Apr 25 2013

Long-term places to stay in Singapore: part 1

Published by at 7:11 pm under Accommodation

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?

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% after seven nights, meaning you pay as little as S$18 for a dorm bed and breakfast. The Traders Hotel near Orchard Road offers rates as low as S$240/night for guests staying longer than a week — a good deal for a hotel with its facilities in Singapore — plus perks like complimentary breakfast and room upgrade.

A handful of hostels in Singapore offer weekly and monthly rates. If you’d like to make your base in Chinatown, you can stay in a dorm at Chinatown Backpackers’ Inn for as little as S$150/week or S$450/month. You’ll find everything you need on site including guest computers, a kitchenette and a washing machine. They also have a limited number of private rooms starting from S$390/week for a room with a double bed and shared toilet.

A handful of hostels offer weekly and monthly rates.

A handful of hostels offer weekly and monthly rates.

Another good option on a tight budget is the Pinoy Hostel where a dorm bed goes for as little as S$126/week or S$350/month. Female-only dorms are also an option here, though they cost a bit more. As the name suggests, the hostel mainly caters to immigrants from the Philippines, but tourists are welcome too. Facilities include a kitchen, laundry facilities and free WiFi, plus it’s walking distance to Lavender MRT.

Moving up in price as well as comforts, Sun Vista City Lodge offers monthly room rentals with attached bathrooms. A room suitable for two people (your choice of one queen bed or two single beds) costs S$1,800/month inclusive of WiFi and regular housekeeping service. If you don’t mind sharing with a few strangers, you can book a spot in a four-bed room from S$500 per month.

In case you’re planning to stay in Singapore even longer, in Part 2 I’ll cover serviced apartments, sublets and how to rent a room in someone’s house.

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