In this listicle, I’ll be rounding up 9 of the best affordable hotels that I’ve personally stayed in. These hotels are available both for daycations and overnight staycations, and come in at below $250.

Without further ado, here are 9 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 stayed in the mentioned properties. Don’t just take it from me though – all the hotels below have a Google rating of above 3.5/5. Hotels are arranged in ascending order of price.

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Hourly Hotels:

1) Harbour Ville Hotel, Hamilton

A three-star hotel located in the Lavender area, Harbour Ville Hotel Hamilton is best for those looking for an affordable hourly hotel that’s a tad more respectable than Hotel 81 or Fragrance.

My opinion: I would still say that Harbour Ville Hotel Hamilton represents good value for money. Yes, some areas already show wear and tear, and there was a lack of certain amenities (fridge, in-room slippers, phone, etc), but for $50 (two hours) you’re getting a room that’s generally clean, not too cramped, and there are even some bells and whistles like the rain shower. It’s also in a great location, with a bunch of great cafes and restaurants nearby where you and your partner can go refuel after your…physical exertions.

Google Rating: 3.7/5

Prices: 2-hour stay for starting from $50.

Location: 40 Hamilton Road, Kallang, Singapore, 209210

Review: I reviewed my stay at Harbour Ville Hotel, Hamilton here.

2) Hotel Bencoolen @ Bencoolen Street

If you’re on a budget but prefer a longer duration, then opt for Hotel Bencoolen @ Bencoolen Street.

My opinion: As compared to Harbour Ville Hotel Hamilton, the rooms at Hotel Bencoolen are larger, and even come with a bathtub. There are also a few bells and whistles, such as a spa pool and a gym. The rooms are clean enough (if you’re not planning on sleeping overnight), and the rates are very affordable, starting from $78 for 4 hours, or just under $20/hour. It’s also conveniently located next to Bencoolen MRT, with a variety of cafes and bars in the area.

Google Rating: 3.8/5

Prices: 4-hour stay starting from $78.

Location: 47 Bencoolen Street, Singapore, 189626

Review: I reviewed my stay at Hotel Bencoolen here.

3) lyf Funan

For those that desire a more upscale touch, lyf Funan is a hip young offering that is strategically situated at the top of Funan mall.

My opinion: lyf Funan was a very intriguing experience – something that felt vastly different from my previous hotel stays. I felt like I was visiting a friend’s apartment, and as a result, the room came across as more homely and welcoming than the standard hotel room. At $85 for a four-hour stay, it’s cheaper per hour than Harbour Ville Hotel Hamilton, despite being eminently more atas. Despite booking hourly, guests can still use the pool and gym, making it great value for money. The staff were all relatively young as well (late 20s, early 30s), which complemented the youthful energy of lyf Funan perfectly. I had a ball of a time at lyf Funan, and would probably return.

Google Rating: 4.2/5

Prices: 4-hour stay for starting from $85.

Location: 67 Hill St, Level 4 Funan Mall, Singapore 179370

Review: I reviewed my stay at lyf Funan here.

4) Owen House

If you prefer a slightly larger room that’s also centrally located, then Owen House might just do the trick.

My opinion: Owen House is strategically located in the city area, and is close to plenty of food and shopping options. The rooms are also fairly spacious, the furnishings are new, and the rates are relatively affordable (the same as Habour Ville Hotel Hamilton, despite being twice the size). There’s no gym or pool, but let’s be real – if you’re booking an hourly hotel, I doubt those are your priorities. There’s also a good bar in the hotel lobby, as well as a communal resting/cooking area.

Google Rating: 4.5/5

Prices: 4-hour stay starting from $100.

Location: 2 Owen Rd, Singapore 218842

Review: I reviewed my stay at Owen House here.

5) YWCA Fort Canning

Despite being a 4-star hote, YWCA Fort Canning offers 5-hour stays at an incredibly affordable rate.

My opinion: YWCA Fort Canning was a very decent stay. The location was good – plenty of food options in the area, and a short walk away from Orchard as well – while the room was clean and fairly spacious. Being a bona fide 4-star hotel, the property has a gym, pool, and even a restaurant. It’s also a social enterprise, with all net proceeds contributing towards social initiatives such as  Empowering Mums, Meals-on-Wheels, and Sustenance for Families. And at $22 per hour, it’s one of the cheapest of all the hourly hotels mentioned, despite being arguably the most atas.

Google Rating: 4.1/5

Prices: 5-hour stay starting from $110.

Location: 6 Fort Canning Rd, Singapore 179494

Review: I reviewed my stay at YWCA Fort Canning here.

Staycations:

6) Rest Bugis Hotel

If you’re looking for an affordable staycation (as opposed to hourly sessions), then I’ll recommend Rest Bugis Hotel.

My opinion: My room at Rest Bugis Hotel was spacious, airy, and generally clean, while the rooftop pool was great for a budget hotel – it’s probably the best pool I’ve used in a 3-star hotel. It’s also nestled in the heart of Arab Street, where there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants, and is also only a stone’s throw away from major tourist attractions. Notably, the hotel has renovated since my previous stay (it even has its social media page now), and I’ve heard good things about it since.

Google Rating: 4/5

Prices: Starting at $129 for an overnight stay.

Location: 8 Jln Kubor, #01-05, Singapore 199207

Review: I reviewed my stay at Rest Bugis Hotel here.

7) Furama Riverfront

Perhaps the most value-packed option at under $200, Furama Riverfront offers full-fledged services and large, recently renovated rooms without breaking the bank.

My opinion: I appreciated the levity and the modern touches of the Deluxe Tropical Room, and loved its relatively large size. And as compared to its sibling Furama City Centre, Furama Riverfront’s amenities (pool, gym, lobby, etc) are better maintained too despite being around the same price. It’s also situated in a central area, with plenty of food options (Great World City is just a stone’s throw away) and drinking places (it’s also near Clarke Quay) around. And as the icing on the cake, the service was top-notch too.

Google Rating: 4.1/5

Prices: Starting at $111 for a 6-hour stay, and $189 for an overnight stay.

Location: 405 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169633

Review: I reviewed my stay at Furama Riverfront here.

8) Yotel Singapore Orchard Road

Looking for an affordable hotel in the heart of Orchard Road? Look no further than the highly raved Yotel.

My opinion: Yotel Orchard is a unique proposition. For one, it’s one of the cheapest hotels in Orchard. The room is quite small, but it has neat space-saving features that make it seem more spacious than it actually is. The piece de resistance is definitely the bathroom, where the floor-to-ceiling windows allow you an unparalleled view of Orchard. There’s something oddly therapeutic about showering with a view of Orchard, bathed in natural light – it’s truly a unique experience that only Yotel Orchard offers. There’s also a pool and gym, as well as a brilliant restaurant that serves affordable $15 set lunches.

Google Rating: 4.3/5

Prices: Starts at $202 for an overnight stay.

Location: 366 Orchard Road

Review: I reviewed my stay at Yotel Singapore Orchard Road here.

9) York Hotel

If you want to stay in Orchard but find Yotel’s rooms are too small, then consider York Hotel.

My opinion: I really enjoyed York Hotel’s Deluxe Room. At 37sqm, it’s not only one of the larger hotel rooms (for its price) in Orchard, but also in Singapore. I particularly enjoyed the bathroom, which comes with a bathtub and a seperate standing shower. In many senses, York Hotel is the opposite of Yotel Orchard – it oozes old-school charm, as opposed to Yotel’s futuristic modern touches. York Hotel also has a large pool and gym (both are bigger than Yotel’s), and also a very decent restaurant that’s actually Khaw Boon Wan’s (ex Minister of Transport, now head of SPH) regular haunt.

Google Rating: 4.1/5

Prices: Starts at $206 for an overnight stay, with the Deluxe Room starting from $246 for an overnight stay.

Location: 21 Mount Elizabeth

Review: I reviewed my stay at York Hotel here.

Conclusion (and a promo code!)

That sums up my list of the 9 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. 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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