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Where to Stay in Singapore
Whether you want to stay near historical sites or in the heart of the city's nightlife scene, Singapore has a hotel for you. Business travelers will want to look for accommodations downtown along the Singapore River. In addition to the breathtaking views of the skyscrapers along the waters edge, hotels in this area offer visitors easy access to Singapore's commercial center. Pleasure seekers can find much to do in this downtown district as well. The north bank of the riverside is home to Singapore's most important cultural attractions, including the Merlion monument, the official symbol of Singapore. If shopping is your idea of a good vacation, search for luxury hotels near Orchard Road. This commercial strip is Singapore's main shopping district. Here, visitors can get lost among the street's shopping malls, which stretch on for more than a mile. Orchard Road also features a seemingly endless selection of restaurants, from Korean barbecue to Hong Kong tea cafes. Or find a hotel among the neon lights of Singapore's famous Chinatown district. Not only does this neighborhood offer travelers a taste of Chinese culture, it also has one of the best nightclub scenes in the city. From swank lounges to intimate pubs, Chinatown is vibrant both day and night.
Singapore Hotel Tips
Thanks to Singapore's tropical climate, the peak tourist season for the city is in the dead of winter. Hotel prices tend to increase around December but begin to taper off as the summer months approach. In fact, the best time to find cheap flights to Singapore and hotel deals is in July and August. This is the off-season for tourists, so many hotels try to entice vacationers with low prices and special packages. As an added bonus, if you book your trip in July, you'll be able to take part in Singapore's annual month-long food festival, a celebration that highlights local cuisine.
Due to the city's high concentration of Chinese residents, Chinese New Year, which falls anywhere from late January to mid February, is one of the busiest times to visit Singapore. Those wishing to take part in the citywide festivities should consider booking hotel reservations far in advance.
Singapore Hotel Recommendations
If you're looking for a luxurious stay in the heart of Chinatown, check out the critically acclaimed New Majestic Hotel. This 30-room boutique showcases the artistic talents of more than a dozen Singapore creatives. Each guestrooms is uniquely designed with original artwork and elegant furnishings. In addition to its lavish guestrooms, the hotel claims four theme rooms: the mirror room, the hanging bed room, the aquarium room and the loft room. Run by an award-winning chef, the New Majestic Hotel's restaurant pairs modern Cantonese cuisine with Singapore's finest wines for a delicious dining experience.
For those in search of a centrally located hotel near Singapore's commercial heart, book reservations at the Copthorne King's Hotel. Located along the picturesque Singapore River, this four-star hotel provides guests with easy access to the city's Central Business District as well as a slew of shopping, dining and entertainment options. The hotel's recreational facilities boast an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam bath, a fitness center and a putting green. Guestrooms are bathed in warm, welcoming tones and sport contemporary interiors. The hotel's Tien Court Restaurant specializes in such gourmet Chinese dishes as shark cartilage soup and Beijing duck.
Housed in an exquisite historical building, the five-star Fullerton Hotel Singapore is one of the most luxurious accommodations near the Orchard Road shopping district. The hotel's spacious guestrooms are equipped with modern furnishings. Guests can choose from a variety of views, from rooms that overlook the river to those that overlook the hotel's courtyard. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a full-service spa. The hotel also houses a handful of upscale retail boutiques, including jewelers and art dealers. The Fullerton offers a handful of dining and bar options including a chic Italian restaurant located at the top of the hotel.
Singapore is known for having one of the best public transportation systems in the world. Visitors have no shortage of transport options, including the mass rapid transit (MRT) and the light rail transit (LRT) systems. The MRT provides transport throughout the city, stopping at many popular tourist destinations, including Marina Bay, Little India and Tanjong Pagar, Singapore's unofficial gay district. Travelers can also take the MRT to and from the Singapore Changi International Airport. Singapore also claims a large bus network with some routes running throughout the night. If you'd rather avoid public transportation, you can pick up a taxi at one of downtown Singapore's taxi stands. Or for a scenic trip, take a boat ride along the Singapore River.