Budget (and beautiful) accommodation in Singapore

Singapore is a wonderful place to visit, renowned for its shopping, wonderful food, warm weather and safety, but if you don’t want to pay for a sojourn at the excellent Raffles Hotel, there are some other great places to stay that are a little kinder to your wallet.

Hostel One66 is a cosy hostel that has been described as being more like a homestay, as it is in fact a residential apartment in the suburban area of Woodlands. There are ten dorm beds, and the place is run by Mr Yang, who also offers free guided tours of Singapore’s nature reserves. There is no bar, and no parties, so this hostel is suitable for those who prefer a friendly but booze-free environment. Starting at SGD 18 per bed, per night, this hostel offers excellent value for money.

Located on a hill in a nice area, within walking distance of Orchard Road, the award winning Hangout@Mount Emily offers “No frills, Just fun accommodation”. The rooms are bright and modern with comfortable beds, ensuite, air conditioning, free internet access, and breakfast included. The internet rate for a double room is SGD 100 – booking by internet being cheaper than the walk-in rate. There are also dorm style rooms available at lower prices.

Recommended by Lonely Planet, the family owned guesthouse, The Perak Hotel in Little India has lovely rooms with pretty bedspreads and wallhangings. The price includes a simple complimentary breakfast. Double rooms are from SGD 148.

The Sha Villa on Lloyd Road is in a beautiful old white building building, with wooden floors and teak furniture, and offers double rooms for SGD 180. It is a training centre for students of Singapore’s Hospitality College, so you get very enthusiastic service from young people who are still learning the ropes.

With prices and value such as this, I can’t wait to go back to Singapore.

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