Your ultimate hotel guide to a Singapore stopover

A Singapore stopover is an awesome opportunity to experience the city in all its diversity.

Wherever your final destination is, a changeover in Singapore is a welcome one – with tropical and balmy weather and enough chilli crab and Hainanese chicken to lull you into an afternoon nap, a refreshing 48 hours in Singapore is all you need to get you on your way.

Whether you need a bit of R&R to refresh post-jetlag, a 24-hour gym to stretch your limbs, or would rather party through the night, here are Singapore’s best-value hotels to suit every type of traveller.

The Art Lover

If you describe yourself as an art junkie and spend your weekends perusing contemporary galleries, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore may just be your thing. The hotel was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche and is home to a whopping 4,200 pieces of art. This collection includes all your favs from Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Dale Chihuly.

The hotel is just within steps of the ArtScience Museum and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, so you can knock yourself out with the best of Singapore’s creative scene.

Hotel The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore

Top rated
Singapore, 1.2 km to Boat Quay
9.1 Excellent (3396 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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The Intellect

It’s totally fine to be a bookworm at Capella Singapore, a hotel to make all passionate readers feel at home in beautiful library surrounds. So if you’d rather spend some time relaxing (and reading) during your stopover, this five-star hotel is the answer to all your literary dreams.

Singapore’s colonial past is also reflected in the library’s collection, with many historical books listed including the original copy of Tanemera: A Novel of Singapore by Noel Barber. The hotel even has a spa, so you can enrich both the mind and body.

Hotel Capella Singapore

Top rated
Singapore, 5.1 km to Boat Quay
9.0 Excellent (680 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.2 / 10
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The Party Animal

This wasn’t much of a surprise, was it? Chances are you’d spend your stopover at the Marina Bay Sands anyway, so why not get to know this iconic hotel inside-out? Stay here to enjoy unlimited access to the glam Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool where you can gaze out to the city horizon in the comfort of your swimmers.  Then just choose from 24 nightclubs and bars to dance the night away. We’ll help with choosing the hotel – all you have to do is roll into bed straight off the dancefloor.

Marina Bay Sands

Top rated
Singapore, 1.3 km to Boat Quay
8.5 Excellent (9478 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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The Workaholic

Admit it, you’re a workaholic and you know it! That’s why a spa retreat is a perfect antidote to destress during your stopover. One Farrer’s spa and gym are situated within idyllic settings – think lush tropical gardens with swaying palm trees, complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Take advantage of the range of treatments on offer, such as the Silk Road Warrior, tailored especially for the weary traveller.

But if you must check your emails (sigh), the wireless high-speed internet is available in the rooms – just be sure to return to the hotel’s Japanese-style hot springs afterwards…

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One Farrer & Spa

Top rated
Singapore, 2.8 km to Boat Quay
9.1 Excellent (3716 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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The Homebody

There’s a good reason why homebodies stay at the Oasia Hotel Novena, and it’s because the hotel is a slice of comfort on your far-flung journey. Out of thousands of reviews, several guests have commented on the impeccable level of cleanliness and the hotel’s incredibly comfortable beds – so much that visitors feel right at home. With bed linen made from the finest cotton and a choice of microfibre or feather pillows, you can be sure to kick back in the utmost luxury.

Oasia Hotel Novena, Singapore by Far East Hospitality

Singapore, 3.7 km to Boat Quay
8.4 Very good (3992 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
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The Gym Junkie

Consumed a few too many carbs in your last destination and need to shape up before your onward journey? The Shangri-La Hotel is perfect for anyone needing to honour their fitness routine, even during a stopover. Not only is the hotel’s state-of-the-art gym open 24 hours, but there’s also a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi to relax in afterwards. Or, get a breath of fresh air with a round of tennis and a refreshing dip in one of the largest outdoor pools in Singapore.

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Top rated
Singapore, 3.6 km to Boat Quay
8.9 Excellent (2661 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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