Singapore is probably one of the most expensive places in Southeast Asia to visit, but some Singapore hotels offer great deals if you know where to look. These Singapore budget hotels offer accommodations under US$100, and provide great local atmosphere and adequate facilities to boot.
The links below lead to lists sorted by their location in Singapore. Click on one of the lists below and choose a Singapore budget hotel based on the location or ethnic enclave you wish to stay in or explore.(Singapore's efficient public transport system, though, ensures you're close to most Singapore travel attractions no matter where you stay.)
Singapore's most historically-redolent districts are also its most modern - stay in one of the budget hotels in this list to see how Singapore manages these two contradictory states. The Heritage District is centrally located - bordering Orchard Road, Chinatown, the financial district, and Little India.
The Fragrance Hotel Selegie pictured left (compare rates | buy direct) offers 120 compact guestrooms not very far from the fringes of Little India and a ten-minute walk to Orchard Road.
Places of interest include Bugis Street, Sim Lim Square, and Raffles Place. Details on other attractions nearby can be found here: Top 10 Things to Do in Marina Bay, Singapore. The following MRT Stations serve these Singapore Heritage District budget hotels: Dhoby Ghaut (CC1/NE6/NS24) and City Hall (EW13/NS25).
Chinatown is one of Singapore's oldest ethnic enclaves - a Disneyland of restored shophouses, restaurants, and the odd museum. Visit the Chinatown Food Street and Night Market to taste Chinese food as only Chinatown can deliver, or walk around and explore Chinatown's shopping outlets.
Other sites of interest in Chinatown include Thian Hock Keng Temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple on Sago Street. Chinatown MRT Station (NE4) serves the Singapore Chinatown budget hotels on the list linked above.
The 2-star Hotel 81 Chinatown pictured left (compare rates | buy direct) is one of most centrally-located budget hotels in the enclave, right on the corner of New Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street.
The budget hotels in the Katong or Joo Chiat area offer comfortable accommodations in Singapore's eastern reaches. For instance, the Hotel 81 Opera (compare rates | buy direct)pictured left offers a good mix of amenities considering the budget price and the two-star rating.
Katong district and Joo Chiat Road together comprise a historic ethnic enclave for the Peranakan, a tribe of assimilated Malayan Chinese responsible for the area's elaborate shophouses and cuisine. Easy transport to the reset of Singapore can be found closer to East Coast Road.
Paya Lebar MRT Station (EW8/CC9) serves the Singapore Katong and Joo Chiat budget hotels on the list linked above.
Geylang has remained largely unchanged over the years, making it an exception in super-developed Singapore and creating prime spaces for budget hotels. Fragrance Hotel - Crystal (compare rates | buy direct) is typical of the budget hotels in Geylang, with compact guestrooms fitted out with cable TV, tea and coffee facilities, hair dryer, and IDD phone service.
Family tourists need not apply, as Singapore's most popular red light district is in the area. What Geylang lacks in respectability, it compensates with its proliferation of hawker centers and authentic Singaporean working-class atmosphere.
The following MRT Stations serve Geylang and its budget hotels: Kallang (EW10) and Aljunied (EW9).
Check into one of the Little India budget hotels in this list, and enjoy easy access to Little India's dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities. This ethnic enclave features great eats (the Indian vegetarian fare here is exceptional), street bazaars, and spice stalls. The Perak Hotel (compare rates | buy direct) pictured left is one of Little India's more popular budget hotels.
The following MRT Stations serve Little India and its budget hotels: Little India (NE7/DT12) and Farrer Park (NE8).
Balestier Road is an atypical Singapore tourist destination - a residential/industrial area that people in the know appreciate for its conserved shophouses, authentic local food, and historic sites. Value Hotel Balestier (compare rates | buy direct) is a typical Balestier budget hotel, with a good mix of location, price, and amenities.
Places to see in Balestier Road include Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple (built as protection against tigers), the Sasanaramsi Burmese Temple, and the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (home to China's first provisional president).
Novena MRT Station (NS20) serves the Singapore Balestier Road budget hotels in this list.