Singapore is probably one of the most expensive places in Southeast Asia to visit, but some Singapore hotels offer great deals if you know where to look. These Singapore budget hotels offer accommodations under US$100, and provide great local atmosphere and adequate facilities to boot.
The links below lead to lists sorted by their location in Singapore. Click on one of the lists below and choose a Singapore budget hotel based on the location or ethnic enclave you wish to stay in or explore. (Singapore's efficient public transport system, though, ensures you're close to most Singapore travel attractions no matter where you stay.)
Chinatown is one of Singapore's oldest ethnic enclaves—a Disneyland of restored shophouses, restaurants, and the odd museum. It's also a classic stop for the budget traveler: the cheap hostels here offer surprisingly low-cost accommodations right in the center of Singapore's action.
Just beyond your hostel door, you can visit the Chinatown Food Street and Night Market to taste Chinese food as only Chinatown can deliver, or walk around and explore Chinatown's shopping outlets.
Other sites of interest in Chinatown include Thian Hock Keng Temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple on Sago Street. Getting here and away couldn't be simpler: Chinatown MRT Station (NE4) serves the Singapore Chinatown budget hotels on the list linked here.
The 2-star Hotel 81 Chinatown pictured here is one of most centrally-located budget hotels in the enclave, right on the corner of New Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street.
The budget hotels in the Katong or Joo Chiat area offer comfortable accommodations in Singapore's eastern reaches. For instance, the Betel Box Backpackers Hostel pictured left offers great value for its amenities considering the budget price and the two-star rating.
Katong district and Joo Chiat Road together comprise a historic ethnic enclave for the Peranakan, a tribe of assimilated Malayan Chinese responsible for the area's elaborate shophouses and cuisine. Easy transport to the rest of Singapore can be found closer to East Coast Road.
Walking around Joo Chiat Street brings you back to a Singapore you never thought still existed: The road is lined with early 20th century shophouses, with many of the tenants still selling general goods and hawking local food. Some of the shophouses have since been taken over by budget hotels and hipster restaurants, none of them detracting from the old-school atmosphere of the neighborhood.
Paya Lebar MRT Station (EW8/CC9) serves the Singapore Katong and Joo Chiat budget hotels on the list linked above.
Check into one of the Little India budget hotels in this list, and enjoy easy access to Little India's dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities. This ethnic enclave features great eats (the Indian vegetarian fare here is exceptional), street bazaars, and spice stalls. The Perak Hotel pictured left is one of Little India's more popular budget hotels.
The Tamil Indian community has made Little India into their heartland, a carbon-copy of their homeland filled with saree shops, Indian food restaurants, and the occasional Hindu temple. The budget hotels in this list cater generally to Indian travelers, but won't discriminate against travelers from anywhere seeking to take advantage of the area's low costs.
The following MRT Stations serve Little India and its budget hotels: Little India (NE7/DT12) and Farrer Park (NE8).
Balestier Road is an atypical Singapore tourist destination - a residential/industrial area that people in the know appreciate for its conserved shophouses, authentic local food, and historic sites.
Places to see in Balestier Road include Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple (built as protection against tigers), the Sasanaramsi Burmese Temple, and the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (home to China's first provisional president).
History aside, Balestier delivers on low-cost accommodations for tourists. Value Hotel Balestier is a typical Balestier budget hotel, with a good mix of location, price, and amenities.
Novena MRT Station (NS20) serves the Singapore Balestier Road budget hotels in this list.