Singapore's hotel accommodation is some of the most expensive (and competitive) in Southeast Asia. Though the published hotel rates we supply are high, a mind-boggling array of discounts from 25% to 50% are common. The best deals mean you often get top-end hotels at midrange prices. For the nitty gritty on hotel pricing.
Until quite recently, Singapore's budget accommodation was unspeakably ordinary -cubicle-like, cramped, windowless - but a new breed of hostel around Little India and Kampong Glam has raised the bar...if only slightly. Most budget places offer both air-con and cheaper (and less common) fan rooms.
Solid midrange options line the Singapore River, while Orchard Rd groans under the weight of high-end chain hotels. Boutique midrange hotels in old shophouses convene around Chinatown. Some shophouse rooms don't have windows, and some shophouse hotels don't have lifts. If you want to be close to the beach, head to Sentosa).
With most hotels, weekend rates and oc-cupancy levels are higher than midweek. Rates are also higher during holidays and during large international events such as the Formula 1 night race. Unless otherwise indicated, budget rooms have shared bathrooms; mid-range and above have private bathrooms.
Colonial District & the Quays
Note that the midrange YMCAs and YWCA (see the boxed text, above) also have dorm beds.
Backpackers Cozy Corner : Yes, we'll say it -this place can get a little too cosy when it's busy (and it usually is). The location is a huge plus, though rooms are dark and a little cramped. Ask for a dorm facing away from North Bridge Rd unless you like the noise of heavy traffic and merrymakers from the street.
Expect to wait for internet access.
Bugis Backpackers Hostel : Barely four years old, this busy place 50m from Bugis MRT started out clean and has managed to stay that way. It has good security (lockers and key pads), mixed and single-sex dorms, and a relaxed vibe. Shower facilities are limited and the kitchen is basic, but who wants to cook in Singapore?! The only way to book a room or bed is via the website.
Summer Tavern :Still among the most popular hostels in Singapore despite the high dorm-bed price, Summer Tavern offers fine dorm beds, medium-sized rooms good for one or two, and a rooftop beer lounge. A recent expansion includes a second building across the street, in which you'll find deluxe rooms with queen-sized beds and attached bathrooms.
Fernloft : Fernloft is set in a traditional Singapore housing development block and offers visitors a chance to live like a local. Chinatown, with all its food and sights, opens up down a flight of stairs. The dressed-up common corridor is not a bad place to chill with a beer, gaze across the open field towards South Bridge Rd, and share stories with fellow travellers. There are limited beds and only two large (windowless) private air-con rooms, so book in advance. There's only one shower.
G Hotel :Formerly the stodgy Tropical Hotel, it's amazing what a renovation, mood lighting and a name change does for a place. This converted shophouse is now one of the more attractive sleeping options in the area. Rooms have slate floors and comfy beds. Some singles are window-less; larger balcony rooms go for SS140. Renovations were still under way during re-search but ask for a renovated room just in case plans stall.
Sleepy Sam's : Prices at this budget hostel mainstay have gone steadily upwards over the years. But the ambience is more boutique hotel than hostel. Expect lots of woody, earthy tones, little nooks, chairs and cushions in the common areas. The location, on a pedestrianised street, is right in the middle of a bohemian district and steps away from the imposing Sultan Mosque.
Superb Hub : Positioning itself in between a full-fledged dorm and a motel, Superb Hub offers smallish, windowless one-, two- or three-bed rooms with ample privacy but an uncongenial at-mosphere. Where are the people lounging on common couches and watching bad cable TV? Owner Ronnie is extremely helpful and is ready to dispense bottled water and tourist information.
InnCrowd :As close to a typical backpacker hostel as you'd find in Singapore. Clean ac-commodation, living areas where travellers like to hang and saccharine-sweet staff. The atmosphere's decidedly convivial, with free lockers and internet, discounted tickets to sights and cheap Tiger draft beer on tap.
Prince of Wales : This Australian-style pub and hostel has a raucous beer-and-sawdust rock bar downstairs and clean, high-ceilinged dorms upstairs. The two private rooms share a bathroom. Not everyone wants to rock-out, but it's a lively place in an ace location.
Fragrance Backpackers Hostel : The evergrowing midrange Fragrance chain has sniffed out a sweet-smelling niche in the budget market. Its Little India outfit is sparklingly clean, with leather couches in the (small) TV lounge, great security, chunky mattresses and backpack-sized lockers. Avoid the basement dorms, which are sans windows.
Footprints Backpacker Hostel : This recent addition to the swath of backpacker joints in the area is also one of the largest. Dorms are narrow but clean, and the communal area is decorated like the set of a bad Hong Kong movie: bright colours, chunky leather couches and, oh my god, the chandelier. Breakfast is included in the rates.
Prices for the comfy seven-bed dorms are a relative bargain considering the location, nestled in jvlt Emily's leafy glades. Private rooms were a little ordinary and cramped, though the the place is undergoing renovations, which should freshen these up. You'll find a lovely rooftop terrace with a 'standing pool', a library, a cafe, free internet and cosy lounge areas with a large plasma TV.
Colonial District & the Quays
South-East Asia Hotel : Right next to one of Singapore's busiest temples, this cash-only 'mom and pop' hotel is perfect for visitors who want to live smack bang in the middle of one of Singapore's liveliest streets. Rooms are a little dated but spacious. The bathrooms are akin to upright cof-fins. Breakfast is served at the great vego restaurant downstairs.
Hotel Bencoolen : Rooms at the 'Uncoolen' are far from stylish, but they've been recently renovated and decked out in somewhat unin-spired shades of green and cream. The single rooms are tiny with a shower to match. Larger double rooms will get you an LCD TV and a bathtub. The outdoor spa pool is almost big enough for a soak.
Beach Hotel : Just down the block from the Park View Hotel (which views no park) is the Beach Hotel (which has no beach). Rooms, prices and amenities are much the same here as there, though online discounts of up to 35% make this hotel a bargain.
Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen : With brand-spanking new rooms decked out in pine and orangey hues, and with LCD TVs, comfy beds and great city views, the Ibis group probably hopes visitors extend their stay to match the length of the hotel's name.
Bayview Hotel ;The Bayview won't get your knickers in a knot - thanks to recent renovations, rooms are swisher and more modern than most midrangers in this lot. There's a self-serve laundry on the roof be-side the pool, so you can cool off while your unknotted knickers are in the wash.
Robertson Quay Hotel : Probably the best-value hotel along the river, this medieval castle-like circular tower has immaculate but unadventurous rooms with cheesy wallpaper and throwaway wall art, and a surprisingly pretty palm-fringed rooftop swimming pool. Internet discounts of up to 35% are often available.
Park View Hotel : Park View is centrally located to the Bugis shopping area. All rooms have bathtubs but some of the cheaper rooms are windowless. Don't be scared off by the high rack rate. When we last checked, rooms cost S$ 140 to S$ 180.
Gallery Hotel : Its grey fascia studded with primary-coloured window boxes, the Gallery remains one of Singapore's truly boutique hotels. Sure, guests have to switch elevators on the 4th floor to get to the rooms but knock-down online deals bring you top-end rooms at midrange prices. Rooms feature retro furnish-ings, steel beams and frosted-glass bathroom walls. The glass rooftop pool and free internet access are bonuses.
Royal Peacock Hotel : Beautiful lobby and pea-cock-palette rooms with gilt-edged mirrors and cramped bathrooms are the order of the day here. Cheaper rooms are windowless and some have sloping ceilings. Management as-sured us that renovations would refresh rooms by 2010.
Hotel 1929 : The rooms at this groovy boutique hotel border on diminutive (even the suites are a bit tight), but the architects have max-imised limited space, cheerily festooning rooms with vintage designer chairs (look out for reproduction Eames and Jacobson) and technicolour mosaics. Rooftop suites have private terraces and outdoor clawfoot baths. Online promos yield 30% discounts.
Link Hotel : What else do you do with abandoned art-deco housing development flats? Why, you turn them into a boutique hotel, of course! Rooms in these former walk-up apartments are compact, with wooden floors and views of suburban Singapore. It's far from a train station but extremely close to great local food joints and Singapore's best club, Zouk.
Hotel Re! : Whoa! Groovy baby. Austin Powers would approve of this hotel - but we're not entirely sure that's a good thing. This is a '60s/'70s-themed hotel decorated in loud tones, with silhouettes of Travolta, Abba and the Bee Gees on the walls. The only thing missing are the disco balls and waterbeds (oh wait, the suites have them). Ignore ridiculous published rates and check online for shopping 50% discounts!
Perak Hotel : The Peranakan-style Perak Hotel (formerly Perak Lodge) is deservedly popular. Interiors feature lashings of natural timber and ceramics, and a bubbling fountain eases you through breakfast. There are many nooks and don't have windows, but they're well-furnished and have cable-TV access. No lifts, so you'll be hefting luggage up the stairs.
Albert Court Hotel : At the southern fringe of Little India, this is a slightly dated colonial-era hotel in a shophouse redevelopment that now shoots up eight storeys. An external glass elevator takes you to your room. Rooms are quiet and have the usual mod cons and charming ceiling fans. Promotional rates almost nudge budget levels.
Lloyd's Inn : You'll find Orchard Rd's cheapest rooms at Lloyd's, a sprawling California-style motel surrounded by crumbling mansions. Sure, rooms are in need of a revamp, but at these prices they fill up quick. Ask for one with a garden view. On your way to town, head northeast up Oxley Rd and go past the gun-toting guards outside Lee Kuan Yew's ancestral home .
Hotel Grand Central : This large (hence Grand) 390-room hotel buzzes with tourist and business traffic. Its low pricing, central location and inoffensive rooms decked out in the earth tones so popular in Singapore must account for its popularity. Corridors smell of Chinese medicine and some rooms are a little musty. Fingers crossed you get a room with a renovated bathroom. Premium rooms come with LCD TVs.
Elizabeth Hotel : One of a cluster of three hotels located in a quiet nook off Orchard Rd, the Elizabeth is old but has aged gracefully. Rooms are warm and welcoming, with lots of wooden furniture and soft lighting. Guests can chomp on excellent wood-fired pizzas at in-house Modesto's, which has an extremely soothing waterfall-side dining room.
Quincy : Many middle-of-the-rung hotels have started dubbing themselves 'boutique' in order to stand out. Many don't. The Quincy does. It impresses with its sleek, ultramodern sensibili-ties, slightly gimmicky three cooked meals per day (with Orchard Rd at the doorstep, who has three meals at a hotel restaurant?), free wi-fi and, best of all, free-flowing drinks from 6pm to 8pm daily.
Colonial District & the Quays
Naumi : Lying in the shadow of the Raffles Hotel, Naumi is dressed so sharp in glass and steel you could get cut just by looking. It balances cool looks with lots of silk and leather and fluffy pillows. Its infinity pool offers jaw-dropping views across to Raffles Hotel and the Swissotel.
Swissotel the Stamford :Everyone raves about IM Pel's iconic Swissotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia. It boasts one of Singapore's hippest din-ing complexes (Equinox), the views are sublime, and service standards are as elevated as the building. Rooms are predictably decked out in corporate-friendly hues and patterns. Yep, lots of cream and brown.
Ritz-Carlton :No expense was spared, no feng shui geomancer went un-consulted and no animals were harmed in the building of this six-star establishment. Guests will be torn between taking a romantic soak in the bath (oh, the unimpaired views!) or taking a self-guided audio tour to view the in-house art collection (oh, the Hockney, Warhol, Stella and Chihuly pieces!).
Raffles Hotel : The grand old dame of Singapore's Colonial District has had many facelifts in her 121 years and is looking as spritely as ever. She's seen many a famous visitor in her time, from Somerset Maugham to Michael Jackson, and it's easy to see what the fuss is about (cost be damned). Rooms are all class -expect a spacious parlour, rattan furniture, verandahs, lazily swirling ceiling fans and a Singapore Sling from the Long Bar.
New Majestic Hotel : Its terrazzo-tiled open lobby is dressed like a 1940s Shanghai movie set and oozes boutique sleekness. Designer-themed rooms are fun! Local theatre legend Glen Goei’s room is awash in red silk, hanging lanterns and Chinese motifs. Other highlights include private balconies and voyeuristic portals in the restaurant ceiling looking up into the swimming pool (skinny-dip at your peril).
Scarlet Hotel :Sexy Scarlet has seduced Singapore's boutique hotel market. Occupying a string of gorgeous 1924 shophouses, 84 (smallish) rooms are lustily decorated with deep vel-vet, gilt-framed mirrors, ebony timbers and plush Arabic cushions - you'd think you had walked into a boudoir. Dizzying corridors to the rooms are like walking down Alice's rabbit hole. The rooftop bar, Breeze, is perfect for predinner drinks.
Goodwood Park Hotel : Dating from 1900, this Tudor-inspired remnant was here when tigers roamed Orchard Rd's pepper plantations. Old-world opulence strays into slightly schizo territory here and there (dark bathrooms, mazy building extensions and naff greyish-green paint), but it's worth tolerating for the history whispering from the walls. Poolside suites are the pick of the plantation.
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