If you're coming to Singapore for the first time, be sure to read our introductory pieces to get the lay of the land. Backpackers may want to make a beeline straight for Chinatown or Little India, both of which are brimming with cheap hostels and guesthouses. Bugis and Kampong Glam also has some good cheap lodgings.
If you're keen on bars and Singapore's nightlife, and have a touch more to spend, the Quays is a good area to find a bed. Shoppers and museum lovers might be best served by staying in Central Singapore (around the Raffles and Orchard Road areas).
Between the city centre and airport, east Singapore is home to a growing number of hostels and hostels that stretch all the way out to around Changi airport.
We've covered family rooms under S$120, but in Singapore’s over-priced hotel market this gets you little more than four walls and two beds. Small luxuries like 24-hour air-con and your own bathroom can be indispensable when travelling Southeast Asia with children, but for these comforts you need to venture into mid-range accommodation. For this post, the budget is raised to S$120-250 for a room... Read our full review of Family rooms from S$120-250 in Singapore.
It’s hard to find a budget hotel room in Singapore, and nearly impossible when you’re travelling with kids. A budget of around S$120 per night for two adults and two children limits you to hostels and guesthouses, but not all of them accept young guests. To take some of the guesswork out of finding a family-friendly hostel, the following accept children and even include breakfast. This is... Read our full review of Family rooms under S$120 in Singapore.
In early 2014, we stayed a night in each of 15 Singapore hostels we selected from an original list of 30 we had carefully curated. From those 15 nights, we hereby present some of our favourite hostels in Singapore. We can't say these are the best, as with more than 100 hostels in Singapore in total, we haven't stayed in them all. We can say, however, that the following hostels are terrific. Some... Read our full review of Great hostels in Singapore.
Given the high price of hotels in Singapore, it's worth looking for a discounted rate if you're planning to stay long-term. Here are some options to cover every budget from backpacker to banker. Could you call a dorm bed home for a month? If you contact them directly, many hotels and guesthouses will offer discounts for long-term stays. For example, Betel Box Hostel offers a discount of 10%... Read our full review of Long-term places to stay in Singapore.
I’m a bit over half way through my couple of weeks of Singapore hostel testing and it’s all run pretty smoothly — some places have been great, others considerably less so. For someone who hadn’t stayed in a dorm for a few years, it has been interesting seeing just how dorms in Southeast Asia have (and haven’t) changed.Give it a spin for the sinners.One thing that hasn’t changed... Read our full review of Security and hostel dorms in Singapore.
How do you choose a hostel in Singapore? Do you research which one has the friendliest atmosphere or is closest to the MRT, or do you just book the best deal you can find? As a budget traveller myself, I can empathise that sometimes it all comes down to the numbers, especially in Singapore where prices in general can be higher than elsewhere in Southeast Asia.Fresh from visiting dozens of local... Read our full review of Singapore's cheapest hostels.
On the back of our successful Bangkok’s best hostels ebook we’re one week into our road testing of Singapore’s hostels. While we’ve still got a way to go, some things appear clear: If you’re planning on opening a hostel in Singapore, it better be damn good, because there are a lot of them.And this was an upgrade!Drawing up a list of places to try was a project in of itself. We scoured... Read our full review of Test driving Singapore's hostels.
Catch some Z's without clearing immigration at this budget hotel within the secure area of Changi Airport. With comfy beds, a hot shower, TV and some instant coffee the rooms have everything a weary soul wants after a long flight. Bookings are made in blocks of six hours with the first block from S$35 and $13 for extensions. Each terminal has its own transit hotel but Terminal 1 is the pick of... Read our full review of Ambassador Transit Hotel .
Located on the easternmost part of the island, Changi International Airport is a 25-minute taxi ride or about 35 minutes by MRT from downtown Singapore. If you’d like that trip to be shorter, the following hotels are located near the airport. For quick airport access, East is best. The Crowne Plaza Changi is the only hotel that is walking distance from the airport and connects to Terminal... Read our full review of Hotels near Singapore's Changi Airport.
If you have a good-sized budget for Singapore digs and a taste for the extraordinary, forget the chain hotels and book a night at the New Majestic. This is the definition of a boutique hotel with 30 unique rooms designed by local artists and thoughtful services like a consultation with a “guest experience ambassador” to perfect your Singapore sightseeing itinerary. Maybe a... Read our full review of New Majestic Hotel.
When backpackers come to Singapore they typically make their home at one of the hostels in Bugis or Little India. While it’s true that these neighbourhoods have a lot to offer budget travellers, don’t forget about Chinatown. Singapore’s Chinatown offers a central location, amazing food, tons of culture, vibrant street markets, and top-notch hostels. Feel free to stay awhile.. If... Read our full review of The best hostels in Singapore's Chinatown.
Embracing the principle of quality over quantity, Adler Hostel offers just 32 dorm beds with privacy curtains, silky soft bedding and lots of freebies. No wonder it calls itself Singapore’s first luxury hostel. Located in a heritage building on South Bridge Road in Chinatown, Adler Hostel has a sophisticated style from top to bottom. The lobby looks like it belongs to a boutique hotel, not a... Read our full review of Adler Hostel.
Of the midrange Chinatown hostels, Beary Best! was one of our favourites, probably partly because we had an entire dorm to ourselves. It’s a clean and comfortable set up, with friendly staff and comprehensive facilities. The location is excellent, right on the quite busy Upper Cross Road and very close to an entrance for Chinatown MRT. Stands out from the crowd. Originally one of a clutch... Read our full review of Beary Best!.
Set on trendy Keong Saik Road, no two rooms are alike at this boutique heritage hotel, but imagine vintage furniture, framed black and white photos, and sunlight streaming through the shuttered windows and you'll have a good idea. The ground floor lobby is decorated with antique dentistry chairs, for which the owner has a penchant -- they're about as comfortable as they look, but, like the rest... Read our full review of Hotel 1929 .
This is a funky, quirky hostel which artistic types will love. Opened at the end of 2012, it prides itself on being an “urban art hostel”, having collaborated with a street artist from Hong Kong and playing host partner to events such as International Cosplay Day. This is one hostel where form is as important as function. Settle in! iStay.inn’s entrance is easily missed, just a single... Read our full review of iStay.inn Hostel.
Set on Mosque Street in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll sleep plenty of winks at the aptly named and uber-comfortable pod-hostel, Wink Hostel. Light and airy. Wink is one of a growing clutch of “upmarket pod hostels” in Singapore where instead of a bunk-bed you get a “pod” — effectively a tube among several stacked in rows. In our case we had a single pod (or capsule) in a... Read our full review of Wink Hostel.
If cheap and central are your main requirements for a hostel in Singapore, the Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown should be on your shortlist. With online booking rates starting from as low as S$18/night in the large dorm, this is as big of a bargain you’re going to find in Singapore, but be warned, you get what you pay for. Feel free to stay awhile. The Backpackers’ Inn has been around for a... Read our full review of Backpackers' Inn Chinatown.
On the edge of Chinatown in a converted shophouse, the Keong Saik Hotel's exterior is certainly grander than its rooms. At these prices this isn't a boutique property (try a neighbour like Hotel 1929 for that), but it has a simple charm and, for Chinatown, the rates are competitive. We had a ground floor room which didn't have any proper windows but did have some kind of a sunken skylight thing... Read our full review of Keong Saik Hotel .
If a low price and central location are the most important factors in your decision on where to stay in Singapore, the Porcelain Hotel should be on your shortlist. For just S$120-180 per night you can stay in one of their stylish shoeboxes in the heart of Chinatown. Porcelain Hotel’s location gets full marks for convenience. The Porcelain Hotel occupies a strip of elegantly restored... Read our full review of Porcelain Hotel.
Tiong Bahru is a quaint little area beloved in the hearts of Singaporeans for its old architecture, excellent market and close-knit neighbourly feel. Late in 2013, The Plot Hostels joined the pre-war houses here, providing travellers with a chance to discover this charming area usually off the tourist track. No you have not lost the plot. Though set in a quiet area, the heart of Tiong... Read our full review of The Plot.
With its excellent pool, environmentally sustainable practices and a set of sky-gardens 300 metres off the ground, Singapore’s new Parkroyal on Pickering – the city-state’s first “hotel-in-a-garden” – is worth considering if your Singapore budget stretches beyond hostels to hotels. Green on the outside, green on the inside. Parkroyal has a few older properties... Read our full review of Parkroyal on Pickering.
Hotel Clover The Arts is a great choice for top-range travellers seeking some peace but wanting to remain within striking distance of Clarke Quay’s watering holes and the bustle of Chinatown. The third of the simple yet luxurious Hotel Clovers hotels, The Arts takes up a six-storey building that offers 44 guest rooms. The baby blue of the exterior of Hotel Clover the Arts hints at the liberal... Read our full review of Hotel Clover The Arts.
Hangout @ Mount Emily is set atop a small hill named Emily, funnily enough, and is a 20-minute walk from both Orchard Road and Little India. This is a mid-density, quite upmarket residential area, which means you’re a long walk to hawker centres and points of interest. But this is a spacious, multi-floor affair, delivering on airy dorms (no bunks!) along with well-sized private rooms.... Read our full review of Hangout @ Mt Emily.
Congratulations! If you're staying at Raffles we assume you've won the lottery or are at least on your honeymoon. Raffles may be the iconic Singapore hotel, but its room rates warrant a special occasion. Every room is a suite with a bedroom and parlour decked out with period furnishings and oriental carpets. Personality suites evoke memories of the hotel's famous guests like Somerset Maugham and... Read our full review of Raffles Hotel .
In its previous incarnation, Lloyd’s was infamous, but then in 2014 they cleared the slate so to speak and reinvented the property as an upscale hideaway. The results are recommended. With rooms are set across two floors, this compact boutique hotel boasts eight different minimalist room types set on a quiet corner in a leafy part of downtown Singapore — just a few doors down from the house... Read our full review of Lloyd's Inn.
This self-billed businessman's boutique hotel opened in early 2011 and has a great location almost opposite Dhoby Ghaut SMRT and a short walk to Orchard Road, The Istana and Fort Canning Park. The deluxe room we were shown was a lot more impressive than what they have on their website -- a large flatscreen TV, plenty of bench working space, a comfortable bed with two bedside lamps and a... Read our full review of The Innotel .
The Victoria Hotel offers everything you could ask for in a budget hotel — clean rooms, helpful staff, free WiFi, and there are a bunch of cheap places to eat within a short distance. For the standard and the price, rooms are of a good size. They're perhaps a bit pastel and about twenty years behind the cutting edge in hotel decor, but the beds are comfortable, the water is hot and the air-con... Read our full review of Victoria Hotel.
The Big Hotel is big. Real big. Originally an office tower, the hotel converted all those cubicles into slightly larger rooms and has created a comfortable, compact option for people looking for a comfortable, compact room in the centre of Singapore. The location, at the intersection of Middle Road and Bencoolen Street, is handy to the heart of Singapore -- while you're well out of typical hawker... Read our full review of Big Hotel.
It takes a certain type of traveller to appreciate an old-school Chinese hotel like the South East Asia Hotel. Set towards the northern end of Waterloo Street, right by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and atop a very popular restaurant you're right in the heart of things. Established in the 1950s, this family-run hotel is old-school in just about every way. Clunky old air-con units,... Read our full review of South East Asia Hotel.
The Strand is a bit of a grand old dame as far as Bencoolen Street goes, with its obvious advantage being that rooms are considerably bigger than the shoeboxes at some neighbouring hotels. The trade-off is some terribly gloomy decor, but if you can get beyond the superficial the rooms have decent sized, comfy beds, a sitting area and good bathrooms -- with a tub. Ask for a room on a high floor... Read our full review of The Strand .
With 111 staid but clean rooms, the YMCA @ One Orchard offers digs at a reasonable price for the area. That's to say, if you must stay this close to Orchard and don't want to pay the premium rates most properties in this area charge, this is one of the better offerings in the immediate area. While it is badged as a hostel, this is most definitely a hotel, with 111 air-con rooms, an auditorium,... Read our full review of YMCA @ One Orchard.
Set towards the eastern end of Orchard Road, Hotel Supreme is tucked away behind some older shopping centres just before you reach Plaza Singapura and within easy walking distance of both Dhoby Ghaut and Somerset SMRT stations. The location is excellent and surprisingly quiet, and while the Supreme is a veritable fossil by downtown Singapore hotel standards, the rooms are oversized verging on... Read our full review of Hotel Supreme .
Good value accommodation for all budgets are found in Little India, with the bonus of being situated in a rich heritage area well connected by public transportation, and the proximity to downtown Singapore.
Fisher BnB is one of our overall favourite hostels in Singapore and if it fits within your budget, we’d suggest looking no further. Opened in mid 2013, Fisher BnB offers immaculate dorm accommodation in a two-floor building on the tongue-twisting Tyrwhitt Road in Lavender. It is within decent walking distance of both Singapore’s Little India and Bugis/Kampong Glam districts — not that... Read our full review of Fisher BnB.
There are countless reasons – great food, cheap prices, a central location – that Little India has become Singapore’s backpacker hub. If you’re planning to stay here too, these are our picks for the best hostels in this colourful neighbourhood. Little India has become Singapore’s backpacker hub. The boutique Bunc@Radius Hostel is one of the newer hostels in Little India and it... Read our full review of The best hostels in Singapore's Little India.
Bunc has properties in both Little India and Clarke Quay in Singapore along with Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Little India property (on Upper Weld Road) is popular with backpackers looking for a little more comfort and particularly with visitors from Thailand. You’ll be paying more than at a more traditional hostel, but there’s a leap rather than jump in standards here. Grab... Read our full review of Bunc @Radius Little India.
An unusual hotel with an unusual name, you’ll find the decidedly comfortable Daulat tucked down towards the end of Madras Street, yet still in the centre of Little India. With good sized rooms, a lap pool and a boutique-y feel, this is the only hotel in this style in Little India and will appeal to those looking for something a little different. Bedtesting. Rooms are tastefully furnished with... Read our full review of Daulat.
The 1938-built Kam Leng Hotel on Jalan Besar, a short walk away from Little India, was funkily refurbished and reopened in 2012 and offers clean and functional rooms in line with the simplicities of yesteryear but boasting nostalgic Peranakan charm. It may look more like a Geylang love hotel, but hey, don’t judge a hotel by its exterior. Entering the hotel, one’s senses are assailed by both... Read our full review of Kam Leng Hotel.
Prices have risen since Perak Hotel was named one of the world's best budget hotels in 2001, but it retains much of its humble (small-room) charm. Located in a restored white building with blue details in the middle of Little India, each of the 35 rooms has a different layout and has been lovingly decorated with Asian textiles and, in some cases, antiques. Rooms are air-con throughout and come... Read our full review of Perak Hotel.
The Hive delivers big clean dorms at a price that won't break your budget, and throws a backpacker vibe in for free. The location, on the corner of busy Serangoon and Lavender roads, certainly isn't the quietest in Singapore, and you are a bit of a walk from the heart of Little India here, but spacious and clean dorms and a good common area compensate considerably. The main mixed dorms come in... Read our full review of The Hive Backpackers' Hostel.
People often miss Racecourse Road, thinking Serangoon Road is the extent of Little India, but there is plenty of great South Asian food out here too, and now a good spot to stay as well. The Vintage Inn is a pod-style hostel with two floors of one- and two-person pods overlooking Racecourse Road. They were full when we visited, but they were still happy to show us through, pointing out both... Read our full review of Vintage Inn.
Set on very busy Jalan Besar, which is currently a mess of construction for a new SMRT station, the Mayo Inn doesn't look like much from outside, but if you're a heavy sleeper looking for clean and functional well-kept lodgings, you could do much worse. The hotel describes their rooms as being of a Japanese style which seems to mean that the bed mattress is on the floor -- there's not a tatami... Read our full review of Mayo Inn.
Styled after an Australian corner pub, the Prince of Wales is as popular for its live music and cheap pints as it is for its cheap rooms.The bar and bathrooms are on the ground floor while the single large room upstairs has been partitioned into three separate dorm rooms, though there is little to separate them. Air-con is switched on at night. Bunks are firm metal framed affairs and there is... Read our full review of Prince of Wales Backpacker Hostel.
The InnCrowd has long been a backpacker crash-pad of choice in the Little India area of Singapore, and while it had been substantially renovated since our last stay, it remains a great value and very sociable old-style hostel. The in location for the right crowd. Our stay at InnCrowd was in an eight-bed dorm on the first floor (private double and triple rooms are also available), looking over... Read our full review of The InnCrowd Hostel.
On the fringe of Singapore’s Little India in what was once a 1920s-era school lies quirky Wanderlust, owned by the people behind the New Majestic and Hotel 1929. The 29 rooms, imaginatively outfitted by four different design agencies, offer something far beyond the norm for the city state’s accommodation options. Design mavens (with a suitably maven-like budget) wanting to stay in Little... Read our full review of Wanderlust.
Bugis and Kampong Glam make an excellent base for exploring Singapore and are home to a high concentration of budget hotels and hostels.
A new addition in 2014, the Adonis Hotel offers smart midrange fare on equally smart Purvis Street in Singapore’s Bugis district. Rooms are compact, but exceptionally well kept and bright, making this a good option for travellers looking for a bit more comfort without spending the earth. Check your body length. From the streetside, Adonis looks more like a restaurant than a hotel and the... Read our full review of Adonis Hotel.
The welcome is so warm at this newish guesthouse in the Arab Quarter you'll feel like you're staying with family. Ikea furniture and a cheerful coat of paint give the air-con dorms a modern look and there are lockers right beside the bunk beds. The three private rooms are actually in a building next door, but guests can still use all the hostel facilities, like the cosy common room with a... Read our full review of Feel At Home.
If you’re in the market for a hostel with a true hostel vibe, it is very difficult to go past The Green Kiwi in the heart of Kampong Glam. With a fabulous location just down from Sultan Mosque facing onto pedestrian only Bussorah Street, this hostel truly delivers the goods. What a great location. This is the original of Green Kiwi’s two locations in Singapore; the other, a larger, more... Read our full review of The Green Kiwi.
Named for the covered passageways along Singapore’s traditional shophouses, 5footway.inn offers contemporary budget accommodation in restored heritage buildings. Since opening in 2011 they’ve expanded to four locations in traveller hotspots like Chinatown and Boat Quay. Here’s a peek at the Bugis branch.Make yourself at home in the cosy lounge.5footway.inn Project Bugis is set in a... Read our full review of 5footway.inn Project Bugis.
The Pod brands itself as a “boutique capsule hotel” and you’ll find it on the upper floors of a modern building on Beach Road, just around the corner from Arab Street in Kampong Glam. The look and feel of the entire place, from the gift-box presented Nespresso cartridges at the front desk (one cartridge per night!) through to the polished bathrooms with arty tiles underfoot, lends Pod a... Read our full review of The Pod Boutique Hotel.
Set among the antique shops and fish-head steamboat restaurants of Singapore’s Jalan Sultan is a charming boutique hotel named (you guessed it) The Sultan. Tastefully converted from 10 art deco-era shophouses with great attention to detail, it’s easy to see why this 64-room hotel won a 2012 Architectural Heritage Award from the city state’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. This charming... Read our full review of The Sultan.
Between the city centre and airport, and with easy MRT connections to both, the East Coast is home to a growing number of hostels.
Unless you've packed a tent Celestial Resort is the only place to stay on Pulau Ubin island and, in a surprising twist, is actually better than it looks online. Standard rooms are spacious with wooden furnishings and attached bathroom while duplexes are perfect for families with a bedroom on each floor and a living room for quality time. The on-site restaurant does good seafood but pack some... Read our full review of Celestial Resort.
Long-running Betel Box has been an equally long-running Travelfish.org favourite due to its eclectic location on Joo Chiat Road and old-school backpacker vibe. The owner, Tony, is a die-hard fan of the area the hostel is in and as such is an absolute fountain of knowledge. He also leads excellent food walking tours of the area. Guidebooks AND a pool table! Set about half way down Joo Chiat... Read our full review of Betel Box Hostel.