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Singapore hotel tips: what's the best place to stay?
Whether you like a city or not often depends a lot on where you stay. The hotel has to be right, the district has to offer something and meet certain requirements that are important to you. At least that's the case with us and of course that also applies to Singapore!
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This includes, for example, that we can quickly reach the nearest underground station on foot, that there are at least a few of the most important sights in the area, that the prices are right and that restaurants are not far away either.
Good thing many of Singapore's central districts have a lot of all of this!
We want to relieve you of the trouble and explored the city on our last visit.
In our article, we have clearly written down for you which districts in Singapore are best for overnight stays and which part of the city is best for you to stay overnight.
So here comes our quick guide to Singapore's hippest neighborhoods and best hotels.
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The best areas to stay in Singapore on a map
We present a total of 7 different neighborhoods that we can recommend for you to stay overnight.
If it's your first time in Singapore, Marina Bay and the Civic District are probably your best bet.
If price is a big factor for you, Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Bugis and Little India are good options for you. But the other two districts, Orchard Road and Clarke Quay, also have their advantages and disadvantages.
We can recommend these neighborhoods for accommodation in Singapore:
- Marina Bay
- Orchard Road
- Clarke Quay
- Little India
- Bugis & Kampong Glam
- Civic District
For better orientation, we have drawn the areas we recommend for overnight stays in Singapore on this map.
Our hotel in Singapore
If you are in Singapore for the first time, we recommend an overnight stay at the YOTEL Singapore, which is located directly on Orchard Road. We had thatPremium Queen Room with Viewfor about 120 euros a night. The prices vary depending on the season. The price-performance ratio was really excellent, the room was very clean and well thought out and the view was super cool!
Our room was 14 square meters, but very well thought out. On each side of the bed, you can push your suitcase (up to approx. 70 liters) into a specially designed gap. You can also raise the upper part of the bed so that you have more space in the room during the day.
The Orchard Road metro station is right around the corner, you have a lot of dining and shopping opportunities right outside the door and you can get anywhere quickly.
Overnight in Marina Bay
Marina Bay is probably the most famous district of Singapore and is in fact the spot where the music plays. Due to its location on the bay, the many sights and of course its world-famous landmark, the Marina Bay Sands, this is the most popular area of the city with tourists.
Due to its central location, it is also advantageous if you want to reach other parts of the city quickly: In the north it borders on the hip Clark Quay with its active nightlife, in the west on the Central Business District with its sparkling skyscrapers and in the east on the Civic District, the historical part of Singapore.
All the convenience and entertainment options come at a price, of course: Marina Bay is one of the most expensive areas to stay in Singapore.
Advantages of a hotel in Marina Bay
- Many of the city's attractions are located here.
- You can quickly and easily reach other attractive parts of the city.
- There are numerous stylish bars and restaurants with a view of the skyline.
Cons of a hotel in Marina Bay
- The prices are generally quite high.
- There really isn't that typically local Singapore atmosphere.
- There is not much to choose from, apart from the typical hotel giants such as the Ritz-Carlton or Westin.
Our hotel tips for Marina Bay
A total of 8 hotels in Marina Bay can be found on our favorite search engine booking.com, all of them with high prices and at least 5 stars. These are mainly, how could it be otherwise, luxury hotel chains.
Overnight on Orchard Road
The area around Orchard Road is the area for shopping fans in Singapore. There are shopping malls, shopping malls and even more shopping malls with lively shopping streets in between.
But don't imagine it like a characterless outlet village from our latitudes: The streets are bursting with colored lights, there are numerous hip cafes and bars, as well as large, well-kept green areas to breathe. In short: Here you can experience the authentic Singapore vibe.
Benefits of an Orchard Road Hotel
- Endless shopping opportunities
- Numerous nice restaurants and bars
Cons of a hotel on Orchard Road
- There isn't much going on in the evenings and at night
- During the day it can get very crowded, especially on weekends
Our hotel tips for Orchard Road
Overall, there are numerous hotels in Orchard, with a good choice between boutique hotels, hostels and larger hotel chains. The prices are also a little lower than in Marina Bay. We can warmly recommend YOTEL Singapore.
Overnight at Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is fairly central and is particularly known for its active nightlife. Here you will find Singapore's hippest clubs like Attica, Canvas and Zouk, countless bars, restaurants by the water and everything your heart desires after sunset.
The keyword here is “after sunset”, because during the day the district doesn't really seem to offer anything special. But that changes when the happy hour starts and the music starts!
Benefits of a hotel in Clarke Quay
- A huge range of nightlife options.
- You meet people from all over the world.
- It is centrally located, well connected and Marina Bay can be reached on foot.
Cons of a hotel in Clarke Quay
- The noise level can be quite high well into the night.
- There isn't much to see culturally.
- Due to the proximity to Marina Bay, the overnight prices are also quite high here.
Our hotel tips for Clarke Quay
Unfortunately, booking.com doesn't offer much choice for hotels in Clarke Quay, a total of 5, which are right in the district.
Cheap stay in Chinatown
Chinatown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and has been the settlement area for the Chinese from the very beginning.
The old charm of the temples, night markets and traditional shops has been preserved to this day, although unfortunately the area is slowly being swallowed up by the adjacent central business district. You can still enjoy the exotic vibe here to the fullest!
Chinatown is also the destination of many backpackers, because there are some very cheap, but not always good, hostels here.
Benefits of a hotel in Chinatown
- There is a good mix of luxury hotels and cheap budget hotels to choose from.
- Plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and shopping for Chinese handicrafts and antiques.
- Clarke Quay is within easy walking distance.
Cons of a hotel in Chinatown
- The selection of modern brands and designers is pretty small when shopping.
Our hotel tips in Chinatown
Overnight in Little India
We stayed in Little India during our Singapore stay and we haven't looked back! The district is a great alternative to the city's expensive districts, as there are numerous nice and inexpensive hotels.
India fans will feel absolutely at home here! Seragoon Road is the main street in the neighborhood, where most of it happens. There are numerous delicious Indian restaurants, colorful bazaars, cheap fashion and electronics malls.
There is also a lot going on here in the evening when you meet for a cold beer on the corner and the restaurants fill up.
Benefits of a Hotel in Little India
- A good selection of cheap hotels.
- Indian cuisine as far as the eye can see.
- More of Singapore's ethnic quarters are within walking distance.
- Lots of shopping and entertainment.
Cons of a hotel in Little India
- It can get very crowded on the sidewalks, especially in the evenings.
- There are hardly any luxury hotels.
- Little nightlife offer.
Our hotel tips in Little India
Where to stay in Bugis and Kampong Glam
Bugis and Kampong Glam are actually two neighborhoods, but they flow into one another. Bugis is the part with the shopping malls, restaurants and modern apartment buildings, while Kampong Glam offers more culture.
It is also known as the “Arab Quarter”, where you can shop for great silk and spend the afternoon in hip cafes and independent designer shops. There is also a small but fine range of nightlife activities in the area.
Benefits of a Hotel in Bugis and Kampong Glam
- Good selection of luxury hotels and cheap boutique hotels.
- The famous Bugis Street Market.
- Good mix of shopping centers and individual boutiques.
- Active night life.
Cons of a hotel in Bugis and Kampong Glam
- The neighborhood is a little further away from some well-known attractions, but is still well connected.
Our hotel tips for Bugis and Kampong Glam
There are several hotels in Kampong Glam with a good mix of price categories.
Stay in the Civic District
The Civic District is particularly worthwhile for its wide range of museums and monuments, as well as its close proximity to Marina Bay, Clarke Quay and the Arab Quarter.
The range of restaurants and nightlife leaves nothing to be desired, even if the prices for a drink or lunch are not as cheap as in Little India or Kampong Glam, for example.
This area is also home to one of the most famous hotels in the world, the Raffles Singapore Hotel.
Benefits of a hotel in the Civic District
- Many museums and attractions are within walking distance.
- You are well connected with two MRI lines.
- Lots of gourmet restaurants and active nightlife.
Cons of a hotel in the Civic District
- The prices are generally high.
- Nightlife bars and clubs are not as exciting as, for example, Clarke Quay.
Our hotel tips in the Civic District
Accommodation prices are generally quite high in the Civic District and there are no hostels in the area. Luxury hotels make up the largest part.
Your hotel tips for Singapore
These were our hotel tips for finding a hotel in Singapore. We hope that we could help you a bit.
Have you ever been to singapore? Where did you stay and can you recommend the accommodation?
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