Where to Stay

Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

For

Very central, good transport options. Variety of accommodation – flashpacker hostels to iconic luxury hotels.

Against

Cheap hotels are generally of poor to average quality and usually in noisy areas.

Chinatown & the CBD

For

A stone's throw from great eateries, bars and nightlife. Culturally rich, good transport links and an excellent range of accommodation, many in restored shophouses.

Against

Too touristy for some; noise can be an issue.

Little India & Kampong Glam

For

Backpacker central, with Singapore's largest choice of cheap accommodation. Some lovely higher-end boutique hotels; unique atmosphere unlike any other district; fabulous food and good transport links.

Against

Too grotty for some. Streets can get very noisy in the evenings, especially at weekends.

Orchard Road

For

On the doorstep of Singapore's shopping mecca. Fine choice of quality hotels, including top-name international chains.

Against

Slim pickings for budget travellers. Hot-spot eateries and bars thin on the ground.

Eastern Singapore

For

Quiet (a relative concept in Singapore). Close to the cooling breeze of East Coast Park, and the airport.

Against

MRT service doesn't run to this area. Sights in the east are quite spread out so there's no real central location to stay in.

Holland Village, Dempsey Hill & the Botanic Gardens

For

Home to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, fancy cafes and shopping boutiques, just out of the hustle and bustle of Orchard Rd.

Against

Although serviced by MRT, the route is not direct. Dempsey Hill restaurants and shops are quite spread out – a hassle if walking.

Northern & Central Singapore

For

Packed with outdoor adventure areas and nature attractions.

Against

Some distance from the city centre; best accessed via taxi.

Sentosa Island

For

Ideal for families, with a resort-like vibe and easy access to kid-friendly attractions, beaches and sporting activities.

Against

Synthetic Sentosa lacks character; getting into the city centre is a slight hassle.

Pulau Ubin

For

Laid-back island lifestyle a 10-minute bumboat ride from the mainland.

Against

MRT doesn’t run to the bumboat terminal so it's a long bus ride unless you take a cab.

Southern Islands

For

Singapore's quietest and cleanest beaches, with a great view back to the mainland.

Against

Islands are very basic; no food outlets or shops. Your day will be dictated by the limited ferry times.

West & Southwest Singapore

For

Filled with museums, nature reserves and quirky attractions.

Against

A vast area where some attractions are accessible by MRT, but for most, taxi will be best.