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Where to Stay in Singapore: Top Hotel Picks for Every Type of Traveler

If there’s anything that most travelers can agree on, it’s that when it comes to the hotel they’re staying in, it must at least fulfil the three ‘C’s: clean, comfortable, and conveniently-located.

But have you ever felt like choosing a hotel is similar to taking a shot in the dark, where you’re not quite sure what you’re getting or whether it’s actually the same as advertised?

Good news: to make it easier for those of you planning a trip to Singapore, we did the homework for you!

No matter the reason for your visit, we’re sure you’ll find a hotel that will suit your needs:

For easy access to Singapore’s shopping hotspots, stay in… Bugis

Bugis Singapore
Bugis Street Market. Source: 2p2play /

Bugis is a haven for avid shoppers, with a wide range of choices, from the high-end fashion threads that can be found at Bugis Junction to niche clothes and accessories on display at Haji Lane.

If you want to get a quirky local feel of Singapore, then head over to the Bugis Street Market, which is packed with hundreds of stalls selling everything under the sun – and all at bargain prices, of course!

Our recommendations:

Summer View Hotel (3*)

Located between the Rochor and Bugis MRT Stations, this contemporary hotel keeps it clean and simple, yet comfortable. It’s also just a 5-minute walk to the shops of Bugis Street and Sim Lim Market.

Hotel Grand Pacific (4*)

If you’re a bookworm, you’ll love this cozy hotel, as it’s set across from the National Library and the Bras Basah Complex, also known as Singapore’s City of Books thanks to the concentration of bookstores there.

Fragrance Hotel Bugis (2*)

Part of the Fragrance Hotel chain known for providing value-for-money accommodation, the hotel is only a 10-minute walk away from Bugis MRT Station and Bugis Junction.


For thrills and excitement with the family, stay in… Sentosa

Sentosa Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore. Source: Stockforliving /

If you’ve got kids in tow or are simply young at heart, then the resort island of Sentosa was made for you. You can arrive in style by taking the cable car, which offers a bird’s eye view of the island from above.

Universal Studios Singapore is clearly the island’s main draw, but there are also parks and beaches for nature lovers, as well as thrilling activities such as a zip-line, luge course, and various water sports.

Our recommendations:

Resorts World Sentosa – Festive Hotel (5*)

This family-friendly hotel will have you and the kids celebrating, as it’s right at the doorstep of Sentosa’s popular tourist attractions, such as Universal Studios Singapore and SEA Aquarium.

Siloso Beach Resort (4*)

Nature lovers will want to stay at this eco-resort, as its rainforest concept surrounds you with plenty of lush greenery, along with a stunning view overlooking Siloso Beach and the South China Sea.

Costa Sands Resort (Sentosa) (2*)

Set among the lush greenery of Sentosa, the resort is a welcome escape from the city’s crowds. Siloso Beach is a mere minute’s walk away, while the island’s wide range of entertainment and F&B offerings are also easily accessible.


For a taste of Singapore’s heritage, stay in… Kallang

Kallang Singapore
Kayakers pass by Tanjong Rhu in Kallang. Source: macashop /

Being centrally-located, Kallang is home to several historical sites, such as the Central Sikh Temple along Towner Road and the Merdeka Bridge along Nicoll Highway, and is right near heritage areas like Little India and Jalan Besar.

There’s also the Singapore Sports Hub – including the new National Stadium and Indoor Stadium – which is one of the more popular venues for large-scale concerts, and has previously hosted famous musical acts such as Coldplay and Taylor Swift.

For the athletically-inclined, there are plenty of activities for you to do, from ice skating to kayaking to climbing.

Our recommendations:

Hotel Boss (4*)

Strategically located in the heart of Kallang, this chic hotel is perfect for business and leisure travelers alike, and is also 5 minutes down the road from Lavender MRT Station.

Aqueen Jalan Besar Hotel (3*)

A stay at this comfy hotel will leave you feeling like “a queen” (or king). It’s only a 10-minute stroll away from the lively streets of Little India and Mustafa Center, a 24-hour shopping complex.

Destination Singapore Beach Road (4*)

This stylish hotel is situated only 5 minutes away from Nicoll Highway MRT Station, which is just one stop from the Singapore Sports Hub and Suntec City.


For a mix of culture and shopping, stay in… Chinatown

Chinatown Singapore
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Experience Singapore’s culture first-hand by exploring the streets of Chinatown. Here, you’ll get a mixture of everything, from opulent historical structures to lip-smackingly delicious food.

For the some of the best Singaporean dishes, check out Maxwell Food Center, home of the famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice, and Hong Lim Food Center for the curry chicken noodles.

There’s also no need to worry about where to find souvenirs to bring back for friends and family, as Pagoda Street, Sago Street, and Trengganu Street are lined with stalls selling all sorts of knick-knacks.

Our recommendations:

Porcelain Hotel by JL Asia (4*)

Comprising a row of heritage shophouses along Mosque Street, one of Chinatown’s historical lanes, this boutique hotel effortlessly melds modern comforts with old-world charm.

Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill (4*)

Decked out in vibrant colors, the hotel’s modern-retro decor is a throwback to Singapore’s funky decades in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s tucked behind the serene Pearl’s Hill City Park, where guests can get a refreshing respite from the urban jungle.

Naumi Liora Hotel (4*)

Located on Keong Saik Road, this hotel is a heritage masterpiece radiant in a wash of persimmon-hued color. Its elegant French-style windows offers views of the vibrant streets of Chinatown or the refreshing greenery of Duxton Plain Park.


For a touch of Singapore’s glitz and glam, stay in… Orchard

Orchard Singapore
ION Orchard shopping mall on Orchard Road. Source: Chatchawat Prasertsom /

Orchard Road is known across the world as Singapore’s top shopping district, where you can browse the stores of renowned luxury brands, like Gucci, Hugo Boss, and Marc Jacobs.

When you’re knackered from all the shopping, rest your tired feet and renew your senses by sitting on a bench at Fort Canning Park nearby.

If you’re in town during the annual Great Singapore Sale, then this is the prime location to stay for all your shopping needs!

Our recommendations:

Mandarin Orchard Singapore (5*)

You’ll be glad that you booked a room at this trendy, yet affordable hotel after a day’s worth of shopping, as you won’t have to go far to get back, and the popular Takashimaya Shopping Center is right next door.

Grand Park Orchard (5*)

Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at one of Singapore’s trendiest hotels, where you can chill out at the alfresco bar or take a swim in its stunning pool.

Hotel [email protected] (4*)

With Orchard Central and The Centrepoint just down the road, you’ll be hard-pressed not to splurge. To get elsewhere in the city, head to Somerset MRT Station, just 5 minutes away on foot.


For a fun night out on the town, stay in… Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay Singapore
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If you’re looking to paint the town red, then look no further than Clarke Quay. When the sun goes down, the cluster of bars at the riverside complex start getting livelier with DJ sets and live music.

Even during the daytime, there’s much to see: the Singapore River cuts right through Clarke Quay, and if you take a walk along the riverside, you’ll discover a number of hidden wonders, such as a collection of eye-catching bronze statues and well-preserved colonial buildings.

Our recommendations:

Park Hotel Clarke Quay (4*)

Inspired by Singapore’s colonial past, the hotel’s classic architecture is seamlessly paired with modern comforts. With views of the city skyline and the Singapore River and a prime location in the city’s nightlife district, you’ve got it made.

Studio M (4*)

With studio rooms inspired by urban lofthouses, you’ll love the high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the sunlight to stream in.

Champion Hotel City (3*)

Set across from Hong Lim Park, this cosy boutique hotel incorporates floral designs and greenery into its decor. The only problem you’ll likely face is choosing where to eat among the many surrounding cafes and restaurants.

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