The understated decor of The Sultan (101 Jalan Sultan #01-01, 6723 7101; www.thesultan.com.sg. Lavender MRT) elegantly reflects the cultural vibrancy of Kampong Glam, in which it resides. With each room containing iPod docking systems, get a taste of history and splendour, without relinquishing modern comforts.
A perfect base for those looking to take in the bustling, eclectic streets of the Arab Quarters is the Shophouse The Social Hostel (48 Arab St, 6298 8721; www.shophousehostel.com. Bugis MRT). The high ceilings make the dorms airy and comfortable. Beds start at $18 per night with female only dorm rooms also available.
For true eclecticism, head to the New Majestic Hotel (31–37 Bukit Pasoh Rd, 6579 2026; www.newmajestichotel.com. Chinatown MRT) where each of the 30 rooms are outfitted individually. From the mix of vintage and designer furniture, the Kiehl’s toiletries, through to the his-and-hers bathtubs in the attic-style loft rooms, a return visit is almost guaranteed.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, and within walking distance to malls and sights like the Singapore Flyer, Hotel Kai (14 Purvis St, 6643 9999; www.hotelkai.com) has converted a Purvis Street shophouse into a series of personal cabins. While small, they are urban and super comfortable cocoons to rest in after a long day walking around and visiting the sights in the Colonial District nearby.