ACCOMMODATION MARINA BAY SINGAPORE

By LINDA JAMES | Updated MAY 16, 2022| STAY

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Accommodation in Marina Bay Singapore includes some of the best hotels and is perfect you haven’t been before. It’s close to many of the top sights – Gardens on the Bay, the Merlion (the half fish, half lion symbol of Singapore), the Art Science Museum – and within walking distance of other key areas. A short ride on the MRT will also get you to Chinatown and Orchard Rd. This line-up provides a good overview of some of the best hotels in Marina Bay Singapore.

Luxury

Conrad Centennial

With 512 fully refurbished suites and guestrooms, this hotel provides easy access to the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre as well as the city’s financial district. The rooms have views of the Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City or towards Marina Bay. Free wifi is available.

The lobby features a marble curved staircase and a cone-shaped, gold installation that hangs from the ceiling above a sculpture by Rafael Barrios, entitled Turbulence. This is just one piece of the Conrad’s 3400 art collection.

The restaurants offer a variety of cuisine from Cantonese at Golden Peony to buffets at Oscar’s. There’s also a lobby lounge for cocktails and afternoon teas.

The rooftop swimming pool has cabanas – perfect for cooling off after a day of sightseeing – and there’s a fully equipped gym if you feel like working out.

This is one of the best hotels in Marina Bay Singapore and is within walking distance of many popular attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, the National Gallery and the Singapore Flyer and is a 3-minute walk from Promenade MRT and a 20-minute drive from Changi Airport.

Price: From $S273
Address: 2 Temasek Blvd
More information: Conrad Centennial
Marina Bay Sands - most well-known hotel accommodation in Marina Bay Singapore
Marina Bay Sands … a long list of high-end restaurants and shops

Marina Bay Sands

This would have to be one of the most well-known hotels in the world with its Moshe Safdie-designed, ship-shaped SkyPark sitting high on the top of the three 55-storey hotel towers. Only hotel guests get to enjoy the best views from the amazing rooftop infinity pool (on the 57th floor), the largest of its kind, but visitors can catch the view after forking out $S20 to sip cocktails on the Observation Deck.

Built for a cool $S8 billion, it has a casino, more than 20 restaurants, a food court and a shopping mall if you’re looking for some retail therapy. The rooms and suites – and there are more than 2500 of them – have views of Marina Bay, the South China Sea or the Singapore skyline.

On entering, the 23 storey-high hotel atrium is impressive with check-in counters (near Tower 1) on one end and the Ce La Vi Skypark access counter (near Tower 3) on the other. Tower 1 contains the reception booth for the Italian restaurant LAVO and the rooftop bar in Sands SkyPark, and the Asian-inspired hotel bar and lounge Renku.

The casino spreads over three levels and the Shoppes has more than 270 retail stores. There is a fitness club and spa especially for guests. The range of dining options seems endless. As well as the food court in the basement, there are nine celebrity chef restaurants – Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Bistro and Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud, Long Chim by David Thompson, Osteria & Pizzeria Mozza by Nancy Silverton, Spago by Wolfgang Park, as well as the two-Michelin starred Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda and the one-Michelin starred CUT by Wolfgang Puck.

Guests enjoy expansive views of either Gardens by the Bay, the harbour or the city from their rooms, which have floor-to-ceiling windows and 42” interactive flat-screen TVs. If you’re travelling with family, it’s best to book a family room, which accommodates up to four. These rooms don’t have great views because they’re on the second and third floors but they have a king-size bed and two twins and are quite spacioius.

Getting around from here is easy with the Bayfront MRT station (on the Circle and Downtown lines) connecting the hotel, shopping precinct, the expo and convention centre and Gardens by the Bay. The historic riverside district is only two stops away (or a leisurely – and sight-filled – walk) from Raffles Place MRT and Orchard Rd is just four more stops after that or a 15-20-minute taxi or Grab ride.

Price: rates start at $S369
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave
More information: Marina Bay Sands

Mandarin Oriental

The atrium is one of the standout features as you enter this impressive Marina Bay hotel. It also has an amazing outdoor pool complete with water fountains and private cabanas that has stunning views of the city skyline.

There are a number of restaurants to choose from such as the Cantonese Cherry Garden or the Italian Dolce Vita as well as The Steakhouse, an outpost of the well-known Morton’s.

All of the rooms have free wifi, marble-topped desks and granite bathrooms.

The hotel is between the Promenade and Esplanade MRT stations and is one of the hotels near Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

Price: from $S349
Address: 5 Raffles Ave
More information: Mandarin Oriental

Pan Pacific

Keep fit at the Pan Pacific with two tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness centre and spa. This 790-room hotel features a 35-storey lobby atrium with seating pods suspended over water and an exterior elevator with amazing views of the city.

Dining options include Indian at Rang Mahal, Japanese at Keyaki, Cantonese at Hai Tien Lo and casual fare at the Pacific Marketplace.

A covered walkway connects the hotel to the Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Price: from $S328
Address: 7 Raffles Blvd
More information: Pan Pacific

PARKROYAL Collection Marina Bay (Marina Mandarin)

Just a short 450m walk to the Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre, this hotel describes itself as a “garden in a hotel”. The lobby a skybridge across the atrium from which guests can get a bird’s-eye view of the the glass greenhouses and gardens below.

Peach Blossoms serves up Cantonese cuisine while Peppermint focuses on international dishes. There are two bars – Portman’s and the Skyline, which is beside the 25m mineral water swimming pool.

It’s a short 5-minute walk to Esplanade MRT and 10 minutes to the Singapore Flyer and Merlion Park.

Price: from $S272
Address: 6 Raffles Blvd
More information: Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay

Ritz-Carlton Millenia

If you’re interested in art then a stay here is perfect for you. The hotel has a 4200-piece art collection with works by Ernest Zacharevic and David Hockney.

Architecturally, the building is distinctive both with its octagonal bathroom windows and its mother of pearl dome ceiling in the grand lobby. The club lounge on the 32nd level has panoramic view of the city’s skyline.

The 608 rooms, which start at 51sqm, and suites have a variety of views – marina and city – marble bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.

Dining options include Cantonese at the one Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion or Asian at Colony.

There’s a swimming pool especially for adults as well as an outstanding fitness centre and spa.

A 5-minute walk to Promenade MRT station and strolling distance to Merlion Park via the Helix Bridge, which also makes it one of the hotels near Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

Price: from $S575
Address: 7 Raffles Ave
More information: Ritz Carlton Millenia

Mid-range

Oakwood Premier AMTD

One of the features of a stay at the Oakwood is the complimentary shuttle bus, which picks up and drops off guests to the CBD during the week and CityHall/Orchard Rd malls on weekends.

The hotel/serviced apartment complex is in the OUE Downtown mall precinct and has an infinity pool on the 7th floor and a restaurant, SE7ENTH, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The 268 apartments include a range of configurations from deluxe studios between 28 and 32sqm to one bedrooms (31-58sqm) and two bedrooms (70-98sqm). Aside from space, the apartments are distinguished by the amenities they contain: the studios don’t have cooktops, one-bedrooms have combination washer/dryers, two-bedrooms have separate appliances, and some two-bedders have bathtubs.

The Oakwood has instituted some interesting options such as the mobile bar, which replaces the usual executive club. Twice in the evenings, a mobile bar visits your room with a selection of cocktails, wine and spirits and hors d’oeuvres. This is included in some packages or you can purchase this as an add-on.

The hotel is a 3-minute walk to Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

Price: from $S328
Address: 6 Shenton Way
More information: Oakwood Premier AMTD

Conclusion

This round-up of the accommodation in Marina Bay Singapore gives you a good overview of what’s available in different price ranges. I have yet to find a good budget option, however, there are hotels near Marina Bay in surrounding areas. Checkout my area guides and itineraries if you’d like more detailed information or ideas to help when planning what to do and see and where to eat.

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