All in all, Singapore is a pretty small place. Actually, let’s be real, it’s an island! This is good because it means everything you want to see is going to be pretty close to you, but it can cause a bit of confusion when it comes to choosing where to stay. As luck would have it I lived in Singapore for a few years and, not too long ago, was invited to visit this beautiful country again. If you’re planning a trip to Singapore but are unsure where to stay, here’s a look at my guide to three fantastic hotels you may like to consider, in three different parts of Singapore.
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Village Hotel Katong
One of the few hotels located on Singapore’s east coast, Village Hotel Katong is a short 10-minute drive from Changi Airport which makes it the perfect spot after a long-haul flight. The decor is stunning, it’s all dark wood, warm lighting and bright colours with pieces of art and beautiful antique vases scattered around.
Rooms are big and comfortable with the same beautiful interior as the foyer. Let’s talk about the important stuff first, the bed is huge and incredibly comfortable with big, fluffy pillows that make you want to sleep for a really long time. The bathroom is a great size with a lot of bench space for all your cosmetics and toiletries and a spacious shower with a rainforest shower head. Bliss!
In terms of location, there are plenty of great food spots nearby and if you don’t feel like going out, the hotel has two restaurants. There is a supermarket downstairs from the hotel, which makes it really easy to grab any essentials you may have forgotten or grab some bottled water or snacks. Further down the street is a shopping mall complete with hawker centre and great shopping!
The hotel is also a short walk to the East Coast Parkway, a long stretch of walking paths and trees spanning along the waterfront. There’s nothing better than to walk down there once the sun starts to set and it gets a little cooler, it’s the perfect place for a spot of people watching and grab an ice-cold drink.
The hotel also offers free wifi (essential!) and has a great breakfast buffet, gym and pool too.
The Quincy Hotel
The Quincy Hotel is in a great location, just close enough to the famed Orchard Road that you can walk down there, but far enough that you feel you can get away and relax. Thanks to the beautiful infinity pool high-up and tucked into the side of the hotel, you’ll have absolutely no trouble cooling down and relaxing after a big day of shopping. There is also a fantastic gym as well as sauna and steam-rooms!
One of the coolest things about the hotel is the free-flow ice cream, soft drinks and all day snacks on offer in the dining area in the foyer. Not only this, but the hotel also offers a cocktail hour and nibbles in the evening, which means you can enjoy a Singapore Sling (or three) every afternoon before heading out to dinner. Not only that, but it’s a great way to unwind after a big day of sightseeing and keeps your holiday social, rather than just staring at your phones.
Rooms at The Quincy Hotel are a great size and absolutely beautiful, a traditional dark decor that makes you want to curl up in bed and watch movies. Beds are big, comfortable and adorned with great pillows. The bathroom includes a big shower with rainforest shower head and a big bath to soak tired legs after a big day walking.
Getting to The Quincy Hotel from the airport is easy and cost-effective, even in a cab. Similarly, as it’s based near Orchard Road getting around is very easy to do, either by cab or by walking to Orchard Road and catching a train (MRT).
The hotel offers free wifi (yes!) and a delicious breakfast buffet in the morning (before you start stuffing yourself with ice cream).
AMOY is incredibly cool, its unique character comes from its location in Far East Square, a collection of shophouses dating back more than 170 years! These incredible buildings were conserved and now offer the perfect mix of east meets west. Located in the heart of the CBD, Amoy is part of a heritage project mall with a big range of dining and retail options.
Importantly, AMOY is easy walking distance to a number of train (MRT) stations, including Telok Ayer and Raffles Place and is only 10 minutes from Orchard Road. In terms of sightseeing, just step outside the Amoy Hotel and start walking as there is so much to see so close to the hotel, including Chinatown and a number of beautiful temples.
The rooms are absolutely beautiful and an absolute treat for travellers, I took photos of our room and intend to have it recreated in my own home if I ever build a house! The beds in single rooms are similar to beds found in Opium Dens in the 19th century and the rest of the room is the perfect mix of modern comforts and old-world architecture and design. The deluxe double rooms are a great size with soft, comforting touches and modern finishings. Each room has its own personality and charm. My favourite part of the room was the beautiful basin!
Each room is super comfortable and makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time, a word to the wise; you may never want to leave, especially after you try AMOY’s signature mocktail.
The hotel offers free wifi (huzzah!) and free airport arrival transport.