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Where to stay in Singapore

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Although it’s renowned for its expensive and flashy accommodation, there’s still plenty of choice when it comes to staying in Singapore, regardless of your travel budget. Backpackers can find rooms for as low as $20, while anyone looking for mid-range to luxury accommodation will be spoiled for choice in Singapore’s many stylish precincts.

One of the world’s greatest trading centres, where you stay will play a big role in how you experience the bustling Asian supercity of Singapore. Choosing the right neighbourhood is hard, but here’s our guide on where to stay in Singapore:

Marina Bay

Stay close to the region just south of Orchard Road, renowned for its glitzy accommodation options and fabulous shopping experiences. Marina Bay also boasts some of Singapore’s most photographed landmarks including the giant turtle-shaped Esplanade and the soaring Suntec City, Singapore’s second largest mall.

The jewel in the crown of this Singapore neighbourhood is the 5-star Marina Bay Sands which boasts an impressive array of attractions including the world’s largest infinity pool which stretches 150 metres across Sands SkyPark. If you’re looking for something more affordable, book your stay in the stylish The Residence at the Singapore Recreation Club.

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Morning view from Marina Bay, Singapore. Source: Brian Evans.

Orchard Road

A prime spot for avid shoppers, Orchard Road is also home to one of the country’s biggest range of hotel options. Whether you’re looking for something 5-star, budget accommodation, or anything in between, Orchard Road lies right in the middle of Singapore’s most popular streets.

Enjoy a 5-star stay right in the centre of Singapore, like Pan Pacific Orchard or Sheraton Towers Singapore, or if you’re looking to save, Lotus Hostel is right by Universal Studios and the National Orchid Garden and has rooms as low as $50 per night.

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Orchard Road, Singapore. Source: Michael Gwyther-Jones.

Singapore River

Staying near Singapore River puts you only a stone’s throw from some of the city’s most famous quays: Boat and Clarke Quay – renowned for their glitzy nightlife, alfresco dining and bars, and many other waterfront attractions – or Robertson Quay, which has a number of low-key dining options to be enjoyed.

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Singapore’s Central Business District by Singapore River. Source: alantankenghoe.


A story of Chinese heritage and a great place for foodies, Chinatown is full of street action, traditional medicine and all other things. With a number of hotels to choose from in a spectrum of price ranges, from the elegant New Majestic Hotel to the 4-star Furama City Centre which is only minutes from People’s Park Centre and Chinatown Heritage Centre.

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Singapore’s Chinatown. Source: William Cho.

Little India

Located at the end of Orchard Road, Little India is a great spot for backpackers with room prices starting as low as $30. Enjoy very easy to navigate streets with great connections to Singapore’s many other great attractions and regions.

The two-star Madras Hotel@Tekka is family-friendly hostel in a great location, offering a range of room sizes all within walking distance from train and bus connections. Nearby Perak Hotel is another great budget pick, only a short distance from Sim Lim Square and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.

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Little India, Singapore. Source: Khalzuri Yazid.


Once famous for its lively locals and gambling pits, Bugis Street has undergone a huge gentrification in the past couple of years making it a favourite for holidaymakers, particularly younger travellers. With plenty of popular shopping malls and pre-war shop houses to admire, visit the sprawling Bugis Junction and shop in the many boutique treasures which you’ll find in Haji Lane. 

The 5-star InterContinental Singapore in Bugis Junction is one of most lavish accommodation spots in the country, while the affordable Summer View Hotel offers one of the best value stays in Singapore.

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Bugis, Singapore. Source: Pekka Tamminen.

Looking for somewhere else to stay in Singapore? Webjet can help you compare a huge range of hotels and accommodation, from top hotel chains and upmarket resorts to affordable self-contained stays and discount hostel stays. Book early to save, and compare a huge range of hotel specials with our deal finder tools.

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