Have A Memorable Stay At These 12 Cool and Trendy Places In Singapore!

By Aida Othman | 26, Nov, 2018
Have A Memorable Stay At These 12 Cool and Trendy Places In Singapore!

There are plenty of cool, trendy and fresh places for a staycation in Singapore. Below are recommendations that fit the theme, some being more Muslim-friendly than others - so do weigh your options carefully such as factoring proximity to the mosque and Halal eateries in the area.

We arranged these unique accommodations (hotels, hostels and glamping option) by location for your ease of planning.

Here's Why The Great Madras Should Be Your Next Staycation Spot

The City

1) Lloyd's Inn

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Lloyd’s Inn used to be a popular budget hotel more than twenty decades ago, but since the makeover and rebranding a few years back, it’s now a sought-after trendy and chic choice of staycation.

With minimalist and clean look, this boutique hotel immediately charms you. If you want an escape yet still feel connected to the city, it is the perfect option thanks to its location - in one of the inner-city residential area.

The main minus point is perhaps there’s no in-house F&B but certainly not the biggest drawbacks since there are plenty of eateries nearby such as the Halal nasi padang, Warung M.Nasir as well as supermarket.

For breakfast (which is included in the room rate), you can redeem the vouchers provided at the nearby cafes - Freshly Baked and Killiney Kopitiam.

You can also utilise its common outdoor pantry where microwaves, vending machines along with tea and coffee making facilities are provided.

Choose one of the sleek, white-themed rooms and create your own spa experience in the semi-open toilet and shower space. There is a roof terrace, wading pool (not for swimming though) and a garden to savour outdoor moments in this oasis.

Address: 2 Lloyd Rd, Singapore 239091
Price Range: SGD150 – SGD300
Contact: +65 6737 7309
Email: [email protected]
Website: LloydsInn

Little India

2) The Great Madras

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Easily accessed by MRT, The Great Madras has recently undergone a complete makeover and is now managed by a new owner.

The art deco hotel is a blend in of vintage furniture and fitting, freshly painted wall in pastels, beautiful designed wallpaper and bright neon lights signage.

The open-air lobby captivates you to linger just a bit longer - here you will find a little barber tucked by the lift and laundromats parked against the wall alongside the old cinema chairs.

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At the front corner, sits a Spanish bistro called The Great Mischief. It invites you to sample its dishes made from Halal sourced ingredients.

Their 35 rooms come in varying sizes to suit any type of travellers and budgets. The hostel options are all available with shared bathrooms (shower and toilet in one room) and there’s also a women-only hostel.

Not only will you be glad that all rooms are complete with modern comfort facilities, there is also a prayer room available on the premise and a small outdoor pool waiting for a dip.

The Great Madras is one of Singapore's hipster hangout places that is Muslim-friendly.

Address: 28 Madras Street, 208422 Singapore
Price Range: SGD80 - SGD350
Contact: + 65 - 6914 1515
Email: [email protected]
Website: TheGreatMadras

3) The Daulat

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Once an old British shophouse in Little India, 16 rooms at The Daulat have been installed to meet contemporary and luxurious needs of its modern customers. The interior is Middle Eastern inspired and rooms are freshly painted in white.

As you land on the handpicked 300-thread count linen, you will surely fall asleep instantly on its comfortable Sealy “Posturepedic Mattress” bed.

Wake up to a cup of coffee in the morning from the provided Nespresso machine. The bathroom amenities from London’s Penhaligon brand awaits you for a luxurious rain shower accompanied by music from its Geneva audio system.

Check out the loft style room where sleeping area occupies the mezzanine which separates the living area.

A complimentary Halal Western breakfast can be enjoyed at Santap Café in the lobby. If you're tired from binging the free DVDs, pop by upstairs to have a dip in its rooftop pool.

Address: 16 Madras Street, Singapore 208413
Price Range: SGD130 - SGD280
Contact: +65 6408 5555
Email: [email protected]
Website: TheDaulat

Singapore Riverside

To get to the following 3 hotels, you can access the closest MRT at Clarke Quay. You can also take advantage of the free shuttle bus provided at the Millennium and Copthorne riverside hotels.

4) Studio M

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Studio M has a small lobby decorated with white fitting and long chandeliers dazzling from the high ceiling to welcome you into this fully loft-inspired designer hotel.

All their rooms are able to accommodate 2 adults and 1 child (below 12 years old). They also offer elevated ceilings with an exclusive view of the city.

Designed by an Italian architect, you can ride their see-thru lifts while glancing at the contemporary outdoor living which features a 25m lap pool, outdoor gym and jet pool.

Enjoy breakfast with style at a dedicated area on Level 2, an intimate oasis of tranquility before taking a nice stroll along the river.

Address: No. 3 Nanson Road Singapore 238910
Price Range: SGD150 – SGD400
Contact: +65 6808 8888
Email: [email protected]
Website: MilleniumHotels

5) M Social Singapore

Picture: MillenniumHotels

A modern and contemporary Italian designed hotel, M Social will not only provide a chic staycation, but it will also give you a new experience.

The outside lobby features a funky mural which welcomes you as you enter, and beautiful tiles decorated the floor. Be fascinated by its automated room service robot and during breakfast, there’ll be a robot cooking eggs for you as well.

Choose any of its 293 chic rooms – from the small yet cozy Alcove Room to spacious loft style rooms. There’s an infinity pool available for a good swim.

Try the modern Asian cuisine at their Beast And Butterfly Restaurant - though not Halal certified, it serves plenty of seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Their Dessert selection will impress you – try the chef recommended dessert such as yam brûlée or rojak ice cream toast.

There’s Freshbox Locker at the lobby, should you want some healthy meal from Saladstop to be delivered to the chilled locker – their poultry is Halal sourced and some salad dressing contains no alcohol.

Address: 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259
Price Range: SG$130 – SG$300
Contact: +65 6206 1888
Email: [email protected]
Website: MillenniumHotels

6) The Warehouse Hotel Singapore

Website: TheWareHouseHotel

Part of the prestigious Design Hotel portfolio, The Warehouse Hotel is notably a 37-room reborn and restored heritage building in a spot of what used to be the hotbed of trade and shipping activities.

A particularly beautiful hotel that has received numerous accolades, with peaked roofs and shuttered windows. You will be impressed by the edgy industrial open plan lobby decorated with a set of designer furniture.

You can admire the historic conservation details including original beams and a soaring peaked ceiling. The rooms offer a perfect balance of light and darkness.

You will experience a unique boutique stay from its best feature such as Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, custom mattresses, 100% eco-certified Ashley & Co bath amenities, eco-friendly Nordaq water bottles and an infinity pool.

Pop by Po is the hotel's flagship restaurant. Although not halal certified, they have an alcohol-free signature dessert, the Ice Cream Popiah.

Address: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628
Price Range: SGD240- SGD650
Contact: +65 6828 0000
Email: [email protected]
Website: TheWareHouseHotel

Central - South

7) Villa Samadhi Singapore by Samadhi

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Villa Samadhi is a 20-room boutique hotel charmingly decorated with teak furnishings that exude old colonial charm in a renovated black and white house, tucked away from the hustle and bustle city life surrounded by the lush natural greenery.

Complimentary welcoming high tea, shuttle to Vivocity, king size bed in each room, and a common area library with an extensive collection of books are some of the unique features to look for when you stay in this spacious villa.

If you are after the Crib room with a wooden bath, do indicate your interest. For an added touch of privacy, the Luxe Sarang room will serve as your own sanctuary equip with private garden and pool.

If the short walk through the rainforest from your room to the breakfast place is not enough, you may want to explore the nearby coastal Labrador Park, Mount Faber, and Southern Ridges.

The must-visit during your stay is the stand-alone Tamarind Hill Restaurant for its stunning venue.

It is only a few minutes stroll via a jungle boardwalk and it offers exquisite Thai and Shan cuisine.  Although they are not Halal certified, there offer plenty of vegetarian and seafood dishes from its long menu.

Address: 20 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119193
Price Range: SGD280 – SGD850
Contact: +603 9212 9363
Email: [email protected]
Website: VillaSamadhi

East - Changi

8) Raintr33 Hotel Singapore

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Another colonial building stay that we recommend is tucked in the tranquil greenery of Changi Village. Raintr33 Hotel maybe a bit out of the way, but rooms are generally big – for example, Mulberry is the smallest available at 24 m².

Maintaining the old style, expect to climb stairs since no lift is available – fret not as it’s only 3 floors high and there are only 2 blocks.

Ensure you ask for a room that gives you as much privacy as possible, away from Red Beret bar/restaurant which sometimes can be noisy at night.

Their restaurant is not Halal certified so you may want to dine out instead, taking advantage of the numerous delicious eateries or hawker stalls nearby. For a large get-together, you can plan for a barbeque.

The facility located at the lower pool deck amidst the lush greenery with a spacious outdoor space.

For activities to do, you can walk around the surrounding or ride a bicycle provided by the hotel to explore the Changi Boardwalk and Changi Beach Club situated only minutes away.

You can also visit Changi Point, Loyang Park Connector, or go to Pulau Ubin from Changi Ferry Terminal.

Address: 33 Hendon Road Singapore 509673
Price Range: SGD100 – SGD250
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +65 6653 3833
Website: Raintr33hotel

9) The Pod

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There are plenty of complimentary services available at this new establishment such as buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, toiletries (including toothbrush and toothpaste), local calls, drinking water and a facility for work requiring laptops in the business pods.

The capsule room comes with personal lockers. There are 3 types of dormitory though mostly are singles (mixed, female or male only) or bigger queen size suite pod (30 m²).

Featuring front or side entry, each capsule comes with a clothes rack with hanger, power socket, a reading light, and fold-down table. A touch of luxury accompanies the capsules with 300 thread count sheets and a fluffy duvet.

Address: 289 Beach Road Level 3 Singapore 199552
Price Range: SGD40 - SGD100
Contact: +65 6298 8505
Email: [email protected]
Website: ThePodCapsuleHotel

10) CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotel – Kampong Glam

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This capsule hotel is nestled in a restored shophouse block right in the heart of Kampung Glam (Singapore hipster hangout place) and minutes away from the Sultan Masjid Mosque.

Private rooms that can sleep 4, 6 and 8 people as well as female private rooms are available.

You will appreciate the fluffy duck-feather duvet, 250 thread-count linens, complimentary buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free washing and dryer (only 1 set provided).

The common area includes in-house café, a library, a terrace, and a kitchen, should you want to cook. As for lockers, you will be given 3 – outside for footwear, storage for luggage, and a safe in the cube for personal belongings.

Be mindful that there is no lift. For planning activities to do in Singapore, the Singapore Visitor Centre is located on the premise to assist with tour arrangement or ticketing services.

Address: 54, 55, 56 Bussorah Street, Bugis, Singapore, 199471 Singapore
Price Range: SGD45 – SGD370
Contact: +65 6291 1696
Email: [email protected]
Website: CubeHotels

11) Glamping City

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Founded in 2017 by Ryan Lam, Glamping City claimed to provide a “luxury unique camping experience”.

They are offering 2 locations – for Sentosa location campers can enjoy air-conditioning tent with electrical supply, mini-fridge, and private toilet.

Tent available for couples, big groups or families of 6 adults. Don’t forget to ask for complimentary board games.

Address: East Coast Park
Operating Hours: Check-in: 3PM
                               Check-out: 10AM
Price Range: SGD170 - SGD240
Contact: +65 9651 1114
Email: [email protected], or [email protected]
Website: GlampingCity

12) Glamping Society

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Meet the first glamping provider in Singapore with its vision to serve a “top-notch quality service”. The tent is available in 4 different sizes (sleeps from 2 to 8 people).

The tent at Punggol comes with air-conditioning and power outlets – only no showering facilities and no BBQ facilities.

Address: Area G East Coast Park (Pit 65 to Pit 76)
               Punggol Container Park (50 Punggol East)
Operating Hours: Check-in: 3P
                              Check-out: 12 pm .
                              Punggol: Daily
                              East Coast Park: Weekends
Price Range: SGD120 - SGD300
Contact: +65 9384 1244 or +65 8751 5339 on weekdays
Email: [email protected]
Website: GlampingSociety
Operating Hours:
Check-in: 3PM
                              Check-out: 12 pm .
                                Daily (Punggol) and Weekends( East Coast Park)

Add-on charges apply for special occasions and they take any special request such as for parties, retreat, festivals, or any customized theme.

As for food, you can choose one of the packages with meal included, or you can fire up the barbeque – advance booking required. You may also choose whether to dine out or get a takeaway.

What are you waiting for? Begin planning a chic and trendy staycation in Singapore now!

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