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Anyone looking for a rich cultural experience in Singapore should head for Chinatown, the formative district of its colonial past. Interesting architecture, centuries old temples and bustling markets are the hallmarks of Chinatown and there are a whole host of hotels here – from renovated boutique hotels such as Naumi Liora and Hotel 1929 Singapore, to modern luxury hotels like Swissotel Merchant Court and even chic hostels for those on a budget.

Chinatown has such an eclectic range of places to stay, it was difficult whittling our list down to just 10 hotels, but we are proud of our choices as they accurately represent all of the options available to visitors who want to get a taste of the old- and new-world that make Singapore truly unique.

1. Naumi Liora


Naumi Liora is a carefully restored Chinese residence located in the Keong Saik road resting inside the Chinatown and riverside district. Rich in history and architectural interest this residence on approach is something to appreciate with a beautifully restored and maintained orange and white facade.

A brief 30-minute taxi ride from Singapores Changi International airport or a swift transit on the citys underground MRT train network the hotel is easily reachable and central to Lion Citys many local attractions. For the culturally or horticultural inclined there are both the Singapore National Museum and Singapores Botanical Gardens.

2. Wink Hostel



The Wink Hostel is a cozy, tech friendly two star property located in the heart of bustling Singapore, around the corner from the Chinatown MRT Station. Donot let the low star rating fool you, this is a high quality hostel that endeavours to give guests an optimal relaxation experience. Its location means that guests will have easy and convenient access to the multitude of highlights Singapore has to offer.

Those who prefer to travel on foot can take the opportunity to explore Chinatown, getting an insight into one of the many important communities that comprise the city. The rooms at this hostel are unique, in that although they are still set up in a dormitory situation, each bed is in an individual spacious pod that provides a fair amount of sound- and sight proofing.

3. Parkroyal on Pickering



Parkroyal on Pickering is conveniently located at the junction of New Bridge Road and upper Pickering Street, both a gateway to the central business District and close to landmarks such as Singapores Chinatown, Far East Square, Raffles City and Marina Square. The hotel can be reached by taxi from the airport in around half an hour or by the cities rapid train MRT transport system.

The hotel itself offers a unique design with 15,000 square meters of sky gardens with an exclusive rooftop lounge to unwind, relax, and enjoy the nighttime cityscape. There is also a terrace pool for a relaxing dip, a spa, and a jogging track high above the city. A state-of-the art-fitness centre is also on hand along with St Gregorys body and beauty spa treatments including therapeutic massages.

4. Park Regis Singapore



Park Regis Hotel is just a quick 25 minute cab ride from Singapore international Changi airport and located close to the Clarke Quay MRT stations in the Chinatown Riverside district of the city. This 4 star hotel has modern rooms with LCD televisions, floor to ceiling windows and well appointed bathrooms with all the modern perks one would expect including an outside swimming pool, fitness centre and its own in house restaurant and bar.

Local attractions include the huge shopping district of Orchard Road where all those designer brands can be purchased on a whim and a flurry of a credit card. Or perhaps a trip to the Universal Film Studios, or a visit to one of the city many museums and art galleries.

5. Hotel 1929 Singapore



Hotel 1929 Singapore was, as you might have guessed, built in the year 1929; which by Singapore standards makes this one of the older hotels in the city by a long stretch and is an appealing choice if not for that reason alone. This beautifully restored, spotlessly clean residence located in the Chinatown Riverside area of the City is easily reachable from Singapore International Changi airport by a short 25-minute taxi ride or by using the MRT mass transit underground train network.

A mix of classic designer and retro furniture decorate the hotel 32 small rooms and bathrooms. Rooms are appointed and designed in their own individual fashion in this true designer boutique residence located in downtown Singapore.

6. New Majestic Hotel



The New Majestic Hotel is a delightful four-star boutique property located in central Singapore, near the Singapore General Hospital. The exterior of this hotel is quite modest, and gives little hint of the quality inside. Guests will enjoy the strategic location, near the Outram Park MRT station, granting swift access to all the main highlights of a stay in Singapore such as the world-renowned Merlion statute, Bugis Street Bazaar, the myriad sights, sounds and smells of Arab Street, Chinatown and Little India and the many shopping opportunities along Orchard Road.

The 30 boutique rooms available at this hotel each feature unique decor designed by Singaporean artists with a mixture of vintage and designer furniture, and are equipped with a minimum of air conditioning, high-speed internet access.

7. Dorsett Singapore



Dorsett Singapore is a new 10-storey hotel with a landscaped rooftop garden, a 30-meter outside swimming pool, and a modern gym. Brand new modern architecture boasting a full-glass facade to blend in with Chinatowns modern precincts. Located a short 30-minute cab ride from Singapores Changi International airport or a short transit on the Citys rapid speed MRT underground train network this residence is ideal for both the business and pleasure traveller. Close by are the grand shopping malls of the Orchard Road tourist centre and the tranquil Botanical Gardens.

Explore the pre-war historic Chinatown district by day and gaze at the ancient Chinese herbal medicinal cures, handicrafts and jewellery. At night the nearby Clarke Quay transforms into a photographers dream with dazzling lights, late night jazz clubs.

8. The Scarlet



The Scarlet is located 18 kilometers away from Changi international airport and 15 kilometers from Seletar airport. The nearest public transport station is the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. This Singaporean hotel is located close to areas of cultural interest, restaurants and shopping and is used mainly as a business hotel with all the usual facilities one would expect including a bar/lounge, business center, fitness center, free high-speed internet, room service.

The rooms are a good size but it is recommended to choose one of the corner rooms as those are the largest. Although being mainly a business hotel The Scarlet does have a certain character and is a good jumping off point for a spot of shopping around the Orchard Road tourist zone, or a city stroll to enjoy the night scenes of the Quays.

9. Swissotel Merchant Court – Singapore



Swissotel Merchant Court is a luxury hotel located within walking distance of the Central Financial District, Raffles Place and close to the shopping and entertainment districts of Orchard Road. This, along with the natural beauty of the harbour and the great night- time cityscapes to be enjoyed make the area the perfect spot for walks during the cool mornings and tranquil evenings.

The hotel can be reached from Singapores Changi airport by the rapid MRT transit service or by a short cab journey. For those interested in local chic cuisine there are numerous bars and restaurants on the Clarke and Boat Quay. There are also the Botanical Gardens and many parks of horticultural and historical interest surrounding the Singapore River area.

10. The Club



Be it in the small details or bold statement furnishings, the story of Singapore’s colonial beginnings and chinatown’s colourful past is told in a tongue-in-cheek tone from lobby to room. The Club hotel offers the modern, discerning traveller a respite from the obvious and overstated, and will especially appeal to those who truly wish to experience and appreciate the city they’re in.

More than a place to spend the night at, The Club hotel also offers 3 very unique and diverse culinary experiences with an up tempo Ying Yang Rooftop Bar, a chic dessert café- Le Chocolat Cafe, and lastly a cosy basement whisky and live jazz bar- B28.

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