HOTELS IN SINGAPORE: CHINATOWN AREA

By LINDA JAMES | Updated MAY 16, 2022| STAY

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One of Singapore’s most colourful neighbourhoods, Chinatown has so much to offer – fantastic food as well as cultural and historical experiences. It’s also a very central place to stay and is a short MRT ride to many of the other popular activities and places in Singapore such as Marina Bay, the riverside district and Orchard Rd. If you’re looking for hotels in Singapore, the Chinatown area is an excellent option.

Luxury

The Clan

On arrival at The Clan, guests are greeted with a sensory experience – a fragrance called “Kindred Spirit”, which is a mix of earl grey, long jing and tie guan yin blended with sandalwood and white musk, and a tea ritual performed by a tea master.

The reception area features soaring ceilings and full height windows while 150 painted aluminium panels folded in geometric shapes hang at different heights above the check-in counters. This art installation, by Grace Tan, is called “The Pact” and symbolises the bonds formed between immigrants who settled in Singapore in the early 1800s.

In the Far East Square complex, the 30-storey hotel provides guests with expansive views especially from the infinity pool on the top floor. There are also eight partially submerged pool loungers, a heated jacuzzi and extensively equipped gym.

QIN restaurant, on the 4th and 5th floors, serves a variety of dishes.

There are 324 rooms – deluxe or premier. The latter are on the corners of each floor so have expansive views of the neighbouring districts but only come with king or queen beds. Those who want twin beds will have to choose the 24sqm deluxe rooms.

One of the best hotels in Chinatown Singapore, it’s just across the road from Telok Ayer MRT station on the Downtown Line and Raffles Place MRT is a 5-minute walk away.

Price: from $S400
Address: 10 Cross St
More information: The Clan

Mid-range

Hotel Soloha

This hip hotel is housed in a row of shophouses and focuses on the concept of “living life”. There’s a nightly happy hour with $S10 drinks and some very cool spaces complete with bespoke artwork.

The rooms are on the small side, though, with the entry-level standard at 11–16sqm, deluxe 12–14sqm, lofts 16–21sqm and suites from 15–29sqm. The suites come with Nespresso machines and separate showers and some – the outdoor suites – come with outdoor bathtubs – very Insta worthy!

The hotel is a 7-minute walk to Chinatown MRT and a quick 5 minutes to Maxwell Food Centre.

Price: from $S250
Address: 12 Teck Lim Rd
More information: Hotel Soloha

KeSa House

Also in a row of colourful shophouses is KēSa House, which is on the fringe of Chinatown in the Bukit Pasoh Conservation Area. This location offers guests a range of dining options from hawker stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants.

There are 60 rooms, which are all slightly different due to the integration of the 10 shophouses, ranging from the 13sqm standard to the 15-21sqm premier and the 29sqm studio premier. The latter has a kitchenette and extra living space making them ideal for guests planning on an extended stay. Guests can choose from either a private balcony or an additional sofa/ pull-out bed.

The property is a six-minute walk from Chinatown MRT.

Price: from $S168
Address: 55 Keong Saik Rd
More information: KesaHouse

Capri by Fraser China Square

You can’t beat this if you’re looking a Chinatown hotel near an MRT – it’s 2 minutes from Chinatown MRT station and Chinapoint shopping mall, 6 minutes from Maxwell Food Centre and a quick MRT ride to just about anywhere else in Singapore.

There’s a fairly large rooftop swimming pool with expansive views of Chinatown, a 24/7 fully equipped gym and self-service laundry with interactive games.

JÙN restaurant offers all-day dining with a focus on Singaporean cuisine.

It has 304 rooms in superior, deluxe (on a higher floor), executive and studio configurations. All rooms are 26sqm except for the studio deluxe and studio executive rooms, which are 29sqm and have a bathtub and cooktop as well as a microwave. One of the bonuses is that all rooms have a filtered drinking water tap and free wifi.

The executive rooms, which also have Nespresso machines and are on high floors, have access to The Den, where guests can get free snacks and drinks throughout the day although the only alcoholic beverage is beer.

The property is close to two other MRT stations – Raffles Place and Telok Ayer, which gives guests enhanced accessibility to the rest of the city. 

Price: from $S300 a night
Address: 181 South Bridge Rd
More information: Capri by Fraser

Heritage Collection Chinatown

This brand has a variety of boutique hotels and serviced apartments in a range of different neighbourhoods in Singapore – all in renovated shophouses.

The rooms include different grades of studios (from about 10sqm) and lofts (20sqm). Some don’t have windows, others have skylights but they all have microwaves, fridges, kitchen utensils and crockery as well as TVs, wifi and air conditioning.

Some have washing machines and dryers, if not there are self-service laundry facilities on site.

The hotel is a 6-minute walk from Chinatown and Telok Ayer MRT stations and 3 minutes to Maxwell Food Centre.

Price: from $S120 to $S165
Address: 227 South Bridge Rd
More information: Heritage Collection

Budget

Wink Capsule Hostel@Downtown

The Wink Capsule Hostel@Chinatown is closed at present so the Downtown property is the best option. It’s only a 2-minute walk to the Amoy Street Food Centre or 5 minutes to Maxwell Food Centre.

The dorms in this shophouse hostel are airconditioned, carpeted and include couches. Linen and towels are included – and you get a free breakfast!

There is a guest kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, and shared bathrooms as well as a café, internet stations and self-service laundry.

It’s just a 5-minute walk to Telok Ayer MRT.

Price: from $S35 for a single pod in a 12-pod mixed room to $S75 for two single pods in a private room (all shared bathroom)
Address: 8A Mosque Street
More information: Wink Capsule

Conclusion

Of all the hotels in Singapore, the Chinatown area is one of my top picks because it’s so central to all of Singapore’s top attractions and best places to eat. There’s also a good range of accommodation available in terms of price and amenities. The Clan would have to be one of the best hotels in Chinatown while the Capri by Fraser is a good value option. Checkout my area guides and itineraries if you’d like more detailed information or ideas to help you plan your trip.

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