What are the top 10 best boutique hotels in Singapore? These small hotels ooze charm and originality whilst still maintaining a high level of 5-star luxury in Singapore. Whether you are on honeymoon, looking for a romantic break, traveling as a family, or simply stopping by for a night on a layover, we have the perfect boutique hotel for you.
Singapore, the gateway to Southeast Asia, attracts more than 17 million international tourists every year. To put this in perspective, this is more than three times its total population. Some of this may be a result of the 2018 box office movie hit ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. This film is largely set in Singapore and has boosted the Lion City’s tourism even further.
This review details the top ten best boutique hotels in Singapore. Hotels in Singapore can be massive. Marina Bay Sands has a staggering 2,500 rooms, so for the sake of this article, we are considering hotels with less than 300 rooms as a boutique hotel.
1. Raffles Singapore
Opened in 1887, this luxury five-star boutique hotel in Singapore has become an icon that epitomizes the romance of the Far East with an intoxicating blend of luxury, history, and colonial design.
Situated in the heart of the business and civic district, Raffles Singapore is a veritable oasis in the city. Its classic colonial architecture has been perfectly preserved and provides a stark but lively contrast against its modern-skyscraper neighbors.
Raffles Singapore has only recently reopened for guest stays following more than two years of renovation work across its guest rooms and public spaces.
The hotel’s suite count has increased from 103 to 115, while new categories have been added; it now offers State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites, Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, Grand Hotel Suites, and Presidential Suites.
Some of the best rooms are the 31 suites lead onto the Verandah. These are 58 sqm, and ensuite bathrooms have been redesigned with Victorian details and Peranakan tiles, a type of colorful local ceramic.
The restaurant line-up now includes Mediterranean grill BBR by chef Alain Ducasse, steakhouse Butcher’s Block, three-Michelin star chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s La Dame de Pic, Chinese restaurant 兿 yì by Jereme Leung, and classic Indian restaurant Tiffin Room.
In July, the boutique hotel reopened its famed Long Bar, a popular tourist spot thanks to its invention of the Singapore Sling, and the Grand Lobby, which has a daily afternoon tea service.
Even the pool on the rooftop has been renovated and is pictured above. The huge Marina Bay Sands building is visible in the distance.
2. Fullerton Bay Singapore
Strategically located in the heart of Singapore’s financial, arts, and cultural districts, the Fullerton Bay Singapore is within immediate proximity to the Central Business District and key attractions such as the Merlion Park, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Asian Civilisations Museum, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. The Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, and the city’s main shopping belts of Orchard Road and Marina Bay are only minutes away.
With only 100 guestrooms and suites, the boutique hotel’s intimate ambiance and sophisticated interiors will appeal to discerning guests. It is definitely one of the best boutique hotels in Singapore.
The spacious rooms measure from 50 square meters (538 square feet). Each room impresses with panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront and the vibrant Singapore skyline through full-length windows and a private balcony. Overlooking the city’s landmarks from the privacy of the guestroom, guests are treated to natural light and a sense of place. Amenities are top-notch; Bvlgari Red Tea bath amenities are one of my favorites, and there’s an in-room Nespresso machine. The sheets are fine Egyptian cotton linen.
Strategically positioned on the top three levels of the hotel, six exclusive suites offer unsurpassed views through generous floor-to-ceiling windows and two balconies. Among the six suites are five Theme Suites and a Presidential Suite. These have to be some of the best suites in town. Each of the stunning suites is adorned with bespoke artwork and antiques, signature fabrics, and decorative items that embody their individual themes alongside contemporary pieces.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel provides a variety of culinary experiences on the resplendent Marina Bay waterfront. Guests can choose to indulge in culinary treats at a chic brasserie, Clifford, which is illuminated by 10-meter high floor-to-ceiling glass windows, unwind at the sophisticated waterfront lounge, The Landing Point, luxuriate under the stars at the much-talked-about Lantern, a rooftop bar with panoramic views of Marina Bay and the city skyline or the newly unveiled restaurant, The Clifford Pier.
The hotel’s stylish rooftop bar Lantern is recognized as one of the world’s best hotel bars by CNNGO. With bespoke outdoor vintage-inspired furniture, including romantic daybeds, Lantern presents a lush, charming tropical environment that is representative of Singapore.
The new dining destination, The Clifford Pier, preserves Pier’s intrinsic hawker culture and honors its historical role as the landing point of Singapore’s forefathers, as well as a melting pot of diverse cultures, presenting the best of Singapore’s delicacies alongside reinterpretations of dishes from the region and Western classics.
3. So/ Singapore
The best value 5-star luxury hotel in our selection is the So/ Singapore, a luxury boutique hotel ideally located in the city-state’s central business district. This hotel fuses old-world charm with the latest media technology. Known as downtown Singapore’s funkiest hotel, this hotel AccorHotels’ 800th hotel in the Asia Pacific region.
An oasis at the heart of historic Tanjong Pagar, the hotel is strategically situated just 20 minutes from Singapore’s Changi Airport. It will be AccorHotels’ 13th hotel in Singapore and will be shortly followed by a combined 782-room Novotel and Mercure complex, which will open on Stevens Road, firmly cementing the group’s position as the largest hotel operator in Singapore.
Housed within an iconic former telecommunications building and decorated with a perfect blend of both French style and chic Singaporean influences, it redefines the 5-star luxury boutique hotel experience in the Lion City and is perfect for any traveler who wishes to experience local charm at its best.
So/ Singapore is an audacious lifestyle hotel bursting with local energy and infused with a French twist. Located in the heart of The Lion City, the luxury boutique hotel is the perfect blend of old and new, housed in a heritage building yet fitted with the latest media technology. Enjoy unique experiences in design and gastronomy that showcase local traditions and cultures in a new light to surprise and delight.
So/ Singapore offers great value as well as boutique 5-star luxury in the center of Singapore, and their rooftop infinity pool is fabulous!
4. Capella Singapore
There’s a private world of splendid serenity just ten minutes from the heart of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Where 30 acres of rolling hills surround your private enclave on Sentosa Island, Singapore’s premier recreational respite. In June 2018, the resort gained instant worldwide fame as it was the site of the Trump-Kim nuclear summit.
Capella Singapore is a tranquil beachfront oasis on Sentosa Island, is ten minutes from downtown Singapore. It is also a small boutique luxury hotel with just 112 rooms. Inspired by Tanah Merah’s Malay translation, red earth, the resort blends Singapore’s colonial heritage with modern designs.
Renowned interior designer Jaya Ibrahim decorated the 112 guestrooms, suites, villas, and manors. Here, you can swim in one of three cascading pools, sunbathe alongside the lush greenery, get pampered in the award-winning Auriga spa, or dine at Cassia for Chinese cuisine or at The Knolls for Mediterranean flavors.
Reminiscent of the Cuban island bars of the 1950s and 60s, Bob’s Bar joins Old World charm and classicism with New World sensuality and elegance. Relax indoors and enjoy full-bodied spirits and wines, or step outdoors to the Terrace and recline in the tropical glow of the setting sun.
Undisputedly, Singapore’s most exclusive and beautiful golf club, Sentosa Golf Club, is the home to not one but two of the most scenic yet challenging golf courses in the region – Serapong and Tanjong. Guests of Capella Singapore will have preferential access to the world-class, members-only Sentosa Golf Club.
Auriga Spa is focused on our guests’ health and wellness by using natural and organic products, unique treatment offerings, and specialized programs-all administered by a highly trained and caring staff of service professionals.
5. Andaz Singapore
While most of the best Andaz hotels tend to be at the boutique end of the Hyatt brand, the Andaz Singapore has 342 rooms and is housed in a striking pair of concave skyscrapers clad in a latticework of hexagonal windows.
Located at the heart of cultural crossroads, the boutique hotel draws inspiration from its lively surroundings – intimate alleyways filled with shophouses in vibrant colors and textures. The 342 contemporary rooms, including 26 suites, feature floor-to-ceiling windows framing the stunning city views. A number of acclaimed artworks are showcased in the hotel, including color-saturated pieces by Brazilian sculptor André Mendes. Alley on 25 brings street food to hotel guests by offering seven alleyway ‘shophouses’ on one floor, from a platter of barbecued snacks from Smoke & Pepper to a steaming bowl of noodles from Auntie’s Wok & Steam or a refreshing shaved ice from Icehaus.
We offer free benefits at almost every Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Andaz hotel around the world, and you will also get all your World of Hyatt points if you book with us.
6. Four Seasons Singapore
Located on tranquil, tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, Four Seasons Singapore provides a welcome oasis of calm in the midst of the city’s bustle. Renowned for its service, each of the hotel’s 255 spacious rooms, including 40 suites, offers a full range of amenities. As its size is under 300 rooms, we are classing it as a boutique hotel for the sake of this article. It remains one of the city’s smaller hotels and feels boutique, even though it has an extravagant 255 rooms.
Foodies can savor Michelin Star Cantonese cuisine at Jiang-Nan Chun, authentic Asian or Western dishes at One-Ninety Restaurant, and cocktails at One-Ninety Bar. Post-sightseeing, you can gently rejuvenate your body and soul under the masterful strokes of skillful therapists at the award-winning Four Seasons Spa, or reinvigorate at the tennis courts, 24-hour gym, and two outdoor pools – one of which is located on the 20th floor, complete with a bar and an unforgettable, spectacular view of Singapore’s city skyline.
7. Six Senses Maxwell
Six Senses Maxwell is set in a block of heritage shophouses in Singapore’s Chinatown and has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia.
Each of the hotel’s 138 guestrooms and suites are carefully decorated with custom furnishings and original artwork. It offers an eclectic collection of concept restaurants and bars, complementing other in-house facilities such as an outdoor rooftop lap pool and a well-equipped gym.
Together with Six Senses Duxton, the two hotels become Six Senses Singapore and showcase the brand’s ongoing commitment to responsible restoration and conservation.
8. Six Senses Duxton
Six Senses Duxton is situated in Tanjong Pagar, the island city-state’s central district and the eclectic heart of Chinatown, where business, socializing, dining, and nightlife take center stage.
The hotel unites a row of heritage trading houses that have been sustainably restored under the gifted hand of acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel. The original design of this Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage awarded building features a diverse mix of Chinese, Malay, and European elements.
Sister hotel to Six Senses Maxwell, it is located just minutes away by foot. Guests will be able to enjoy the services of both properties and all the colorful community has to offer.
9. Grand Hyatt Singapore
The Grand Hyatt Singapore is an oasis of tranquillity located at the start of Orchard Road in Singapore. From Orchard Road, you will find a maze of footbridges and underground walkways, which lead to more sparkling malls than you can imagine.
The Terrace Wing has 282 guestrooms, including three Presidential Suites. The Grand Wing has 395 more guestrooms and suites. The Zen minimalist design of even the base “Grand Room” makes the room feel spacious. A large desk is contoured to fit in by a floor-to-ceiling window is a particular highlight offering 180-degree views while you work. Other features include a 37-inch wall-mounted LCD TV with a personal audio/video connection, a DVD/CD/VCD player, goose-down bedding, and a laptop-ready safe.
If you are a World Of Hyatt Platinum member or book a room with club privileges, you can use the Grand Club Lounge on the 21st floor of the Grand Wing with private check-in and check-out, free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, light refreshments, and drinks, all day long, canapés and evening cocktails.
The restaurants at the Grand Hyatt Singapore have an excellent reputation and are good enough to attract locals and ex-pats to the hotel. Embark on a culinary adventure from contemporary Western and Asian cuisine at mezza9, and try popular local delights at StraitsKitchen with Singaporean street cuisine served buffet style. Try the outdoor poolside Oasis set amidst lush greenery with a BBQ buffet dinner daily, inclusive of free-flow beer, wine, and soft drinks, or for something more sophisticated, the hearty Italian fare at Pete’s Place is recommended with seriously good Italian food and mouth-watering accompaniments. For drinks, grab a cocktail at 10 SCOTTS or the glass-enclosed martini bar, and party all night long at BRIX nightclub on Orchard Road.
There is a spa with 11 treatment rooms, an impressive and stylishly decked outdoor pool (pictured above) surrounded by lush greenery, a modern gym with LCD screens on the equipment, steam and sauna, whirlpool baths, and cold plunge pools, tennis courts, and indoor badminton courts.
Considered one of the best hotels in Singapore, the Grand Hyatt Singapore is in an unbeatable location. I love the decked pool area, and the restaurants are good enough to draw in locals. The Grand Hyatt Singapore is a great choice in this vibrant city.
10. Rendezvous Hotel in Singapore
Luxury For Less. This hotel is not quite at the level of the boutique hotels above, but it remains an excellent choice in an excellent location with a cheaper price tag. The club lounge at the Rendezvous Hotel in Singapore is a decent size with a decent eating area. Gain access by booking a club room which is located at the top of the hotel near the lounge. Because these rooms are at the top of the hotel, they have a better view than the rest of the rooms in the hotel. Breakfast is limited but of high quality. Canapés snacks and drinks are also available in the evening, including alcoholic drinks like wine, beer, and spirits.
Rendezvous hotel is an A.R.T. inspired boutique hotel. The hotel is located at the start of Bras Basah Road, Close to Raffles Hotel, and within walking distance of Orchard Road, where all the shops are located. Alternatively, if it is too hot and humid, you can take public transport from right outside the hotel to Orchard Road. The Bras Basah Bencoolen MRT station is just outside the hotel. The MRT Station means that it’s easy to get around and visit the exclusive Marina Bay Sands hotel and the other iconic landmarks of Singapore.
Each floor in the hotel has a different arty style, so not all rooms are the same even though they are a similar size. The room decor is largely mushroom and cream, but the hotel has added some brightly colored furnishings, which is “juju” the look. Bathrooms have also been refurbished and look classy. The hotel also has a lovely pool and gym.
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