Singapore will never disappoint you in finding the best hotels. The styles, colours and design are multiplied. You will never feel less and will never be bored with selecting and deciding what is the best hotel for you.
The problem, however, is that there are many choices out there. The online best hotel information is overwhelming indeed. It is not easy to decide on the best hotel in Singapore.
I stayed in Singapore for 10 days. My cruise ship had a dry dock for maintenance. We were so lucky and appreciated an opportunity to explore the city day and night.
I also visited Singapore a few times for a vacation. I am able to show you Singapore’s best hotels in the best areas.
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In this article, Singapore’s best 4 areas will be introduced. Find the best hotel in the very best areas.
Save time and money by learning where the city’s neighbourhoods are located and book the best hotel in the area you like the most.
Singapore’s accommodation rate is much expensive in comparison to other metropolitan cities in South East Asian due to its high standard services. However, if your stay in Singapore is an offseason, you can book a luxury hotel at reasonable prices.
The cruise ships dock at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore. The port terminal is located just next to Marina Bay, where Singapore’s major landmarks are located. You can see Marina Bay from the cruise ship. It is so easy to access the city centre from Marina Bay and Cruise Centre Singapore.
It takes a 20-30 minute drive at City Center and about 40 minutes by MRT from Changi International Airport. The details of Singapore transportation are at my article: Singapore Transport for Changi Airport Transfers and Singapore Cruise Terminal.
Where to Stay in Singapore
Singapore’s best hotels are located mostly in Marina Bay and Orchard. Another recommended area is the Civic and Cultural District. Mid-range hotels are mostly found in Clark Quay.
The Best 4 Places to stay in Singapore
- Marina Bay is the best if your stay is limited and your budget is generous. You will find all the greatness Singapore can offer.
- Orchard is the oldest street in Singapore. It is must for luxury brand shopping and hi-end restaurants.
- Civic and Cultural District – is for love of museum, galleries and history.
- Clark Quay is the place for shopping, parties and active urban nightlife.
- If you travel as a family, Sentosa is the best. Sentosa is an island for beaches, Resorts World and Universal Studios.
- Backpackers and who would like to save money can find much law rate accommodation in Little India and Bugis.
What to do in Singapore?
- Visit Gardens by the Bay
- Go up to Marina Bay Sands Sky Park
- Authentic Chinese cuisine at China Town and Moroccan meal in Rochor nearby Sultan’s Mosque
- Shopping in Orchard Road and
- Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens for horticultural enthusiasts
- Walking around Marina Bay and attending music festivals in evening
- Visit Universal Studios and enjoy beaches in Sentosa
The Best 4 Places to Stay in Singapore
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The highlight of Marina Bay is spectacular waterfront city views. Marina Bay is the place you can receive all the greatness Singapore can offer.
The Marina Bay Sands is the world’s most expensive Casino & Resort, worth $8 billion in construction. The world’s leading cruise ships also dock just nearby Marina Bay. Gardens by the Bay is a large public garden with spectacular Super Trees.
Marina Bay is one of the best places I ever stayed in Singapore. Although it is costly, you will have literary everything what Singapore can offer.
Why Stay in Marina Bay
- Marina Bay – spectacular landscape views in Singapore’s hi-tech waterfront area
- Marina Baysands and The Marlinon – Singapore’s most famous and iconic casino and hotel and a mythical creature, half fish and lion
- Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Flyer
- Esplanade – Singapore’s architectural masterpiece, the main performing arts venue and music concerts.
- Helix Bridge – The World’s first curved bridge. A distinctive double-helix Bridge and the longest pedestrian bridge connecting Marina South to Marina Centre.
Where is Marina Bay Exactly?
Marina Bay is located about 20 km distance, 30 minutes by taxi and 40 minutes by MRT from Changi Airport.
Main MRT stations in Marina Bay:
- Bayfront – Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay
- Raffles Place – bars, hi-end restaurants, cafes and hotels around Marina Bay
- Esplanade – Esplanade Theater for Singapore’s performing art and music concert
Recommended Hotels in Marina Bay
Luxury Hotels in Marina Bay
Marina Bay Sands
Price: $430 SGD- for one room, Marina Bay
What made Marina Bay Sands world famous are selfie photos of Instagram at the highest and largest rooftop infinity pool in the world. Guests can also admire spectacular city view from the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck on level 57. Featuring 20 dining options and a world-class casino, Marina Bay Sands is furnished with contemporary-style dark wood decor and carpeted floors. This iconic hotel of Singapore is connected to the premier shopping mall and the Art Science Museum. Located in next to Bayfront MRT Station, it is towered at the lively Central Business District in Marina Bay. Conveniently connected via a link bridge towards Gardens by the Bay is just 950 m from Marina Bay Sands. Free WiFi, parking costs $12 SGD per hour.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Price: $510 SGD- for one room, Marina Bay
Located in Marina Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore has the best-rated locations to explore the city of Singapore. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the Singapore Flyer and Marina Square Shopping Mall. It is situated within a 10-minute walk to Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay and The Esplanade. It takes a 5-minute walk from Promenade MRT train station and a 10-minute walk from Esplanade MRT train station. All rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the city’s skyline and offer the largest among any Singapore luxury hotels. Featuring a swimming pool, spa and a 24-hour gym, the exclusive Club Lounge is situated on the 32nd floor. Free WiFi and free public parking are included.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
Price: $660 SGD- for one room, Marina Bay
Located in Raffles Place, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore features classy rosewood, chrome textures and floor-to-ceiling windows, and each room is luxurious and spacious, promising special bay views. Experience 24-karat diamond service and luxury, just from the entrance passing through Clifford Pier dramatic arches. La Brasserie features indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with a wide selection of wine and French cuisine. The Landing Point offers Asian comforts, while Lantern serves gourmet snacks and drinks served to live entertainment. The hotel offers free daytime shuttle services to Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Centrepoint Shopping Centre and Orchard Paragon during weekends and public holidays. Free WiFi and free parking are available.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Price: $420 SGD- for one room, Marina
Located above Tanjong Pagar MRT station, for the best-located to explore the Garden City, Sofitel Singapore City Centre offers sophisticated wellness-conscious hotel. Feel relaxing at the hotel’s 30 m infinity outdoor pool, refresh yourself out at the 24-hour hotel gym, or enjoy a salt therapy at the Himalayan Salt Inhalation Room. Experience this icon of French sophistication in the heart of Singapore’s futuristic urban space. Guests can also choose to enjoy an array of delicacies at the in-house restaurant. Sri Mariamman Temple is 700 m from Sofitel Singapore City Centre, while Chinatown Heritage Centre is 700 m from the hotel. Changi Airport is 18 km away.
Orchard Road is a 2.2km shopping street, more shops and malls than anywhere in central Singapore and probably in the world. Orchard is the smart shoppers’ dream destination. If you cannot find what you are looking for, probably no other place in the world.
Get Orchard MRT in the north and walk to Dhoby Ghaut MRT in the south, not only luxury brand shops, fashion clothing, jewellery, camera but also Singapore’s coolest cafes and bars are all lined up.
Orchard road is not only for shippers. Fashionable bars and hi-end restaurants create a more relaxed and quieter atmosphere.
Why Stay in Orchard
- The world famous 2.2km long shopping belt
- National Museum of Singapore – the nation’s oldest museum built in 1849
- Emerald Hill Road – a full of local pubs and cafes
- Luxury hotels and brand shops as well as hi-end restaurants and fashionable cafes
Where is Orchard Exactly?
Get Orchard MRT station in the north and walk to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
Recommended Hotels in Orchard
Boutique Hotels in Orchard
Price: $170 SGD- for one room, Orchard road
touch, featuring a roof terrace, modern garden deck and dipping pool surrounded by greenery. Located in a quiet residential area of Killiney Road, Lloyd’s Inn can access the heart of Orchard Road by walk. Within 10 minutes walk, guests can access to Somerset MRT Station, Orchard Gateway and Orchard Central shopping within 10 minutes. A private bathroom includes an outdoor shower or outdoor bathtub. The facilities and designs are a minimalist expression, but the roof terrace, a garden and foliage-lined pool are elegant and clean, making the guest feeling peaceful and comfortable. Free WiFi, no private parking space but public one nearby.
Luxury Hotels in Orchard
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Price: $430 SGD- for one room, Orchard road
Located on beautiful tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is a residential oasis in the midst of a busy city nearby Orchard Road. Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, is just 10 minutes away and a 15-minute drive from the Marina Bay Business District. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore features the indoor/outdoor tennis courts, the 24-hour gym and outdoor swimming pool on the top 20th floor. Giovanni Speciale, One-Ninety Restaurant offers breakfast, Market Fresh Semi-Buffet and a variety of local and international delights. Free WiFi, parking costs $12 SGD per hour.
Price: $300 SGD- for one room, Orchard road
Located in the west end of Orchard Road, Shangri-La Hotel is one of the special hotels in Singapore in terms of its outstanding services to make the guest feel royal.
Shangri-La Hotel offers 6 hectares of tropical gardens with a swimming pool, a pond with a small waterfall, orchids and palm trees. Staying in Shangri-La Hotel make you feel to be not only for shipping but also really in the resort.
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Price: $280 SGD- for one room, Orchard road
Located in the Orchard Gateway Mall on Orchard Road, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway highlights its rooftop swimming pool which offers a spectacular view of Singapore Skyline. The hotel can easily access to MRT Somerset Station within a minutes.
Just one street behind from Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is Killiney Road where inexpensive restaurants are lined up, including Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysian.
3. Civic and Cultural District
Singapore’s city planning started by Sir Stamford Raffles from the Civic and Cultural District in 1822. Singapore’s most iconic buildings are situated for the nation’s historical, architectural and cultural heritage in this Civic and Cultural District.
If you are interested in museums and galleries, the Civic and Cultural District is the place you book a hotel.
Why Stay in Civic and Cultural District
- A perfect location for direct access from Changi Airport by an MRT line without transit
- Walking distance towards Marina Bay area and Orchard Street
- Surrounded by Singapore’s best museums, galleries and historic sights, including Asian Civilisation Museum, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum
- Raffles Hotel Historical Building – Singapore’s iconic building and landmark
- Rich, quiet, clean and safe atmosphere
Where is Civic and Cultural District Exactly?
Civic and Cultural District is located about 18 km distance, 30 minutes by taxi and 50 minutes by MRT from Changi Airport
Main MRT stations in Colonial and Cultural District:
- City Hall – an MRT station centre in Civic and Cultural District, with landmarks like Raffles Hotel
- Esplanade – the theatre for Singapore’s performing art venue in Singapore
- Bras Basah – located in the Museum Planning Area of Central Singapore, close to National Museum of Singapore
- Dhoby Ghaut – located in the eastern end of Orchard Road and have a shopping mall above the MRT station called Plaza Singapura
Recommended Hotels in Civic and Cultural District
Luxury Hotels in Civic and Cultural District
Opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore has become one of the world’s most famous hotels due to the renowned American and British writers, Ernest Hemingway, William Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, who stayed in Raffles. Raffles Singapore itself is the nation’s iconic building. The building expresses a touch of colonial and historic ambience has a beautiful grand white façade. Raffles is currently closed for renovation but will open on August in 2019.
Swissotel The Stamford
Price: $300 SGD- for one room, Civic and Cultural District
Swissotel The Stamford is one of the tallest hotels in Southeast Asia, offering 11 restaurants, 4 bars, and 2 outdoor swimming pools. A bar lounge from the 71st floor has a spectacular view of Marina Bay! Enjoy the zen calmness at the hotel’s Willow Street Spa. It is one of Asia’s largest spas.
The hotel is located just next to the Raffles City Market. Te MRT City Hall station is just in some seconds from the hotel. From Changi Airport, it directly takes to the hotel without any transit within about 40 minutes and with just $4 SGD. Free WiFi and no parking available.
Hotel Fort Canning
Price: $270 SGD- for one room, Civic and Cultural District
Hotel Fort Canning is a very special and a real gem of Singapore. The building is preserved on a hill and is hidden by the greens of Fort Canning Park. This historic building was used as a British Military Headquarters and is really beautiful in appearance.
I found the hotel by chance after my visit for photography in Orchard Road and heading to Marina Bay. I would love to stay in Hotel Fort Canning next time. The nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut and can walk to Orchard Road for shopping. Free WiFi and free parking.
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel
Price: $200 SGD- for one room, Civic and Cultural District
Located on Coleman Street, Peninsula Excelsior Hotel is standing just next to Fort Canning Park and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. It takes less than 5 minutes by walk to the Raffles City and Clarke Quay. The guest rooms are elegant, chic and modern and some of them provide a spectacular view of Marina Bay.
4. Clark Quay
Clark Quay is located along Singapore River. Singapore’s nightlife is almost entirely concentrated near the river. Clarke Quay offers the most popular place for parties and a vibrant nightlife.
While other areas of Central Singapore almost get quieter after 22.00 pm, Clarke Quay, cool nightclubs and fashionable bars never sleep. I visited Clarke Quey day and night. I never felt unsafe there even at midnight although I had a full set of camera gear.
Why Stay in Clark Quay
- Marina Bay is a walking distance
- Asian Civilisation Museum – Asia’s most comprehensive collection of Asian treasures, it is well worth a visit. They had an exhibition about Angkor in Cambodia when we visited, and it was fantastic!
- Chinatown is just a few streets away from Clark Quay, offering nutritious food and shopping
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple – A renowned Buddhist temple with a museum concept
- Singapore River Walk – Have a stroll alongside the Singapore River in a sunset
- A colourful and vibrant town, offering active nightlife with a lot of fashionable clubs, bars and restaurants
Where is Clark Quay Exactly?
This historical riverside town of Singapore is located within the Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River, Boat Quay.
The main MRT stations are:
Clarke Quay and Fort Cunning – for Clarke Quay central district, a walking distance to China town and for walking along Singapore River
Recommended Hotels in Clark Quay
Luxury Hotels in Clark Quay
Swisshotel Marchant Court
Price: $260 SGD- for one room, Clarke Quay
Located in the heart of Clark Quay, Swisshotel Marchant Court offers luxury guest rooms, blending contemporary Alpine design features with exquisite Singaporean detail. Experience an authentic and classic Singapore resort.
The hotel combined modern technology which is enabling the Handy Smartphone allowing complimentary IDD calls to ten selected countries. You can make free international calls to your home and friends!
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Price: $300 SGD- for one room, Clarke Quay
The highlight of Park Hotel Clarke Quay is the perfect tropical retreat with a 25-metre award-winning outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi. The spectacular poolside bar and cabanas are equipped.
The hotel offers the guests modern baroque furnishings, elevated ceilings as well as full-length bay windows.
Although the hotel is named as Clarke Quay but is literarily located in Robertson Quay, just next to the central entertainment Clarke Quay area. The swimming pool is clean and large.
Free WiFi and free parking are available.
M Social Singapore
Price: $160 SGD- for one room, Clarke Quay
M Social Singapore is located in the heart of Robertson Quay. The French designer, Philippe Stark, fully decorated the interior into an innovative and flamboyant fashion. All the rooms have a double height ceiling, making the room spacious and comfortable. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant and a drink at the bar. An outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre are featured.
M Social Singapore is 800 m away from Robertson Walk and 900 m from UE Square Shopping Centre. It is a 1.4 km-walk to Clarke Quay MRT Station. Chinatown Heritage Centre is 1.1 km from M Social Singapore, while Sri Mariamman Temple is 1.3 km from the hotel. The nearest airport is Changi Airport, 18 km from the hotel. Free WiFi in the public area, parking costs $19 SGD per day.
Hotel Clover The Arts
Price: $120 SGD- for one room, Clarke Quay
Hotel Clover The Arts is a boutique hotel, beautifully painted all the rooms by the local artists inside out. Located in a 5-minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station, guests can access to one of the best-rated locations in Singapore. The Singapore River is also less than a 10-minute walk away. The location is superb. It is also clean and comfortable. At Hotel Clover The Arts you will find an airport shuttle, a ticket service, tour desk and luggage storage facilities. Free WiFi in the public area, parking costs $1 SGD per hour.
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