Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world but possesses a unique charm that appeals to visitors from all over the world. Its eclectic blend of traditional ethnic cultures and Western-influenced modernity, together with its low crime rate and clean and green image, combine to form an alluring destination for tourists and business travelers alike. With Singapore’s reputation as one of the most expensive cities in Southeast Asia, is it possible for budget travelers to find suitable accommodation that allows them to experience the best that the city has to offer?

The answer is a resounding yes. The cheap Singapore hotels not only offer most of the basic facilities that you can expect in a decent hotel, such as air-conditioned rooms, cable television and comfortable beds, their low prices allow you to stretch your dollar so you can spend more on food, shopping and sightseeing.

Cheap Singapore hotels can be found in the city centre as well as in heartland areas. Two of the most well-known budget hotel chains in Singapore are Hotel 81 and Fragrance Hotel. That being said, I shall recommend the following districts which generally have a high concentration of budget accommodation choices in Singapore.

Little India

If you want to stay in a part of Singapore where you can get to enjoy affordable hotel rates and experience a less-explored side of Singapore at the same time, Little India is your ideal choice. Here, you will be able a variety of cheap accommodation choices such as backpacker hostels, budget hotels and mid-ranged hotels.

By staying here, you can enjoy easy access to downtown hotspots such as Orchard Road via the well-developed Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and buses. Otherwise, you can explore the quaint district, which has a concentration of ethnic Indians and is an attraction in itself. You can find cheap shopping and dining options in this area, with the renowned 24-hour Mustafa Centre providing a one-stop shop for a large variety of goods at low prices.


Together with the adjacent Kampong Glam, this area with a rich Malay heritage is another excellent choice for travelers on a budget. Staying here places you within a stone’s throw away of the Central Business District while offering a range of budget accommodation choices such as backpacker hostels. Travelers who crave more comfort can also find mid-ranged hotels which are located near the Bugis MRT station.

Bugis is also home to some of the most modern shopping malls such as Parco Bugis Junction, which are located nearby some of the most colourful Chinese temples and mosques. Hence, there is something for everyone regardless of your interests.


Interesting architecture, great Chinese food and excellent shopping for traditional Chinese products are some of the most exciting characteristics that Chinatown possesses. A wide variety of accommodation choices is available here, from budget hotel chains, to more sophisticated boutique-style and mid-ranged hotels.

The main advantage of staying in Chinatown is that everything you need can be found near your hotel, whether it is antique shops, budget meals or just a unique photo opportunity of this fascinating district.

Source by James Brad Lee