The 5 Best Hotels in Singapore (Updated 2024)

Singapore's Supertree Grove, Cloud Garden greenhouse and Marina Bay Sands Hotel are reflected in the water at dusk with glowing lights
Posted: March 15, 2024 | March 15, 2024

Singapore is one of my favorite cities in the world. It has an iconic skyline with futuristic skyscrapers, lush green spaces and is one of the region’s best foodie hubs. The markets here are teeming with cheap street vendors, including stalls offering some of the most affordable Michelin-starred food in the world.

But Singapore is expensive. It’s easy to blow your budget here. While you can get cheap meals, accommodation will eat into your budget.

Over the years I have stayed in countless hotels in Singapore, so today I would like to share my list of the best hotels in Singapore:

1. The Scarlet

A strikingly decorated hotel room with orange walls and a large gold headboard at The Scarlet Hotel in SingaporeA strikingly decorated hotel room with orange walls and a large gold headboard at The Scarlet Hotel in Singapore

This award-winning four-star hotel is located in Chinatown, my favorite part of the city. It spans restored 19th-century shophouses and a 1920s Art Deco building (you can’t miss the striking red façade). The interior is bright and bold, with rich colors and elegant furnishings. The hotel also features a rooftop restaurant and bar, an outdoor hot tub, a gym, and a French patisserie that serves fresh pastries in the morning.

The stylish rooms are uniquely designed and feature avant-garde decor such as colorful velvet chaise lounges and unique headboards. The bathrooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable, and you can even choose your pillow from a custom pillow selection. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, desks, free minibars, luxury robes, and tea- and coffee-making equipment. If you’re looking for a mid-range option in Chinatown, stay here.

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2. KINN capsule hotel

Two simple capsule capsules at the KINN Capsule Hotel in SingaporeTwo simple capsule capsules at the KINN Capsule Hotel in Singapore
Capsule hotels are something you have to experience at least once in Asia. Think of it a bit like an elevated hostel. KINN is one of the few capsule hotels in the Quays area. This hotel has a minimalist design, everything is super clean, and you get a small free breakfast (a sandwich and fruit) in the morning. There’s also a pantry with free snacks, coffee and tea, a shared lounge, laundry facilities, and a rooftop terrace with lovely views. I particularly like that guests get free access to fitness classes at a nearby gym, as well as discounts at a co-working space a few blocks away.

The capsules are air-conditioned and feature comfortable beds, a folding shelf and mirror, integrated lighting, blackout blinds and power sockets. You will also receive a personal locker to secure your belongings. The shared bathrooms have large showers with good pressure. There are also free toiletries. If you want a little more privacy than a capsule, you can opt to stay in a private room with a private bathroom. This place is a great option if you want to save money but don’t want to stay in a hostel.

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3. Park Royal Collection Pickering

The exterior of PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, a 5-star hotel in Singapore, is covered with lush plants cascading down from the balconiesThe exterior of PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, a 5-star hotel in Singapore, is covered in lush plants that cascade down from the balconies
Thanks to its focus on sustainability, this luxury five-star hotel has been featured in numerous international publications. They capture rainwater, have solar panels to generate energy, and use green roofs to minimize heat absorption and grow produce. There are also beautiful gardens and lush residential walls everywhere. You can take part in free classes (yoga, meditation, Zumba) on the picturesque skywalk in the garden. There’s also an outdoor pool and a gym, as well as several restaurants. Although the breakfast buffet is not included in the price, it is fantastic and offers a huge and varied selection. The hotel is also right next to an MRT station.

The rooms are spacious and feature a modern design with light wood paneling, a neutral color palette and large windows. All rooms feature a spacious desk with an ergonomic chair, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, fluffy bathrobes and bedside tables with universal sockets. The bathrooms are also large and feature a stall shower with excellent water pressure and a deep soaking tub. There’s even a separate tap for filtered drinking water, which I think is a nice touch. Stay here for a unique and luxurious stay in the heart of Chinatown.

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4. Santa Grand Hotel

The infinity pool at the Santa Grand Hotel overlooking the buildings of SingaporeThe infinity pool at the Santa Grand Hotel overlooking the buildings of Singapore
This three-star hotel is located on East Coast Road, not far from Joo Chiat, an area with lots of street art, independent shops and cafes. Rooms are compact and simple, but feature free minibars, flat-screen TVs, and desks. The bathrooms are a good size and have a bidet and either a walk-in shower or a shower/tub combination. There are different room types to choose from, some even have a balcony or skylight.

The hotel has a beautiful infinity pool and a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy the views, as well as its own restaurant and bar. There is no breakfast on site, but there are plenty of places nearby. This is a great choice for a hassle-free stay in a more remote area of ​​the city.

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5. York Hotel

The York Hotel's ground floor pool surrounded by loungers at duskThe York Hotel's ground floor pool surrounded by loungers at dusk
This four-star hotel is located right on Orchard Road, known for its many shops and malls lining the street from start to finish. The York Hotel features a large outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant that serves a full daily breakfast buffet (there’s even an omelette station).

The rooms and bathrooms are a bit dated but quite spacious, which is rare in a city as compact as Singapore. The rooms have a minibar, coffee/tea maker, armchairs, a work desk and fluffy bathrobes and slippers. While this hotel isn’t exactly groundbreaking, most hotels in the area are quite expensive. I think you get excellent value for money here. It’s a great option for those who want a central location at a reasonable price.

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Singapore is a fascinating city. I always enjoy coming here. While the city can be expensive, staying in one of the hotels above will give you great value for money, whether you’re on a budget or want to treat yourself to a luxury stay.

Book your trip to Singapore: Logistical tips and tricks

Book your flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They’re my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines all over the world, so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel at Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory and best deals. These are my favorite hostels in Singapore.

If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use as they always show the cheapest prices for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

If you’re wondering where to stay, check out my neighborhood guide.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case something goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I have had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value for money are:

Are you looking for the best companies to save you money?
Check out my resources page for the best companies to use while traveling. I list all the ways I save money on the go. You also save money when traveling.

Would you like more information about Singapore?
Be sure to visit our detailed Singapore travel guide for even more planning tips!

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