A staycation is one of best ways to squeeze in some rest and relaxation without the hassle and cost of an overseas holiday. If you really want to make the most of your budget and still enjoy some down time, skip the major chains and try one of the best boutique hotels in Singapore instead.
To earn a place on our Top 10 boutique hotels list, each of these hotels had to be conveniently located, possess a unique character, and demonstrate a commitment to superior customer service. If that sounds like what you want for your next staycation, book a room at one of these stellar performers. Links included!
1. Hotel Fort Canning
Most Singaporeans associate Fort Canning with the Registry of Marriages but you could stay after the ceremony and have your honeymoon here, too! Hotel Fort Canning is a charming piece of nature, history and heritage rolled into one. All 3 of those elements play a part in it securing a spot on our best boutique hotels list.
Hotel Fort Canning is a conservation building that served as an office for the British administration in the pre-war era. Surrounded by 18 hectares of some of the most verdant parts of Singapore, its 86 rooms sit within a characteristically colonial building. Given its magnificent location at the top of a hill, it’s no surprise that the rooms offer wonderful views of the surrounding area.
They range from standard Deluxe rooms to sprawling multi-room suites. Laze around the 2 landscaped pools or take a dip in their chlorine-free mineral water. Head to The Salon and Tisettanta Lounge for carefully-curated meals and drinks. Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and the CBD are conveniently just around the corner.
2. Naumi Hotel
Named one of the best design hotels in Asia, Naumi Hotel is a hidden gem of the Singapore boutique hotel scene. Its prime location on Seah Street puts this quirky people pleaser in the heart of the CBD. There is a heavy emphasis on art across the Naumi brand of hotels and the Singapore edition aligns itself boldly with that theme.
One of the highlights of Naumi Singapore is its Cloud 9 Rooftop Infinity Pool & Bar. The 10th-floor perch offers a wonderful bird’s eye view of the bustling locality near Bugis and Raffles Hotel. Bringing the taste of La Serenissima Venice to Singapore, Florian is a boutique hotel restaurant that pulls its weight against much bigger establishments.
Its 5 classes of rooms— Habitat, Oasis, Patio, Gabrielle & Camellia, and Eden & Nirwana give guests an experience that varies from intimate serenity to a luxurious designer experience.
3. Villa Samadhi
A harmonious blend of old and new, Villa Samadhi was meticulously restored over 3 years to become one of the most striking boutique hotels in Singapore. It is an intimate affair of just 20 rooms occupying a heritage building that dates back to 1920.
The best of these is the Luxe Sarang, which is a building by itself adjacent to the hotel proper. It features a private garden and outdoor pool. Next are the Rustic Cribs with their quaint traditional wooden bath tubs.
Around the hotel lies the serenity of 22 hectares of lush vegetation and infinite quiet moments that we know as Labrador Nature Reserve. The rooms here are a delight. No 2 are the same. Custom-made teak furniture sits beneath high ceilings to create spaces strongly reminiscent of a bygone era.
Take a 2-minute stroll from the hotel to Tamarind Hill for an indulgence of Thai and Shan cuisine. Over 100 menu choices await your presence, apart from close to 150 bottles of wine. The 4-metre-tall chandeliers that illuminate the rooms are a delight unto their own.
4. The Vagabond Club
41 rooms individually appointed in a Parisian chic persona. Home to a bar named among the world’s greatest whiskey bars. A Tribute Portfolio hotel within walking distance of the vibrant sights, mesmerising sounds and incomparable thrills of Little India and Kampong Glam. This is The Vagabond Club.
One of the most unique, striking and sophisticated entries on our list of the best boutique hotels in Singapore, this is a setting made for elevated experiences. It may be for the 1,000 bottles of bespoke whiskies of the Whiskey Library & Jazz Club, the curated Artist-In-Residence programme, or simply the intricate personalisation of every visit.
The magic begins from the moment you arrive. Check-in is followed by a complimentary art tour of the magnificent pieces that adorn the walls and halls. It continues at the Executive Club Lounge with its VIP experience that includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, spirits and entertainment.
5. The Scarlet
The year after it opened in 2004, The Scarlet Singapore won the Singapore architectural Heritage Award. More recently, it has been named ‘Leading Boutique Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards. Those accolades come as no surprise to anyone familiar with this amalgam of 13 shophouses built in 1868 and an Art Deco building that dates back to 1924.
They accommodate 75 rooms and 5 suites fitted with modern comforts and enhanced functionality. Each comes with a pillow menu to give you the best rest possible. Several of the rooms come with a balcony and the most opulent feature an outdoor jacuzzi as well.
Feeling peckish? The La Grigne Patisserie combines the precision required to create French pastry with the Shokunin spirit of Japan. For the grandeur and fanfare of a traditional Italian meal, there is Pasta Brava Italian Restaurant with its friendly family vibe.
6. Santa Grand
One of simpler entrants on our list of the best boutique hotels, Santa Grand Hotel East Coast is the only Singaporean property of the 3-hotel Santa Grand chain. Located just 15 minutes from Changi Airport, it’s a convenient stop for travellers or anyone who wants to explore Singapore’s eastern suburbs of Katong and Joo Chiat.
It is an excellent example of Peranakan architecture and décor. In fact, the entire neighbourhood was a Peranakan enclave in the 1920s and 1930s.
Rooms range from the compact 15sqm Superior Room (that seems bigger, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows) to the 35sqm Katong Suite with its separate bedroom and living areas. The Skylight Heritage Triple of 25sqm has a remote-controlled skylight, perfect for stargazing yourself to sleep.
On the premises is the USD Café. No, not the currency, the USD here stands for ‘upside-down’. It is a reference to the optical illusion them of this eatery.
7. Lloyd’s Inn
Monochromatic and minimalistic, Lloyd’s Inn is a stark getaway that just may be the perfect escape for your senses. Location-wise, this is an excellent choice for shoppers as it is just a short walk from Orchard Road.
It is an intimate establishment with just 34 rooms across 8 room tiers. The best of these is the Big Sky Room. It gives guests an outdoor bathtub, luxurious king-sized bed, and designated working area with a bench and a working table.
Being such a compact affair, this boutique hotel has no on-site dining facilities. Instead, guests receive vouchers for the nearby Artisan Boulangerie Co. make sure to visit for a high-quality selection of freshly baked artisanal morning pastries and specialty coffee.
Lloyd’s Inn makes it to our list of best boutique hotels partly because of its opportunities for social interaction. With the bare minimum of staffed hotel facilities, the shared communal pantry and relaxation spaces are perfect for meeting people from across the world.
8. Quincy Hotel
Named the Best Boutique Hotel at the TTG Travel Awards 2022 and recipient of the Traveller Review Award 2022 by Booking.com, Quincy Hotel was always a shoo-in for our best boutique hotels list. It is a visual delight, with bright and bold colours marking the property in its vivid credentials.
The premises are a short walk from Orchard Road, where you can discover some of the trendiest and most interesting bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping. They have just 2 types of rooms. The 32 sqm Premier Room and 26 sqm Deluxe Room both feature a king bed in each and giant bay windows with city views.
We also love Quincy Hotel because it is big on experiential activities. Among the fun and stimulating experiences you can have are perfume creation, macramé workshops and watching retro-style projector films. If that doesn’t appeal to you, the sheltered infinity pool is a great backup.
9. Robertson Quay Hotel
The Robertson Quay Hotel is the best boutique hotel if you want simplicity but without compromising on comfort. It has all the basics that you want from a hotel for a restful stay while keeping prices reasonable by skipping the finesse and sophistication of the boutique hotel industry. For those reasons, it is popular with both business and leisure travellers.
Its 148 guest rooms are divided into Single, Double, Connecting (Standard Double Room & 1 Standard Twin), Deluxe and Deluxe Triple. Within a stone’s throw of the premises, you will find some of Singapore’s most interesting restaurants, clubs and bars. Travellers will appreciate the convenience of having major banks, money changers and travel agencies in the area.
Breakfast and other meals are served al fresco at the café, which is marked by its casual ambience. There is also a swimming pool if you want to work on your tan or want a relaxing swim.
10. Hotel YAN
Straddled by the distinct heritage-rich ethnic enclaves of Kampong Glam and Little India, Hotel YAN is one of the most accessible of all the best boutique hotels in Singapore. Lauded as Singapore’s very first industrial-chic boutique hotel, it features some unique design elements to intrigue the curious.
The first of these is the Single Loft room. Don’t let the single-digit 8 sqm floor space dissuade you— that figure doesn’t take into account the climb-up bed on a dedicated split level! Opt for the 28 sqm Luxury Suite with its bathtub, rain shower and King-sized bed if you need more space.
All over the premises, wood and iron fittings allude to the building’s heritage as a warehouse. While the bareness complements the high ceilings, washed concrete and exposed steel pipes, there are ample additions of flora and fauna that soften the feel. If you are a social butterfly, you will enjoy the wide, open spaces designed to bring people together.
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