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The Best Budget Hotels in Singapore that Don’t Compromise on Quality

Finding an affordable place to stay in Singapore can seem like a daunting task. It’s no secret that the city is one of the most expensive in the world. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality to do the city-state on a shoestring. Many budget hotels in Singapore deliver accommodation on the cheap without skimping on any of that trademark Southeast Asian hospitality.

Tourist woman in Singapore street
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With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve found budget hotels in Singapore who don’t skimp on service. From beautiful Chinatown boutiques to family-friendly apartment rentals, these penny-pinching picks know how to fully represent the city’s reputation for stellar hospitality. Your wallet will thank us.

Best Budget Hotels in Singapore

Robertson Quay Hotel

Robertson Quay Hotel, budget hotels in singapore
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Whether you’re in town with family or kicking a solo backpacking tour, this cozy B&B is an ideal base for exploring the city. Robertson Quay Hotel helps you save a couple of pennies with a simple yet satisfying complimentary breakfast. Meanwhile, its clean and functional rooms feature private showers, AC, and layouts to suit those traveling with children.

You’ll be delighted to know that there are some frills attached, too. The garden pool a secluded spot to recharge after some sightseeing, while those looking to stay on top of their workout routine can make use of the gymnasium. At dinnertime, Robertson Quay Hotel gives you easy access to Clarke Quay and the Singapore River, so you won’t have to look far to get your fill of Singapore’s legendary hawker centers.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Cafe at Martin Road (71 meters)
  • Po, trendy Singaporean restaurant (500 meters)
  • Singapore River Cruise (1.2 kilometers)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 79 – USD 238
Guest Rating: 6.4
Address: 15 Merbau Road, Riverside, Singapore

Oxford Hotel

Oxford Hotel, best budget hotel
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Culture vultures will appreciate Oxford Hotel’s proximity to the Singapore National Museum and Peranakan Museum. This pension also puts you within easy reach of the Little India and Canning Fort Park, but a central location isn’t its only perk. The well-outfitted rooms offer AC, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi for those that need to get a little work done. With an international breakfast buffet, you’ll also be able to save a couple of pennies on the most important meal of the day.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Switch by Timbre X, spirited live music bar (190 meters)
  • CHIJMES, heritage building housing shops and restaurants 300 meters)
  • Clarke Quay, redeveloped shopping area (1.3 kilometers)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 47 – USD 121
Guest Rating: 5.2
Address: 218 Queen Street, Rochor, Singapore

Quality Hotel Marlow

Quality Hotel Marlow, budget hotels in Singapore
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True to its name, the Quality Hotel Marlow is a cut above most of the other budget hotels in Singapore. This three-star establishment in Novena packs in a couple of extra creature comforts, including a sauna, a terraced pool, and a well-equipped gymnasium. For those looking for a varied breakfast, there are inclusive Eastern and Western offerings every morning, and the menu is Vegetarian and Vegan friendly. Once you’re ready to get out and explore the city, nearby Farrer Park MRT provides a direct link to the city center.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Hindu temple (1.3 kilometers)
  • Urbana Rooftop Bar, casual drinks with great urban views (1.6 kilometers)
  • The Bravery Cafe, hip halal joint with great snacks (1.7 kilometers)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 113 – USD 538
Guest Rating: 6.4
Address: 201 Balestier Road, Novena, Singapore

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong, best budget hotel
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Holiday Inn Express is always a smart choice for those looking for something that’s practical without compromising on comfort. This franchise in colorful Katong ticks both those boxes, offering neat and spacious rooms, many of which enjoy city views. Still, your Sing dollars will go further than expected here. The hotel outdoes its star ranking with a gorgeous rooftop infinity pool and plenty of green spaces above and below for chilling out. In the morning, there’s a complimentary breakfast — perfect for a free fueling up before you venture out to discover the neighborhood’s colonial bungalows and pastel-colored shophouses.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Baba Chews Bar and Eatery, bright seasonal fare (71 meters)
  • Foodie Market Place (1.4 kilometers)
  • East Coast Beach (2.3 kilometers)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 109 – USD 148
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 88 East Coast Road, Marine Parade, Singapore

Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality

Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality, budget hotels in Singapore
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Is it named for the American record producer? We’re not sure, but that’s certainly the vibe we’re getting from the disco decor. This boutique hotel in Newton makes a hard sell, offering mid-range amenities while skimping on the fees. Ask for a room on one of the higher levels and you’ll be rewarded with twinkling views of the cityscape after dark. The hotel’s cutaway infinity pool, which juts out from the building on the 12th floor, is another great place to take in the scenery. You and your entourage can also enjoy the full rockstar treatment every evening, with complimentary cocktails, wines, and beers. Should you need to soak up the booze come morning time, there’s also a hearty buffet breakfast available on site.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Les Amis, elegant French restaurant (700 meters)
  • Natureland Orchard Point, popular place for massages (1.2 kilometers)
  • Singapore Art Museum (2.5 kilometers)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 181 – USD 389
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 22 Mount Elizabeth, Newton, Singapore

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay, best budget hotel
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With a vertical garden climbing one side of the building, you can’t miss this modern hotel. Unlike many budget hotels in Singapore, this Holiday Inn Express features a rooftop 50-meter infinity pool and sundeck, meaning that you’re guaranteed some decent shots of the city at sunset. Other amenities include a well-equipped gym and beautiful terraced restaurant, perfect for if you feel like dining in. The rooms, meanwhile, do a great job of maximizing space, featuring contemporary decor, blackout curtains, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Attractions Nearby:

  • One Raffles Place, varied 5-story mall (1.3 kilometers)
  • Odette, charming sitdown eatery with a great whiskey selection (1.4 kilometers)
  • Asian Civilisations Museum, explores Singapore’s diverse history (1.5 kilometers)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 171 – USD 222
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 2 Magazine Road, Riverside, Singapore

The Pod Boutique Capsule Hotel

The Pod Boutique Capsule Hotel, budget hotel in Singapore
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True to its name, the Pod Boutique is an innovative take on traditional capsule hotels. Featuring single and double bunks, each room offers midrange amenities for at a cut of the cost of a traditional hotel. Privacy is still given due consideration, as well. Each pod can be closed with the use of a blind, and ladies can enjoy the use of a women-only floor. For added convenience, they also provide a complimentary breakfast, free laundry and dry cleaning services, and a security safe inside every pod. Those looking to get a little work done can also make use of the office facilities.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Long Bar, birthplace of the Singapore sling (1.2 kilometers)
  • Esplanade, futuristic waterfront venue (1.6 kilometers)
  • Helix Bridge, dynamic DNA-inspired footbridge (1.7 kilometers)

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 54 – USD 179
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: 289 Beach Road, #03-01, Rochor, Singapore

Orchard Parksuites by Far East Hospitality

Orchard Parksuites by Far East Hospitality, budget hotels in Singapore
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Finding something both affordable and suitable for you and your family can be tricky in a city like Singapore. Nevertheless, Orchard Parksuites manages to strike a nice balance between the two, offering a variety of serviced apartments at very fair rates. Elegantly decorated, each one features a kitchen as well as a living and dining space, making this the perfect base larger groups of travelers. The large pool downstairs is sure to keep the kids entertained. And when you’re ready to explore, shopping malls like ION Orchard, Wisma Atria, and Takashimaya are all just around the corner. Nearby Orchard MRT station serves as a speedy link to the entire city.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Joie, upscale vegetarian restaurant (1.0 kilometer)
  • Plaza Singapura, contemporary multi-level mall (1.5 kilometers)
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens, diversely verdant space (2.5 kilometers)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 227 – USD 651
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 11 Orchard Turn, Orchard, Singapore

Somerset Bencoolen Singapore

Somerset Bencoolen Singapore, best budget hotel
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Somerset Bencoolen’s central location is most travelers’ first reason for choosing these smart serviced apartments. Walk a few minutes in one direction and you’re in the hubbub of Little India; a few minutes in the other and you’ve got Clark Quay’s eclectic bars and eateries. Though you’ll likely spend much of your time exploring the neighborhood, Somerset Bencoolen has everything to help you make the most of your downtime. The apartments come in a variety of sizes, suitable for couples, families, or groups of friends. And of course, there’s a resort-style rooftop pool, perfect for soaking up the last of the rays.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Singapore National Museum, vibrant local collection (350 meters)
  • Switch by Timbre X, lively local music joint (400 meters)
  • The Arts House, 200-year old creative institution (1.5 kilometers)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 145 – USD 342
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: No 51 Bencoolen Street, Rochor, Singapore

Adler Hostel

Adler hostel, budget hotels in Singapore
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Housed in a charming shophouse, this historical hostel puts its own whimsical twist on traditional hostel accommodation. From the moment you arrive, the throwback to Singapore’s colonial past is evident: we’re talking shuttered screens, chintz setees, and rattan armchairs. The upstairs, however, offers more modern amenities: premium 330-thread-count bedding, fluffy down pillows, and custom toiletries to name a few. If you need a quiet moment, head up to the chamber balcony and linger over your thoughts while you take in the views of the Central Business District.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, historic site with tranquil rooftop garden (110 meters)
  • Thian Hock Keng Temple, Taoist shrine covered with dragon sculptures (550 meters)
  • Clan Cafe, romantic, retro-inspired coffee house (750 meters)

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 65 – USD 117
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 259 South Bridge Road, Chinatown, Singapore

The Keong Saik Hotel

The Keong Saik Hotel, best budget hotel
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Located just in charismatic Chinatown, the Keong Saik evokes the district’s bygone character with its dropdown light fixtures and batik bedspreads. This 25-room boutique hotel also provides all the modern essentials, including air conditioning, in-room safe, and an ensuite bathroom with a private shower. With the complimentary breakfast, you can save a few dollars on the most important meal of the day. If you feel like eating out, the surrounding area is filled with idiosyncratic cafés and teahouses.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple, eclectic Hindu temple (29 meters)
  • The Social Space, brightly casual breakfast joint (100 meters)
  • Chinatown Heritage Center, fascinating local collection (400 meters)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 82 – USD 139
Guest Rating: 7.5
Address: 69 Keong Saik Road, Chinatown, Singapore

Lloyd’s Inn

Lloyd's Inn, budget hotels in Singapore
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By far one of the most memorable budget hotels in Singapore, Lloyd’s Inn is housed in a postindustrial reimagining of a colonial bungalow. The rooms and communal spaces look like they were built for your Instagram feed, with raw concrete, white plaster, and black steel accents. But it’s not completely sterile. The outdoor patios are checkered with grassy areas and exotic plants, while the private outdoor bathrooms — hidden from view by a high concrete wall — allow you to enjoy a private soak under the dusty oranges of the evening sky.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Killiney Kopitiam, classic Singaporean breakfast spot (350 meters)
  • Fort Canning Park, grassy hilltop hosting concerts and plays (850 meters)
  • The Battlebox, WWII museum hidden inside a British bunker (1.1 kilometers)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 148 – USD 208
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: 2 Lloyd Road, River Valley, Singapore

Thad’s Boutique Hostel

Thad's Boutique Hostel, best budget hotel
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A steal at under S$40 a bed, the only thing bare-bones about Thad’s Boutique Hostel are its raw cage doors and punky neon light fixtures. Thad’s pad puts you right in the center of storied Outram, with plenty to eat, drink, and do right on your doorstep. Grab yourself a bed in a four, six, or eight-person room (ladies-only options also provided). Then head straight down to the funky hostel bar to share a couple of travel stories over a chilled Tiger. If you need a minute to chillax, there’s also a guests-only alcove upstairs, complete with free Wi-Fi.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Tiong Bahru Market, lively center with hawker stalls (400 meters)
  • NUS Baba House, local museum in a Peranakan house (1.3 kilometers)
  • Clarke Quay, lively riverside commercial district (1.8 kilometers)

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 36 – USD 62
Guest Rating: No rating
Address: 259 Outram Road, Bukit Merah, Singapore

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, budget hotels singapore
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Neighboring a colonial-era police station, this member of the Indigo group reflects Singapore’s rich ethnic Chinese heritage. Each of its vibrant rooms offers a modern take on traditional Peranakan architecture, with dynamic street murals and bold textile prints to accent the decor. Modern Singapore takes over on the roof, where there’s a fabulously funky infinity pool. But what really makes this boutique stand out is from the other budget hotels in Singapore is a pavilion space designed to recreate traditional village life. After a long day of sightseeing, pick up a novel from its “mama stall”—a booth selling local literature—and kick back in the colorful armchair, while you fritter away the hours.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Zaffron Kitchen East Coast, casual Indian famed for its butter chicken (170 meters)
  • Group Therapy Coffee, casual coffee house (300 meters)
  • Peranakan Houses, Instagram-worthy historic houses (700 meters)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 150 – USD 224
Guest Rating: 6.8
Address: 86 East Coast Road, Bedok, Singapore

The Porcelain Hotel

The Porcelain Hotel, best budget hotel
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The magnificent chinaware mural that adorns the side of this hotel is just the finishing touch of this boutique hotel. Inside, it’s smartly appointed rooms offer old-Chinatown elegance. Each is decorated in either the blues or whites used in Chinese porcelain design and offers necessities such as premium bedding and a laptop safe. True to its Chinese roots, the onsite health and wellness center, Oriental Spa Chamber, provides restorative traditional treatments, such as the red ginseng facial.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Sri Mariamman Temple, city’s oldest Hindu shrine (300 meters)
  • Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, popular hawker center (450 meters)
  • Bitters & Love, cozy joint for craft cocktails (650 meters)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 78 – USD 237
Guest Rating: 6.5
Address: 48 Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore

Hotel NuVe Urbane

Hotel NuVe Urbane, best budget hotels in Singapore
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Trendy Hotel NuVe Urbane is undoubtedly going after the Instagram vibe, with its clean black and white exterior and overflowing rooftop garden. But it’s not all about the looks. Inside, you’ll find better lighting and decor than most budget hotels in Singapore. There’s also a sharp-looking pool that doesn’t need a filter to garner the likes and a complimentary snack bar—the perfect thing to compliment Hotel NuVe Urbane’s excellent hotel service.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Scissors Cut Curry Rice, satisfying hole-in-the-wall restaurant (350 meters)
  • Druggists, hip pharmacy-turned-bar (500 meters)
  • Museum of Independent Music (1.1 kilometers)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 98 – USD 440
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 3 King George Avenue, Lavender, Singapore

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Singapore flyer and skyline at night
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Southeast Asia’s gateway to the world is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines that merits more than just a layover. The same can easily be said of its hotel scene, which boasts a variety of accommodations to suit you no matter what budget you’re traveling on. So don’t let yourself be frightened off by the hearsay. Book yourself one of these budget hotels in Singapore and do the city-state justice on a shoestring.

Which budget hotel would you choose? Let us know in the comments below.

Sebastian Morgan
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Sebastian Morgan
I’m a blogger, history buff, and serious overpacker, currently based in Taiwan. Eats, drinks, and destinations are my thing. When I’m not writing about those, I’m either hitting up the local hot springs or slurping down a bowl of sesame noodles. I hope to one day do both at the same time.

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