While planning your trip, you should be asking yourself:
First ask yourself how long you will actually be staying inside your hotel? Because if you're not staying for long there is really no point spending a lot of money on hotel accommodation. Use it instead on your shopping and visiting t he different attractions.
That being said, how much are you prepare to spend on them? Because if you're on a budget you could very well avoid all the mainstream attractions and still get a good feel of Singapore.
And for shopping, are you after the biggest fashion brands or would bargain shopping for goods with a local flavour suffice? This would affect your choice of location too.
Are you keen sweating it out at hawker centres and experiencing true local flavoured food or would eating at hotels be a necessity for you? Do you not mind splurging, and prefer privacy and just want to laze around in your luxurious hotel being pampered my massages and good service?
These are important questions you must ask yourself before choosing your accommodation.
Hostels, Backpackers & Flashpackers
Hostels are an absolutely amazing way for young people on a budget to travel. First of all, there are typically large communal areas where you can make friends easily. Travelling alone? Not a problem, you will be making friends in no time, exposing yourself to a wide range of people from different cultures. Its also great for travellers who want to save money to spend on other things. Because if you're going to be out all day and just need a place to stay, why not just sleep in a hostel? Of course the drawback is the lack of privacy. But who cares if you just need a roof under your head? Accommodation listed here typically falls under $40 USD per person with most ranging anything from $25 to $40 USD per night.
Some recommendations: Wink Hostel is a fantastic hostel for the new generation flashpackers, priced slightly higher at about $45 SGD, outfitted with lots of snazzy features and conveniently smack in the middle of china town. A good stay for those interested in exploring one of Singapore's oldest enclaves, and isn't too far from the city either
Bunc Hostel at Little India is another recommendation. It has gigantic and well maintained with group activities planned for residents daily. Unlike the other recommendations which are relatively small and cozy, Bunc is massive in size with over 250 beds!
Finally, the last recommended place and a true backpacking inn would be "Tree in Lodge". It is a hostel created by backpackers themselves and where you will get very detailed knowledge from the owners about Singapore. The food to eat, the places to visit, etc you will feel right at home as they guide you. Rates start from $20-25 USD.
For the traveller who wants a decent place to stay in without the lack of privacy, Budget or Value Hotels are a good option. They provide private rooms, safes and a higher standard of security and service. Prices range from $100 to $200 USD.
At the lower end would be the Hotel 81 chain - two to four star hotel with varying locations with rooms starting at about $100 USD. Some of them operate as love hotels, something everyone knows. There are many of these hotels in Geylang, famously known as Singapore's biggest legal red light district area. But this area is also extremely famous for its local fare, with the "no signboard" in Geylang being one of the best seafood restaurants in the city.
Boutique Hotels & 4 Star Hotels
Boutique hotels are much smaller versions of 5 star hotels with less facilities but all of them command a much better reputation. I.e nothing shady goes on in these hotels. They usually have a gym and swimming pool but thats about it. They normally have really cool designs and concepts from rooms that feature lofts and high ceilings to couple bathrooms in the middle of the room. They are popular with locals too for staycations. Popular ones are the New Majestic Hotel, Wanderlust, Scarlett Hotel and the Quincy.
5 Star and Luxury Hotels
These are for tourist looking to splurge and stay at the absolute best hotels in Singapore, this section is for you.
Popular favourites in the city are The Mandrain Oriental (Not to be confused with Marina Mandrain), Shangri-La, Ritz-Carlton, the iconic raffles hotel. The crown jewel however has to be the newly built Marina Bay Sands which is home to Singapore's first casino and it also features a ship built on top of the hotel, with a swimming pool and viewing area presenting a spectacular view of Singapore.
If you're looking to stay at Sentosa a popular choice is Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort and the very expensive but exclusive Capella hotel where you even have a personal attendant assigned to you during your stay as part of the service!
There is also a whole range of RWS hotels that have opened with popular choices being Hotel Michael, Hard Rock Hotel and Festive Hotel.
Service apartments typically contain full kitchen facilities and housekeeping services. They are for visitors on extended stay in Singapore and usually offer discounts depending on the length of your stay.