Best Boutique Hotels in Singapore: Our Top 10 Picks (2022)

Charming, quirky, luxe, and more

Lobby of The Warehouse Hotel Singapore with vaulted ceiling, exposed brick wall, and leather couches

Hotels in Singapore are infamously expensive, with well-known 5–star names costing up to $1000 per night. But if you’re going to splash out on accommodation, you might as well get a unique experience out of it. Here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels in Singapore and a few budget-friendly hostels and capsule hotels to make your time in Singapore even more memorable. But first…

Where to stay in Singapore

Singapore may be a small city, but each neighborhood is unique in its own way. Whether you’re a foodie or a history buff, there’s a place that matches your vibe. Here are the main locations we recommend.

Chinatown: This area thrums with an enterprising energy that’s been here since Singapore’s earliest days. The best spot for old markets and hawker food.

Singapore River: Best if you’re looking to party late into the night, with bars and clubs galore.

Orchard/Downtown: Great for first-time visitors, with easy access to Singapore’s top attractions.

Little India/Jalan Besar: Stay here for the incredible street art, indie boutiques, and coffee.

Joo Chiat: It’s a little removed from the city center, but this pastel-hued neighborhood oozes Peranakan heritage and moves at a slower pace.

Click our map below for more information on these boutique hotels and hostels, as well as other things to explore in Singapore!

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1. The Warehouse Hotel

Lobby of The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

Converted from an old godown (warehouse) by the Singapore River, The Warehouse Hotel offers just 37 rooms ranging from windowless nooks to river-view lofts. The entire property is styled in industrial chic, and the bare walls and beams of the building – at over 126 years old – lend their maturity to this otherwise hip space.

Looks aside, The Warehouse Hotel also houses some fantastic dining. Po, the restaurant, is a must-try for its wrap-it-yourself popiah (spring roll) platter. There’s also a small rooftop pool where you can soak up views of Robertson Quay.

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2. Lloyd’s Inn

Swimming pool and grounds of Lloyd's Inn boutique hotel, Singapore

Ensconced in a thicket within one of the city’s most upscale estates, Lloyd’s Inn is a minimalist mansion perfect for a retreat or social media detox. The Standard room is pretty small and it’s worth going one tier up for the Premium rooms – the Garden rooms are a treat.

Lloyd’s Inn is just a short walk from Orchard Road (Somerset station) and Fort Canning Park, so there’s plenty to explore right in the vicinity. Although most stays include complimentary breakfast at a nearby café, we recommend heading to the original Killiney Kopitiam – founded in 1919 – for a traditional Singaporean breakfast.

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3. Duxton Reserve Singapore, Autograph Collection

Duplex room at Duxton Reserve Singapore hotel, with a spiral staircase and full-length windows

Duxton Reserve Singapore is the place for an opulent shophouse stay – whether in the basic Shophouse Room or the Duplex Suite, you’ll find a mix of vintage and modern furnishings pulled together in a stylish palette of black, white, and gold. The hotel occupies a row of shophouses on Duxton Road, right next to some of Chinatown’s best restaurants and bars.

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4. Naumi Hotel

Naumi Hotel has been around since 2007, but still remains one of the most popular boutique hotels in Singapore. Easy to see why: It’s located smack in the heart of the city’s museum district, and the rooms are decidedly luxe, from the open-concept bathroom fittings to the Nespresso machines. 

The rooftop infinity pool and bar even rivals that of Marina Bay Sands! On the other hand, note that food options in this area tend to be upscale, with prices to match.

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5. Hotel Fort Canning

Lush tropical gardens, historical spots, colonial grandeur – Hotel Fort Canning offers them all. It’s the only hotel in Fort Canning Park, converted from a British military building in the former hilltop fort. Monuments and museums beckon all around, but the hardwood floors, marble-clad bathrooms, and invigorating outdoor spaces (like the mineral pool) may just have you lazing in the hotel all day.

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6. Heritage Collection on Chinatown

While Heritage Collection offers a selection of chic, contemporary serviced apartments and rooms around downtown Singapore (and NYC), its Chinatown property stands out with its injection of local-themed decor. Each room features line art murals of heritage buildings in Singapore, as well as quirky posters of local food. 

Delights: In-room washer, dryer, and kitchenette for long stays

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7. The Vagabond Club

Guest room in The Vagabond Club hotel in Singapore

If any boutique hotel in this list deserves to be labeled “opulent”, it’s this one. The Vagabond Club straddles historic Kampong Glam and hip Jalan Besar, giving guests the best of both worlds. Step inside to find old-world glamor, teak and chinoiserie, statement art pieces, and one of the finest whisky bars in the city. The hotel even hosts local artists – ask for a complimentary art tour when you check in.

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8. Hotel Soloha

Guest room in Hotel Soloha shophouse hotel

Chinatown is another popular tourist zone in Singapore, and has no lack of boutique hotels – but we’ve found Hotel Soloha to be the best value-for-money option. Occupying several conservation shophouses just off Keong Saik Road, this modern hotel boasts an “urban chic jungle” concept that translates into a sultry ambience.

The rooms run snug (as with most shophouse hotels) and we unfortunately had a poor experience during our stay, but you might have better luck.

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9. The Great Madras

Private pool at The Great Madras boutique hotel

If you love art deco and a retro-kitsch vibe, check in to The Great Madras (and soak up the intoxicating energy of Little India.) In-house, you’ll find a rooftop pool and guest laundry facilities. Plus, if you don’t mind shared bathrooms, also offers “deluxe hostel” dorms featuring king-sized beds and sliding doors for privacy.

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10. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Rooftop pool overlooking shophouses in eastern Singapore

Although Hotel Indigo is an IHG brand, each property’s design is unique and reflects the history, art, and food of the neighborhood where it’s located. In this case, Joo Chiat’s colorful Peranakan heritage fills each space of the hotel, which is located on the site of the former Joo Chiat Police Station. Look out for ornate tiles lining the walls and floors, vibrant multicolored upholstery, and the aroma of delicious Peranakan food.

Delights: Rooftop infinity pool with great views

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For the budget-conscious: Cool boutique hostels in Singapore

Accommodation in Singapore is expensive, and even the hostels are pricier than in other cities. These budget options we’ve chosen are wallet-friendly, comfortable, and boast a good dose of personality to make your stay unforgettable. 

1. Circular House

Circular House’s pops of color and roomy pods give it an edge over other capsule hotels in Singapore – and it helps that it’s located in bustling Boat Quay. If you’re here for the nightlife and partying, this is the perfect budget hotel.

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2. The POD

This is a great capsule hotel for introverts who like need a quiet base to decompress, and even offers suite pods for maximum privacy on a tight budget. It’s located in a quiet corner of Kampong Glam, so you’re just steps away from the eclectic boutiques, bars, and cafes of Arab Street.

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