From budget to luxurious and the outright quirky, hotels in Singapore are aplenty. But with so many accommodation choices in different neighbourhoods, how do you choose one that fits your wants, needs, and even personality? There’s definitely something for everyone, so let us help simplify your decision-making process.

Blast from the past

Rich in culture and steeped in history, Singapore places great emphasis on heritage and preservation. If you’re interested in the city’s colourful past, make bookings at either Amoy Hotel or The Patina, Capitol Singapore.

When you enter Amoy Hotel, you won’t be walking through typical glass doors and approaching a concierge behind the check-in counter. Instead, what you’ll see is an old temple—that happens to double up as a museum—called Fuk Tak Chi.

Established in 1824, this is one of Singapore's oldest Chinese temples, and Fuk Tak Chi was initially recognised as a shrine dedicated to the Chinese deity, Tua Pek Kong. This spot's known as the first place Chinese immigrants visited back in the day as a way of giving thanks to the gods for their safe arrival in Singapore.

It’s only after you’ve explored the place and absorbed a little bit of Singapore’s history that you will see the real entrance to the 37-room boutique hotel!

Want something ultra-luxurious? Try the six-star Patina, Capitol Singapore. Located in the city’s Civic and Cultural District, this stunning hotel is housed in both Capitol Building (Neoclassical) and Stamford House (Victorian), two historic structures that have been restored to their former glory.

The entire place—from the lobby to all 157 rooms—feels like a giant, gorgeous museum, where every nook and cranny exudes class.

Go green

Tree huggers and eco-warriors, listen up!

Downtown garden oasis PARKROYAL on Pickering is hard to miss with its intriguing building design that’s seemingly inspired by the lush rice terraces of Bali. The hotel has some amazing green features, including solar-powered systems, and light, motion, and rain sensors to regulate the efficient use of resources. In fact, 680 homes can be powered by the hotel's yearly energy savings!

Another option for green accommodation is Genting Hotel Jurong – Singapore’s first major hotel located in the west. The 557-room hotel is housed in a building that's covered with a whopping number of 70 shrub species as well as 20 species of trees.

You'll also be glad to know that the energy air-conditioners in the hotel generate has been reduced significantly thanks to the cool air supplied from the special heat recovery system.

It’s all about the ‘hood

See the big picture at places like The Vagabond Club and Raintr33 Hotel, where the locale proves to be as interesting as the hotels themselves.

Luxury boutique spot The Vagabond Club is guaranteed to satisfy every art enthusiast with its fascinatingly bold design elements dripping in red and gold (grand elephant and rhino statues, intricate tree-like structures). But what's really great is that the hotel is just a stone's throw from two cultural precincts—Little India and Kampong Glam—where you can visit temples, mosques, shop for cool souvenirs, enjoy Indian and Malay food, and of course, go crazy with awesome Instagram pictures.

Looking to get away from the urban jungle? For a breath of fresh air, look no further than Raintr33 Hotel. Located in the east and housed in a charmingly restored colonial building, this 50-room hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and only minutes away from attractions like the Changi Point Coastal Walk, Changi Beach Park, and the Changi Chapel and Museum.

Photo by Marklin Ang
Photo by Marklin Ang

Whether you’re hoping to get cultured, save the earth, explore different ‘hoods, or have it all, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to finding your choice of accommodation.

If you want even more options, bookmark this page on hotels in Singapore.