BEST PLACE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE FOR FAMILIES

By LINDA JAMES | Updated June 17, 2023| STAY

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The best place to stay in Singapore for families is close to an MRT (subway) station. This will allow you to get to most of Singapore’s top attractions very quickly and cheaply.

Singapore is a very walkable city and many of the top things to see and do and places to eat are clustered in different areas. This means you can plan your trip around visiting each of these areas and spending some time walking from one site to another.

Accommodation in Singapore is generally on the more expensive side but you can find great deals if you start planning early. If you do book early, I always recommend opting for free cancellation. That way, if a better deal comes up last minute, you can grab it.

However, booking non-refundable accommodation and paying early can also get you some fantastic deals. It’s a trade-off between being out of pocket early and flexibility.

Of course, if you book non-refundable deals make sure you have insurance so that if something crops up and prevents you travelling, you won’t lose your money.

BEST AREA TO STAY IN SINGAPORE WITH FAMILY

PropertyWalk to MRTRoomsBonusesStarting price
Hotel Traveltine10 mins to Nicholl Highway MRTUp to 4 peoplePool, bistro, lobby bar, vending machines$S220
The Village Bugis6 mins to Bugis MRTUp to 4 peopleBreakfast, pool, kids program, restaurant$S230
Yotel Orchard5 mins to Orchard MRTUp to 4 peoplePool$S230
M Hotel Singapore City Centre (from August)5 mins to Tanjong Pagar MRTUp to 4 peoplePool, free parking$S270
30 Bencoolen1 min to Bencoolen MRTUp to 4 peoplePool, free breakfast for members$S330
One Farrer Hotel1 min to One Farrer MRTUp to 4 peoplePool$S352
Shangri-La Singapore17 mins to Stevens MRTUp to 4 peopleBreakfast, dedicated family floor with concierge, play areas, meal deals for kids$S422
Marina Bay Sands6 mins to Bayfront MRTUp to 4 peoplePool, shopping, restaurants$S579
Oakwood AMTD7 mins to Tanjong Pagar MRTUp to 4 peoplePool, kitchen, restaurant, laundry, shuttle$S620

Bugis-Kampong Glam

Bugis is my pick for the best area to stay in Singapore with family – and you’ll find some great Singapore accommodation deals. There’s loads of culture, history, art, shopping and food.

The very Instagrammable Haji Lane with its street art, cafes, bars and vintage and designer boutiques is here as is Arab Street, which is packed with traditional textile shops.

Bugis Junction, with its massive market and shopping centres, is also nearby.

There are also a stack of places to eat including the Golden Mile Complex, which is popular for Thai food.

The golden-domed Sultan Mosque and the Malay Heritage Centre are within walking distance.

There’s a range of accommodation options in the area available from budget to luxury.

Village Hotel Bugis

This is one of the best places to stay in Singapore for families. The rooms are getting to the stage where they need a little update but it’s hard to beat for amenities, location and price – and you get a free breakfast.

It’s geared towards catering for those with children and even has the Village Important Kids (VIK) program, which gives guests $S40 of Village currency, a free dessert voucher and a special activities book. Kids also get special bath amenities.

There’s a daily movie screening and kids can get photo ops with the Village mascots.

There are a couple of room options for families: the 32sqm family room with 3 large single beds and a 32sqm themed room with a king bed and sofa bed, which accommodates four. Private parking is available as well as free wifi.

There’s a restaurant on site, the Landmark, which serves international cuisine and his Halal-certified.

The swimming pool is fantastic, given Singapore’s heat, and there’s also a gym.

The Village is close to Bugis MRT and the shopping mall.

Price: starts from $S230 for the kids themed room
Address: 390 Victoria St
More information: Village Hotel Bugis

Hotel Traveltine

A new hotel in Bugis. Family rooms are 19sqm and have a queen bed, a sofa bed and a pull-out bed. You can also book 38sqm interconnecting rooms with 4 x twin beds but these are more expensive. Cots are also available.

If you’re using their website, you need to enter 3 adults and 1 child to be able to book a family room. Not sure why; must be a glitch in their booking system.

There’s a rooftop pool with sun lounges and views of the river and surrounding areas. Gym and bistro with Asian and international cuisine. Vending machines for snacks and drinks.

The hotel is also next door to the Golden Mile Complex shopping mall and across from the Golden Mile Food Centre, which has some fantastic hawkers, many of which specialise in Thai food.

It’s a 10-minute walk to Nicholl Highway MRT.

Price: starts from $S220
Address: 700 Beach Rd
More information: Hotel Traveltine

30 Bencoolen

This hotel is very central – close to Orchard Rd and walking distance to Little India and the Riverside area.

There are spacious 46sqm family rooms with a king-sized bed and two twins for up to 4 people with connecting living spaces and two bathrooms for about $S400 a night. The 23sqm Deluxe Triple with a queen and one single is about $S330.

There’s a small pool and spa on the rooftop with nice views and a gym.

If you sign-up, you’ll get a discount code for accommodation and members also get free breakfast. This is a buffet, which is not fancy or extensive but offers enough choices for most.

It’s only 1 minute from Bencoolen MRT.

Price: from $S330
Address: 30 Bencoolen St
More information: 30 Bencoolen

Chinatown

This is a great area to stay in. It’s walking distance to fantastic hawker centres and is a short MRT ride to many of the city’s main attractions in Marina Bay, Bugis  and Riverside as well as Orchard Rd shopping.

However, many of the hotels in the area are geared towards business or adult travellers not families. There are some hostels, which I hope to add in the near future.

M Hotel Singapore City Centre

This hotel doesn’t reopen to the public until August but I’ve included it for those who are early planners. It’s on the fringe of Chinatown but still close enough to be able to walk to many of the main attractions in the area.

The 30sqm deluxe twin room (2 beds) will accommodate 2 adults and 2 children and cots are available.

There’s also a rooftop pool with views.

It’s a 12-minute walk to Lau Pa Sat Food Centre.

Price: $S270
Address: 81 Anson Rd
More information: M Hotel Singapore City Centre

Little India

This is a great place to stay because there are many well-priced hotels. Many of Singapore’s stunning temples are here along with some great shopping options such as the Mustafa Centre.

It also is reasonably close to other top sight-seeing areas in Singapore via the MRT.

One Farrer Hotel

This property is actually 3 hotels under the one roof with different price ranges. One of the big pluses though is that it’s on top of One Farrer MRT station.

The 38sqm Mint Den room accommodates up to 3 adults and a child (or two adults and two children) with one king (or two singles) and a sofa bed. There are other, slightly cheaper options for two adults and one child.

The Mint rooms are on floors 11 to 15. There’s a nice pool on level 6 with submerged sun lounges as well as a gym.

There are a variety of places to eat: Escape, Socieaty (which includes a number of different brands), Sunset Bar and Nest at One Farrer (a private dining experience guests can book).

Price: $S350
Address: 1 Farrer Park Station Rd
More information: One Farrer Hotel

Marina Bay

Given one of Singapore’s top attractions – Gardens by the Bay – is here, it’s not surprising it’s a popular area for families to stay.

However, there’s not a great deal of budget accommodation, most of it is in the luxury category.

If you want to be nearby, I suggest looking at Chinatown or even Bugis, both of which are not that far away as long as you are close to an MRT station.

Marina Bay Sands

Without a doubt one of the most well-known hotels in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands has two floors dedicated to families. Unfortunately, these are on the second and third floors so they don’t have great views but you can always go up to the Skypark to get those.

The family rooms are designed for two adults and two children with one king bed and two singles. They also have a sofa so they’re quite roomy.

The hotel has so many amenities – the infamous infinity pool, a stack of high-end restaurants, shopping, entertainment and a food court – but it all comes at a price.

However, like many hotels, if you book early and outside of peak times, you can sometimes find a good deal.

It’s a 6-min walk to Bayfront MRT station.

Price: from $S579
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave
More information: Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Oakwood Premier AMTD

Between Marina Bay and Chinatown, the Oakwood is close to many attractions with Gardens by the Bay being an easy 20-minute walk away.

The main reason this property is great for families is that the one and two-bedroom apartments (from 31sqm to 98sqm) have laundry facilities and cooktops, which is incredibly handy when travelling with children.

The two bedroom has a queen and two single beds as well as a small lounge area with TV, fully equipped kitchen with a dining area and laundry facilities.

As bonus, there’s a rooftop infinity pool as well as a spa, gym and restaurant.

Other features include the complimentary shuttle bus, which picks up and drops off guests to the CBD during the week and CityHall/Orchard Rd malls on weekends.

Discounts are available by joining the hotel’s loyalty program.

The hotel is a 7-minute walk to Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

Price: two-bedroom apartment from $S620
Address: 6 Shenton Way
More information: Oakwood AMTD

Orchard Road

This is “the” place to shop – one long street packed with shopping malls full to the brim with luxury and well-priced brands.

It’s also very easy to get to areas such as Marina Bay, Chinatown, Bugis and Riverside by MRT.

Many of the hotels here are in the luxury bracket but you can get some great deals by joining loyalty programs or booking early.

Yotel Orchard

While the rooms here are very small, the queen room with single bunk is more than adequate for a family of three who spends most of the day out sightseeing (which is why you’re there, right?).

The 56sqm VIP King Suite, with a view, can accommodate four with a king-size bed and queen-size sofa bed. It also comes with a lounge, kitchenette, dining area and an 18sqm private deck. However, all of these extras make it pricier than the queen bunk room. 

There’s also still a pool and gym on level 10 along and the Komyuniti dining outlet where meals are served.

The hotel is next door to the Isetan Scotts/Shaw Centre on Orchard Rd and a 5-minute walk to Orchard MRT so it’s perfectly located for seeing the sights and shopping.

Price: the queen bunk room starts from $S230 for members
Address: 366 Orchard Rd 
More information: Yotel Orchard

Shangri-La Singapore

The Shangri-La goes out of the way to make families welcome with indoor and outdoor family activities and even a dedicated family floor.

The ninth floor has a special Family Concierge service and Family Pantry with everything parents might need during their stay. Five themed family suites and 19 deluxe family rooms. 50sqm, city view

The 38sqm deluxe family room with city or pool views have a window alcove play area for kids and a tented bed.

They also have large fridges and freezers so you can store extra food and drinks.

Kids get one complimentary playtime session at buds indoor playground and 1 complimentary session at Splash Zone outdoor water playground.

Buds is a giant outdoor and indoor play area with themed activity areas: Muddy (budding artists), Stage (young performers) and Bake (young chefs).

There’s also a toddler zone for kids under 4 that has swings, a piano floor, sensory walls, ball pit and slides.

Splash has six different themed areas.

Kids will love the options on the specially designed children’s menus. As an added bonus, two children aged 6 and below eat free at the restaurant buffets. Additional children 6 and below and those over 6 but under 12 get a 50% discount on the adult buffet price.

The downside here is the distance to Stevens MRT station – a 17-minute walk.

Price: $S422
Address: 22 Orange Grove Rd
More information: Shangri-La Singapore

Conclusion

The best place to stay in Singapore for families isnear an MRT station. This will help make getting around to see the top sight-seeing spots much easier especially for little legs. My pick for the best area to stay in Singapore with family is Bugis. The prices are reasonable and it has some great food options.

The properties above are those that will accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children in a single or interconnecting room. If you have older children and are happy to have them in a separate room, please check out my area guides, which have information on what to see and do in each area as well as where to eat.

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