Need a place for a quick getaway in Singapore? Here’s our round up of staycay-friendly hotels in Chinatown, the CBD, Orchard Road, Sentosa and more!
If you’re still unaware, there will be six long weekends in 2016. Hurrah! Time to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and make awesome plans for those elusive long weekends. Yes, you can either get out of sunny Singapore to somewhere nice. But if that’s too much of a hassle, you can gather your best pals and plan for a lazy staycation instead. Where’s good to kick off your shoes and recuperate in style? Look no further as we bring you our list of hotels fit for a fun-filled staycation with friends and family.
BELOW 200 SGD
Kam Leng Hotel
Situated along the hip Jalan Besar, one might mistake Kam Leng Hotel to be a lackluster choice of accommodation. But step inside, and you will see that this heritage hotel is stunning. Retaining the building’s traditional Nanyang style, a stay here feels as though you’ve been transported back to the yesteryears of Singapore, with modern amenities and conveniences, of course.
Kam Leng Hotel, 383 Jalan Besar, Singapore 209001, p. 6239 9399. Price: from 83.80 SGD per night.
Backpackers who’d rather stave off the option of a budget inn will find lots to love at Hotel Yan. Set amidst the ethnic enclaves of Kampung Glam and Little India, this industrial-chic boutique hotel offers plenty of opportunities for guests to take in Singapore’s rich cultural heritage. Done exploring the vibrant neighbourhood? Then, retreat back to the cosy, intimate rooms that blend modern amenities with a touch of affluent living.
Hotel Yan, 162 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207581, p. 6805 1955. Price: from 117.89 SGD per night.
Naumi Liora Hotel
Inspired by the eminent history of Keong Saik Road, Naumi Liora – which signifies light – is the business and leisure traveller’s glowing urban oasis within Singapore’s bustling city centre. Naumi Liora is surrounded by post-war colonial buildings, hip coffee joints and watering holes, and contemporary upscale as well as ‘old-school’ Tzhi Char (local hawker fare) restaurants.
Naumi Liora Hotel, 55 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089158, p. 6922 9000. Price: from 119 SGD per night.
The design of this boutique hotel along Chinatown centres on – you guessed it – porcelain. Our pick? Go for the theme suite; the 43sqm room comes with two couches and a bathtub right behind the bed.
Porcelain Hotel, 48 Mosque Street, Singapore 059526, p. 6645 3131. Price: from 125.05 SGD per night.
Designed by four award-winning creative agencies (Asylum, :phunk Studio, DP Architects and fFurious), this thematic boutique hotel is eccentric in every way possible. While everyone’s raving about Wanderlust’s whimsical loft rooms, the minimalist in us prefers its chic mono rooms that feature a mixture of origami and pop art.
Wanderlust, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494, p. 6396 3322. Price: from 129 SGD per night.
Park Hotel Alexandra
A hop, skip and a jump away from the city, Park Hotel Alexandra offers guests a peaceful haven from the stresses of urban living. Take a dip in the hotel’s 25m infinity pool while enjoying the beautiful city vista. Then, do your best Ursula Andress impersonation as you swim up and grab a drink at the hotel’s wet bar. Running with the urban oasis theme are the hotel’s rooms, which feature warm accents and natural tone furnishings that’ll put all your city slicker troubles behind you.
Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972, p. 6828 8888. Price: from 152 per SGD per night
Village Hotel Katong
This swish hotel embodies Katong’s Peranakan heritage with its brightly coloured floral cloud motifs. A great place to stay in the East, Village Hotel Katong provides easy access to hip bars, famous local hawkers, and fancy restaurants offering delicious grub in the area.
Village Hotel Katong, 25 Marine Parade, Singapore 449536, p. 6344 2200. Price: from 157.50 SGD per night.
The Scarlet Hotel
Live like royalty in this luxurious boutique hotel that’s set in a 1924 art-deco building. Mainly covered in red, gold and bronze hues, The Scarlet Hotel’s opulent décor is very Grand Budapest. Our favourite room by far is the Passion Suite that features a $10,000 bespoke wall and a private outdoor Jacuzzi terrace.
The Scarlet Hotel, 33 Erskine Road, 069333, p. 6511 3333. Price: from 190.50 SGD per night.
LESS THAN 300 SGD
New Majestic Hotel
One word to describe New Majestic Hotel? Bold. Each of the 30 rooms boasts a funky art installation by Singaporean artists and is furnished with electric vintage and designer pieces. Leave your soap back home; the bathroom comes with Kiehl’s shower amenities. Live out your 50 Shades of Grey fantasy at the kinkily designed Pussy Parlour.
New Majestic Hotel, 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845, p. 6511 4700. Price: from 209 SGD per night.
One Farrer Hotel & Spa
Located within lifestyle complex, Connexion, and next to Farrer Park MRT Station, the 243-room urban resort comprises three different accommodation concepts: the Urban Hotel with its modern-chic, technology-enabled interiors, The Loft Apartments for extended stays, and Skyline Hotel & Sky Villas that charm with luxurious, five-star features. Even better, the hotel’s mini bars and Wi-Fi are complimentary.
One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217562, p. 6363 0101. Price: from 212.50 SGD per night.
Reconnect with nature while still staying in the heart of Orchard Road at Llyod’s Inn. Previously a quaint budget hotel, Llyod’s Inn had a complete makeover in 2014 with the help of multi-disciplinary design studio, FARM, and is now a beautiful and minimalist boutique hotel that celebrates the beauty of nature. We could live there forever!
Llyod’s Inn, 2 Llyod Road, Singapore 239091, p. 6737 7309. Price: from 220 SGD per night.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
With daily workouts on the to-do list, Amara Sentosa is a dream for any fitness fan. Break a sweat with an intense boot camp, followed by a reviving yoga session. We recommend staying in one of Amara’s restored colonial heritage-houses that oozes historic charm.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099394, p. 6825 3888. Price: from 228 SGD per night.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Make it all the way to Changi Airport for Crowne Plaza’s hidden tropical resort pool to feel like you’re on a holiday – but without actually leaving the country! The landscaped greenery is reminiscent of our neighbouring islands, and, apart from the engine roar of planes overhead, the peaceful surroundings provide some divine alone-time.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, 75 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819664, p.6823 5300. Price: from 228.95 SGD per night
Armed with sleek Mac desktops at the lobby and colour-changing LED illuminated pool deck at the infinity pool, The Quincy is indeed an exclusive enclave that challenges the norm. It has also been featured on CNN Travel as one of the 10 best hotels. What’s more? They usually offer a slew of attractive deals on their site, which are definitely worth checking out!
The Quincy, 22 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228517, p. 6738 5888. Price: from 238 SGD per night.
The luxury boutique hotel features Jacques Garcia’s bizarre, Art Deco styling that incorporates brass elephant statues and a reception desk shaped like a rhino. Gourmands with a penchant for charcuterie boards and meat-heavy meals can also get their carnivorous fix at the acclaimed 5th Quarter restaurant.
Hotel Vagabond, 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630, p. 6291 6677. Price from 248.49 SGD per night.
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore
Want to keep close to the shopping action? Book a room right in the heart of Orchard Road. When you’ve tired yourself out from some intense shopping, settle in at its fuss-free dining joint, Makan@Jen. If you think this urban hotel skimps on the traditional resort-like fixings, a quick dip in the infinity pool will prove you wrong. The hotel’s poolside bar also offers some stellar views and terrific tipples for homebodies who’d rather not venture out for drinks.
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858. p. 6708 8888. Price: from 260 SGD per night.
Sofitel So Singapore
If friends from out-of-town ask for hotel recommendations, Sofitel So Singapore certainly ranks high on our list. The ghost of the building’s creative past lingers within, thanks to the magic (and utterly chic) interior touches by Karl Lagerfeld and acclaimed designer Isabelle Miaja. Rooms are luxuriously appointed, its amenities and services are nothing short of stellar, and – perhaps most importantly – great food and drink options are just steps away, with the iconic Lau Pa Sat just next door for serious local grub.
Sofitel So Singapore, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876, p. 6701 6800. Price: from 284.33 SGD per night
LESS THAN 400 SGD
The hotel’s plain white façade has been swapped for a colourful new look and a revamped interior to match. Step through its doors and you’re greeted by the hotel’s laid-back mix of minimalistic, industrial décor. Located in the hip Ann Siang district, you’ll never be short of late night distractions too. Head down to The Disgruntled Chef for a bite then pop by Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s for some post-dinner tipples.
The Club, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708. p. 6808 2188. Price: from 320 SGD per night.
This grand hotel follows an eco-friendly philosophy: large glass panels are fitted to allow more natural light thus minimising electricity consumption, and its ceiling fans are made from trees cut down during the construction of the hotel. Not exactly a green feature, but we love the spacious bathrooms and the double vanity spaces – no more mirror hogging!
Equarius Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8899. Price: from 329.56 SGD per night.
Hard Rock Hotel
Rock and rolled themed, Hard Rock Hotel is a gigantic (and loud) hall of fame for musicians, with each floor dedicated to different artistes including Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Laziness kicking in and the beach seems too far away? Hard Rock’s pool is surrounded with sand, replicating a beach.
Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8899. Price: from 344.27 SGD per night.
Marina Bay Sands
MBS comes in at the top of our list for the IT factor and the location. Its famous infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel has seen countless celebrities frolicking in it. Perched 57 floors up the iconic building, it feels like you’re swimming on the edge of the world. If you prefer to party while you’re at it, head up to the SkyPark where you’ll find CÉ LA VI; a nightclub/restaurant that serves up a great array of cocktails and music.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 8868. Price: from 379 SGD per night.
W Singapore — Sentosa Cove
W Hotel takes the cake for creating the best party mood. Take a dip in the glamorous WET pool that’s equipped with 24 underwater speakers blasting signature house beats. At nightfall, enjoy a tipple as their nightly resident DJ spins a sleek mix at the lounge. If you have $13,880 to spare, party like a rock star and splurge on W’s Extreme WOW suite. Furnished with a DJ console, Jacuzzi bathtub, private plunge pool and more, this is every A-lister’s need.
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, p. 6808 7288. Price: from 380 SGD per night
MORE THAN 400 SGD
The South Beach
The latest addition to Singapore’s iconic skyline, The South Beach, boasts 654 Philippe Starck-designed rooms – an eclectic mix of playful, modern furnishings. Built around the concept of “being alone, together”, the hotel provides social spaces that’ll get those creative juices flowing. And when you’re ready to take a break, kick back at the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant or lounge at one of it’s three bars.
The South Beach, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763, p. 6818 1888. Price: from 425 SGD per night
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa
Amazing buffet spread, a grand view of South China Sea and superb hospitality? Well, Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa ticks all of these boxes. You can rent a kayak or paddleboard and head out to sea, or try your hand at the Flying Trapeze and swing like you’re in Cirque du Soleil. If you have kids tagging along, drop them off at the Cool Zone, Singapore’s largest kids club.
Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa Resport & Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970, p. 6275 0100. Price: from 520 SGD per night.
Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa
You’re going to have a pretty tough time working up the resolve to even leave the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel’s Onsen Suite – equipped with a massive Japanese-style hot tub and an outdoor lounge space. Tuck into some gourmet Euro-Asian fusion cuisine at the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Tablescape. Looking for a particularly illusive dram of Scotch? With over 250 bottles of the finest rare whiskies, chances are World of Whisky (WoW) will have that bottle of smoky Scottish nectar you’ve been searching for.
Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, 23 Beach View, Singapore 098679, p. 68183388.Price: from 558 SGD per night
Spanning across 30-acres of luscious greenery, the stunning resort successfully synthesises colonial charm with modern sophistication. With three pools and Palawan beach just a walk away, you’ll definitely see us lounging in our bikinis all day with our pooch. Yes, your furry friends are welcome here too!
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, p. 6377 8888. Price: from 650 SGD per night.