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First Time to Singapore: Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel In Singapore?

Whether you’re visiting Singapore for business, on a family holiday, or just taking a well-earned city ‘staycation’, choosing the right hotel in the right area can make or break your stay. Although over 700 square kilometers in size, most visitors opt to stay in one of the main central areas towards the south of the island, with each district offering its own unique vibe. Amongst others, these include Marina Bay, Clarke Quay, Civic District and the ethnic enclaves of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam. 

We’ve broken down each of these areas, giving you the pros and cons, whilst serving up a selection of all the best hotels too. So if you don't know where to stay in singapore, let us point you in the right direction with this comprehensive guide for first-timers. 

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Should I book my hotel at Marina Bay?

Marina Bay - How to decide

Water + towering skyscrapers in every direction is always going to mean that the Marina Bay area takes its place as one of the prettiest, most desirable places to stay in Singapore. It’s also well-placed in the centre of all the action, overlapping the Central Business District to the west, the Civic District to the east and the throbbing nightlife scene of Clarke Quay to the north.

Who is it For:
- Anybody with limited time (but a generous budget)
- Business guests working in the nearby Central Business District

What's Good:
- The views
- Numerous swanky restaurants and bars
- Close to major attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion etc.

What's Not So Good:
- Not so many budget hotels
- No real ‘local’ Singaporean atmosphere

You like Marina Bay? Now pick the right hotel!

Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore

Pan Pacific Singapore

Located in Marina Bay, the Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel is adjacent to three shopping malls including Suntec Singapore Read More...

Marina Mandarin Singapore

Marina Mandarin Singapore

Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the city, The Marina Mandarin Singapore, an acclaimed 5-star luxury Read More...

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Located in Singapore new business and commercial centre, the hotel is a five-minute walk from the MRT (public Read More...

Should I book my hotel on Orchard Road?

Orchard Road - How to decide

An absolute haven for shoppers, Orchard Road boasts more malls than anywhere in Singapore – and pretty much anywhere in the world. The road stretches from Orchard MRT in the north to Dhoby Ghaut MRT in the south, and there’s several quaint lanes off the main strip of shops that offer more of a neighbourhood-vibe, with some of Singapore’s coolest cafes and hip bars. It’s also a good place for anyone looking to escape the city a little; a short walk north and you’ll find green suburbs, parks and local hawker centres presenting a more authentic side to Singapore.

Who is it For:
- Shoppers!

What's Good:
- Malls, malls and more malls
- Cute cafes and bistros in the surrounding neighbourhood

What's Not So Good:
- Busy with pedestrians particularly at weekends
- Limited in the way of nightlife

You like Orchard Road? Now pick the right hotel!

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Mandarin Orchard Singapore formerly Meritus Mandarin Singapore is conveniently located at the most prestigious address Read More...

Grand Park Orchard

Grand Park Orchard

Grand Park Orchard-Park Hotel group Flagship property. With its breathtaking herringbone design exterior glass facade Read More...

Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel

Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel

Strategically located in Singapore’s premier shopping precinct, Orchard Road, Pan Pacific Orchard offers guests easy Read More...

Should I book my hotel on Clarke Quay?

Clarke Quay - How to decide

Singapore’s party hub sits at the mouth of the river, a short walk north from the Marina Bay. Arrive in the day, and you might wonder what all the fuss is about, with the pedestrian walkways almost deserted (even the most generous of all-day happy hours struggle to draw in the crowds). When the sun goes down, however, Clarke Quay shows its true colours; pick your spot either by the waters’ edge or underneath the futuristic bubbles that cover the gauntlet of bars, restaurants and clubs.

Who is it For:
- Party animals
- Foodies
- Backpackers (look out for those daytime happy hours on food and drink)

What's Good:
- Lots and lots and lots of bars
- Cosmopolitan atmosphere next to the water’s edge
- Some of Singapore’s main nightclubs, such as Attica, Home Club, and Zouk (10 minutes away)
- Centrally located and decent connections with the rest of the city via MRT

What's Not So Good:
- Can be busy late into the night
- Little in the way of local life
- Few cultural attractions

Should I book my hotel on Clarke Quay

Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore

Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore

The Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore combines convenience and comfort. This 4 star hotel is the perfect choice for your Read More...

Park Regis Singapore

Park Regis Singapore

Park Regis Singapore is ideally located within walking distance to entertainment and dining hotspots such as Clarke Read More...

Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Located within close proximity to the central business district, Orchard Road and one of Singapores vibrant Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Sentosa?

Sentosa - How to decide

Jammed-packed full of family-friendly activities and attractions, Sentosa is the place to come for fun. Famous for its manmade beaches (the sand is imported in from Malaysia and Indonesia), the island is also home to growing dining and nightlife scene, although big-name attractions such as Resorts World Sentosa, Underwater World, Universal Studios and the Skyride remain the main tourist magnets.

Who is it For:
- Families
- Anybody looking for a resort-style vacation
- Beach lovers
- Anybody looking to escape the city 

What's Good:
- Dozens of family
- Friendly attractions like Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios
- Clean and pretty beaches (albeit manmade)
- Abundance of greenery  

What's Not So Good:
- Getting to the mainland can be time consuming, particularly at night
- Little in the way of shopping

You like Sentosa? Now pick the right hotel!

Siloso Beach Resort

Siloso Beach Resort

Siloso Beach Resort is opening its doors for honeymooners and lovers to create the mood for true romance. As the resort Read More...

Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa

Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa

The five-star property located in the heart of Sentosa Island, the Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa is within walking Read More...

Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore peaceful setting on a knoll features traditional and modern architecture with awe-inspiring views of Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Chinatown?

Chinatown - How to decide

The original settling place for Chinese immigrants to Singapore still retains a distinctly oriental feel, even though the city’s ever-expanding Central Business District is gradually edging its way in. Generation’s old medicine shops sit in the shadows of towering office blocks in the south of the region, whilst cheap and delicious hawker centres, interesting temples and sprawling night markets make up the rest of the region.

Who is it For:
- Business travellers in the nearby Central Business District
- Backpackers on a budget
- Culture seekers

What's Good:
- Plenty of cultural sights and authentic shopping opportunities
- Good mix of luxury hotels alongside cheap rooms for budget backpackers
- Easy to walk to the CBD and Clarke Quay
- Trendy emerging nightlife scene
- as well as the famous Chinatown Night Market

What's Not So Good:
- Shopping malls here tend to be quite dated

Hotel 81 Chinatown

Hotel 81 Chinatown

Located centrally at the busy junction of New Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street, in Singapore is Chinese Read More...

Santa Grand Hotel Chinatown

Santa Grand Hotel Chinatown

Santa Grand Hotel Chinatown is located along Trengganu Street, a 5-minute walk from Chinatown MRT Station. The hotel Read More...

Hotel 1929 Singapore

Hotel 1929 Singapore

The Hotel 1929, Singapore is located on Keong Saik Street, in the business district of Chinatown, just 2 minutes walk Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Little India?

Little India - How to decide

For an authentic slice of India - some 4,000 kilometres away from the subcontinent - there’s no better place to head than Singapore’s Little India. The district is well-connected by two MRT stops, and is just a 15 minute ride into the city centre. Head to Seragoon Road to find the heart of the action, with its multi-coloured shops houses, bustling mini-bazaars, wall-to-wall curry houses and cheap fashion and electronic malls. Things liven up here in evening as friends gather for a beer, biryani and a good catch after a long day at work.

Who is it For:
- Backpackers and travellers on a budget
- Those looking for an alternative taste of Singapore
- Bargain hunters and Indian food-lovers!

What's Good:
- Some of Singapore’s cheapest fashion and electrical stores
- Good range of mid-range and budget hotels
- Incredible array of Indian food
- Easy to walk to some of Singapore’s other ethnic districts  

What's Not So Good:
- Can get extremely busy with pedestrians, particularly on Sunday evenings
- Few luxury hotels
- Shops and malls here are outdated (but cheap!)
- Few late-night bars and clubs

You like Little India? Now pick the right hotel!

Hotel 81 Rochor

Hotel 81 Rochor

Hotel 81 Rochor is centrally located within short walking distance from Sim Lim Square, Singapore National Library, Shaw Read More...

Parkroyal on Kitchener Road

Parkroyal on Kitchener Road

Parkroyal on Kitchener Road is located in the heart of the ethnic district in Singapore, Parkroyal on Kitchener Road is Read More...

Hotel 81 Elegance

Hotel 81 Elegance

Situated on the northern edge of Little India, Hotel 81 Elegance offers 120 clean, secure guestrooms in 3 Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Bugis and Kampong Glam?

Bugis and Kampong Glam - How to decide

Bugis and Kampong Glam somewhat merge into one area, with the main Bugis strip now chocker-block with malls, restaurants and new condos, whilst Kampong Glam (a few minutes’ walk west) offers more of a cultural, and altogether fun vibe. Also known as the ‘Arab Quarter’, Kampong is where you’ll find traditional silk shops and hawkers next to hip cafés and boutiques, whilst there’s an active (albeit small) nightlife scene to be found around Arab Street, (don’t forget to check out the magnificent Sultan Mosque too). Bugis and Kampong Glam is popular with trendsetters who like their beers brewed in small batches and fixed-gear bikes outside their coffee shops.

Who is it For:
- Backpackers and travellers looking to save money
- Anyone interested in independent shops, bars and restaurants

What's Good:
- Excellent mix of modern malls, cute boutiques and long-running family stores
- not forgetting Bugis Street Market
- the largest in Singapore - Exciting (but limited) nightlife scene
- Huge variety of restaurants and hawker stalls
- Good mix of five-star hotels, mid-range stays and budget dorm rooms   

What's Not So Good:
- A little far away from the city (around 25 minutes)
- Fewer taxis than the main downtown areas, particularly at night

You like Bugis and Kampong Glam? Now pick the right hotel!

Parkroyal On Beach Road

Parkroyal On Beach Road

Parkroyal On Beach Road, formerly known as Plaza Park Royal, is just a stones throw from the heart of busy Singapore. A Read More...

Hotel 81 Bugis

Hotel 81 Bugis

Hotel 81 Bugis, a brand new property of Hotel 81 budget chain of hotels, is centrally located in the city centre. The Read More...

InterContinental Singapore

InterContinental Singapore

The only world class hotel in Singapore to preserve Peranakan artistry in a shophouse-style setting, is located next to Read More...

Should I book my hotel in Civic District?

Civic District - How to decide

Singapore’s Civic District is where you’ll find a good proportion of the city’s government buildings, museums, parks and memorial spaces. Easily accessible from City Hall MRT and a short walk from the Marina Bay, this compact downtown area also has a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene and is home to one of the most famous hotels in the world: Raffles Singapore Hotel. Walk northwest across the river and you’ll be right in the thick of Singapore’s nightlife action at Clarke Quay, while a short stroll west will take you on to some interesting ethnic enclaves, including Little India and the Arab Quarter.

Who is it For:
- Art and museum fans
- Anybody wanting a strategic location within walking distance of different neighbourhoods

What's Good:
- Long list of museums, art galleries and architecturally famous buildings
- Transport connections with lots of bus routes and two MRT lines at City Hall
- Plenty of green space, especially at Fort Canning Park
- Lots of fine-dining restaurants

What's Not So Good:
- Not many budget options in terms of eating and drinking
- Nighttime atmosphere not as vibrant as other areas in Singapore

You like Civic District? Now pick the right hotel!

 Furama City Centre

Furama City Centre

Furama City Centre is centrally located in vibrant Chinatown and at the fringe of the Central Business District (CBD). Read More...

Fraser Place Robertson Walk Singapore

Fraser Place Robertson Walk Singapore

Fraser Place at Robertson Walk, is situated by the banks of the historic Singapore River, right in the heart of Read More...

Riverview Hotel Singapore

Riverview Hotel Singapore

On the banks of the Historical Singapore River, near Chinatown and only minutes away from the Central Business District Read More...

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