If you had only 48 hours in the busy metropolitan city of Singapore, you will want to get the most out of your trip and that means, finding a comfortable hotel that is well connected to leisure hotspots and taking in the culture and city vibes. Here are my suggestions for city stays in different hubs:
Little India & Bugis
Teaming with culture, finding a stay here means that you’d be in the thick of daily activity of shop keepers selling dazzling fabric, herbs and spices, flower garlands and coffee shops selling masala tea and roti. You will never grow hungry in Little India with restaurants at every corner and a majority of them opening at the break of dawn till late at night.
Shop till your hearts content at Mustafa Center a 24 hour block-long behemoth stocked up with almost everything under the sun, from jewelry to food stuff, from clothing to kitchen ware. And if you have more moolah to spend, hit Bugis Village the largest street retail mall with incredible bargains.
For a distinct change to spend the night, stay at Wanderlust Hotel, a creative design hotel with innovative fittings and unconventional rooms. You will be rewarded with an unforgettable stay and a very hearty gourmet breakfast. Wanderlust is a 10 minute walk from the Little India MRT station or walk across the main road adjacent to the hotel to grab a bus.
For an affordable price with comfort frills, stay at BIG Hotel, the newbie on Middle Road. This independent boutique hotel is chic and trendy in nature. Equipped with modern facilities such as an in-room Nexus 7 tablet for personal use during your stay, a fully functioning gym that opens from 6am to 12midnight and snack bar, this hotel is flocking with guests despite its recent debut. Rooms are spacious and a modern minimalist touch – the hanging lamps with gold finish gives the room a classy touch. Suites come with Nespresso machines and fluffy bathrobes and on each floor water and ice dispensers are available for guests refill.
Quintessential to almost every Asian city, Chinatown is famous for cheap bargains, dim sum, affordable foot massages and backpacker hostels. But for the business traveler who is interested in taking in buzz but looking for a simple business friendly hotel, stay at Hotel Clover 5 on Hong Kong Street just adjacent to Chinatown and right by Clarke Quay and Boat Quay.
This contemporary stylish hotel is simplistic in design and affordable for business travellers. Hotel rooms come with separate toilet and shower areas and the hotel has a rooftop pool perfect for sundowners as you watch the city come to life after dusk. This up and coming chain of boutique hotels are set to make a name in the boutique hotel scene in Singapore. Stay tuned to the Hotel Clover series…