One of the most popular hotel accommodation in Singapore is Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Marina Bay Sands … close to many of Singapore’s top attractions

By LINDA JAMES | Updated June 17, 2023

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It’s difficult to decide on hotel accommodation in Singapore because all of the areas have different advantages. Some are fantastic because they’re near many of Singapore’s top attractions, others have great food options or lower-priced accommodation.

Check out my itineraries for some ideas about how to organise your holiday to make sure you know where to stay in Singapore.

My aim here is to help you find the hotel accommodation in Singapore that suits you best by giving you a brief overview of each area as well as detailed information on different price options – luxury, mid-range and budget.

I also have more detailed area guides that will help with your planning.

Each area reflects the culture and heritage of the communities that established them hundreds of years ago. In fact, I often feel like I’ve visited 5 different countries after just one visit to Singapore!

TIP: Try to choose a hotel near an MRT station, it will save you a lot of time getting to and from the different attractions in Singapore

However, no matter where you stay, Singapore’s transport system is fantastic – reasonably cheap, very clean and efficient – so you won’t be far away from the main attractions.

Please skip ahead if you already know what areas you’d like to stay in.

What’s the best area to stay in Singapore?

  • Bugis & Kampong Glam – best for trendy streets, food and culture
  • Changi – best for a short stopover and Jewel experience
  • Chinatown – best for fabulous food, culture and location
  • Little India – best for price, culture and great food
  • Marina Bay – best for first-timers or short stay
  • Orchard Road – best for shopping
  • Riverside – best for history and nightlife
  • Sentosa Island – best for action fans and theme park

Why stay in Bugis-Kampong Glam?

Bugis-Kampong Glam is one of the best places to stay in Singapore particularly if you love colourful streets, loads of culture and history, cute vintage boutiques and a hip food and drink scene. It’s one of the oldest areas in the city and was the home of Malay and Indonesian kings.

Singapore’s most spectacular mosque, the golden-domed Sultan Masjid, is here next door to the Malay Heritage Centre, once the istana (palace) of the Malay Islamic dynasty.

It’s also Instagram famous for Haji and Baji Lanes where you’ll find walls covered in vibrant street art and cafes that spill out on to the streets in the evening.

There’s a range of accommodation but some really great budget hotels in Bugis-Kampong Glam.

Why stay in Changi?

The number 1 reason to stay in Changi is to immerse yourself in the Jewel shopping centre. However, it’s also perfect if you only have a one-day itinerary or are attending a convention at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

Changi also has a great hawker centre, white-sand beach and an impressive marine park.

The Changi Museum, which documents the events of World War II, is here, too.

There’s a range of hotels in Changi to suit most budgets.

Why stay in Chinatown?

You should stay in Chinatown if you love great food. It’s bursting with hawker centres, many of which have Michelin-starred vendors. Two of the most popular are the Maxwell Food Centre and the Chinatown Complex Food Centre.

There are also some impressive temples here too, including the spectacular Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Chinatown is also quite central to many of Singapore’s main attractions – Marina Bay, Riverside and Orchard Rd are just a short MRT ride away.

Accommodation in Chinatown ranges from luxury to budget.

Why stay in Little India?

Little India has some great mid-range and budget accommodation options as well as great food and shopping, all of which make it one of the best areas to stay at Singapore.

Walking down Serangoon Road is a feast for the senses – the music, bright colours and the heady aromas of spices such as cardamom and coriander.

Drop into the Tekka Centre, which has a hawker centre as well as a wet market and a stack of stalls, and grab some food. Visit the area’s Hindu and Buddhist temples, and go on to the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping centre stacked to the brim with all sorts of goods!

The hotels in Little India cater for all budgets and there are some great deals to be had.

Why stay in Marina Bay?

You should stay in Marina Bay if this is your first-time visiting Singapore or you only have short itinerary and want to see the main attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, the ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge, the Merlion, Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands hotel.

It’s also within walking distance of many of the Riverside attractions, such as museums, art galleries and historical sites.

In fact, many people consider Marina Bay to be the best area to stay in Singapore.

Most of the Marina Bay hotels are in the luxury bracket.

Why stay on Orchard Rd?

Orchard Rd is the place for hotel accommodation in Singapore if shopping is your thing. The road is lined with massive retail centres that sell everything from designer labels to budget finds and emerging young designers.

It’s also close to the Botanic Gardens and the Newton hawker centre, which was made famous by the film “Crazy Rich Asians”.

The Orchard Rd hotels are mostly luxury although there are some good mid-range options too.

Why stay in the Riverside area?

The Riverside area is ideal if you like your history and culture with a healthy dose of nightlife and also want to be in the centre of many of Singapore’s top attractions.

This includes many of the historical sites of Singapore especially those established by the British. There are art galleries and museums, and it’s home to many of the city’s top bars, restaurants and nightclubs such as the award-winning Zouk.

Many of the city’s top luxury hotels are in Riverside including the iconic Raffles but there are great mid-range and budget options too.

Why stay on Sentosa Island?

This is the best place to stay in Singapore, if you plan to spend most of your time at Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark as well as the other numerous activities on the island.

There’s bungee jumping, indoor parachuting, a luge, a Madame Tussaud’s and 3 man-made beaches.

Most of the hotels on Sentosa are in luxury price range although there are some mid-range options.


Now you have a good overview of the hotel accommodation in Singapore as well as the best areas to stay in Singapore to maximise your holiday fun. Check out my area guides, which provide a detailed overview of each area as well as in-depth information on different price options – luxury, mid-range and budget.

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