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Where to Stay in Singapore

Best Neighborhoods for Visitors

If southeast Asia is on your travel itinerary this summer, then you must swing by Singapore. This tiny island is a leading global financial hub and has possibly one of the best public transport systems in the world. Somewhat lacking in natural attractions and resources, Singapore is never short of creativity and big on superlatives! From the coolest gardens, looming skyscrapers, exciting events to tantalizing food, Singapore never fails to excite even the most discerning traveler. Read on as we reveal some of the best places to stay in Singapore. We assure you that this guide on the best locations to stay in Singapore will transform your holiday experience from blah, to “wow!”.

To decide where to stay, you need to identify the attractions you would like to visit and plan your stay around them. Here, we have classified the top 7 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Singapore and the key attractions in each area.

Clarke Quay

Best Area To Stay In Singapore For Night Life

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If you like pub crawling, nightclubbing or simply feel energized after sunset, then look no further than Clarke Quay. This enclave of bars and restaurants come to live after work hours, making it the perfect nighttime playground for adults. What’s great about Clarke Quay is its accessibility. Some of the most happening nightspots are located a stone’s throw away from the Clarke Quay MRT Station.

Perfect for Pub Crawling!

Start pub crawling from The Pump Room with refreshing ice-cold house pours. Alternatively, enjoy the live band Crazy Elephant as you unwind amidst good company, beer and bar snacks. If dance music is your thing, then head over to Zouk – Singapore’s real super club. Graced by some of the biggest international names in the industry such as David Guetta The Chemical Brothers and Tiesto, Zouk Singapore comprises of the various zone. So revelers can move with ease in this massive warehouse converted into a club.

For adrenaline seekers…

Head down to the riverside and hurl yourself up in the air at over 120kph! Yes – the G-MAX reverse bungee and GX-5 extreme swing rides are not for the faint-hearted. In between screams and bursting with cortisol, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view of Singapore’s riverside as you are hurled in the direction of the river. If you don’t fancy such extreme rides, then board the Singapore River Cruise for a tranquil ride along the river.

LUXURY
Novotel Singapore Clark Quay Hotel
A splurge-worthy hotel located beside the Singapore River not to be missed. Novotel Singapore provides a gorgeous view of the Singapore skyline, is truly comfortable and located close to Orchard Road, Suntec City Convention Center and key many other attractions.
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Studio M

This gorgeous boutique hotel has a  nice pool fitted with Jacuzzi, and a cool chill-out area equipped with games too. Definitely, a place you want to unwind at after long hours on your feet because it feels so much like home.

This gorgeous boutique hotel has a  nice pool fitted with Jacuzzi, and a cool chill-out area equipped with games too. Definitely, a place you want to unwind at after long hours on your feet because it feels so much like home.

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 Geylang

Best Neighborhood To Stay In Singapore On A Budget

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, the world’s most expensive city for the fifth year in a row is no other than Singapore. Guided by a barometer of tourist-related items including dinner for two (with wine), insect repellant, sunscreen and a range of drinks, Singapore is indeed most the expensive holiday destination globally.

But do not strike the island off your bucket list just yet. If you are looking for an affordable place to stay for 3-days 2-nights in Singapore, then the Geylang neighborhood will fit your budget.

If it’s so cheap… is it safe?

Yes. But, Geylang is Singapore’s premier red-light district; however, don’t let that scare you. Prostitution is regulated and the sex workers’ health is screened regularly by the ministry of health. Perhaps due to its reputation as a red-light district, Geylang offers the cheapest hotels in Singapore. Rest assured that there is nothing seedy or conspicuous in Geylang. Geylang is extremely accessible and conveniently nestled between the airport and the city center.

And if you are a foodie, then Geyland is your gastronomic playground. There is a diverse selection of Malay, Indian and Chinese street food on Lorong 29 (“Lorong” is the Malay word for “lane”) that is open 24/7. Here, you can devour the best oyster omelet, succulent pork satay (barbecued meat on wooden skewers) seasoned with saffron at only SGD1, and shop at a 24-hour supermarket boasting an impressive selection of exotic beer.

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five/ 6 Hotel Splendour
The five/6 Hotel Splendour is truly an underrated 4-star hotel in Geylang. Raved after for its spaciousness, accommodating staff and free Wi-Fi, streaming free content can never be easier.  Thanks to its free Wi-Fi, the huge TV in the room comes in handy, allowing you to stream apps, watch YouTube and movie channels. We love its spot-on location in between the city center and downtown Singapore, and a mere 10 minutes’ walk to the Kallang MRT Station.
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Fragrance Hotel Emerald
Great value for money, super clean and spacious sums up Fragrance Hotel Emerald at Geylang. Furthermore, this 2-star hotel is a steal, costing less than USD 70 per night. Located just 10 minutes’ walk (550 meters) from Kallang MRT Station, and 15 minutes’ walk (870 meters) from Mountbatten MRT station.
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  Marina Bay

Best Neighborhood To Stay In For City Lovers

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Your visit to Singapore will not be complete without stopping by Marina Bay. Marina Bay boasts some of the most Instagram-worthy locations to elevate your Instagram to soaring heights. At the Marina Sands Bay SkyPark, perched 200 meters in the air is an infinity pool and observation deck amongst the clouds. Swimming at this rooftop feels surreal, as you take in some of the most stunning views from the giant observation deck.

Looking to immerse yourself with nature within the concrete jungle?

Then pop over to Gardens By The Bay. Built on reclaimed land, this multi-award winning horticultural destination will mesmerize you with massive supertrees, snaking suspended walkways and cascading waterfalls. You would enjoy the sounds of nature and Gardens at the Bay best at night, making it an enriching feast to the senses.

LUXURY
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands needs no introduction. This iconic building and pride of Singapore is home to the world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool. Exuding luxury and world-class standards at every turn and corner, the service here is impeccable.
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If you don’t have the cash to stay in the Marina Bay Sands (yes, it’s pretty pricey), there are other more affordable hotels in the area which will still allow you to enjoy the location. Oh, and you CAN pay a day fee to access the pool at the Marina Bay Sands or visit the rooftop bar, if for nothing more than the selfie opportunity.

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The Fullerton Hotel The Pod @ Beach Road Boutique
The 5-starred Fullerton Hotel is nothing short of luxury, yet gentle on the wallet. It’s location is prime, right smack beside the bustling Singapore River and a few minutes from The Raffles Place MRT Station. Capsule hotels are not limited to Japan only. Adjacent to Marina Bay is The Pod @ Beach Road Boutique Capsule Hotel which provides complimentary laundry, personalized concierge service, buffet breakfast, and high-speed Wi-Fi access.
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Punggol

Best Neighborhood to Stay In for Serenity and Greenery

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Yearning to step away from the bustling city and frantic urban pace? Then head over to Punggol, where the pace dials down to your leisure.  Located at the tip of the North-East MRT line, Punggol is perfect if you love the outdoors and nature. At the Punggol Waterway Park, fitness buffs can jog, cycle or rollerblade along the promenade. Essentially, the Punggol Waterway Park is built around the Punggol Waterway. This park is landscaped to perfection for joggers, walkers, and even shutterbugs. There are ample opportunities to find your perfect muse, be it one of the monstrous heritage trees, hanging bridges or even exotic birds.

For thrill-seekers and bird lovers…

Extend your trail 15 minutes from Punggol Point Park and head to Coney Island. There are a variety of habitats here – from coast forest, mangroves, grasslands to casuarina woodlands. For bird enthusiast, Coney Island is a paradise and home to 80 species of birds. Look out for the elusive Baya Weavers, Oriental Magpie Robins, and parakeets here.

After hours of outdoor activity, it’s time to feed your appetite and refuel at the Punggol Settlement. Explore local traditional food, fine-dine ala French by the sea, savor authentic Singapore seafood dishes and bonafide European cuisine.

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Capri by Fraser Lavish Big Bell Tent Glamping Experience
Capri by Fraser ranks high on convenience. Located within walking distance to Parkway Parade shopping mall, close to Changi airport and major tourist attraction, Capri is ideal for families and business travelers on a tight schedule. Located 2 km away from the Punggol MRT Station, this is the place to be if you like being close to nature. Its rustic and simplicity charm is endearing and grows on you away from the bustling city that never seems to sleep. Here, you can start your day biking or hiking, and end your morning with hearty, local delights.
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Harbour Front

Best Place To Stay In Singapore For Shopping

If your main purpose of visiting Singapore is to shop till you drop, then Harbour Front calls you. At Harbour Front, you will find Vivo City, Singapore’s largest retail and lifestyle destination. This sprawling mall plays host to popular brands across many categories, from shoes to streetwear, sportswear, kids wear, electronics, skincare and more. Here, you will be spoilt for options. And if your little one throws a tantrum after hours of over-stimulation, then take a breather at the VivoCity Kids Club. Children age 3 – 12 years old will have their hands full of engaging activities, and never a dull moment for kids.

Don’t forget to check out one of the best open-air mall playgrounds in Singapore at Level 2, and let them expense off their energy. Kids love water and the SkyPark water playground at Level 3 will keep them occupied for hours, while you rest your weary legs.

BUDGET
Fragrance Hotel Royal
Located within walking distance to Vivo City and the Harbour Front, Fragrance Hotel Royal lets you roll out of slumber and savor the vibrant shopping and entertainment scene Singapore has to offer. Great nightlife at St. James Power Station, superb connectivity via bus, MRT and ferry to Batam, and great food located nearby make Fragrance Hotel Royal a worthy stay.
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Sentosa

Best Neighborhood in Singapore for Family

If you are traveling with kids in tow, Sentosa Island offers endless family fun for kids of all ages. This small, man-made island off the south coast of Singapore boasts several artificial beaches, park attractions, and a host of water sports and hiking trails for nature lovers. Connectivity from one attraction to the next at Sentosa Island is flawless, all thanks to the complimentary bus service and monorail that traverses around the island.

Universal Studio Singapore, things to do at Universal Studio Singapore, USS experience

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The Universal Studios theme park is indeed the main attraction at Sentosa Island. The sprawling 49-acre park is brimming with activities. From meeting the cast of Madagascar, striking a pose with the Minion posse and defying gravity on the tallest dueling roller coaster, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON – you will leave the park exhausted, but extremely happy at the end of the day.

One day IS not enough at Sentosa Island

Start Day-2’s adventure with more splashing fun at the Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore. There are water rides for the thrill-seekers and more buoyant ones for the younger children.

Take your kids on an educational nature trail at Singapore butterfly insect kingdom and Sentosa Nature Discovery. End your night on another high with the Crane Dance – a family-friendly audio-visual extravaganza of 2 love birds dancing gracefully.

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Resorts World Hotel One 15 Marina Sentosa Cove
Want to be at the heart of the action at Sentosa Island? Then Resort World Hotels lends unrivaled convenience. With 4 accommodation types (Hard Rock @ Hotel Singapore, Hotel Michael, Festive Hotel and Equarius Hotel), each hotel is distinctively differentiated with varying proximity to Sentosa Island. In terms of pricing, there is little difference. Wake up to the famed marina view and picturesque sight of yachts bobbing the sea. You will find an array of in-house dining, from continental to traditional Chinese cuisine. This is the place to stay for a relaxing weekend.
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China Town

Best Neighborhood in Singapore for Cultural Experience

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Chinatown is a sharp contrast and unlike the rest of the island metropolis. Denoted by low rise buildings and rows of traditional Chinese quarters, China Town is one of the city’s popular neighborhoods. This is a one-stop destination that clusters places of worship as well. From Chinese temples, Indian temples to Muslim mosques, the buildings are all within walking distance from one another.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

This is not to be missed. The main attraction here is the solid, gold 2-meter stupa on the 4th floor. Take the flight of stairs up and be rewarded with the sight of a pagoda on a large prayer wheel.

Sri Mariamman Temple

After this, swing by the Sri Mariamman Temple – the oldest shrine in Singapore. This Indian temple was built in honor of Goddess Mariamman, the deity of diseases and protection. The temple also doubles as an asylum, taking in new immigrants from the South Indian Tamil Hindu community.

NUS Baba House

The NUS Baba House is a great place to learn about the Peranakan culture. This heritage house has been specially preserved to maintain its original architectural structure. Above all, the NUS Baba House is curated with various Perakanan antiques including fine porcelain, furniture, and art. Don’t forget to make an appointment before visiting, as the Baba House is open strictly based on appointment.

And the best food?

In terms of food, Chinatown serves up an eclectic mix of hawker food and upscale, fine dining restaurants. Craving for your Australian fix? Head over to the Michelin-star Australian barbecue joint, Burnt Ends. If steak and fries whet your appetite, the Parisian restaurant Entrecote never disappoints.

MID-RANGE BUDGET
Dorsett Singapore Porcelain Hotel by JL Asia
Located right outside the Outram Park MRT Singapore, the Dorsett Singapore is pleasantly spacious, clean, well-fitted out and one that attracts recurring customers. Porcelain Hotel is located along Mosque Street – one of Chinatown’s best known historical lanes. Situated very close to the MRT stations, ATMs and many quaint and cute food stalls. Room rates per night start at USD70 minimum.
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