Your ultimate guide to Johor Bahru
Just across the border from Singapore, the city of Johor Bahru awaits. This weekend destination is a favourite among many Singaporeans thanks to the attractive exchange rate but there's also plenty to see and feast on in heritage-rich Johor. But don't just take our word for it, cross the border and explore JB – you don't even have to stay the night!
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11 of the poshest hotel bathtubs in Singapore
When comparing washing habits to food, you could say that a shower is tuna mayo spread and a bath is Michelin-starred bluefin tuna sashimi. You eat one to get curb hunger, but you eat the other to feel fabulous. Putting the fab into a common routine, these 11 luxury bath experiences are a feast for the entire body (with or without the fish). Check-in, disrobe and prepare to make pleasant groans. GET VOCAL FOR YOUR LOCAL: Vote for your favourite hotel in Singapore
The best hotels in Singapore
On our humble little island, there's no short supply of hotels that will make you feel right at home. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, these hotels are just a quick walk, train ride or shuttle away from the city's best attractions like Gardens by the Bay or Sentosa. There are also plenty of restaurant and bar options around to make sure you never go hungry – even if it's way past midnight. Whether you're visiting from out of town or looking to do a quick staycation, these are the best of the best rooms you should check out in to.
The best cheap hotels in Singapore under $200
Singapore may be one of the most expensive cities in the world but that doesn't mean there aren't any affordable options in town to rest your head. These cheap hotels are more than just a bed to sleep on, they offer amenities like fitness centres and swimming pools, and are conveniently located within the city, making them these perfect base for exploration. A stay at one of these hotels means more money for the important things like food, drinks and shopping – you can thank us later. Here are our picks for the best budget hotels in Singapore that don't compromise on quality.
The best luxury hotels in Singapore
Treat yo'self to the best hotel experience money can buy with these luxury stays. These hotels don't just offer top-of-the-line service and amenities, they're inherently designed to make you feel like you're a king or a queen. When money is no object, and you’re ready to pull out the stops, check-in to one of these hotels to treat yourself to experience luxury living at its finest. We’re talking personal gyms, in-room jacuzzi tubs, and private pools – on top of the standard club lounge perks.
The best boutique and shophouse hotels in Singapore
Housed in Singapore’s most culturally vibrant districts, these contemporary boutique hotels give the established chains a good run for their money. These swish hotels reveal an oft-unseen facet of our modern metropolis and promise to beguile you with its distinctive charms. Whether you’re a tourist on a budget, a corporate executive overwhelmed by a hectic schedule, or a local planning the perfect staycation, expect a lavish range of services and amenities that cater to each and every one of your demands.
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We all know it can be hard to get some privacy at home, particularly if you've got helicopter parents who insist on open doors whenever your significant other is around. Even behind closed doors, you might have a squeaky mattress that gives you away, or perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the reason (we're not judging), your neighbourhood Hotel 81 or Fragrance Hotel is the place to go if you need a room for a few hours without burning a hole in your wallet. And with nearly 44 branches combined, there is indeed one in almost every neighbourhood in Singapore (though, of course, you'll find the largest concentration of them around Geylang). Here we check in to a few branches to see how they stack up.