Where to stay in Singapore? The best areas and places to stay


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Where to Stay in Singapore: My Selection of the Best Accommodations

Wondering where to stay in Singapore? Looking for the best areas and districts?

You’re at the right place!

As I know Singapore very well, I have created this guide of:

  • Singapore’s best areas for your stay (with details about the best places to visit and nearby attractions)
  • For each area and district, the best hotels depending on your budget

Let’s find your dream hotel now!

My Favorite Hotels in Singapore

Here’s a brief recap of my favorite hotels in Singapore, in case you don’t have time to read my detailed article.

You just have to click on the hotel name in orange to access details and pricing:

In Marina Bay District

Marina Bay district, on the waterfront, surrounds Singapore Bay.

As an extremely central area, Marina Bay is the perfect place to stay: from there, you can easily get around by metro or on foot to other neighborhoods worth visiting during your trip.

This district also houses the city’s iconic hotel: the Marina Bay Sands. It’s famous for its splendid infinity pool, one of the highest in the world!

I recommend this district for your stay in Singapore:

  • Because it’s an excellent starting point to visit and discover the main attractions
  • To be by the seaside
  • For accommodation in the most modern and futuristic part of the city
  • To enjoy the green spaces
  • if budget isn’t a constraint, as there are only 5-star hotels in this area.

The district is the ideal place to discover:

  • Marina Bay Sands, one of the most famous hotels in the world. Even if you don’t stay there, you can enter as it houses a shopping center. However, access to the Infinity Pool, the rooftop pool, is reserved exclusively for guests!
  • The Sands Sky Park, the observation deck located on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands.
  • The Supertrees, giant metal trees covered in vegetation and LEDs that light up at night
  • Gardens by the Bay, a large park that is home to the Supertrees as well as the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, two giant greenhouses housing plants from around the world and even a waterfall.
  • The Merlion, a statue with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that is the symbol of the city.
  • The Singapore Flyer, the giant Ferris wheel of Singapore, which stands at 165 meters tall.
  • The ArtScience Museum and its different sections on art, culture, science, and technology.

Where to stay in the Marina Bay district, Singapore?

  • Dao by Dorsett AMTD Singapore: Located a 5-minute walk from the metro and 10 minutes from Gardens by the Bay. Modern and warm suite with a kitchenette starting from 240€, breakfast at 24€. Strong points: the beautiful outdoor pool, the welcoming staff, the comfort of the bed.
  • The Fullerton Hotel Singapore: Located next to the Merlion. Very spacious and elegant double room starting from 350€, breakfast at 37€. Strong points: the beauty of the hotel, the refinement, the professionalism of the staff, the views of Marina Bay. An excellent choice for a romantic stay in Singapore!
  • PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore: Located in the heart of a park, a 10-minute walk from the waterfront promenade and the giant Ferris wheel. Double room with views of the pool and skyscrapers starting from 380€. Strong points: excellent restaurant, beautiful pool, the interior design.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore: Luxury hotel located at Marina Bay. Classy double room with sleek furniture starting from 480€, breakfast at 50€. Strong points: the quality of service, the comfort of the rooms, the delicious food.
  • Marina Bay Sands: This is the iconic 5-star hotel of Singapore known for its famous pool, and offering a superb view of Gardens By The Bay. Contemporary double room with large windows to enjoy the exceptional panorama, starting from 630€. Strong points: the attentive staff, access to the Infinity Pool, the excellent breakfast buffet. This is the best hotel for a luxury stay in Singapore!
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands Hotel – Marina Bay District

In the Colonial District

The Colonial District is located in the center of Singapore and borders Marina Bay.

It was here that the city of Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, transforming quickly from a small fishing village into an important trading post for the British East India Company.

It’s a great place to stay in Singapore as it has retained its authentic charm with many colonial buildings to admire.

I recommend the Colonial District for your stay in Singapore:

  • If you’re looking for a traditional neighborhood
  • For an immersion into the history of Singapore
  • If you enjoy walking, you’ll be able to reach Marina Bay, Orchard, Bugis, and Little India on foot.

Things to do and see in Singapore’s Colonial District:

  • Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall: Singapore’s first City Hall
  • The City Hall, where you can find the National Gallery of Singapore
  • The Padang, a large cricket ground, the site of significant historical events in the city’s past. The Japanese used it to gather prisoners during World War II before sending them to camps.
  • St. Andrew’s Cathedral, wholly white and in the Neo-Gothic style
  • The Old Parliament transformed into the Arts House
  • Fort Canning, located on the Forbidden Hill: named so by the island’s early inhabitants who considered it a sacred place. Fort Canning Park is the ideal spot for a stroll or a picnic.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts.

Here’s my selection of the best hotels in the Colonial District

  • Lyf Funan Singapore: Located just next to Fort Canning Park. Industrial-style studios starting from 130€. Strong points: close to everything, cleanliness, room amenities. An excellent choice for staying in the center of Singapore!
  • Citadines Connect City Centre Singapore: Situated next to the Singapore Culture Museum and Fort Canning. Cozy and colorful double rooms starting from 150€. Strong points: pool, metro 5 minutes on foot, friendly staff.
  • Carlton Hotel Singapore: A 5-star hotel located about a 10-minute walk from the City Hall. Spacious rooms with large windows offering city views start from 280€, breakfast for 29€. Strong points: excellent location near everything, very pleasant staff, variety, and quality of breakfast.
  • Swissotel The Stamford: Located next to City Hall, across from the cathedral. Elegant and comfortable double rooms with views of Marina Bay starting from 425€, breakfast for 32€. Strong points: central location, breathtaking view, swimming pool, breakfast. It’s my top recommendation for a luxury stay in Singapore.
  • Raffles Singapore: Also located in the Colonial District, Raffles is the other legendary hotel for your stay in Singapore. While Marina Bay Sands is known for its modernity, Raffles embodies historic charm. Opened in 1887, the colonial-style palace has hosted many celebrities. You can stay in one of its sumptuous suites starting from 1100€ per night. Strong points: the historic setting, the hotel’s beauty, room service, and the swimming pool. Simply the best luxury hotel in the Colonial District!
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore – Colonial District


In Orchard District

Orchard is located north of the colonial district.

The Orchard district is simply the best place to stay in Singapore for shopping.

It features an immense avenue over 2 km long, lined with shopping centers and upscale boutiques.

On Orchard Road, you’ll find everything from very luxurious stores (Louis Vuitton, Hermès…) to international brands (H&M, Victoria’s Secret).

There are also plenty of dining options: you can dine in excellent gourmet restaurants or in the food courts of the department stores.

You’ll love this district of Singapore:

  • If you have a certain budget to spend in the shops
  • If you’re a fashion enthusiast
  • If you like chic neighborhoods.

Not to be missed in Orchard district:

  • Shopping centers: ION Orchard, Orchard Central, the Paragon, Ngee Ann City, and others.
  • Tangs, built in 1934, is the city’s first department store
  • Emerald Hill Road with its small traditional houses featuring colorful facades
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s huge and entry is free!

The Best Hotels to Stay in Orchard District (Singapore)

  • YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road: Located on Orchard Street and a 5-minute walk from a metro station. Double room with a bit of a futuristic look starting from 170€, breakfast at 15€. Strong points: the hearty breakfast, the pleasant pool, very clean.
  • JEN Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-La: Located in Tanglin Mall and 5 minutes from the botanical garden. A well-equipped double room with armchair and desk starting from 170€, breakfast at 31€. Strong points: the friendliness of the staff, the comfortable bedding, the pool and spa.
  • JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La: Right on Orchard Road. Cozy and spacious double room starting from 250€, breakfast at 31€. Strong points: beautiful infinity pool with city views, prime location, exceptional breakfast.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Singapore: This 5-star hotel offers beautiful rooms with large windows and marble bathrooms, starting from 360€, breakfast at 39€. Strong points: the thoughtful touches upon arrival, the breakfast buffet, the pools and gym. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Orchard District!
  • The St. Regis Singapore: Located at the end of Orchard Street, this luxury hotel offers very large rooms with classic decor starting from 420€, breakfast at 37€. Strong points: the comfort of the rooms, the spa, the bar.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Orchard District
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Orchard District

In Chinatown District

Chinatown is located southwest of the center of Singapore, right next to Marina Bay.

Like all Chinatowns around the world, the area is particularly lively, with plenty of small shops, street stalls, and Chinese restaurants. 

It’s one of the oldest districts of the city.

It’s also well connected, thanks to the metro station located at the heart of Chinatown.

This district is ideal for your stay in Singapore:

  • If you’re looking for a lively and cosmopolitan place
  • To discover the typical local cuisine

Chinatown district is great for:

  • Chinatown Heritage Centre, to learn everything about the lives of Chinatown’s first inhabitants, the Chinese immigrants. The museum notably recreates the interior of a shophouse, those typical Southeast Asian residences which served as shops on the ground floor and homes upstairs.
  • Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore
  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a beautiful temple with typical Chinese architecture
  • Ann Siang Hill Park, a green pathway leading to Thian Hock Keng Temple, a Taoist temple dedicated to the goddess of the sea
  • Masjid Jamae (or ‘Chulia’) mosque, one of the oldest in the city.

Best Hotels to Stay in Chinatown (Singapore)

  • Bliss Hotel Singapore: Centratively located in Chinatown, right opposite the subway. Double room starting from 120€. Strong points: cleanliness, welcoming staff, good bedding.
  • KēSa House, The Unlimited Collection managed by The Ascott Limited: Housed in a traditional 1920s building. Cozy and functional double room starting from 140€. Strong points: great location, excellent welcome, the terrace. This is a very good hotel for a reasonable price in Singapore’s Chinatown!
  • Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore by Far East Hospitality: Located south of Chinatown, next to a subway station. Tastefully decorated double room with large windows overlooking the city, starting from 210€, breakfast for 25€. Strong points: the outdoor rooftop pools, the quiet and pleasant location, the friendly staff. A beautiful hotel for a romantic stay in Singapore!
  • PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore: A stunning 5-star hotel with unique architecture featuring a completely green facade and hanging gardens. Spacious and contemporary double room starting from 330€, breakfast for 27€. Strong points: the large infinity pool, the magnificent design, the attentive staff. The best choice if you’re looking for a unique luxury hotel in Singapore!
ParkRoyal Collection Pickering Chinatown Singapore
ParkRoyal Collection Pickering, Chinatown Singapore

In Little India District

Little India is located to the north of Singapore’s city center.

Much like Chinatown, Little India is a vibrant and typical historical district.

It shares many characteristics with Chinatown, but, as you might guess, it gives you the opportunity to experience Hindu culture.

The district is home to several temples, shops selling saris and spices, and Indian restaurants.

Must-see spots in Singapore’s Indian district:

  • Tan Teng Niah House, a very colorful house built by a Chinese merchant, and a popular Instagram spot!
  • Sri Veeramakaliamman, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali, wife of Shiva
  • Little India Arcade: a complex housing souvenir shops and stores selling Indian fabrics, saris, clothing, and sculptures
  • Tekka Centre: a bustling indoor market, highly picturesque!
  • Indian Heritage Centre, a recent museum focused on the culture and history of Indians in Singapore
  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple: dedicated to Vishnu, features a 20-meter-high tower
  • Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, also known as the Temple of a Thousand Lights, where you can find a giant Buddha statue, 15 meters tall and weighing 300 tons.

Best Accommodations in Little India

  • Wanderlust, the Unlimited Collection: Located in a charming 1920s building, next to the subway. Modern double room starting from 140€. Strong points: the rooftop with pool, comfortable bedding, friendly staff.
  • Citadines Rochor: Located next to the Indian Heritage Center. Contemporary studio with kitchenette starting from 190€. Strong points: the large pool, helpful staff, peaceful atmosphere.
Citadines Rochor Little India Singapore
Citadines Rochor Little India Singapore

Where to Stay in Singapore on a Budget

If you’re on a tighter budget, here are a few hotels where you can stay in Singapore without breaking the bank:

  • Dream Chaser Boutique Capsule Hotel: Located in Kampong Glam, not far from the Colonial District. Double rooms starting at 100€. A great choice for inexpensive accommodations in Singapore.
  • The Quay Hotel: Situated in Boat Quay, in the business district. Double rooms starting at 100€. Strong points: close to everything, new and modern, friendly staff. Another good address for budget-friendly lodging in Singapore.
  • ibis budget Singapore Clarke Quay: Located at Clarke Quay, just a 10-minute walk from Chinatown. Double rooms starting at 100€, breakfast for 9€. Strong points: rooftop pool, location near the subway and river, very welcoming staff.

In Singapore, you will also find a rather unique type of hotel: capsule hotels. Your room will be an individual and compact capsule that you slip into for the night.

Not recommended for those with claustrophobia, but the upside is that this type of accommodation is one of the cheapest in Singapore. Even if you don’t want to stay there for your entire trip, it’s worth trying out for at least one night!

Here is my selection of the best capsule hotels in Singapore:

  • Kinn Capsule: Located just 10 minutes on foot from the Merlion and Marina Bay. Capsule beds starting at 50€, breakfast included. Strong points: close to public transport, super clean, comfortable capsules.
  • Wink at McCallum Street: Located in Chinatown. Uniquely, this establishment offers double capsules starting from 60€ with breakfast included. Strong points: friendly welcome, impeccable cleanliness, staff availability.
Kinn Capsule Hotel Capsule Singapore
Kinn Capsule Hotel Capsule Singapore

Staying in Singapore with Family

  • Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, an IHG Hotel: Located in Orchard. Rooms with two double beds starting at 200€, breakfast for 29€. Strong points: comfort, numerous breakfast options, swimming pool. I highly recommend this hotel for a family stay in Singapore.
  • Hotel Traveltine: Situated in Kampong Glam. Family rooms with one large double bed and two sofa beds starting from 250€, breakfast included. Strong points: swimming pool, great location, quiet. One of the best places to stay in Singapore with family!
  • Swissotel The Stamford: Based in the Colonial District. This 5-star hotel offers rooms for four starting at 500€, breakfast for 32€. Strong points: central location, exceptional services, super comfortable.

What is the Best Hotel in Singapore?

If you’re looking to stay at the best hotel in Singapore, I can only recommend the Marina Bay Sands.

And if you want something that is a bit more affordable but still outstanding, I suggest booking a night or more at the PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore.

Where to Stay in Singapore: The Summary Table of the Best Hotels

To give you a better idea of the hotels where to stay in Singapore, whether you’re looking for something in the downtown area or elsewhere, I have compiled a table summarizing all the hotels mentioned in this article.

You can sort them by price or by neighborhood!

HotelDistrictPrice (from)
Dao by Dorsett AMTD SingaporeMarina Bay240$
The Fullerton Hotel SingaporeMarina Bay350$
ParkRoyal Collection Marina BayMarina Bay380$
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia SingaporeMarina Bay408$
Marina Bay SandsMarina Bay630$
Ivf Funan SingaporeColonial district130$
Citadines Connect City Centre SingaporeColonial district150$
Carlton Hotel SingaporeColonial district280$
Swisshotel The StamfordColonial district425$
Raffles SingaporeColonial district1100$
Yotel Singapore Orchard RoadOrchard170$
JEN Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-LaOrchard170$
JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-LaOrchard250$
Four seasons Hotel SingaporeOrchard360$
The St Regis SingaporeOrchard420$
Bliss Hotel SingaporeChinatown120$
Kesa House, the Unlimited CollectionChinatown140$
Oasia Hotel DowntownChinatown210$
ParkRoyal Collection PickeringChinatown330$
Wanderlust, the Unlimited CollectionLittle India140$
Citadines RochorLittle India190$
Dream Chaser Boutique Capsule HotelCheap Hotel100$
The Quay HotelCheap Hotel100$
Ibis Budget Singapore Clarke QuayCheap Hotel100$
KINN CapsuleCapsule Hotel50$
Wink at McCallum StreetCapsule Hotel60$
Holiday Inn Orchard City CentreHotel for families200$
Hotel TraveltineHotel for families250$
Swiss Hotel the StamfordHotel for families500$
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Best area to stay in Singapore
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