one on top of the other with ladder access to upper bunk, Superior Double or Twin rooms. Please check the hotels own website to see room sizes and amenities, as some are tiny and don't have a window. There is free wifi, free bottled water, free limited in-room snacks, and an included set breakfast. Hotel Kai has a small bistro for light meals and snacks.
J8 Hotel, 8 Townshend Road, Little India. Complimentar Breakfast and Mini-Bar, and Free WIFI Internet.
Fragrance Hotel Riverside, Hong Kong Street, Chinatown area. 5-10 minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station and Central Mall. Small rooms, some with no window so please check room size and features before booking. Hotel has small swimming pool.
Madras Eminence Hotel or Madras Tekka Hotel
Marrison Hotel, 103 Beach Road.
Marrison @ Desker Road, 65 Desker Rd, Little India
Arton Boutique Hotel, Tyrwhitt Road, Lavender/Jalan Besar Area. Walking distance to Lavender MRT Station.
Parc Sovereign Hotel
Summerview Hotel. 173 Bencoolen street. Older style budget hotel. Various room configurations - single/twin/double/triple with 3 single beds/family can book an extra single bed in the room for approx sgd$40 (check hotels website for exact prices and details). Hotel offers free Wifi, and has a small cafe/restaurant.
Keong Saik Hotel. On Keong Saik road. Good location 5 minutes from Outram Park MRT Station. Recently renovated budget option. Hotel offers various room categories including single, double, twin and Deluxe triple which has a double bed and one single bed.
Mayo Inn, Jalan Besar
Orchid Hotel, Tras Link, Tanjong Pagar area.
Aqueen Lavender Hotel, Lavender Area. Hotel offers Free WIFI Internet.
3.5 Star Hotels
Royal @ Queens (good location on Queen Street near SAM - Singapore Art Museum)
Grand Pacific Hotel, Victoria Street (near Bugis and The National Library)
Village Hotel Albert Court (3.5 to 4 star. On the edge of Little India area) PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE ONGOING RENOVATION OF SELECTED GUESTROOMS AT THIS HOTEL FROM 2/1/2014 TO 31/5/2014 - Completion date of work subject to change - AND EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO MINIMISE NOISE AND DISTURBANCE. There is no information about this on the hotels own website, but notices are appearing on other hotel booking websites. Please email the hotel directly to enquire about the scale of this renovation.
YMCA International House, One Orchard Road (great location, few mins walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT and Bras Basah MRT Stations, also has a bus stop outside)
YWCA Fort Canning Lodge (take a shortcut through Park Mall carpark beside the Lodge to get to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)
Innotel, Penang Lane (around the corner from YWCA Fort Canning Lodge and Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)
Bliss Hotel (5 mins walk from Chinatown MRT Station)
Hotel Re, Chinatown area (quirky colourfully decorated rooms in this hotel. They offer shuttle bus down to MRT Station)
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel (3.5 star stopover hotel. Some rooms have been renovated)
Village Hotel Bugis (Formerly Golden Landmark Hotel, Bugis. Some category rooms have been renovated recently)
Hotel 1929, Keong Saik Road (trendy, boutique hotel with small rooms)
Naumi Liora Hotel, Keong Saik Road (newest trendy boutique hotel with heritage features, on street opposite Hotel 1929)
Scarlet Hotel (boutique Hotel - Chinatown area)
V Lavender Hotel (hotel is on top of Lavender MRT Station. Easy access to and from Changi Airport)
V Hotel Bencoolen, 48 Bencoolen St. (Newly Opened August, 2013). 270 Room Hotel. 16 sqm Superior Double or Twins, Superior Triple with 1 Dbl & 1 Sgl, Premier, or Deluxe with outdoor patio. No in-house restaurant or room service. Has a swimming Pool. 5-10 minutes walk from Bras Basah or Bugis MRT Underground Train Stations).
Ibis Bencoolen Hotel (good all round budget option with small rooms, has a bus stop outside, and hotel is 5-8 min walk from Bugis MRT)
Ibis Novena Hotel (attached to Novena MRT Station).
BIG Hotel, Middle Road, Bugis area (renovated office building, new hotel with quite small but trendy rooms)
Moon Hotel, Dickson Road, Little India (small rooms, quirky, trendy little hotel on narrow street). PLEASE NOTE: MOON HOTEL WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS FROM 3/3/2014 TO 24/3/2014.
Parkroyal on Kitchener Road, Little India (popular as a stopover hotel, and close to Mustafa Shopping Centre)
Parkroyal on Beach Road
Daulat Hotel or Sultan Hotel (2 of the new trendy small hotels in renovated buildings)
Hotel Clover, 5 Hong Kong Street
Hotel Clover, 769 North Bridge Road
Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel (half way betweel the airport and the centre of town. Hotel offers a free Airport Shuttle service at various timings. Popular with people on a brief stopover).
4 Star Hotels
Carlton Hotel, Bras Basah Road (has 3 wings with various category and price rooms, and two Club Lounges, great location across the road from Raffles Hotel, CHIJMES, and Raffles City Shopping Centre and City Hall MRT Station)
Carlton City Hotel, 1 Gopeng Street, Tanjong Pagar. On edge of CBD area (new sister property to Carlton Hotel opened in August, 2013)
Rendezvous Singapore Hotel (Few mins walk from both Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah MRT Stations, bus stop outside and another at the side on Princep Street). Just taken over by the Far East Hospitality Group.
Royal Plaza on Scotts (off Orchard Road - good location 5 mins walk from Ochard MRT Station)
Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre (located off Orchard Road)
Holiday Inn Express Orchard (Same general area behind Orchard Road as Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre Hotel. Light Breakfast included in room price)
Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay. Opening April, 2014.
Swissotel Merchant Court (popular with tourists and families - very close to Clarke Quay MRT and riverfront area)
Oasia Hotel (easy access to Novena MRT Station. Club Rooms and The Living Room Club Lounge get good reviews for style and service).
The Amoy Hotel, Amoy Street, on the edge of Chinatown. Small Luxury Boutique Hotel. Part of the Far East Hospitality Group of Hotels.
Traders Hotel (small rooms, nice location attached to Tanglin Mall, and walking distance to The Botanic Gardens. Hotel provides free Shuttle Bus Service to ShangriLa Hotel, Orchard MRT Station and CBD locations)
Dorsett Hotel (small rooms, but modern and well-located near Outram Park MRT on the edge of Chinatown)
Grand Park City Hall (Bus stops nearby, and 5 mins walk to City Hall MRT Station, across the road from Funan Figitalife Mall)
Orchard Hotel (very busy hotel at the end of Orchard Road, 15 mins walking distance to Botanic Gardens. Orchard Wing rooms dated, but Claymore wing has been renovated and Premier and Premier Club Rooms are modern and stylish)
Grand Park Orchard Hotel, on Orchard Road
Marina Mandarin, Marina Bay Area (hotel connected to Marina Square Mall)
Hilton Hotel, on Orchard Road
Concorde Hotel, Orchard Road
Pan Pacific Orchard
Marriott, Orchard Road (central prominent position atop Tangs Department Store on Orchard Road. Few mins walk via underground walkways to ION Orchard and Orchard MRT Station)
Quincy Hotel (trendy hotel off Orchard Road area - offers free WIFI, and all-inclusive food deal and Limosuine Transport option from Airport)
Goodwood Park Hotel (Traditional hotel with unique history, off Orchard Road area)
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
The Residence at Singapore Recreation Club (small number of hotel rooms within the Club. Some have balcony overlooking The Padang. 5 mins walk to City Hall MRT Station)
Wanderlust Hotel (boutique Hotel with uniquely designed and themed rooms. In Little India)
Novotel Clarke Quay
4.5 Star Hotels
Parkroyal on Pickering (environmentally friendly eco features, lovely pool area, close to Clarke Quay MRT)
Pan Pacific Singapore, Marina Bay area
Intercontinental Hotel (traditional, very comfortable hotel attached to Bugis Junction Mall and Bugis MRT Station - has beautifully decorated lounge area, Shophouse rooms with Peranakan influences and stylish Club Lounge)
Fullerton Hotel (historical building, former General Post Office, some rooms with Balcony overlooking harbour)
Hotel Fort Canning (renovated historical building within Fort Canning Park, Dhoby Ghaut area)
Regent Hotel (traditional styled hotel just off Orchard Road)
Naumi Hotel (great location, in small street near Raffles Hotel. Re-opened in November, 2013 after major renovations to interiors)
Fairmont Hotel (rooms have balcony. Hotel opposite Raffles Hotel. Attached to Raffles City Shopping Centre and City Hall MRT Station)
Swissotel the Stamford Hotel (rooms have balcony. Attached to Raffles City Shopping Centre and City Hall MRT Station)
The Forest by Wangz
New Majestic (Boutique, Chinatown. Operated by same company as Wanderlust and Hotel 1929 Hotels)
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel (connected by a walkway to Terminal 3 of Changi Airport)
Marina Bay Sands Hotel (big drawcard here is staying and getting access to the infinity swimming pool on top)
5 Star Hotels
Fullerton Bay Hotel (sister property to The Fullerton Hotel. Small luxury hotel, some rooms have balcony overlooking harbour)
Raffles Hotel (a Singapore Icon)
Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Marina Bay area
Conrad Centennial, Marina Bay area
Mandarin Oriental, Marina Bay area
Grand Hyatt (on Scotts Road, Off Orchard Road)
Four Seasons Hotel (quiet location off the end of Orchard Road)
Shangri-La Hotel (luxury resort-style property. Quiet location off the end of Orchard Road)
St Regis Hotel (quiet location off the end of Orchard Road)
The Westin Hotel (On the edge of the Central Business District)
Staying on Sentosa Island:
Many visitors go over to Sentosa for either half or a full day to explore the sights. Others want a more relaxed experience and choose one of the hotels on the Island for 2-3 nights in combination with several nights in a city hotel.
Moevenpick Heritage Sentosa (restored heritage building. Two distinct wings - modern and the heritage wing. Few minutes walk from Imbiah Monorail Station)
Capella Singapore. Luxury option.
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa. Has good kids club.
W Singapore Sentosa Cove
Amara Sanctuary Resort
Siloso Beach Resort. About the cheapest option on Sentosa.
Several hotels at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS):-
RWS - Hotel Equarius
RWS - Hotel Michael
RWS - Hard Rock Hotel
RWS - Festive Hotel
Staying in Tiong Bahru Suburb
Hotel 81 Osaka
Staying in the Changi Beach area
Changi Cove Hotel
Village Hotel Changi
Upcoming Hotel Openings from 2014 to watch out for:-
Sofitel So Singapore Hotel - May, 2014
Traders Orchard Gateway Hotel, above Somerset MRT Station
Patina Capitol Hotel