The best hotels for a staycation in Singapore

Feel like taking a short break without leaving the island? Let us show you around the best hotels for the job
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By Michelle Ng and Time Out Singapore editors |
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From chic boutique hotels to luxurious refurbished heritage hotels, cozy up under the sheets with your girlfriends or your other half for an urban getaway without ever having to leave the country.

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Hotels, Boutique hotels

XY Hotel Bugis Singapore

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With its eclectic mix of brightly-coloured traditional rattan chairs and corridor art accents, along with a rooftop pool that sees through into the communal breakfast area on the first floor, XY Boutique Hotel is a one-of-a-kind hotel that you have to see for yourself. Centrally located in the Bugis precinct, the hotel has a total of 15 rooms available with three various types to choose from; Superior, Deluxe, and Junior suite. Each room is uniquely designed with the same minimal setting, pops of colours, and unique pieces of art by both local and international artists. Technology is the star here at XY Hotel with the HANDY smartphone. Given to guests at check-in with the QR code to unlock your room door, you can also control the room features directly from the phone such as switching off the lights, drawing the curtains or even switching on the air conditioner before you get back to the hotel.   

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Sofitel So Singapore

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Housed within a heritage building in the heart of the city, the luxurious yet playful Sofitel So Singapore features 134 rooms designed by locally-based French design house MIAJA, with several specially designed or curated items by Karl Lagerfeld. The rooms are divided into the So Heritage and So Hip wings to reflect the harmonious juxtaposition of old and new in Singapore, and each one comes with a range of Apple technology, a largely complimentary personal bar. Guests can choose to relax at HI SO, the golden rooftop infinity pool and bar, or La BiblioteK, a library and bookshop with titles selected by Lagerfeld. Fitness enthusiasts can also head to So FIT, a spacious gym with cardio and strength equipment, as well as an indoor rock climbing wall.

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Hotel Mono

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Opened in November 2016 and set in a restored, traditional heritage shop house, Hotel Mono provides accommodation in the heart of Chinatown. It is located along Mosque Street. Within 240 metres of Hotel Mono is Chinatown MRT Station and Chinatown Point Mall. Just a short distance away is the bustling nightlife of Clarke Quay is. The iconic Marina Bay Sands and the Orchard Road shopping district are also within reach, and it takes 20 minutes to drive to Changi International Airport. Bilingual staff are available to assist guests at the front desk.

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Hotel Fort Canning

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Rich in colonial style, the luxurious five-star Hotel Fort Canning offers complimentary WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and an exclusive pillow menu. The heritage hotel offers free evening drinks from 6-7pm at the private lounge and free self parking for all in-house guests. Surrounded by the lush greenery of a historical park, Hotel Fort Canning is a two-minute walk to Fort Canning Park and eight-minute walk to Orchard Road. Clarke Quay, the entertainment hub is a five-minute drive away. Fitted with wooden floors, the elegant air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Fort Canning come with HD TV screen with satellite and cable channels, and beautiful park or city views. Guests may enjoy a revitalising workout at the fitness centre or simply take a dip in the swimming pools.

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Studio M Hotel

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Featuring stylish loft-inspired designer rooms, Studio M Hotel offers accommodations in Robertson Quay. It features a 23-meter lap pool and guests can enjoy meals at the in-house deli. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Conveniently located in the center between the entertainment hub of Clarke Quay and the vibrant shopping belt of Orchard Road, Studio M offers complimentary shuttle services to selected areas based on availability upon request. Elegantly decorated, air-conditioned rooms at Studio M are equipped with a flat-screen TV. A cooler refrigerator, safe and tea/coffee making facilities are provided. The en suite bathroom comes with free toiletries and slippers. Guests can work out at the open-air gym or relax in the jet pool. MEMO Eat.Meet.Drink is a self-serve deli by day and bar by night, offering coffee and ready-to-go meals.

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The Warehouse Hotel

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In an erstwhile warehouse that sits along the old Straits of Malacca trade route and former epicentre of Singapore’s red-light district, The Lo & Behold Group – the folks behind the 37-room boutique space – has taken the building’s 120-year history in its hands and spun it on the head. The hotel’s plush lounge faces the lobby bar, so if you’d rather relax away from the soft thumping beats and gentle chatter, the rooftop infinity pool – fitted with salmon pink tiles, no less – offers the reprieve you desire. Each room simply screams gorgeous with the wooden panels, sleek beams, a custom pillow top king mattress with finishing touches by MatterPrints, and a cheeky, open concept standing shower make it seductively easy to linger in your room all day.  For a loft-style upgrade, book out the River View Suite (from $495), that overlooks the Singapore River from the uppermost floor of the triple-peaked heritage hotel. 

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M Social Singapore

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M Social is aimed at the young, tech-savvy crowd: there are self-check-in counters and automated room service robots that’ll bring you anything from linen to cutlery. The rooms have cool features, too – the Alcove Cosy Room has a four-metre-high pitched roof for a ‘hut’ vibe, while the Loft Gallery Room has a glass-ensconced duplex that makes the room feel much bigger than it really is. If you’re feeling peckish, grab a bite at the adjoining Beast and Butterflies, where the daily international buffet breakfast is served.

Hotels, Luxury hotels

One Farrer Hotel and Spa

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Conveniently located above Farrer Park MRT station, One Farrer Hotel and Spa offers an Olympic size outdoor pool, a spa, suites and villas to cater to all business- and leisure-seekers. There are five dining options in the hotel – feast on international delights at the all-day restaurant Escape, pick up a quick meal at Local, Fresh and Seasonal Deli, chill out at the poolside cafe Flip Flop and drink up at Sunset Bar. But it's not just that. A stone's throw away is the 24-hour iconic Singapore institution Mustafa Centre and popular supper spot Swee Choon, perfect for you browse the shopping aisles for just about anything before heading down the road to grab some grub.

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Hotel 1929

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Take a trip down memory lane when you book a room at Hotel 1929. The hotel is housed in a row of conserved five-foot-way shophouses, and its corridors are filled with black-and-white archival photos of olden-day Singapore back in the early 20th century. All 32 rooms, split into five room categories, are decked in a mix of contemporary and retro furniture to ensure that no two rooms are carbon copies of each other. To chill, lounge on The Patio, the hotel’s garden on the second floor. Brunch fare isn’t too far away, too: gourmet deli The Provision Shop on the ground floor serves up your usual eggs Benny and wagyu beef burgers. 

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Lloyd's Inn

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Why jet off to Bali when there’s a resort getaway (well, almost) right at our doorsteps?  With its monochromatic colour palette and unassuming décor, Lloyd’s Inn is at the top of its minimalism game. Go all out and book a Big Skyroom where you can bask in your private outdoor bathtub to your heart’s content. Alternatively, there’s a dipping pool surrounded by lush foliage to lounge in and a roof terrace to star gaze from. 

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HĂ´tel Vagabond

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Forget minimalism – this hotel is the poster boy for ‘maximalist’ design. Housed in a ’50s heritage art deco building, this hotel has the privilege of being the first hotel in Asia to be designed by world-renowned French designer Jacques Garcia. And the classic Parisian influences show: there are opulent red-and-gold interiors, hand-hammered gold leaves and even an unmissable life-sized gold elephant sculpture in the lobby. Likewise, each of its 41 rooms is lavishly furnished with hardwood floor, Italian marble finishes and glass mosaic bathrooms. 

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W Singapore Sentosa Cove

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The W Singapore is a sexy hotel. Beats thump through the lobby, beautiful people parade around the pool and red Prada leather adorns the lift walls. A staycation here is like peeping into the lifestyles of Sentosa Cove’s rich and famous – so don’t forget your polo tee and bug-eyed sunnies. If you want to ball hard, book out the Extreme WOW Suite. There’s a jacuzzi tub, a private lap pool and even a turntable with stacks of records to DJ your own bash. At more than ten grand a night, though, reserve this for a super special occasion. The pool is, however, where you’re likely to spend most of your time: open 24/7, it pulses with life in the day and transforms into a private, sensuous and oh-so-inviting space at night.

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Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

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Heritage and colours collide at the 131-room Hotel Indigo, where Peranakan influences abound in each of its 30-square-metre rooms. Each Indigo hotel around the globe reflects the neighbourhood in which it’s situated – and in storied Joo Chiat, lined with heritage buildings, the boutique space offers a culturally rich experience. Fuel up on Peranakan standards and fusion fare at Baba Chews Bar and Eatery within the hotel premises. And as a bonus for caffeine lovers, the beans used here are roasted by Common Man Coffee Roasters. After a long day out exploring, you’d want to soak your feet in a traditional foot bath – just utilise the basin tucked in the corner of your Peranakan-tiled bathroom that also comes with a salt foot soak, loofah and ‘good morning’ towel.

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Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore

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Ever wanted to live in a plush apartment right in the heart of the city? At Oasia Hotel Downtown, you can – even if only for a few days. The rooms here aren’t huge, but the clever use of tinted sliding doors to integrate the bathtub and living room means you can indulge in a soak while watching YouTube clips on the Smart TV. Chill out at the Skyline Pavilion – it’s only accessible to Club room guests – in the infinity lap pool that offers views of the CBD and Chinatown. On the rooftop, two mirrored pools crown the hotel with swing chairs and pale blue chaises. Refuel at The Marmalade Pantry. The restaurant doles out international cuisine the likes of steaks, pastas, sandwiches and a weekend brunch menu that has all your basics covered. 

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Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

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You’ll never go hungry here. Start off with lunch at J65, the hotel’s main restaurant that serves international and local cuisine. Then move on to dinner at Ah Hoi’s Kitchen, which whips up local delicacies like chilli crab and char kway teow. And if you check into the Club room, you can snack on complimentary drinks and snacks at the 24/7 Club Lounge. But hit up happy hour from 5 to 7.30pm when there’s free flow red and white wine, housepours and beers, as well as a selection of canapés. Otherwise, head to Rumpoles Bar. Every day from 5pm, there are free fried chicken wings that you can use to pad your tummy while enjoying the one-for-one housepour promo during the same time. Still feeling peckish? Head to the 24-hour Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go for light bites and good coffee. If you’re up for exploring, just borrow one of the Tokyobikes from the reception – they’re free to guests from 7am to 10pm – and cycle to Botanic Gardens, less than 10 minutes away.

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