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9 places to stay in Singapore

Singapore’s rapidly rising cultural star means that this tiny southeast Asian island-state is now one of the world’s must-see cities. Whatever your budget, there's somewhere to stay.

9 places to stay in Singapore

Text by Tom Howells

A haven for globetrotters of all stripes, Singapore is full of archaic religious sites, cutting-edge art and abundant green space, with buzzing nightlife and a world-beating food scene running the gamut from hawker stalls and bargain Michelin joints to ritzy high-end restaurants.

Despite a reputation as an expensive destination, it’s also possible to find great accommodation to suit any budget. We’ve compiled a selection of hotels to suit every need, from bijou backpacker hostels to opulent institutions and upscale serviced apartments. Whatever the trip holds, you'll find somewhere here to rest your head.

Lloyd’s Inn

A minimalist (dare we say Scandi-style?) hotel with plenty of natural light, Lloyd’s is located just minutes from the main Orchard Road shopping belt. The ethos is one of sparse quietude and the eight rooms are subtly themed: from compact standard doubles and an armchair-equipped, premium ‘Reading’ room, to deluxe spaces designed for business trips (loaded with stationery and an ergonomic desk chair) and airy suites with skylights and private gardens. Walls are white, furnishings are geometric and pot plants add to the serene atmosphere. Surprisingly, it’s also budget-friendly.

Andaz Singapore

Andaz Hotel, Singapore
A five-star hotel that combines modern luxury with traditional elements like shophouse-style doors, the Andaz is located bang in the middle of the historic Little India and Kampong Glam districts, Marina East and arty Bras Basah.Bugis. The Ole Scheeren-designed building contains 342 rooms, with chic mid-century design flourishes offset by colourful details drawn from the local culture by interior designer Andre Fu. Food-wise, Alley on 25 aims to recreate the Singaporean street food experience – albeit on the decidedly non-street-level 25th floor – while the rooftop bar Mr Stork, with its tepee huts and panoramic views, is very popular. 

The Fullerton Hotel

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
One of the grand dames of the local hotel scene, The Fullerton is a bona fide Singapore icon. Housed in the historic former General Post Office building – a neoclassical pile built in 1931, now listed as a National Monument – the 400-room bayside hotel provides old school opulence and effortless chic in equal measure. Dining options range from a refined rooftop Italian to heaving buffets at the Town Restaurant, and there’s an in-house spa. If that wasn’t luxe enough, the Straits Club rooms include a champagne breakfast as standard, and the hotel offers Rolls-Royce transfers on request. One to dust off your credit card for.   

Wanderlust Hotel

A quirky boutique hotel with themed – but still tasteful – rooms dreamt up by Singaporean designer studios Asylum, Phunk and Ffurious, Wanderlust is part of hip international chain that also includes London’s Town Hall Hotel and the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney. The sleeping concepts are suitably bananas. Ten capsule Pantone rooms are lit via vibrant neon signs (the singular Pantone ‘Deluxe’ room has a cast iron bathtub and is coloured a lurid yellow in homage to The Beatles); the Mono rooms are variously inspired by origami and Pop art; and nine Whimsical loft spaces offer ‘friendly monsters as companions to lonely travellers’. You read that right.

MetroResidences

MetroResidences, Singapore
A ‘corporate accommodation booking platform’ might not scream stylish city living, but MetroResidences’ serviced apartments have bucked the trend. Single rooms, studios, one bed and two bed apartments are available in locations on all points of the compass. All have modern, minimal décor and high-quality furnishings, as well as communal pools and gyms. It’s the perfect merging of hotel and business bolthole, basically.  They’re cheaper than many other branded apartments, to boot. 

The Pod Capsule Hotel

Finding somewhere to sleep on a miniscule budget doesn’t have to mean a dingy dorm bed or terrifying backstreet inn – as the modern profusion of super-swish boutique hostels proves. The Pod offers compact capsules for one from as little as £19 a night – in communal rooms, but with sateen sheets, a clothes rack and personal powerpoint – and private queen-size suites for two from around £43, all decked out in various degrees of monochromatic minimalism. What’s more, breakfast, coffee and a small amount of complimentary dry cleaning come as standard. It certainly beats the bad old days of backpacking. 

Keong Saik Hotel

The 25 rooms at the Keong Saik Hotel are functional and unassuming, though come with surprisingly snazzy, modern bathrooms. There’s not much else to it, but the rates, at around £80 per night for a standard double, are a bargain in a city often pegged as the world’s priciest. Being located in the middle of Chinatown, halfway down Keong Saik itself – a street once infamous for its nightlife and opium dens, and culturally resonant to this day – ensures you’re in the heart of the action. 

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
Looming over the Marina area, the Marina Bay Sands complex is a S$8 billion temple to excess. Finished in 2010, it incorporates 2,400 hotel rooms, a shopping mall, several restaurants, a casino, museum, skating rink – the list goes on.
Most impressive is its vast cantilevered platform, which overhangs on the north side, resembling a giant boat that’s been beached atop three great towers. This forms a SkyPark, complete with publicly accessible viewing deck, and 150m infinity pool. The latter is for hotel guests only – a pretty good reason to book.  

Warehouse Hotel

Warehouse Hotel, Singapore
Proudly sporting the kind of cavernous chic you’d expect from some hipster joint in Brooklyn, Warehouse is housed in a restored 19th-century riverside godown. Built in 1895 and located in the Havelock Road area – formerly a hotbed of underground activity, liquor distilleries and esoteric societies – the hotel’s interior design makes subtle reference to the district’s heritage and culture (though the original beams, windows and other conservation details are more industrial than illicit). In any case, its airy spaces, comfortable rooms – all with Bang & Olufsen sound systems – and rooftop infinity pool prove a popular combination.

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