Even though Singapore is famed for its luxurious five-star hotels, it is possible to find budget accommodation around the city. Singapore’s cheap hotels range from dorm rooms in backpacker hostels, to quirky boutique hotels to international affordable chain hotel options such as the Ibis and the Novotel.


Traditionally, backpacker and affordable accommodation options are found clustered around the Little India area, where several cheap yet attractive hotels can be found. With its cheap restaurants, internet cafes and the excellent Tekka Market, Little India makes for a sensible choice of location for the budget conscious traveller. The excellent MRT (subway/underground) system means that you can be in other parts of the city within minutes.


One of the most popular ‘no frills’ options in Singapore is the Hangout @ Mount Emily.  This trendy hostel is in the ideal location between budget Little India and glitzy Orchard Road, and provides hip, modern accommodation for the budget conscious traveller, with a choice of single or shared air-conditioned rooms.


Little India is also home to the quirky Wanderlust Hotel, famed for its ‘industrial glam’ interior and bizarrely-themed rooms, and also to the equally popular and atmospheric Perak Hotel. Nearby, the Prince of Wales pub and hostel is an old-time favourite with backpackers, with its hostel dorm rooms above the lively pub, which offers live music, pool tables, cheap beer and inexpensive Australian-style counter meals.


Chinatown is another haven for cheap accommodation choices, including boutique hotel Berjaya, and the more low-cost option Inn at Temple Street.  Business travellers looking for reliable no frills accommodation should check out the Park View Hotel, the Ibis on Bencoolen Street or the Novotel in Clarke Quay. 



The Prince of Wales Backpacker hostel combines fun pub and backpacker hostel. The downstairs pub boasts live music, cheap beer and cocktails and affordable Australian bar meals, pool table and five big screen sports TVs. Upstairs, mixed dorms...  Read More



The Inn at Temple Street provides basic budget accommodation in the very heart of Chinatown. Housed within five restored heritage shophouses, all rooms are ensuite, with air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, TVs, personal fridges and...  Read More



The boutique Berjaya Hotel is housed within a row of heritage shophouses and is located on the edge of Chinatown. It provides a good option for those looking for affordable accommodation in Singapore. The 49 rooms are divided into Studio, Deluxe...  Read More



The Albert Court Village hotel is a popular budget hotel in Singapore, aimed predominantly at budget business travellers. The hotels 210 rooms and suites are set within a row of pre-war heritage shophouses. Several dining options are available,...  Read More



The Park View Hotel is one of Singapore's most popular hotels with business travellers looking for a budget option. All rooms benefit from air-conditioning, cable TV, coffee & tea-making facilities, in-room internet, telephone and...  Read More



Budget business hotel chain ibis is a good safe bet for those looking for a reliable, no frills accommodation option in Singapore. The ibis Singapore on Bencoolen comprises 538 rooms, divided into Queen, Twin and Single, with in-room amenities...  Read More



Business hotel chain Novotel is a good safe bet for those looking for a reliable accommodation option in Singapore, without the luxurious trimmings of the city's five star hotels. All rooms at the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay are equipped with...  Read More



Perak hotel in Little India is one of Singapore's most popular cheap hotels, and one of the most atmospheric hotels in the budget range. This small boutique guest house has 35 ensuite rooms and is housed in a row of traditional heritage...  Read More



The Wanderlust Hotel in Little India boasts 29 rooms, each the work of a different designer, and boasting its own theme. The 'industrial glam' lobby, with its vintage barber chairs and recycled furniture set the theme for the quirky design that...  Read More



The Hangout at Mt. Emily is one of Singapore's most popular budget accommodation options. This trendy hostel is in the ideal location between budget Little India and glitzy Orchard Road, and provides hip, modern accommodation for the budget...  Read More


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