When it comes to booking hotels, no matter the destination, we usually don’t look beyond Agoda. The reputed online hotel reservation platform from the Priceline Group is highly value for money. Not only that, but Agoda has come a long way from its original as a small hotel aggregator for Thailand. Today, thanks to its efficiency, its operation spans the world’s choicest tourist destinations, with more than 1.5 million hotels to book from. That’s why it was our top choice for booking our stay in ‘Garden City’ Singapore. The best Agoda hotels in Singapore vary across budgets, locations, styles, and themes. That way, their top hotel choices cater to not just indulgent travelers but also families, budget travelers, and business travelers.
Take the Furama Riverfront, for instance, which, as the name suggests, boasts a stupendous location on Havelock Road overlooking the Singapore River. At the same time, it’s close to most of the important locations in the central part of the city, like Chinatown, Marina Bay, and even Clarke Quay. What’s more, the hotel’s amenities are excellent, including the gorgeous and rather huge swimming pool you see below. If that wasn’t enough, the spacious rooms, excellent service, and some excellent deals, thanks to Agoda, make it one of the top hotels on the website!
Clearly, we made the right choice when it came to looking for the top places to stay in Lion City Singapore – check out this detailed and comprehensive guide.
Best location. No one does location quite like Hotel Boss, which sits on Victoria Street in the Lavender district of Singapore. Since it was just a two-minute walk from the Lavender MRT station, exploring the city to see the top things to do in Singapore was an absolute breeze for us. On the inside, the hotel is all about its amenities, especially the health and relaxation ones. We loved the outdoor swimming pool, which offered superb views of the entire city. It sat right next to the indoor gym, whose floor-to-ceiling walls allowed for the same amazing views while working out.
Our days began on a high note with delicious set breakfasts, and we had as many as five restaurants to choose from for other meals, including one serving halal food. Moreover, excellent restaurants featuring every cuisine under the sun lay all around the hotel, which we could find thanks to the free Wi-Fi available everywhere. Did you know the hotel even had a children’s playground? Yep. Coming to the digs, the rooms were spacious and done up in greys and whites with pops of red. Mod-cons like electric kettles and TVs aside, they also came with luxe bathrooms.
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Pullman Singapore Orchard
We were looking for a stylish sanctuary big on hospitality in the heart of the city, which is why we chose the Pullman Singapore Orchard. The spankin’-new hotel sits in the heart of Singapore’s shopping paradise, sandwiched between Somerset and Orchard Road MRT stations. We loved the rooms/suites here, which came with fully automated systems that allowed us to customize the ambiance according to our tastes. So, we could not just adjust the temperature, but even the lighting, from mood to romantic. The plush bathrooms aside, the seating areas next to huge floor-to-ceiling windows certainly livened up the room.
That said, there’s much more to do and see here than meets the eye. For one, we’d relax to the hilt at the P.S.O. Beach Club, the swimming pool, which was the perfect spot to relax after a day of shopping and sightseeing. Not only did we have sun beds and cabanas to relax on, but there was even a swim-up bar! Aside from the poolside restaurant, the hotel had multiple other buzzy F&B establishments across a nightclub-esque tunnel. The highlight for us, though, was the multipurpose executive lounge Archive Club, which was available to only us Club Residence Room guests. It was a great spot to hang out at the end of the day.
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YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road
Most tech-savvy. Our Singapore trip was certainly off to a great start, thanks to our stay at the YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road. If you’re a tech-savvy geek like us, then you’ll absolutely love this hotel, whose responsive, R2D2-esque resident robots, Yoshi and Yolanda, take care of room service – yes! We loved the smart design of our minimalist room, which featured luxuriously comfy beds paired with blackout curtains for a blissful sleep. Moreover, the smart TVs would easily connect to our personal devices, making for a seamless staying experience. And even though we were in the beginner-level room, the floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Singapore were mesmerizing.
“To have room service taken care of by a pair of robots was one of the best parts of our Yotel stay!”WOW Travel
When the weather was humid, we’d cool off in the gorgeous 10th-floor lap pool in a garden of tropical greenery, making it nothing less than the Garden of Eden. Aside from the state-of-the-art fitness center, the same level even had a light-filled restaurant/bar where we’d dine on everything from breakfast to dinner. Of course, we loved the hotel’s prime spot on Orchard Road, right in the heart of Singapore’s entertainment and retail district.
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Carlton Hotel Singapore
Best business hotel. Comfort meets elegance in the heart of Singapore at the Carlton Hotel, which sits perfectly right in front of the snazzy Raffles City Shopping Centre. With more than 1,000 rooms/suites, it’s definitely the city’s biggest business hotel – and then some. For instance, there’s a well-equipped business center for guests to get their work done, meeting rooms, a club lounge, and free Wi-Fi that’s available throughout the property.
Beyond the business facilities, the hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool, which is a great place to cool off and get respite from the heat. Add to that the two in-house dining options and the decadent spa, and you’ll know why the hotel is so popular with travelers. The rooms and suites here are no less, with some even offering access to the Club Lounge. What’s more, all of them came with bathrooms with bathtubs, tea/coffeemakers, cable TVs, and even concierge services.
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Best value for money. Central location? Check. Value for money? Check. Excellent amenities? Triple check! Behold Furama Riverfront, whose gigantic lobby is one of the largest we’d ever seen in all of Singapore. We loved the amenities at this hotel, starting with the two dining options, where we’d have everything from breakfasts and snacks to dinners. In fact, the included breakfast had an international buffet with practically every breakfast item under the sun, and the Waterfall Lounge was great for evening drinks and nightcaps. The outdoor pool, where we could cool off under the Singaporean sun, was definitely the highlight of our stay. The stylish rooms and suites were no less impressive, and they came with tea/coffeemakers, 24-hour room service, cable TVs, and sleek ensuite bathrooms.
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Hilton Singapore Orchard
Sitting at the top of this list is Hilton Singapore Orchard, which is the largest Hilton in the Asia-Pacific region! We especially loved the renovated rooms and suites, which were all modern, sleek, and really nice despite being standard hotel rooms. The bathrooms were much the same, with separate bathtubs, which we appreciate. Aside from the rooms, we found the outdoor pool area to be a particularly great place to unwind and relax. With sunbeds, umbrellas, and excellent poolside service, we couldn’t have asked for a better place to relax in style on the property.
But where we believe that the Hilton really shone was the drinking and dining. The hotel elevates the brand’s signature culinary excellence to a new level with not one or two but five restaurants. We were especially suckers for the executive lounge, which came with free access thanks to our Hilton Diamond status. Its breakfast spread was especially incredible, complete with a made-to-order egg station. Wrapping things up are perks like free Wi-Fi, an airport shuttle, family rooms, and even a fitness center.
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While we love all these Singapore hotels and more, here’s a specialized list to help you make a choice as to where to stay – or prioritize where to stay first!
- Best location: Hotel Boss
- Most tech-savvy: YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road
- Best business hotel: Carlton Hotel Singapore
- Best value for money: Furama Riverfront
Where to Stay in Singapore?
The country-city of Singapore is rather small; in fact, we could travel from one end of the city to the other within a matter of hours. That said, the neighborhoods are as diverse as the city’s fabric, and every turn brought us to a neighborhood very different from the previous one. We begin with the heart of everything, Chinatown, which is one of the world’s best Chinatowns. It particularly appealed to culture buffs like us, brimming with antique shophouses, ornate temples, and relics and testaments of the past. Secondly, there’s Sentosa is perfect for coastal bums who want long days by the beach. It sits right next to Marina Bay, which is where party monsters can party into the wee hours of the morning. The region is also foodie central, complete with swanky bars and lounges and gourmet food being dished out at celebrity restaurants.
Next, we come to the famous Lavender/Little India, which is very popular with the backpacker crowd due to the many options for hostels here. Since we’re ardent shopping fans, the extremely lively Orchard Road appealed to us immensely and is a very popular area to stay in. Last but not least, the charming Joo Chiat/Katong, which lies off the beaten path, is all about the traditional Peranakan culture. It also happens to be the first designated Heritage Town in the country.
How many days in Singapore is enough?
Singapore requires at least a 4-5 day itinerary to see as much of the city’s sights as possible.
Which month is best to visit Singapore?
The months between February and April, which is between the summers and winters, are the most pleasant, as compared to the city’s otherwise humid climate.
What is the name of Singapore’s world-famous hotel?
While most think it’s Marina Bay, the Raffles Hotel is easily Singapore’s most famous hotel. Named after Singapore’s founder, this hotel is the epitome of the island’s colonial history. It’s also one of Singapore’s best business hotels.
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