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The city-state of Singapore is famous for transforming itself into one of the world’s most preeminent centers for technology, business, and entertainment in the space of a single generation. Renowned for its high quality of life, it boasts spotless streets, a highly efficient transport system, and a series of unique neighborhoods. Head to Little India to sample fragrant curries and admire historic shophouses or discover the beaches and theme parks of Sentosa Island. Singapore’s accommodation options are equally diverse. Below, we look at just some of Singapore's best hotels, from five-star resorts to backpacker hostels and everything in between.
Best Overall: The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
The five-star Fullerton Bay Hotel is ranked on TripAdvisor as city's best hotel. It stands out for its exceptional location on the edge of Marina Bay and its faultless customer service. The decor is contemporary and masculine chic — expect plenty of gleaming rosewood, rich fabrics, chrome, and leather. All 100 rooms and suites wow with floor-to-ceiling bay views and a private balcony from which to enjoy them. With amenities ranging from Egyptian cotton sheets to Bottega Veneta toiletries, your comfort is guaranteed.
The hotel offers several unique experiences including heritage cooking classes and complimentary walking tours. If you’d rather relax, do so in style at the rooftop infinity pool or in a glass-framed Jacuzzi. Spa treatments take place at sister property The Fullerton Hotel, located a short walk away. Dining options include French bistro La Brasserie and afternoon tea destination The Landing Point. In the evening, let the resident mixologist at Lantern Rooftop Bar pour you a drink while you enjoy panoramic skyline views.
Best Budget: Aqueen Heritage Hotel Joo Chiat
Finding a quality hotel for under $100 a night is a difficult task in downtown Singapore. But travelers on a budget can save money by staying just outside of the tourist center at Aqueen Heritage Hotel Joo Chiat. The historic Joo Chiat neighborhood is known for its picturesque 20th-century shophouses and Malay Chinese eateries, while convenient MRT stations can whisk you off to Marina Bay in around 45 minutes. The hotel reflects its surroundings with its faithfully restored 1920s architecture and subtle Peranakan heritage theme.
According to TripAdvisor reviewers, the rooms are small but clean and well-equipped. Make the most of complimentary Wi-Fi and local calls, unwind in front of the smart TV then get a good night’s sleep on the extra-comfortable mattress. Air-conditioning, coffee and tea-making facilities, and an in-room safe add to the hotel’s value. You can enjoy affordable Singaporean favorites at on-site Ah Kong Den Café, which transforms into a sports bar at night with Happy Hour deals, darts, and a pool table.
Best Boutique: The Vagabond Club, Singapore
Located between Little India and Kampong Glam, The Vagabond Club is a glamorous boutique hotel housed in a vintage Art Deco building. Its hedonistic interior reflects designer Jacques Garcia’s philosophy of “all things in excess” and the artworks on display are the product of an Artist-in-Residence program. All 41 rooms are Parisian chic with dark wood furniture and bold floral fabrics. Help yourself to artisanal treats from the bar, freshen up in the Italian marble and glass mosaic bathroom, and fall asleep between 400-thread-count linens.
If you upgrade to a room with Executive Club Lounge access, you’ll be treated to a complimentary a la carte menu throughout the day and an evening reception with hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, and spirits. On-site restaurant The Salon serves reinvented Asian classics for breakfast and lunch but the hotel’s highlight is The Whiskey Library. Here, over 1,000 bottles of bespoke whiskey are showcased in illuminated glass cabinets. Other amenities include a gym, make-up room, and limousine service.
Best for Families: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa puts you on Sentosa Island within easy reach of top family attractions including Universal Studios Singapore and the S.E.A. Aquarium. It’s also the city’s only beachfront resort. Kids will love the Sea Sport Centre, but can also cool off in a dedicated children’s pool complete with water slides. Daily activities for the whole family range from mermaid lessons to jungle walks and karaoke nights, while the Cool Zone kids’ club is a fun place for little ones to hang out while Mom and Dad head to the spa.
All 454 rooms have a private balcony or terrace, an LCD TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. For a little extra space, book a suite with a separate living room. There are six restaurants and bars on-site including Silver Shell Café, an all-day dining venue with a scaled-to-height children’s buffet section. Kids under six eat at the buffet for free while children aged six to 12 are eligible for a 50% discount.
Best for Romance: Hotel Fort Canning
Housed in a graceful colonial building that once served as the headquarters of the British Far East Command, five-star Hotel Fort Canning combines a tranquil setting in Fort Canning Park with walking-distance proximity to vibrant nightlife area Clarke Quay. All rooms spoil with a mini-bar, iPod docking station, monsoon rain shower, and separate bathtub. For the most romantic stay, book a Deluxe Garden room with a private garden and sundeck or a Premium room with a glass-enclosed verandah.
The Love Blossoms Special sets the scene with a bottle of Prosecco, chocolate pralines, and a bubble bath filled with petals. It also includes breakfast and evening drinks. Spend languid days in one of three couples' treatment rooms at Chinois Spa or reconnect by the hotel’s landscaped swimming pools. In the evening, The Salon restaurant is a wonderful place for a romantic meal with soft music and al fresco tables. If you’re in the mood for light bites and fine wines, head to Tisettanta Lounge instead.
Best for Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore
Located a short stroll from Marina Bay attractions like the ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore takes luxury to new heights. Discover a 4,200-piece contemporary art collection featuring masterpieces by the likes of Hockney and Chihuly as well as some of the largest rooms in the city. The smallest boast 51 square meters of space and pair exquisite neutral furnishings with majestic bay or skyline views. Standard amenities include marble bathrooms and walk-in closets.
The Ritz Suite presents the pinnacle of luxury with separate dining and living rooms, artworks by Warhol and Hurst, and 24-hour personalized butler service. Whichever room you choose, spend your days by the pool or in The Ritz-Carlton Spa (home of the exclusive La Mer Miracle Broth facial). Dining is a particular highlight; experience an eight-course afternoon tea amidst stunning glass sculptures in the Chihuly Lounge, enjoy a vintage Champagne Sunday brunch at Colony, or sample traditional Cantonese fare at Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion.
Best for Nightlife: Marina Bay Sands
If you’re looking for a place to party, you’ll be spoiled for choice at world-famous Marina Bay Sands. The five-star mega-complex sprawls along the Marina Bay waterfront and includes more than 50 restaurants, a shopping mall, theaters, and a casino. It’s also home to 24 bars and nightclubs and, in 2019, will welcome the addition of Marquee Singapore. The Marquee brand’s first Asian nightclub is sure to impress, with a giant Ferris wheel located right inside. However, it’s unlikely that anything will be able to top CÉ LA VI, the hotel’s rooftop club, bar, and restaurant.
Perched on the 57th floor, the venue affords astonishing 360º bird’s eye views of the city skyline and hosts a roster of international DJs. On the same floor, there’s a public observation deck, the world’s largest infinity pool, and a restaurant by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. After partying into the small hours, retire to a room or suite complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, blackout curtains, free Wi-Fi, and an interactive TV.
Best for Business: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel boasts an enviable location on iconic Orchard Road. Use nearby Orchard MRT station to reach meetings all over the city, or host them on-site in one of 12 versatile event rooms. The largest has space for up to 550 people, while professional planners, cutting edge audio-visual equipment, and attractive group rates all add to the hotel’s corporate appeal. Contemporary guest rooms come with a spacious work desk and free high-speed internet as well as luxury bedding and a marble bathroom.
Pay extra for Executive Lounge access and discover a refined space for networking and one-on-one meetings with incredible skyline views. When you’re not working, chill by the outdoor pool, let off steam in the 24-hour fitness center, or submit to the expert ministrations of the therapists at Serena Spa. There are seven restaurants on-site, from Java+ deli to Michelin-starred Ginza Sushi Ichi. Prohibition-style bar The Other Room is the perfect place for post-work cocktails.
Best Hostel: Dream Lodge
From the outside, Dream Lodge looks like the traditional 1950s shophouse it once was. On the inside, it’s a clean, modern hostel designed with budget-conscious backpackers in mind. It’s located on the edge of Little India with three MRT stations in a 10-minute walking radius. CCTV and a wristband access system ensure your safety and ladies have the option of staying in a women-only dorm. Otherwise, you can book a single or couple pod in a mixed dorm with 12 or 14 beds.
All pods are equipped with a privacy curtain, an LED reading light, an international electric socket, and clothes rack. The mattresses are orthopedic and the provided linens, duvet, and towel are hotel standard. Below each pod, a personal locker provides safe storage for your valuables. You’ll have access to a communal kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry facilities. Breakfast is included and free Wi-Fi allows you to send an email home or upload your latest photos without dipping into your travel funds.