The best hotels in Singapore

We’ve curated a mix of standout stays, from budget capsules to luxurious grand dames, for a memorable stay in the Lion City

Words by Joseph Koh
May 14, 2024
An outdoor sofa next to a low table and potted trees at Capella hotel, Singapore.
Outdoor seating at Capella

Singapore is a tiny island nation packed with cultural neighbourhoods, lifestyle exurbs and green oases, so whether you’re looking for a buzzing spot or somewhere to slow it down, this city has the accommodation for you. A string of high-profile openings in the past year and plenty more in the works ( The Standard and Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa, just to name a few), all contribute to the flourishing appeal of this multicultural destination. We’ve curated a mix of the best hotels in Singapore that are sure to set you up for a memorable trip.

A detail of the exterior of Raffles Singapore, with palm trees and a blue sky visible.
Raffles is the oldest hotel in Singapore

Raffles Singapore

Best for: Living in luxury and feeling like you’ll never need to leave
Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Price: Rooms from 989 SGD / 730 USD

Whenever you’re looking for superlative hotels in Singapore, Raffles will always be top of mind. It’s not only the most famous but one of the oldest still standing. But don’t let its colonial exterior fool you into thinking this is a stuffy spot: Raffles underwent a multi-million dollar makeover and reopened in 2019 with a fresh new look, Michelin-endorsed restaurants and a sprawling spa. If you’re a fan of the Singapore Sling, the hotel’s revered Long Bar is its birthplace. While there are plenty of amenities and shops within the grounds, lots of local gems are also within eyeshot, including art book store Basheer Graphic Books, creperie Gather, cocktail bar Nutmeg & Clove and art gallery Artcommune.

The Garden Wing at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.
The Garden Wing at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Shangri-La Singapore

Best for: Fuss-free family vacations
Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Price: Rooms from 380 SGD / 280 USD

Shangri-La is an obvious pick when travelling with the little ones. It has five themed family suites and a “family floor” with a concierge service and pantry. There’s more: the hotel has an immersive kids’ club with all the bells and whistles (think music studio, ball pit and cooking classes), as well as a water playground with six different zones. Lest you think that adults will be bored here, Shangri-La is well-known among locals for its buffet lunch at The Line, and Origin Bar whips up tasty sliders and puts on live music at weekends. Set on the fringe of Orchard Road, this hotel offers privacy and quick access to Singapore’s shopping belt at the same time.

Tipi huts outside Andaz Singapore interspersed with trees, and a view of the city in the evening in the background.
Tipi huts outside Andaz Singapore

Andaz Singapore

Best for: A cultural getaway
Address: 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
Price: Rooms from 450 SGD / 332 USD

Located at the crossroads of Kampong Gelam, Little India and Bugis, Andaz Singapore is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring Singapore’s cultural neighbourhoods. As Andaz’s first Southeast Asian outpost, it spared no expense by getting award-winning designer Andre Fu to helm the interiors, with the resulting rooms exuding relaxed luxury, replete with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of Singapore’s skyline. There are tons of top-rated spots just a stone’s throw away, from curry-puff stall Epok Epok Nyé, Malay-Muslim literature bastion Wardah Books, bakery Mother Dough, gelato boutique Birds of Paradise and nasi padang institution Hjh Maimunah.

The curving contemporary extension at Capella Singapore.
The curving contemporary extension at Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore

Best for: A tranquil refuge without forsaking comfort
Address: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Price: Rooms from 1200 SGD / 886 USD

The serenity that Capella Singapore offers is like no other. Situated on a knoll in Sentosa Island amid 12 hectares of lush rainforest, this hotel has a way of making you feel like you’ve escaped the city’s thrum. Lauded architects Foster + Partners have combined 19th-century bungalows with a flexuous contemporary structure to create a sanctum that’s noted for its three swimming pools, first-rate spa and incredible service. Capella Singapore has an extensive art collection, the must-see being an eight-metre-tall mural by Gumbaynggirr-Bundjalung First Nations artist Otis Hope Carey. If you’re looking for a good time, the hotel is connected to Palawan Beach, home to one of Singapore’s newest beach clubs, +Twelve.

Beds at Kinn Capsule Singapore.
Beds at Kinn Capsule

Kinn Capsule

Best for: A pod hotel in the heart of the city
Address: 39 South Bridge Road, Singapore 05867
Price: Capsule from 58.49 SGD / 43.22 USD

This independent capsule hotel is made for budget travellers while striking the balance between the quality of a boutique stay and the affordability of a hostel. The pods are built with double-panelled wood and come with excellent amenities like a comfy super single-size mattress, RFID locks, USB charging ports and a folding desk. All the rooms have windows and natural light, too. If the interiors seem intriguing, Singapore-based design studio Hjgher took inspiration from futuristic dystopian movies while imbuing a human quality with calming colours and clean lines. Kinn also offers a daytime package, where guests can reserve a pod from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays. Top recommendations around Kinn include zhi char (stir-fried dishes) restaurant Kok Sen, cocktail joint No Sleep Club, pasta restaurant Bar Cicheti and ice-cream shop Apiary.

A deluxe room at Ann Siang House.
A deluxe room at Ann Siang House

Ann Siang House

Best for: Longer stays
Address: 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 06970
Price: Rooms from 276 SGD / 204 USD

Set in a restored former home, this hotel will suit those visiting Singapore for a longer duration, as its studio rooms come with a built-in kitchenette and self-service laundry facilities. Every floor comes with a cosy communal space for working too. While there’s no gym or pool, the undeniable draw for checking into Ann Siang House is its prime location. The hotel is not only nestled among feted restaurants and bars (Le Bon Funk and Junior Pocket Bar are all-time favourites) around Telok Ayer, but also stands at the Central Business District’s doorstep, plus hawker hotspot Maxwell Food Centre, outstanding coffee bar Maxi (a great place for remote working) and award-winning shoeshine shop Mason & Smith are just inches away.

A lobby sitting area at The Clan Hotel Singapore
A lobby sitting area at The Clan Hotel Singapore

The Clan Hotel Singapore

Best for: Bleisure travellers and immersing yourself in Chinese heritage
Address: 10 Cross Street, Singapore 04841
Price: Rooms from 371 SGD / 274 USD

Also in the same neighbourhood is The Clan Hotel Singapore, which weaves traditional Chinese culture in an elegant skyscraper setting. As its name suggests, the hotel pays homage to the Chinese diaspora guilds of the 19th century, which were pivotal in helping immigrants find community and assimilate into society. This same care and concern for others endures today at The Clan Hotel, evident in the thoughtful touches: guests staying in a premier room can pick their own pillow and in-room refreshments, and a turndown service is available. There are also much-needed umbrellas in each room. A must-visit is the infinity pool, which offers sparkling views of the city, especially at dusk. After a relaxing swim, head across the road for a tasty cocktail at either Fura, Native or Employees Only – or maybe all three.

A loft room at Pan Pacific Orchard, with an ensuite shower visible through glass in the foreground, and a direct exit to a pool and patio in the background.
A loft room at Pan Pacific Orchard, with direct pool access outside

Pan Pacific Orchard

Best for: A verdant refuge in the heart of the city
Address: 10 Claymore Road, Singapore 22954
Price: Rooms from 302 SGD / 223 USD

Designed by award-winning architecture firm WOHA, Pan Pacific Orchard is a high-rise garden sanctuary in bustling Orchard Road. Four open-air terraces are swathed with 7,300 sq m of greenery, making up more than twice the hotel’s footprint. The Beach Terrace on the fifth floor is a hit among travellers for its sumptuous mirrored ceiling, sandy shores and a sinuous lagoon pool. If this is your vibe, the Beach Club Pool Access Lofts has rooms that connect to the swimming pool. Orchard Road may seem like a touristy locale but there are underdiscovered spots around the hotel, like French bistro Summer Hill and vegan gelato boutique Kind Kones.

The pinnacle suite at Mondrian Singapore Duxton.
The pinnacle suite at Mondrian Singapore Duxton

Mondrian Singapore Duxton

Best for: A fun-loving stay made for creative travellers
Address: 16A Duxton Hill, Singapore 089970
Price: Rooms from 337 SGD / 249 USD

Mondrian’s first outpost in Southeast Asia is an ode to the Duxton neighbourhood’s beautiful shophouses, with Studio Carter referencing their traditional features such as the pitched ceiling and arched shutter windows in the shophouse suites. The high point (literally) of this hotel is the rooftop pool and bar, which bestows panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline. There is an incredible array of dining and drinking options within this social hub, including famed butcher Dario Cecchini’s restaurant Bottega Di Carna, Chilean fine dining spot Araya and wood-fired den Tribal. Plus, with the Mondrian adjacent to Keong Saik Road, acclaimed restaurants like Thevar, COL and GU:UM are only a hop, step and jump away.

The Barracks Hotel Sentosa

Best for: Top-notch service
Address: 2 Gunner Lane, Singapore 099567
Price: Rooms from 619 SGD / 457 USD

Another well-loved hotel on Sentosa Island is The Barracks. Housed within a former military outpost, it’s a hideaway with spacious rooms inspired by the golden age of travel, and boasts heritage tour experiences and a wonderful champagne afternoon tea. The drawcard for staying in the garden suite is diving into the pool or jacuzzi from the comfort of your room. A butler will also be at your service offering round-the-clock support, from arranging transfers to running the bath in anticipation of your return. The Barracks is set within a multi-hotel complex, which means you’ve got access to all the different pools in the other properties. Be sure to check out sunset bar 1-Altitude Coast, too.

The voluminous lobby at The Warehouse Hotel
The voluminous lobby at The Warehouse Hotel

The Warehouse Hotel

Best for: Staying A boutique stay in a low-key riverside neighbourhood
Address: 320 Havelock Road, Singapore 169628
Price: Rooms from 340 SGD / 251 USD

Three historic godowns have been transformed into one of Singapore’s top boutique hotels. Renowned for opening design-forward restaurants while respecting cultural heritage, The Lo & Behold Group has done the same with its first-ever hotel property, The Warehouse Hotel. It roped in local creative agency Asylum to craft a space that pulsates with industrial chic, from its original pitched roofs and trusses to the eye-catching lobby-bar that features pendant lights hoisted by pulleys. The hotel showcases a suite of Singapore brands throughout the property, from the In Good Company robes to custom ceramics by Mud Rock and handcrafted teas by A.Muse Projects. Extra reasons to stay in the Warehouse Hotel: print gallery STPI and Lo & Behold’s latest project, New Bahru, a lifestyle hub made for the creative class, are nearby.

An urban luxe room at 21 Carpenter.
An urban luxe room at 21 Carpenter

21 Carpenter

Best for: Staying in a shophouse hotel
Address: 21 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059984
Price: Rooms from 380 SGD / 280 USD

Another hotel designed by WOHA, 21 Carpenter spans four art deco shophouses and a five-storey contemporary extension, blending old and new in one handsome space. Access to natural light is often a rarity among Singapore’s shophouse hotels, yet every room here contains a full-sized window. True to WOHA’s signature, 21 Carpenter houses a garden terrace that grows nutmeg, gambir and pepper – herbs and spices that were commonly traded in the vicinity during the 1930s. Top places to explore around the hotel include speakeasy 28 HongKong Street, brunch spot Punch and menswear shop The Decorum.