Let’s face it: our mind and body are constantly in need of a break.
With the May holidays coming up, don’t you feel the urge to plan a getaway from the never-ending pile of work?
I know, I know, air tickets are expensive, unless you booked them six months before departure.
But then again, who said you have to go overseas? While Singapore may be a teeny tiny dot on the world map, there is actually a lot to explore.
While you can always go camping at the beach, or even rent an Airbnb, there is nothing more comfortable than a staycay in a hotel room.
In this article, I’m going to show you what are some of the best hotels you can consider for a quick getaway!
Best of all, the cheapest rooms are all within $100/night!
A/N: Prices at the point of writing.
1. Champion Hotel
If you’re seeking some peace and quiet, yet wish to be closely linked to the city, Champion Hotel is the champion choice.
The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Paya Lebar MRT Station, which takes you to the heart of Singapore in no time. So be prepared to #shoptillyoudrop.
Just so you know, Paya Lebar is a foodie’s heaven. Read this article and you’ll find out why.
If you’re looking for a place to just enclose yourself in, their spacious rooms are accompanied with everything you will need: free WiFi, toiletries, a mini bar and a cable TV.
It feels like a home away from home, especially if you live in the ends of Singapore!
Hello Kitty fans may scream at this. There is a Hello Kitty Theme Room available in the hotel as well!
Sleeping in the arms of my favourite Sanrio character sounds like a dream come true.
But of course lah, you pay for what you get. This room will not be suitable if your budget is below $100.
Address: 60 Joo Chiat Rd #01-06, 427726
2. Arton Boutique Hotel
Arton Boutique Hotel is like that chic and cool person you wish you were friends with.
All of their furnishings are modern and clean, which automatically makes their guests feel welcomed.
As we all know, time is money.
And you’ll save a great deal of that when you’re here cos Lavender MRT Station is just a ten-minutes walk away!
The 24-hour shopping mall Mustafa Centre is also within walking distance from the hotel.
Again, there is everything you’ll ever need in your room: free WiFi, a whole set of toiletries, hairdryer and even cable TV!
Address: 176 Tyrwhitt Rd, 207576
3. The Pod
The Pod is a chic and classy boutique capsule hotel specially made for those who like to travel minimally.
It is located on the outskirts of the CBD, which means that you’ll have easy access to pretty much everywhere.
There are more than a hundred capsules and suites for you to choose from.
Each is equally comfortable and modern in design. Plus, it comes with a full set of amenities that you’ll need during your stay.
If you tend to be one who worries too much, the personalised concierge services at The Pod will be sure to satisfy your every need.
But really, they win at this:
While you’re here, you get to enjoy complimentary laundry service, buffet breakfast alongside with free flow of coffee and tea during breakfast hours.
Address: 289 Beach Rd, Singapore 199552
4. Venue Hotel Singapore
Venue Hotel is all about the vibes. You’ll be awed at the Peranakan culture here in Joo Chiat where the hotel is located.
That being said, the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from Paya Lebar MRT Station.
The hotel itself blends in well with the Peranakan shophouses on the streets.
On the outside, it looks very vintage-y while on the inside, the design is really grand, with a large gold lampshade overseeing the lobby.
The rooms are quite basic, but they have everything you need, from free Wifi to a fridge (idk about you but to me, a hotel room just sounds fancier when they have a fridge).
There are also a few massive art pieces hanging here and there, so it truly proves my point that the hotel is all about vibes.
Nonetheless, the hotel would be a great choice if you want to stay close to the city (Orchard Road is just a few stops away) and also explore a culture even deeper.
Address: 305 Joo Chiat Rd, 427556
5. Santa Grand Hotel Little India
Another underrated part of the city, Little India deserves more recognition for its cultural preservation till this day.
And what better way to experience the culture than to actually live in it?
Santa Grand Hotel is situated in Little India, an area that’s been specially conserved since 1989.
Their rooms may not be the biggest but they sure are the most well-decorated! Each room is simple in design but exudes a strong tint of personality.
There are many Indian eateries in the area and the foodie in you will surely have a hard time choosing on one.
The hotel is also close to the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping mall that sells anything and everything.
If you come during the Indian cultural celebrations, you can also catch the lights and festivities!
Address: 3 Veerasamy Rd, 207309
6. Blanc Inn Boutique Hostel
If convenience is the most important thing for you, then this cosy hostel is the perfect choice for you!
Blanc Inn is nestled in the heart of Singapore, and is a walking distance away from three MRT Stations of three different lines! (Lavender, Bendemeer, Farrer Park)
If you would like to do more exploring of Singapore, the hostel is comfortably situated between Little India and Arab Street.
If you cannot tell, the theme of the small hostel is white. Blanc is actually the French word for it.
Hence, all of the rooms here are equipped with the most minimal furniture, giving guests a clean feeling.
It is indeed the perfect choice for the non-fussy travellers.
Address: 151 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207564
7. Kam Leng Hotel
Kam Leng Hotel is known for its bold aesthetics. From the heritage building alone, you can already tell it’s one-of-its-kind.
Instead of the usual carpet floors (you’ll never know how dirty they are), Kam Leng Hotel uses concrete floors instead. Not sure if it’s for easy cleaning, but you can already tell the hotel knows what they are doing.
The rooms yell a funky vibe, with accented colours everywhere, a little different from the yellowish hotel rooms that we know.
Should you get hungry anytime, there’s a bar cum restaurant in the hotel itself.
Or you can walk to Lavender MRT Station and hope on the next train in search of good food. Both Little India and the Mustafa Centre is also within walking distance.
Address: 383 Jln Besar, Singapore 209001
8. Hotel Nuve
Hotel Nuve is a small modern hotel that’s growing in the buzzing Arab Street in Bugis.
Keeping its heritage front, the hotel surprises its guests through its modern decorations on the inside.
The rooms are small and cosy, with more than enough space to house your hauls from all the shopping in Bugis, which is only a five-minute walk away.
Instead of the dirty yellow that most hotel uses, they mixed brown with white to create the “home” and spacious feeling.
If you’re keen into cafe-hopping, Arab Street is the home to many new cafes. There’s pretty much one every few steps!
Address: 9 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199141
9. Hotel 81 (Bugis)
I am sure we have all heard of/seen a Hotel 81.
While they are practically anywhere, I chose the Bugis one because my boss specifically told me to find the “most worth it” ones.
Let me tell you this…you don’t get much option for hotels in Bugis that are less than $100 per night!
This particular Hotel 81 is pretty much linked to anywhere.
City Link Mall, Raffles Place, Suntec City…you name it. Shop till your wallet is empty, eat till your heart is full.
It’s a staycay anyways.
And as for the rooms, they’re pretty legit. Free WiFi, comfy beds and a TV. What else do you need?
Address: 31 Middle Rd, Singapore 188995
10. Sandpiper Hotel Singapore
If you’re looking to try something new, like explore a new part of this city we call home, then Sandpiper Hotel is a great choice.
It is located in Little India, where you can find all sorts of cheap Indian food that are available round the clock.
The rooms are warm and cosy, and comes with everything you’ll need:
Free WiFi and drinks (you don’t get this often), a safe, hairdryer and cable TV.
Situated closely to the buzzing nightlife at Orchard, the hotel is only a ten-minute walk to the 24-hour shopping mall Mustafa Centre, as well as Bugis and Little India MRT Stations.
Ok, so there you have it, ten places to plan your next staycay. But you better do it fast, cos prices may rise during the holiday season!
Address: 63 Dunlop Street, 209391
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