In this listicle, I’ll be rounding up 11 of the best affordable hotels that I’ve personally stayed in this year. With international travel still a hassle, staycations are the most convenient way of escaping the hubbub of daily life. And due to the ongoing pandemic, rooms can often be found at a substantial discount from their pre-pandemic rates – there’s no better time to do a staycation.
Without further ado, here are 11 of the best affordable hotels that I’ve personally stayed in, across a variety of price points. While there are other listicles on the internet covering affordable hotels, I believe this is the only one where the writer (me) has actually stayed in the mentioned properties.
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For $50, expect the bare minimum – a clean room with no frills. But if you just need a room and a bed for some privacy, or are on a super tight budget, you might be surprised to find that there are more options than Hotel 81 or Fragrance hotels.
A three-star hotel located in Joo Chiat, Champion Hotel offers clean, unassuming rooms for little money.
My opinion: I believe Champion Hotel to be a hidden gem in the budget hotel segment. I didn’t have high expectations for it, but I actually found my stay at Champion Hotel surprisingly pleasant. At 20 sqm, the Deluxe Double room is almost twice the size of other budget hotels at this price point, and also relatively clean with a chic aesthetic. The main downside would be the lack of facilities (there’s no pool or gym), and the slightly inaccessible location (it’s a ten-minute walk from the nearest MRT). Still, if you’re mainly looking to spend your time in the room and are simply seeking some privacy, then I believe Champion Hotel to be the best option under $50.
Prices: Deluxe Double room starts at $46 a night.
Location: 60 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-06, Singapore 427726
At this price point, you’ll mostly find 3-4 star hotels that have amenities like a pool, a gym, and hotel restaurants.
If you’re looking for big rooms with a bathtub at an affordable price point, then Hotel Royal is a popular option.
My opinion: My experience at Hotel Royal Newton was far from perfect – the room wasn’t cleaned thoroughly, the service had room for improvement, and the amenities (pool and gym specifically) were disappointing. But at $80 per night, I wasn’t expecting Hotel Royal Newton to be flawless. For me, the positives outweighed the negatives. For one, the hotel probably has the most spacious room (31 sqm) in its price segment. There’s also a bathtub, which is a rarity at this price point. The location is great as well, being a mere 5-minute walk from Novena MRT, with shopping malls like United Square, Velocity and Goldhill Plaza all within walking distance. And while the service wasn’t ideal, I did get a room upgrade and a late check-out, albeit after some hassle. I even found the dated appearance of the hotel oddly charming after some time – it reminded me of Genting hotels I used to visit pre-pandemic, a reminder of a time where we could actually travel freely.
Prices: Deluxe rooms start at $80 a night.
Location: 36 Newton Rd, Singapore 307964
For those looking for an affordable boutique hotel experience in the east, Santa Grand Hotel East Coast fits the bill perfectly.
My opinion: I really enjoyed my stay at Santa Grand Hotel East Coast, and would say that it exceeded my expectations. Despite its low price point, the hotel ticked a lot of boxes. The location is great (plenty of yummy food options around), the lobby was comfortable to wait in, the service was good (they did up the bed decor in the photo above) and the rooftop pool is an added bonus. While not as spacious as Hotel Royal Newton, the 16 sqm Deluxe room I stayed in felt cosy rather than cramped. It was also clean, and even had a bathtub – what more can one ask for?
Prices: Deluxe rooms start from $84 a night.
Location: 171 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428877
Although it lacks amenities, the rooms of Five/6 Hotel Splendour are the best furnished I’ve seen at its price point.
My opinion: I genuinely believe five/6 Hotel Splendour offers one of the best rooms – if not the best – under $100. Every aspect of the room punches above its price point, from the Serta mattress and the 4K 49-inch curved Samsung TV (with a full-motion wall mount, soundbar and wireless subwoofer), to the plentiful room amenities and the elegant bathroom. The main downside of the hotel is its lack of facilities – there’s no pool or gym. It’s also located in Geylang, which may not be the best area to bring your date to. However, if you’re simply looking for a clean, comfortable and well-equipped room that doesn’t break the bank, five/6 Hotel Splendour is hard to beat.
Prices: Deluxe King room starts at $87 a night.
Location: 5 Lor 6 Geylang, Singapore 399167
If you’re after a unique boutique hotel experience that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, then consider Hotel G!
My opinion: To me, Hotel G personifies the boutique hotel experience. Yes, there are some shortcomings – the room isn’t the biggest, and because of size constraints, certain amenities (such as a fridge, a cupboard, or luggage space) are lacking. But those are minor annoyances that didn’t detract substantially from the overall experience. Hotel G is highly successful in conveying its dynamic vibe, which is evident from the service staff to the design of the room. The rooms are clean too, featuring several aspects that actually punch above its price point, such as the METIS toiletries and the Grohe rain shower. For less than $100 (including late checkout and breakfast), Hotel G is a solid value proposition for those seeking a more unique staycation experience. And for those wondering, the food at hotel restaurants Ginett and 25 Degrees are superb as well – both are my regular haunts.
Prices: Good Room Queen (with late checkout and breakfast) starts at $95 a night.
Location: 200 Middle Rd, Singapore 188980
However, if you prefer a full-fledged hotel experience, then Ramada by Wyndham is a steal at its price point.
My opinion: I believe Ramada to be a hidden gem in the heartlands. It’s not one of the usual places that come to mind when booking a staycation, and that’s a shame. Ramada has consistently punched above my expectations in every regard, from the meticulously clean room (modernly furnished with a bathtub to boot) to the picturesque pool and garden area. The service is great and even the food from the hotel New Ubin restaurant is delicious (be sure to order the fried rice). For less than $100, Ramada is a great value proposition, and personally my favourite out of the 5 hotels that I’ve listed at this price point.
Prices: The City View room (with $20 dining credit) starts at $95 a night.
Location: 16 Ah Hood Rd, Singapore 329982
Moving up a notch, one can find multiple 4-star hotels managed by renowned hospitality chains – which should translate into a more consistent and professional guest experience – at this price point.
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel features a prime location and a villa-style getaway without burning a hole in your wallet.
My opinion: I really enjoyed my stay at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. I loved how spacious and well-designed the corner Deluxe Room was, and liked the dual balcony concept. The view was great too, as was the pool, and for the most part it really made me like I was vacationing overseas. If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is a great option, with the top-notch service serving as the icing on the cake.
Prices: The Deluxe room starts at $100.
Location: 1 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247905
With newly renovated rooms and plentiful amenities, Orchard Hotel is a great all-rounder and a solid value proposition.
My opinion: Orchard hotel has definitely benefitted from the renovation. The lobby felt modern, and the rooms showed no signs of wear and tear and were generally well-equipped. Unlike most hotels at its price point, the bathroom features both a standing shower and a bathtub, which is perfect for those that dislike the combined shower and bath concept. The swimming pool area was large as well (much bigger than the Hilton, which is located just a few blocks down), perfect for a swim and lounge thereafter for a relaxed afternoon. Those with a taste for Cantonese cuisine can dine at the Michelin-plated Hua Ting restaurant on its premises, while those that don’t patronise the multitude of delicious alternatives on Orchard Road. Orchard Hotel isn’t particularly impressive in any particular aspect, but it is a competent all-rounder that ticks all the boxes.
Prices: The Premier room starts at $119.
Location: 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
Review: I reviewed my recent stay at Orchard Hotel here.
However, if you’re searching for a cosy boutique hotel/serviced apartment experience, Wanderlust offers a distinctly different vibe from other full-fledged hotels at this price point.
My opinion: I really liked the Studio Premier room of Wanderlust. The room, though not the biggest, was smartly furnished – with a functional kitchen area, large shower space and even a filtered water dispenser – and felt welcoming due to its use of earth tones. I also appreciated the facilities such as the jacuzzi and the Nordaq sparkling water dispenser, and the service was attentive and personable as well. It felt like I was staying in someone’s studio apartment, and I can definitely see myself doing an extended stay at Wanderlust. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Wanderlust is a very viable option.
Prices: The Studio Premier room starts at $144.
Location: 2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494
Review: I reviewed my stay at Wanderlust here.
We are now firmly in the 5-star hotel category – expect well-furnished rooms, attentive service, and a wealth of amenities on offer.
Perhaps one of the most affordable 5-pearl establishments, One Farrer Hotel represents great value for money.
My opinion: My first stay at One Farrer Hotel wasn’t the best – I found multiple cleanliness lapses in the room that were frankly inexcusable for a hotel of its stature. However, after highlighting the situation to the management, One Farrer Hotel actually offered a stay at its Skyline Studio (with lounge access) as a gesture of goodwill. Mistakes are bound to happen in the hospitality industry, but it’s how a hotel responds to said mistakes that show its mettle. One Farrer Hotel did a great job at its service recovery, and I thoroughly enjoyed my second stay, with the service in particular being a highlight. In fact, I would say that the service at One Farrer Hotel is the best that I’ve experienced to date (shoutout goes to Mr Malek of the Skyline Lounge). The amenities are great as well, befitting of a 5-star establishment. At its current ~$150+ pricing, I believe One Farrer Hotel to be a steal with its spacious rooms, bountiful amenities and top-notch service.
Prices: The Mint Den starts at $158.
Location: 1 Farrer Park Station Rd, Singapore 217562
Last but certainly not least, Parkroyal Collection Pickering offers a luxurious getaway experience for not a lot of money.
My opinion: The wooden, Japanese-inspired Lifestyle Room is beautiful, thoughtfully designed, and actually had a calming effect on me – I felt serene simply staying there. I had a blast soaking in the bathtub too, while looking at people milling about Hong Lim Park. The amenities were top-notch as well, with its iconic infinity pool alone (see photo below) worth the price of entry. Furthermore, the service was meticulous, with most of my requests promptly fulfilled. Personally, I believe Parkroyal Collection Pickering to be the best all-rounder at under $200.
Prices: The Lifestyle Room starts at $199.
Location: 3 Upper Pickering St, Singapore 058289
Conclusion (and a promo code!)
That sums up my list of the 11 affordable hotels that I’ve enjoyed my stay at – I wouldn’t hesitate to return to any of them. As I visit more noteworthy hotels, I’ll add them to this list if I enjoyed my stay. It’s no secret that the hospitality industry has been suffering due to the pandemic, so hopefully this listicle has been helpful in helping you guys select the perfect staycation for your needs, and help drive some demand to the abovementioned hotels. And if there’s a hotel you think I should review, don’t hesitate to email me at qile@wahsoshiok – I just might review it for you!
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