Top Boutique Hotels in Singapore

top boutique hotels in singapore

 

Ever caught yourself impatiently counting down to your next annual vacation, which is like 8-months away? How about taking a quick getaway without squandering off your annual leave instead?

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Fortunately, there’s an oasis where you can escape from it all and treat yourself to some well-deserved indulgence. You’ll leave the place feeling rejuvenated, and possibly culturally-enriched! Yes, you won’t need your passports, and you can definitely do it within a weekend! 

Introducing the world of boutique hotel staycations!

Are Boutique Hotels Worth Spending On?

Boutique Hotels vs Chain Hotels 

Let’s get into some whimsical imagination! 

If chain hotels manifest itself as a school student, he would be the popular kid. Excellent in sports and studies and popular with the opposite gender.

Boutique hotels, on the other hand, is the quirky-looking kid in hipster outfit. He doesn’t try hard to be in the centre of attention. Yet, once you’ve met his acquaintance, you’d feel like you’ve known him for a very long time! He may not have all the glamour and connections to the big leagues in life, but he’s the one with enchanting stories to share. His quirkiness leaves you with lots of everlasting memories which you’ll live to tell your kids! 

Chain hotels are like Steven Spielberg films. They’re bigger-budgeted and have lots of box office draws. Curate your Instagram account with images of chain hotels, and you’ll look like a wealthy tycoon in no time. 

Boutique hotels are like Wes Anderson films. They pay great attention to their aesthetics’ nuances to immerse you into their colourful heritage. The cosy environment takes away the busyness in your mind. Not unlike Anderson’s famous slow-mo tracking shots, time slows down for you, leaving you space for self-reflection.

With these illustrations in mind, you probably get that boutique hotels and chain hotels offer a different experience. Both hotels can’t be compared. Instead, they have their own charms and can serve your needs on different occasions.

Chain Hotels are Best Suited for Large-Scale Gathering and Events 

Chain hotels are usually larger in hotel size and operations. They typically have their own stand-alone-buildings, thus may generally be more spacious. This means that they can provide more facilities, such as meeting rooms, swimming pools, gyms and halls for large-scale events. Hotels are great if you are organising a mass company gathering, a bachelor/bachelorette party or a wedding! It makes sense as there’re also ample rooms for you to house your group of people. 

Yes, you can still have your staycation in chain hotels, but they may not have the personalised touch as boutique hotels. Unless it’s an exclusive suite, rooms in a chain hotel may generally look alike. The stand-alone buildings of hotels may also make it harder for you to connect with the neighbourhood you’re in. You may have to walk a little to enjoy the vibe of the vicinity.  

With that being said, hotel chains are starting to develop boutique hotels to entice millennials and families for their staycation needs. Some examples include Parkroyal @ Pickering and The Quincy Hotel

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Boutique Hotels are Best Suited for Smaller Groups Who Wants a More Intimate and Personalised Experience

Boutique hotels, on the other hand, may not have their own stand-alone-buildings. They appear in many forms; in the middle of a shophouse row, or even in a former government building! This gives the hotel lots of character. However, this also means that they may have a smaller operation, for a particular purpose – Personalisation.

Here are some examples of how a boutique hotel personalises their experience for you:

  • Decor

Boutique hotels are generally design-led. Each room may come with a different design to suit your staycation “mood”. These hoteliers have put in lots of effort in ornating the entire place with vintage furniture, in the case of The Great Madras, and pop-up art, in the case of Wanderlust Hotel’s Mono Deluxe Room

 

At some hotels, such as Amoy, you’ll even get to enjoy a historical trip back to the 19th Century, where the first Chinese immigrants arrived. Besides fusing traditional Chinese architecture with modern amenities, you can even pay a visit to the adjacent Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Some boutique hotel aims to blend in with the neighbourhood’s heritage. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is one such example, sitting in a historically Peranakan enclave. With its hand-illustrated murals and Peranakan designs on its pillows and tiles in your room, complete with its in-house bistro, Baba Chews, you’ll have the fortune of enjoying a colonial-era, Straits-Chinese experience!  

Boutique hotels also understand your needs to snuggle up and get intimate. Extra attention may also be placed on the lighting design and the texture of the upholstery to provide guests with an unforgettable night! 

  • Activities 

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Boutique hotels may also be defined by their character and want to share a slice of it with you. The Vagabond Club, which hosts resident artists, also offers a complimentary art tour around the hotel. 

Quincy Hotel understands the needs of their demographic and offers couple activities, such as art jamming sessions, baking classes and movie nights. 

  • Service

Aside from its aesthetics, personalised experience in some boutique hotels may even extend to knowing each customer by name, thanks to its small set up! 

What to Consider Before Booking Your Boutique Hotel Staycation  

  • Plan 

Firstly, you have to decide if you’re going with your spouse and kids, with your partner or just alone. Different boutique hotels will cater to different experiences. Check out their amenities and pictures. Look through the reviews. There’s certainly at least one boutique hotel out there that will cater to your needs! 

Plan out your itinerary. Research on the hotel’s vicinity and find out where you can visit. Don’t be surprised you may end up viewing Singapore with a brand new pair of eyes! 

Check out what special events or activities do the hotel offer. This could also help enrich your stay. 

On the other hand, if you’re goal is just to chill or have a personal retreat, choose a room with visuals that’s easy on your eyes and facilitates relaxation. 

  • Budget 

Unfortunately, boutique hotels may not be necessarily cheaper than chain hotels. Some boutique hotels may start at $300++, which is comparable to 5-star hotels. 

Nevertheless, boutique hotels may generally offer a staycation package. Find out if there’re on-going any exclusive deals.

Check through the rates and their amenities. Some hotels may appear “cheaper”, as they may not have certain perks, such as complimentary breakfast. A number of boutique hotels in Singapore do not have an in-house restaurant or bistro. 

This brings me to the next point. 

  • Meals or No Meals 

Many boutique hotels do not have in-house eatery. However, that may usually mean that they’re located in a location with lots of good food! 

Yet, you may just want to enjoy a relaxed morning, and would rather have breakfast downstairs, instead of taking a walk. Choose a boutique hotel which offers complimentary breakfast instead! 

If complimentary meals are essential to you, choose a hotel that offers that. Many boutique hotels also house amazing restaurants that offer elevated local and international cuisines, to take your senses for an adventure! 

Boutique Hotel

Llyod’s Inn

Speciality

Garden Deck & Dipping Pool
Rooftop Terrace
Outdoor Pantry

Pricing

From $110/night

Website

https://lloydsinn.com

Address

2 Lloyd Rd, Singapore 239091

Telephone

(65) 6737 7309

Review 

“Well designed place, really liked the choice of colour and architecture. Tucked away in a quiet yet accessible location, a sanctuary in town.
Service was impeccable too, special thanks to Voon for accommodating to my requests to make the surprise a memorable one.”

Boutique Hotel

Hotel G Singapore

Speciality

  • Malls
  • Restaurants
  • Museums
Pricing

From $123/night

Website

https://www.hotels-g.com/singapore/

Address

200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980

Telephone 

(65) 6809 7988

Review 

“Modern hotel…Great location. Friendly staff Convenient bar and restaurant on the ground floor. Great selection for breakfast as well.”

Boutique Hotel

The Great Madras

Speciality 

  • Shopping
  • Cultural Heritage Sites
Pricing

From $138/night

Website

https://thegreatmadras.com/
Address

28 Madras St, Singapore 208422

Telephone

(65) 6914 1515

Review 

“The architecture is gorgeous, the interior design works well with the heritage. The furniture is a nice touch.”

Boutique Hotel

AMOY

Speciality

Fine Dining

Pricing

From $288/night

Website

https://www.theamoy.com.sg/
Address45 Pekin St, K1 Heritage Lane, Far East Square, Singapore 048775

Telephone

(65)  6496 7699

Review 

“If you always wanted to stay in a Heritage house/old temple in the midst of a bustling metropolis, Amoy is for you. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in this little gem situated in a nicely renovated old city house. Staff was professional and welcoming. Breakfast is served at a nearby Deli, which was perfect to start off my day-tours. Great and unique experience. Highly recommended”

Boutique Hotel

Ann Siang House

Speciality 

  • Tourist Attractions
  • Landmarks of Singapore
  • Local Delights
Pricing

From $162/night

Website

https://www.8mcollective.com/annsianghouse/
Address28 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069708

Telephone

(65) 6202 9377

Review 

“ASH is located at Chinatown, a place full of restaurants and bars. Rooms are exquisite, with special details in the bathrooms. Bar terrace is now only terrace for guests, bringing silence in the afternoons. A top boutique hotel.”


Boutique Hotel

So Sofitel

Speciality 

  • Wine & Dine
  • Luxury Suites
Pricing

From $300/night

Website

https://www.sofitel-so-singapore.com/
Address

 35 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068876

Telephone

(65) 6701 6800

Review 

“Amazing concierges! Great location and lovely decor. Staff always greeted us by ours names and nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended!”

Boutique Hotel

Hotel Raffles Singapore

Speciality 

Luxury Hotel

Pricing

From $809/night

Website

https://www.raffles.com/singapore/
Address

1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673 

Telephone

(65) 6337 1886

Review 

“Elegance redefined. I really felt like I was somewhere special walking around this iconic establishment. Our “Original” Singapore Slings at the Long Bar and high tea in the lobby were wonderful, memorable experiences.”

Boutique Hotel

Fullerton Bay Hotel

Speciality

  • Luxury Hotel
  • Culinary Experiences
Pricing

From $800/night

Website

https://www.fullertonhotels.com/fullerton-bay-hotel-singapore
Address

 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

Telephone

(65) 6333 8388

Review 3

“I like the view from our room, it was refreshing. Room was comfortable, clean and well organized. Bathroom was good enough. Will definitely be back!”

Boutique Hotel

Capella Singapore

Speciality

Beachfront Oasis

Pricing

From $776/night

Website

https://www.capellahotels.com/en/capella-singapore
Address

1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island,Singapore 098297

Telephone

(65 6377 8888

Acc0lades 

  • 2018 Top 5 City Hotels in Singapore.
  • 2019 #1 Top Hotel in Singapore
  • 2019 Five Star Hotel & Five Star Spa

Review 3

“The overall experience is great ! Wonderful place to stay and there are all sorts of beautiful decorations. It looks nice and elegant ! I would recommend my friends for visiting this again.”

Boutique Hotel

Andaz Singapore

Speciality

Contemporary architecture

Pricing

Call to enquire

Website

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/singapore/andaz-singapore/sinaz
Address

5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354

Telephone

(65) 6408 1234

Review 

“We chose Andaz as our honeymoon stay and we were not disappointed. The room was well furnished with amenities and spotless. Staffs were very helpful and accommodating. Highly recommend this to both locals and tourists. You will not be disappointed. Bonus point, their breakfast menu consists of a wide variety of selections”

Boutique Hotel

Rendezvous Hotel 

Speciality

Arts & Culture

Pricing

From $200/night

Website

https://www.rendezvoushotels.com/
Address
  • 1 Tanglin Road, Singapore 189559
  • 9 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189559

Telephone

(65) 6737 1133

Review 

“A really convenient location which is basically near everywhere. Highly recommended for its location.”

Boutique Hotel

Wanderlust

Speciality

Experimental, heritage 

Pricing

Call to enquire

Website

https://www.8mcollective.com/wanderlust/
Address

2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494

Telephone

(65)  6396 3322

Review 

“Great place to stay. The staff are professional. My room is neat and tidy. Bathroom is clean. My stay here was smooth. Thank you!”

Boutique Hotel

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Speciality

Heritage & Modern Luxury

Pricing

From $288/night

Website

https://www.kempinski.com/en/singapore/the-capitol-singapore/
Address

 15 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178906

Telephone

(65) 6368 8888

Review 

“Perfect location in the middle of many beautiful places, very calm and relaxing atmosphere, incredible helpful personnel, sometimes they can find all what you desperately needed, one hundred smiles per day! Good continental breakfast, big choice of different food, deserts and juices, rooms are very clean and quiet (Good sound insulation). Special thanks to Angel!”

Boutique Hotel

Kesa House

Speciality

Flexible Living

Pricing

Call to enquire

Website

https://www.8mcollective.com/kesahouse/
Address

55 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089158

Telephone

(65)  6958 1588

Review 

“Hotel’s interior was so pretty and smelt so good. There was even a lounge area and kitchen on the second floor, amazing!”

Boutique Hotel

Hotel Indigo Katong

Speciality

Heritage

Pricing

From $208/night

Website

http://www.hotelindigo.com/singapore
Address

86 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428788

Telephone

(65) 6723 7001

Review 

“Superb, comfortable hotel in a great location with very nice touches that help you get to know some of the local Singaporean customs, roots and traditions.
The staff were excellent, courteous and efficient and we were very impressed with the quality of the facilites and rooms.
The rooftop pool is lovely and the gym excellent with a free weights area and half a dozen quality machines.
Overall, a very comfortable stay and would definitely stay there again the next time we are in Singapore! Thank you”

Boutique Hotel

 Hotel Fort Canning

Speciality

  • Flora and Fauna
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
Pricing

From $297/night

Website

http://www.hfcsingapore.com/
Address

11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881

Telephone

(65) 6559 6769

Accolades

  • Her World Brides Venue Awards 2018-2019
  • Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice 2018-2019
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2019 Winner

Review 3

“Beautiful hotel. Rooms are very peaceful and have a lovely view of greenery and the city. Bathtub included. I absolutely loved my stay here and would love to come back sometime! Beds are huge and extremely comfy. One of the best hotels in Singapore!”

Boutique Hotel

The Vagabond Club, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott

Speciality

 Intimiate, luxury boutuique hotel with one of the worl’ds top whiskey bars

Pricing

From $299/night

Website

https://www.hotelvagabondsingapore.com/
Address

39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207630

Telephone

(65) 6291 6677

Review 

“It definitely ranked the top 3 boutique hotels for me in Singapore.
We super enjoyed the stay there.
Great location. The interior was amazing and arty. We felt we traveled to France. And the breakfast was good. Lastly, I must comment on your staff – Liana. She arranged the quiet room which I fell asleep easily.”

Boutique Hotel

Villa Samadhi 

Speciality

Colonial & Arts

Pricing

From $306/night

Website

https://www.villasamadhi.com.sg/
Address

20 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119193

Telephone

(65) 6274 5674

Review 3

“Cosy and nice place to stay. Room unique and come with antiques. Delicious food serve from Tamarind Hill.”

Boutique Hotel

Naumi Hotel

Speciality

Modern luxury

Pricing

From $694/night

Website

https://naumihotels.com/
Address

41 Seah St, Singapore 188396

Telephone

(65) 6403 6000

Review 

“Excellent location across the street from the Raffles Hotel. Rooms are on the small side but well appointed, and the entire building has a fun and quirky vibe. The rooftop pool has a fantastic view and wasn’t busy most days!”

Boutique Hotel

The Scarlet Singapore

Speciality 

Heritage & Culture

Pricing

From $188/night

Website

https://www.thescarletsingapore.com/
Address

33 Erskine Rd, Singapore 069333

Telephone

(65) 6511 3333

Review 

“The Scarlet is our home away from home in Singapore. Right next to the Buddha’s tooth in the heart of Chinatown with wonderful food all walking distance. Comfortable king sized bed and very helpful staff make this place worth a little bit of extra money. Book and enjoy. They even have a gym.”

 

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