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Singapore Hotel choices ...

16 Nov 2006  A home away from home ...
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 96 votes

with so many hotels in SIN and different neighborhoods, where does one stay ? I hope this little list will help make your decision easier ...

I do try to edit/update this list whenever I am able to. Good Luck and enjoy SIN as much as I do !

Dec 2013 - Update : Best deal in town for Spring 2014 is definitely Holiday Inn Express Clark Quay, not only do u get a brand new hotel with modern design, the price u cant beat for this expensive city in a good location. Pre-opening special at S$180++/nite/room

(update 28th Dec '13) Unbeatable weekend price for Quincy from GROUPON !!! you have 6 days to buy this deal for $298/nite (valid till March 2014) and bonus is a $100 dining credit during your stay, Good Luck !

For apartment rentals :
Redwood West - in the west coast but offers shuttles to Harborfront and MRT station daily rental available

Lotus at Joo Chiat - walking distance to MRT, daily rental available

Current upgrading of hotel properties :

Note : I am currently working on updating this list so please bear with me if u find some missing info.

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  • 1. Orchard Road hotels
    Orchard Road, Singapore, Singapore

    You should consider this area if you are in town mainly for shopping, some of the better ones are :

    1) Shangri La (valley wing is definitely for those who want pampering and those seeking luxury, garden wing is perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking some privacy while Tower wing is for everyone !) Room size at the Tower wing begins at 38 sq m, at the Garden Wing it is at 50 while Valley wing is at a generous 57 sq m

    2) Four Seasons - the best service that you can always count on, basic room is at 42 sq m

    3) Grand Hyatt - has the best gym in town, great restaurants, normal deluxe Grand rooms are at 54 sq m

    4) St. Regis - new hotel in town (2008), has one block (the others r residential) that is the hotel right next to Tanglin Mall), great location on the quieter side of Orchard, close to Botanical Garden, high end accomodation that promises ultra luxury

    Other 4 to 5* properties to take note along Orchard area (please take note that the star rating can be misleading at times due to the fact that they may have met the minimum requirement of a 4 or 5* property by having enough facilities and services but in the end, it may not meet your expectation of quality):

    1) Meritus Mandarin (Grand Tower is the newer wing of the property), rooms are at 32 sq m

    2) Hilton (linked to the Four Seasons via covered walkway), rooms are not very big at 27 sq m but this hotel had been updated just recently and located on the quieter
    side of town

    3) Royal Plaza on Scotts (this is always a good bet for all travelers due to location and quality of hotel), rooms are at 32 sq m, next category up is at 36 sq m

    4) Marriott (unique architecture, rooms are of different shapes and sizes, poolside
    rooms are fabulous)

    5) Goodwood Park (not your usual city hotel, this is a short low rise charming colonial with large lovely landscaped grounds, a good compromise if you dont wish to pay Raffles prices) Tower wing rooms begin at 36 sq m

    6) Sheraton Towers (right by Newton MRT and across from the famous Newton Hawker center)

    7) Orchard (modern clean and sleek design, right at the very beginning of Orchard Road), rooms are at 29 sq m, and next up in category is 35 sq m

    8) Orchard Parade (offers family rooms/suites which has a seperate living and dining area rather than just two rooms or one big room with 2 beds), rooms begin at 21, then 24 sq m and the family studio at 42 (for 3 pax) while the family suite is at 70 sq m for 4 people (UPDATE May 2009 : hotel had been updated esp. in their club rooms, good choice for the price for Orchard area).

    9) Grand Park Orchard featuring 40-inch Bang & Olufsen LCD TV, Hermann Miller designer desk chair, personal PCs with all-in-one printer, scanner & fax.Most rooms will come with a large floor-to-ceiling window. This property is the flagship property for the Park hotel's group

    10) Regent (good classic hotel right next to Tanglin Mall), rooms begin at 36 sq m, the deluxe is only 2 sq m bigger

    11) Traders (shangri la's business hotel but cater well to families too esp. their executive apartment with kitchenette), small rooms at 28 sq m and next category is only 30 sq m

    12) Pan Pacific Orchard (previously known as Meritus Negara) - great location, rooms begin at 27 sq m, premier and club rooms at 35 sq m, exec and suites are at 53 and 66 respectively

    13) Concorde (last updated : mid-Jan 2010) - All renovations are done so the public areas look updated but the gym, pool area still brings u back at least a decade.

    14) Holiday Inn Orchard City center - Great location -> smacked right in the middle of Orchard Road, a hop away from Somerset MRT station and u r surrounded by unlimited shopping and dining. With their recent update (apply to the premier rooms only as I havent experienced the other room categories), for the price u get, the quality is definitely one of the best deal u can get in this town. {update : mid-Jan 2010)

  • 2. Marina, Suntec and Raffles City area hotels

    Marina, Suntec and Raffles City hotels (this area has more character due to the colonial structure and history all around the neighborhood, also closer to water so hotels in this area have a very nice view) :

    All the hotels listed in this area are 5* luxury properties :

    Fairmont Raffles (previously known as Raffles Plaza) - is a modern city hotel with very cool designs, directly above City Hall MRT (main changing station) Room size is at 39 sq m, Grand rooms are quite a bit bigger at 57 sq m

    Swissotel Stamford - has a cool kids' room, share facilities with Raffles Plaza so expect a crazy pool scene (in terms of crowd), rooms are at 33 sq m though the harborview rooms are smaller at 32 sq m, Grand rooms are quite a bit bigger at 50 sq m

    Oriental - nice blend of east and west decor, very chic public areas, expensive restaurants, linked to Marina Square mall, nice bathrooms and decor in rooms, room size begins at 34 sq m (the deluxe rooms are at 41 sq m)

    Pan Pacific - dependable choice of a hotel, linked to the Marina Square Mall, rooms are comfortable at 41 sq m but the ones with balconies are at 45

    Marina Mandarin - another good choice that is linked to Marina Square Mall, rooms are at 32 sq m

    Ritz Carlton - was the first 6* hotel, linked to Marina Square via bridge and walkways, rooms are spacious at 50 sq m

    Conrad - great business hotel, caters to families, Suntec's only hotel but linked via walkways and bridges to Marina Square, rooms begin at 40 sq m

    River side hotels (SwissMC is not right by the river but across the bridge from Clark Quay) :

    Fullerton - historic landmark, nice classic with good restaurants, short walk to Boat Quay, Courtyard rooms begin at 42 sq m

    Fullerton Bay - Exquisite hotel but not cater to families so if u want to be in a luxurious top notch property, this is the one.

    Novotel Clark Quay - most rooms have a view (recommended are the novation rooms), rooms are 28 sq m, going up to 32 and 40 respectively in the better category rooms

    Swissotel Merchant Court - great family hotel (does have a bit of a city resort feel, great pool for kids), walking distance to Chinatown and Clark Quay

    Grand Copthorne Waterfront - big hotel with a lot of amenities and facilities, private jetty for river boat rides to other river side neighborhoods

    To this area, I will add Marina South :

    Marina Bay Sands - without a doubt, the most talked about hotel property on the island. It is all that it claims to be but one point to note, due to its location (it is primarily a casino area so the govt. had allocated this area which is more remote and away from the main part of town). Now that it is linked directly to the city with the MRT, it is easy to get around the island. The shops and restaurants on this property is very expensive so my advise is to make sure your room comes with breakfasts. Otherwise it can get annoying if you have to leave the property, catch the MRT just to find a place for affordable breakfast every morning, Even the beautiful view wont make up for that annoyance.

  • 3. Family/Kids Friendly hotels

    (still under works as I am updating this since the 2006 original list)

    Family hotels : most hotels will be able to accommodate 2A and 2C but if you have older kids (usually 12 and up), things begin to get tricky. Here are some choices to meet your needs :

    1) Park Royal on Pickering (Family twin rooms come with a king and two singles so a family of 4 is very comfortable with the sleeping arrangement)

    2) Orchard Parade hotel (a king and a single but u can ask for another rollaway)

    3) Hotel Supreme (more for the budget, old hotel with bare basic that has rooms with 2 queen or 2 queens plus a single)

    4) Novotel Clark Quay (executive rooms or any suites a king plus pull out and even add a roll away for the 5th)

    5) Swissotel (both location offers kids room package which is a 2 room deal so everyone has their own beds)

    6) York Hotel - offers deluxe family rooms (2 queen beds)

    7) Holiday Inn City Center or Atrium (good with younger kids)


  • 4. mid-range hotels :

    1) Allson - rooms are at 28 sq m

    2) City Bay View - normal rooms begin at 26 sq m and next one up at 30 sq m, family rooms and other suites are at 46

    3) Carlton (very good value for money for what u get, Premier wing is execellent)

    4) Grand Plaza Park Royal - rooms are at 32 sq m

    5) Grand Copthorne Waterfront

    6) Copthorne King's

    7) Holiday Inn Atrium

    8) Furama City Center - 32 sq m rooms and suites except club/executive rooms at 65

    9) Hotel Re - cool funky hotel, fun atmosphere, in the Chinatown area, priced well,
    my only complaint - room size is too small (14 sq m) but if u r looking for a clean and nice quality hotel that is priced reasonably, this is a good choice

    10) CityHub - newish hotel in town, modern contemporary design, Bugis neighborhood so a good base if u want to explore the city

    11) Santa Grand Little India -> to be revealed 1st Feb, pricing at about S$175/nite (there seemed to be a better rate but for single travelers)

    12) York - last renovated within the last 2 years, basic rooms at 27 sq m, deluxe at 32 and suites at 50 sq m

    13) Quality - Jan 2009 update : if u have a Malaysian passport, highly recommend their special deal, u cant beat this for the quality at this price !

    14) Ibis @ Bencoolen -> to be launched in in March 2009

    15) ParkRoyal @ Beach - rooms at 30 sq m

    16) Novotel Clark QUay - basic rooms at 28 sq m

    17) Santa Grand Bugis - small pool

    18) ParkRoyal at Kitchener - 2008 renovation had changed this hotel into a crowd pleaser. If u enjoy being in an ethnic neighborhood and dont mind a short walk (few mins) to an MRT, this is a great choice, dont expect fancy details but what they offer is definitely good value in SIN for all the upgrades they had done

    19) Studio M - Millennium's group new chic boutique hotel, small rooms but modern

    20) Park Avenue Rochester - like any new hotel (2011/2012), the rooms r smaller beginning at 18 sq m but they do offer 2 bedroom suites if u need the space. If u r in town and not really spend too much time in the hotel, this is a good choice esp. if u want some quiet.

  • 5. Budget (most have no or limited facilities/amenities like a pool, gym, etc)

    1) Summerview - basic rooms

    2) Perak Lodge - nice, cozy family atmosphere, rooms r tiny beginning at 15, 17, 18 and finally deluxe rooms at 20 sq m

    3) Bencoolen - clean and basic in Little India neighborhood, some rooms had been updated/renovated (Last Updated Nov 2008)

    4) Rider's Lodge - property itself lacks facilities but u can use the pool at the club, not much difference in room size from deluxe to grandeur rooms (22 and 23 sq m respectively) but suites are very comfortably sized at 62 sq m

    5) Strand (good location and price for budget hotel but no frills, bring your own toiletries, family rooms can accomodate up to 7)

    6) Copthorne Orchid - just on the outskirt of town, quiet and amazing last minute deals, apartments available, hotel room with a kitchenette

    7) Penang - basic clean rooms

    8) Hotel 81 (red light district of SIN is Geylang so some of the addresses here might not be what u r looking for)

    9) Fragrance same as #8 (except I want to add that if u want a budget hotel that has a pool, go for Fragrance Selegie, it is also a new property in 2008)

    10) Damenlou - simple rooms but very friendly family run business

    11) Four Chain - new in Geylang area (red light district)

    12) Classique - quite a good find, in LIttle India, Strand's sister hotel, budget hotel but u get some extras included, average priced - S$70++

    13) Beach - walking distance to the famous Raffles hotel and the neighborhood of Suntec and Marina as well as Arab Street

    14) Regal Inn - right in Chinatown, Chinese decor and quite nice for a very good price (prices begins at S$70/nett for a double and a family room is only S$100/nett)

    15) VIP - meet your basic needs and only one in town that offers a pool at this price, located in a quiet residential area, close to Newton Hawker Center

    16) Happy - renovated in 2007 and VERY reasonably priced, good basic hotel but due to location (Geylang is known as a red light district but seriously it isnt that bad, a far cry from other Asian cities famous for such activities, in reality unless u really look out for it, u wont know it), it is not encouraged if u r traveling with little ones (u got to walk a lot as it is a local neighborhood but for any adult exploring a city, this is a good base)

    17) Santa Grand Aljunied (formerly Sunwell hotel but it had a total facelift and interior renovation so should be a good choice, prices beginning at $99 and up)

    18) Santa Grand Little India - opened in Feb 2009, small boutique property at a reasonable price

    19) for those that are really just looking for a clean basic modern hotel that offers a REASONABLE price, try Value hotel Balestier (less than US$50/nite). It is a newly renovated hotel with contemporary furnishing that has just opened (updated April'09)

    20) AQueen - another hotel that has small rooms but nicely decorated and modern, feel new and clean

  • 6. Boutique (usually converted shophouses)/Unique properties

    1) Scarlet - very romantic but small rooms, smallest being only 15 sq m, executive only a little bigger (anything from 16 1o 20 sq m!), premiums averaging 28 sq m and suites are of all sizes smallest being 25 sq m and biggest at 51

    2) New Majestic - currently the trendiest (prices r reasonable for the quality)

    3) Hotel 1929 - in Chinatown

    4) Albert Court

    5) Royal Peacock

    6) Berjaya Duxton - european designs and decor, has a lived in comfortable atmosphere

    7) Sha Villa - colonial mansion now a hotel managed by a local hospitality school,
    service is excellent (the students and supervisors are graded by their professors afterall !) and their restaurant serves a really good continental meal at an amazingly affordable prices but rooms are bare basic (no windows in some !) and rooms r tiny beginning at 18 sq m and next size is 20

    8) InterContinental - this is not a boutique hotel but they do offer shophouse type of hotel rooms with Peranakan furnishing

    9) Sloane Court - short walk to Scotts Road, Tudor in style, small family run business (was planning to take this off the list when I had heard how bad this place was after a friend's daughter had returned from a visit but I thought I will leave it here to warn travelers to stay away)

    10) The Nutmeg - short walk to town, in a nice neighborhood in town (prices include airport transfers, breakfast and half day sightseeing)

    11) Quincy - right next to Elizabeth and York hotel so location wise, it is good if u want to be on Orchard Road, sleek modern design, really cool glass infinity pool overlooking the side of the building (Launch date : Feb 2009)

    12) Link - in a local neighborhood, may not be near an MRT (the nearest Outram is about a 10 min walk) but it is so close to town (orchard) with a few mins cab ride either to Chinatown or Orchard, cant beat the price for what u get if u dont mind NY hotel room sizes. To explore a local neighborhood, a good place to start

    13) Naumi - really modern chic boutique hotel with international standards and quality, right next to the famous Raffles hotel, great corporate units (kitchenette, living room, etc all set out for ease and convenience), definitely the high end of boutique hotels but u wont regret it, my favorite boutique hotel in town, basic rooms at 32 sq m but suites begin at 50 and up

    14) L Residence : http://lresidence.com/ (will update on further info., looking forward to visiting this property on our next trip, last updated Aug 2008)

    15) Santa Grand Little India - Finally opened (feb 2009) and with such a great
    promotional rate, u cant beat this deal for a nice new boutique hotel (single S$70, twin S$98, Queen S$95 and executive is only at S$112, I am not sure when this promotional rate will end so contact hotel directly)

    16) Nostalgia - newest (fall 2009) boutique in town and reflected in their pricing

    17) Wangz (updated : mid-Jan 2010) - brand new hotel, another cool concept (like Quincy), one price offering complimentary breakfast and mini bar. currently promotional rate available

    18) Le Peranakan - shophouse converted hotel, rooms r small but nicely furnished and at S$100, it is not a bad choice for a new hotel in a local neighborhood (Jan 2010)

    19) The Residence @ SRC : a friend of mine is a member at the club and when she brought me to this place, I told myself I have to let everyone know about this great place. This club had been around quite a long time but only last year did they came up with the Residence. At less than S$200/nite (go thru some 3d party websites and u can find a great deal as low as S$175/nite), u will not regret this. The feel is very new (room, furnishing, linen, etc). Really one of the best deal in town ! (updated mid-Jan 2010)

    20) The Club - a - storey design hotel with local touches (colonial and urban chic so everything is in black, white or grey/silver) and one of the few boutique hotels that offer a gym, having a soft opening and be opened by May 2010. {personally, i ADORE the design of this property, really cool designs with black and white checkered bathrooms, chess pieces as chairs, TV panel as part of a wall design right at the end of the bed, etc)

    Last but not least, the Raffles hotel. This famous hotel is an all suite hotel that is great for those who desire a luxurious weekend or an experince that comes once in a blue moon - something memorable and unique. But if u have more than 2 days, I would recommend u try another hotel in town for a different experience. Raffles is a little stuffy/rigid if u plan to stay longer.

    Thought I will add Fullerton and Goodwood Park in this category as they are also unique historical porperties in SIN. One was the original General Post Office while the latter was a country club (Teutonia Club) before converting into a charming colonial hotel as it is today.

  • 7. Hostels

    1) YMCA International (cant beat location, facilities, size of room for this price range, this hostel has more of a hotel feel rather than the usual hostel feel as it has a rooftop pool and a gym. Location is right along Orchard Road and short walk to MRT)
    2) YMCA Metropolitan (along Stevens Road, less than 10 mins to the main part of town along Orchard, apartment living available, this property is really quiet as it is in a high end residential neighborhood and the pool is good for those with little ones that need to be protected from the sun)
    3) Hangout@Mt.Emily (trendy nice hostel)
    4) New 7th Storey (fun and big)
    5) Bugis Backpackers (popular)
    6) Sleepy Sam's (another popular choice)
    7) A Traveller's Rest Stop
    8) Betel Box (also one of the better and popular hostel in town)
    9) RELC (there is also a choice of private rooms which are good value for money if u dont mind walking a little before reaching town)
    10) Summer Tavern - neat/cool place with a flair for modern and eastern furnishing (bathrooms and private rooms) and a fun pub
    11) G4 station (new 2008) - largest hostel in this city with friendly staff

  • 8. Sentosa lodging

    Sentosa Spa and Resort - really nice resort, quiet and usually on the quiet side, very suitable for couples, the private villas have their own private pool with 2 bedrooms on each side of a common living room with kitchenette

    Rasa Sentosa - part of the Shangri la group, great for families as kids' camp programs are available (need advance notice).

    Siloso Beach Resort - newish hotel on the island

    Capella Singapore (managed by the Capella Group whose founder was the original owner and founder of the Ritz Carlton Chain so u can be assured of a certain quality) - opening 1st Quarter of 2009, will be the crown jewel of Sentosa resorts, largest garden villas and suites in SIN, ultra luxurious and private
    Update (Feb 2009) - It is opened ! The best and most luxurious resort on the island and currently running a promotion - buy 2 nights get 3rd free (till May).

    Costa Sand - basic lodging

    Amara Sanctuary - a brand new resort (Srping/Summer 2007) with upscale furnishing catering to those who wants to escape the city life for a short retreat, suitable for couples and honeymooners

    Movepick Heritage - Boutique hotel in a colonial building, convenient to get around the island due to location, modern and slick in design, not over-run by kids

    Beach Villas - part of Resort World so close to Universal Studios. This is new (winter 2012) and rooms r big but pricey. A good choice if u want more space for your family and it is not as big as the other properties with resort world.

    Festive hotel - a good choice to be close to Universal, rooms are designed to cater to families so expect kids everywhere.

    Hard Rock - i wouldnt recommend this for families, it is Hard Rock so dont expect peace and quiet. More for couples looking for modern lifestyle and partying

    Hotel Michael - closest to Universal Studio but not cater to families with kids

    Equarius - brand new (spring 2012) but still not fully operational, modern sleek chic with good size rooms

    Not on Sentosa Island is the Bay Hotel (new Spring 2012) is a good option if u r not willing to pay the prices on the island.

  • 9. Bintan lodging

    Banyan Tree - for those who want some pampering, really the place to be if u r on a honeymoon or want a romantic couple's retreat, a little more troublesome
    for those with families (young kids) as most rooms/suites take a max of 3 people (including kids)

    Angsana - great hotel for everyone seeking a reasonable priced hotel that has a bit of luxury

    Club Med - for parents who need a vacation

    Mana Mana - for those who enjoy a full water sport adventure in a more casual setting (a change of management so there may be updates and changes)
    Indra Maya - Privacy ? this is the place for u but expect to pay for it. This property has only 14 beautiful villas (if u love Asian architecture, u will LOVE it here) and is away from all the big resorts (u can get around on a buggy). U have access to the facilites if u wish (but villas come with your own private pool) at Nirwana or Mayang.
    update Dec 2008 : For the price they are charging nowadays, I suggest that u wait and stay at the new Ritz that will be launched soon (this property needs some TLC to restore it to its original splendor)

    Brand new resort - Ritz Carlton (Dec 2008 but still no further news of soft opening etc so maybe early 2009) in the Lagoi Bay area, due to bad economy this year, this project had been postpone

  • 10. Serviced Apartments (for travelers staying more than 7 days)

    Ascott Group - quite a few properties to choose from and make a good choice for a base to get to know SIN

    Shangri La Group - Shangri La serviced apartments tenants can use the facilities and services from the Shangri La hotel

    Fraser Group - Fraser Suites or Place, both cater well to families

    Far East Group - different price range with quite a few choices of properties

    Lanson Place - very convenient and nice apartments in town, short walk to Orchard

    Le Grove - established and older property in a residential neighborhood

    Lotus - a few all over the island

    Treetops Executive Apartments - check my review but to summarize, it is my top choice if I am in SIN

    CityState Service Apartments - restored shophouses converted into serviced apartments, great for those who are not keen on a hotel room and are looking for something different, right in the CBD area

    Sophia 1930 - simple apartments in an old but beautiful architectural building, good area to be exploring and walking around

    Somerset Apartments - some properties need updating but still a good choice of a base

    Citadines - well located and better priced than sister properties but that is only 'coz it lack facilities e.g pool

    New 2012 : Alocassia Apartments
    This property is not new but now have a management group to rent the apartment units, if u just need a base, space and quiet, give this a go.




    Goodwood Park - Park Lane Suites (check my review, it needs updating at the moment)

    Carlton - Premier serviced apartments

    Metropolitan Y - on Stevens Road (more for the budget conscious)

    Amara - this is a good business hotel if u want to be right there in the Central
    Business District and a stone's throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT. This hotel offers comfortable one to two bedroom suites for long term residents.

    Quality Hotel - had just been updated and their family suite as well as executive suite is comfortable for longer staying guests, the presidential suite is an apartment

    ParkRoyal (serviced apartments) - part of the hotel

    Grand Copthorne Waterfront - known as La Residenza, a couple of floors had been converted into serviced apartments catering to long term business travelers (operation began in 2008)

    Naumi - great boutique hotel, definitely for the trendy and luxury conscious type of travelers, across the street from the famous Raffles hotel (my favorite for a boutique hotel in this city)

    Pan Pacific Serviced Suites (got an introductory rate 2008 at S$12,000/month)

    RELC - this used to be a youth hostel for those learning or brushing up on their English. Due to the downtown location and cost, they had converted this into decent apartments but maintained the other rooms and is in the midst of updating those. (updated : Jan 2010)

    The Club - for those seeking top end ultra luxury, this is the place for u. What more can u ask if u want an apartment facing the water ? This can be found on the property of Capella on Sentosa Island.

    For those who are searching for a more reasonably priced apartments, try budgetstaysingapore.com or valuestay.com.sg

    And for those looking for a reasonably priced option for less than 7 days, try :

  • 11. Hotels near the airport :

    For those who are in a long transit (more than 6 hours) or has no wish to visit the city, u should consider staying at the Transit hotel which offers rooms at a 6 hour block, has a gym and a roof top pool.

    For those who want to explore the famous Changi Airport (if u have more than 5 hours, u should really consider taking the complimentary 2 hour city tour) but need a little shut eye, try the napping areas for those very comfortable leather chairs or go to either lounge in the respective terminal. They have comfortable sleeping berths, offers massages and showers, snacks and drinks etc. at very reasonable prices

    Le Meridien Changi Village - Choose this hotel if you want a proper hotel and you arrive late (after 10 pm) and flight is before 9 am (remember u have to check in 2 hours before) This hotel offers complimentary shuttles between the airport and hotel

    Grand Mercure Roxy - a comfortable and reasonably priced hotel in a residential neighborhood. if u arrive after 8 pm and still want to see a little of SIN, this is your best bet (only 10 mins to town - Suntec area, another 5 mins or so to Orchard). This hotel also offers shuttle services to and from airport, rooms at 32 sq m (both superior and deluxe) and next up very very comfortably sized at 98 for executive rooms

    Newest addition (2008) is the Crowne Plaza Changi (attached to Terminal 3) with a short walk to the Changi MRT station. Nice sleek contemporary design.

    Cameron - budget boutique hotel, clean and meet all your basic needs with a very reasonable rate, even offer a few hourly rates for transit tourists

  • 12. Who to book with ?

    Whenever I am going to SIN and only need a room with/out breakfast, the best site and prices usually come from asiabesthotel.com (excellent service). The next one I would look at if they dont have the specific hotel I need is marimari.com (a little slow on the service). There are other sites you can look and compare prices but so far, I have to say asiabesthotel.com is the best site for SIN hotels. Another one I find that has competitive pricing is asiatravel.com.

    If you have a specified request (connecting rooms, 2 double beds, a suite, etc), u may want to check the hotel website to look for special deals and if not, u can always contact the hotel and negotiate a package esp. if u r staying for a period of time (longer than 7 days). These rates are called long term or resident rates that come with some perks (free local calls, breakfasts, etc)

    Another thing about SIN hotels is that they have amazing prices for weekends so for those who are in town during a weekend period, these amazing rates are available besides the last minute rates.

  • 13. Honeymooners and those who r in the mood :)

    Romantic hotels in town :
    1) Scarlet - romantic setting esp. the decor in rich and dark hues of red but small rooms even their suites

    2) Fullerton - if u can swing it, their loft suites are the ones to go for due to the view from the sitting room which is seperated from the bedroom (upstairs which makes it really cozy)

    3) Raffles - great for a short stay for an anniversary or honeymoon memory

    4) Shangri La - the one property that has a resort feeling in this city, great little touches for honeymooners and offers honeymoon packages

    5) Marriott - only their pool side suites are worth a stay in this property and these rooms are the ones that offer a great experience

    6) Grand Hyatt - for the couples who are looking for fine dining, lots of shopping and a great pool with the best gym facilities in town

    7) Four Seasons - for those who seek discreet luxury with the best service in town

    8) Oriental - for those who want a great view and a hotel that does a good job blending Eastern decor in modern setting and comfort

    9) Raffles Plaza, now aka Fairmont Singapore - if u like modern sleek design, this is the hotel for u, it is also reflected in their rooms that come with a view (city or harbor)

    10) Ritz - spacious rooms with a great bathroom that has amazing view that makes a bubble bath for two a great experience and getting up from the raised bed to see the view right from your bed without getting up is another joy with your partner

    For those who want a little more privacy, try these :

    1) Sentosa Spa and Resort - top rated spa in SIN, a must for the special someone, the whole resort has an atmosphere that is great for honeymooners, the restaurants, etc. Tip : the normal/basic rooms had been updated only recently but if u can afford it, the private villas with its own pool (not a plunge pool but a good size one that u can easily invite a few friends to swim in !) will definitely make it an amazing honeymoon

    2) Amara Sauctuary - brand new stylish resort for those seeking modern lifestyle luxuries

    3) Capella Singapore - Balinese villa settings, spacious, open and luxurious with modern touches in all suites and villas (opening 1st quarter 2009)

  • 14. hotels with a view ...

    City View - this is easy enough as most properties in town are tall city hotels (except Shangri La and Goodwood, both has a resort feel due to the large parcel of land that is very rare in this town and the lush landscaping) so if u choose Raffles Plaza, Meritus Mandarin, Marriott, etc, u will be enjoying a nice city view.

    Harbor/Marina views - Conrad, Ritz, Marina Mandarin, Oriental, Fairmont Raffles,
    Swissotel Stamford, M hotel (I had included this here even though they classified it under sea view rooms)

    River view (right by the water) - Fulllerton, Novotel Clark Quay, Grand Copthorne Waterfront

    My favorite view of the river - Fullerton's Loft Suite (top choice for romance and view )

    Favorite harbor view rooms - Fairmont Raffles (postcard views - u will find the same
    view from some of the postcards that are on sale at the bookstores or tourist shops)

    Favorite city view - Fairmont Raffles (esp. towards Chimjes and Orchard Road's direction)

    Park Hotel Clark Quay which offers a view of the river esp. the club rooms on the 9th and 10th Floors. Trendy is the theme, classified as boutique (but with over 300 rooms, it feels like any city hotel, not a boutique).

    Park Regis Singapore at Clark Quay (opened in June 2010), classified as a business hotel, infinity pool overlooks the river but the rooms r on the small side

    Fullerton Bay - opened July 2010 - cool sleek designs reflecting colonial with local culture. A must visit spot is their roof top Lantern Bar overlooking the water.

  • 15. New Hotels (Coming soon !) ...

    Look forward to these new properties as they cater to different type of travelers with different budgets :
    1) Ramada (developing along Balestier Road) will be launched 2014
    2) Hotel Culture (still under planning but location is set along Mosque Street in the Chinatown area)
    3) Holiday Inn Express Clark Quay (spring 2014)