Where to stay in Singapore – What you need to know

Singapore, although tiny, is one of the richest nations in Asia and the world. In the past, it was no more than a travel stopover, but it has grown to become an exotic island complex loaded with modernity.

Best areas to stay in Singapore - Budget to luxury

Best areas to stay in Singapore – Budget to luxury

Singapore is the smallest country in Southeast Asia, located between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Singapore is a versatile destination, thanks to the mixture of ancient temples, casinos, markets, multicultural neighborhoods (such as Chinatown or Little India) and the warm beaches of Sentosa Island.

The city has a tropical environment similar to that of the Caribbean. Heatwaves are common almost all year round, the temperature increases in April and May, until the arrival of November, when the wet days begin in Singapore.

The hub of Asia, as Singapore is known thanks to its excellent air connectivity, also has an efficient urban transport system, the light rail system (MRT) is a great option to get around the city. Bus lines connect the areas that the MRT does not reach. Taxis are also a good if expensive, option to get around this island-city.

Singapore is an expensive country and this is also reflected in its accommodation. Marine Bay (See hotels in Marine Bay) and Orchard Road (See hotels in central Singapore) are high on the ranking of the best and most expensive areas to stay in town.

Hostels, apartments, and budget hotels are usually located in areas far from the city center.

Below are the best neighborhoods and areas to stay in Singapore.

Accommodation options in Singapore

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Best areas to stay in Singapore

1. Best area: Orchard Road

Orchard is the most dynamic avenue in all Singapore, starting at the junction of Tanglin Road and Orange Grove Road.

Orchard lies hidden among a set of trees and offers various shopping centers, the most exclusive hotels and some of the best shops in the city.

At the end of this commercial thoroughfare, is the Istana Presidential Palace, home of the president of Singapore and in front of it, a recreational and shopping center known as Istana Park.

Orchard road is the best-communicated area of Singapore, thanks to its efficient public transport, it is also close to the city’s main attractions.

Although hotels abound on Orchard Road, it is still the most expensive area to stay in Singapore. So it is advisable, if budget is your priority, to opt for a budget hotel, or choose to visit Singapore during the low season.

Orchard Street is definitely the best area to stay in Singapore.

Best areas to stay in Singapore - Orchard Road

Best areas to stay in Singapore – Orchard Road — By chensiyuan (chensiyuan) GFDL o CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Singapore- Orchard Road - Click to see all hotels on a map

Singapore – Orchard Road – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Singapore city center
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Great area for business travelers
  • Well-connected
  • Tourist attractions
  • Best area for shopping
  • Nightlife

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Orchard Parade Hotel, ocated 5 minutes from Orchard MRT Station and ION Orchard Mall, it houses 7 dining options and a rooftop pool. It also has a gym and karaoke. – from US$141.

  • Budget Option

    Supreme Hotel is located in the bustling commercial district of Orchard and offers budget accommodation with free parking. It is a 15-minute walk from Somerset MRT Subway Station and several shopping centers on Orchard Road. – from US$69.

  • Midrange Option

    RELC International Hotel enjoys a central location just 15 minutes’ walk from the famous Orchard Road. There is a bus stop within walking distance of the hotel. This hotel offers spacious accommodation, free Wi-Fi and parking. – from US$99 .

  • Luxury Option

    Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has two swimming pools and a fitness center and is located on the quiet, tree-lined Orchard Boulevard. It is a quiet establishment located in the center of this lively city. The elegant rooms have free Wi-Fi for unlimited devices. – from US$239 .

 

 

 

2. Marina Bay

The area known as Marina Bay is located south of the city center. It is famous for being the most luxurious and extravagant urban set in Singapore.

Marina Bay is the main tourist complex in Singapore, it has a shopping center, a Museum of Art and Science, luxurious restaurants, a crowded casino with 500 tables and a variety of slot machines.

This area also has prestigious hotel chains, which make Marina Bay a destination on its own right.

Marina Bay Sands, for example, it is the most expensive and luxurious hotel in Singapore. Its pool and spa please thousands of tourists per year, which makes it the best option to stay in Singapore. A standard room can be around US$330 per night, although its status justifies its cost.

Where to stay in Singapore - Marina Bay

Where to stay in Singapore – Marina Bay

Singapore- Marina Bay - Click to see all hotels on a map

Singapore – Marina Bay – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Exclusive area
  • Great views
  • Access to the marina
  • Modern buildings
  • Tourist attractions
  • Shopping centers
  • Nightlife and restaurants

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Marina Bay Sands Hotel, located on the bay, has the largest infinity pool on the roof of the world, 20 places to eat and an exclusive casino. It has direct access to the main commercial center of Singapore and the ArtScience Museum, where the permanent exhibition, “Future World” is exhibited. – from US$330.

 

 

 

3. Outram & Chinatown

Outram is the district bordered by the Singapore River.

Outram hosts Singapore’s famous Chinatown.

This district has many things to see and do.

The Chinatown Heritage Center is a museum about Chinese culture in Singapore.

In this neighborhood, you can also find the Al Abrar, Jamae Mosques and the Sri Mariamman Temple.

Chinatown food scene attracts a considerable amount of visitors per year, due to the variety of Chinese food restaurants located nearby.

From the Outram Park station and the Chinatown station, you can take the light rail without inconvenience.

As for the accommodation, it is one of the cheapest central areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel in Chinatown or close to it.

Best districts to stay in Singapore - Outram & Chinatown

Best districts to stay in Singapore – Outram & Chinatown

Singapore- Outram - Click to see all hotels on a map

Singapore – Outram – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Very central
  • Chinatown
  • Buddhist temples
  • Very well-connected
  • Cheap accommodation

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Bliss Hotel Singapore offers 4 star services in the center of the colorful Chinatown neighborhood, close to the island’s most popular attractions. It is located just a 5-minute walk from Chinatown MRT Station and features a rooftop garden and free internet access. – from US$90.

  • Budget Option

    Royal Hostel Singapore is located in the heart of Chinatown and has comfortable non-smoking rooms with individual lockers. It provides a daily breakfast and free WiFi in all facilities. – from US$34.

  • Midrange Option

    Porcelain Hotel by JL Asia is very centrally located, it is a 5-minute walk to Chinatown MRT Station and a 10-minute drive to Orchard Road. This elegant hotel has a spa and offers free WiFi. – from US$79 .

  • Luxury Option

    Park Royal on Pickering Hotel is located next to the Chinatown MRT subway station and has an outdoor pool, gym and a garden 300 meters above street level. Free WiFi access is also available. – from US$202 .

 

 

 

4. Lavender

Lavender is a good area to stay in Singapore.

It is one of the busiest central districts of the city, consisting of streets such as Tessensohn Road, Balestier Road, Lavender Street and part of the Rocho River.

Like most central areas, it enjoys a commercial environment. Some of its leisure and entertainment points are the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Mustafa Center and the New World Amusement Park.

Among the alternatives to move around, there are multiple bus stops and two metro stations, the Lavender Station and Farrer Park Station.

As is usual in central Singapore, accommodation in this area is usually luxurious, although if you look in detail you will get cheap and cheerful 3-star hotels.

Best area to stay in Singapore - Lavender

Best area to stay in Singapore – Lavender

Singapore- Lavender - Click to see all hotels on a map

Singapore – Lavender – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Kam Leng Hotel has antique furniture and vintage elements from the early twentieth century. Located on the lively Jalan Besar Street, Kam Leng Hotel offers free local calls, free wired internet and free Wi-Fi. – from US$54.

 

 

 

5. Bugis Street

Bugis Street is just a half-hour walk from Orchard Avenue, in the eastern part of downtown Singapore.

It hosts the most dynamic street market in the city, where you can find lots of clothes, shoes, souvenirs and psychedelic accessories.

Formerly Bugis was known as the red light district of the city, today it is one of the best shopping streets.

The area of Bugis is relatively central, just a few meters away from the public transport stops.

The lodging options are much more varied and budget-friendly than those of Orchard Avenue.

In this area you can find from 4 star hotels to decadent hostels.

Where to stay in Singapore - Bugis Street

Where to stay in Singapore – Bugis Street

Singapore- Bugis - Click to see all hotels on a map

Singapore – Bugis – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel G Singapore is a trendy hotel on Middle Road, just a 5-minute walk from Bugis Village, the MRT stations of Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut and the National Library and the Sim Lim IT Mall. It has 2 restaurants and offers Wi-Fi. free in all facilities. – from US$95.

  • Budget Option

    Backpacker Cozy Corner Guesthouse is next to the Bugis Cube shopping center, 300 meters from the Bugis MRT station and within walking distance of many places to eat. It offers free WiFi throughout. – from US$38.

  • Luxury Option

    InterContinental Singapore, a five star hotel, is located a 5 minutes’ drive from the financial district and features an outdoor pool and several dining options. It is also close to the Marina Bay area, as well as a 10-minute walk to the Suntec Convention Center and Raffles City Shopping Center. – from US$209.

 

 

 

6. Jalan Besar

Jalan Besar is the main road in Singapore, which connects the areas of Kallang and Rochor.

One of its biggest attractions is Jalan Besar Stadium, home of the Singapore national team and the local soccer club, the Singapore Lions.

It is only 20 minutes by MRT from Orchard Road.

From the area, it is possible to reach any corner of Singapore, even more so if you use the Jalan Besar MTR station.

Nearby, you can find cheap accommodation and special offers, which make it the best place to sleep in Singapore for backpackers.

Best area to find accommodation in Singapore - Jalan Besar

Best area to find accommodation in Singapore – Jalan Besar

Singapore- Jalan Besar - Click to see all hotels on a map

Singapore – Jalan Besar – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Parc Sovereign Hotel – Tyrwhitt offers elegantly decorated rooms in modern style and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has an outdoor rooftop pool, a fitness center and a tour desk. – from US$89.

  • Budget Option

    Arianna Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a private bathroom. It is in the lively Little India area, opposite the 24-hour Mustafa Mall and a 5-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT Station. – from US$47.

 

 

 

7. Sentosa Island

Sentosa is another of the islands, an even tinier one, making up the Singapore archipelago. It is located at the southern end of the country.

Sentosa offers leisure and entertainment options such as the Fort Siloso, World Sentosa Center and the Universal Studios Singapore theme park, as well as the exotic and extraordinary beach of the island.

Entering Sentosa requires the payment of a toll or special permit, either by train, bus, cable car, taxi or rental car.

The hotels on Sentosa Island guarantee a good stay in Singapore, most of them are resort-style and offer deals or packages during the high and low season.

Best district to stay in Singapore - Sentosa Island

Best district to stay in Singapore – Sentosa Island

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Resorts World Sentosa – Festive Hotel is located in the Resorts World Sentosa, headquarters of the Universal Studios Singapore theme park. The property also houses the S.E.A. Aquarium ™, the largest in the world, as well as the Adventure Cove Waterpark ™ and the Maritime Experiential Museum ™. – from US$189.

  • Budget Option

    Costa Sands Sentosa Kampung Hut is located in Singapore, 700 meters from the Wings Of Time show, it offers free private parking and air-conditioned rooms. – from US$44.

 

 

 

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About the Author

My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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