The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Hangout @ Mount Emily
Bright, clean, contemporary rooms can accommodate up to five people; mixed and gender-specific shared rooms house five to seven beds. Free Internet and pool table; 58 rooms. Overlooks downtown. 10a Upper Wilke Road; tel. 65 6438 5588.

Inn at Temple Street
Five interconnected shophouses restored into one hotel. Small rooms for singles; special weekly rates for families; 30 rooms. Chinatown subway stop is a two-minute walk. 36 Temple Street; tel. 65 6221 5333.


Link Hotel
Contemporary boutique hotel in former government housing block; 288 Chinese, Indian, and Malay theme rooms; modern furniture, lighting, and comfy beds. Next to the songbird arena and MRT train. 50 Tiong Bahru Road; tel. 65 6622 8585.

Renovated hotel down the street from one of Singapore’s legal brothel districts. 32 small, contemporary rooms; located in a recently gentrified historic Chinese neighborhood; close to MRT train. 50 Keong Saik Road; tel. 65 6347 1929.


Fullerton Hotel
Former general post office, built in 1928, now a luxurious 400-room hotel on the Singapore River. Swank Post Bar once site of Asia’s longest post office counter. Quick walk to entertainment districts Boat Quay and Clark Quay. 1 Fullerton Square; tel. 65 6733 8388.

Scarlet Hotel
“Conjures up deliciously naughty ideas of weekend trysts.”—Daphne Tan, hotel reviewer, Food & Travel UK. Suites with names like Passion; crushed black velvet, gilded mirrors, in 80 small but lavish rooms. Chinatown location, close to some of the city’s best shops, bars, and restaurants. 33 Erskine Road; tel. 65 6511 3333.

Naumi Hotel
Small, modern glass and wood creation; rooftop pool and great service. 40 rooms with yoga mats and organic teas. Luxury suites have a steam room and the option of private dining. 41 Seah Street; tel. 65 6403 6000.

Gallery Hotel
Glass wall rooftop pool gives swimmers an underwater view of Singapore. Located at Robertson Quay on the Singapore River, newer entertainment district with trendy bars, restaurants, and art galleries. 1 Nanson Road; tel. 65 6849 8686.

Goodwood Park Hotel
Premiered as a club for German expatriates in 1900. Main tower and lobby designated as historic landmarks; 232 rooms. Café famous for its durian puffs and seasonal Mooncakes. 22 Scotts Road; tel. 65 6737 7411.

New Majestic Hotel
“Open affair with whooshing fans and a dramatic curving staircase reminiscent of old Miami Beach.”—Robert Mckeown, writer, Wallpaper. 30 rooms individually designed by a local artist, rooftop pool with portholes looking down into the trendy Chinese restaurant’s swank martini bar. 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road; tel. 65 6511 4700.

Shangri-la Hotel
“Egyptian cotton sheets and Wedgwood tea sets provide distinctive finishing touches.”—Daphne Tan, writer, Food & Travel UK. 750 rooms, best in the Valley Wing; choice destination for visiting heads of state, diplomats, and CEOs. Close to Orchard Road. 22 Orange Grove Road; tel. 65 6737 3644.


Ritz-Carlton Millenia
“Airy, spacious, and sleek with blond woods and modern art throughout.”—Grant Thatcher, writer, Luxe Guides. Attentive service to satisfy every need, corner suites with views of the waterfront; all-you-can-drink Moët champagne Sunday brunch in the Greenhouse; 608 rooms. 7 Raffles Avenue; tel. 65 6337 8888.

Raffles Hotel
Historical, luxurious whitewashed British colonial-era hotel. Teak and oriental furnishings in 103 rooms, grand suites named after famous guests; Billiard Room lunch buffet and high tea in the Tiffin Room. 1 Beach Road; tel. 65 6337 1886.

Four Seasons Singapore
“A treasure trove of some 1,500 Asian and international art pieces.”—Aun Koh, author, Singapore Chic. 254 rooms in 20-story building; upper-floor suites popular with touring celebrities and heads of state. Comfortable beds available for purchase; full-service spa and pool. 190 Orchard Boulevard; tel. 65 6734 1110.


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