Marina Bay accommodation is synonymous with modern four-and five-star affairs, all located at the rather bland Marina Centre district next to Beach Road, with the obvious exception of Marina Bay Sands.
For five-star service: Ritz-Carlton Millenia. Arguably king of the pricey hotels in Marina centre, with magnificent views across to the financial District, even from the bathrooms, where butlers will fill the bath for you.
For a night in a landmark: Marina Bay Sands. Not just one of the island’s most famous buildings but also the largest hotel in Singapore, with an astonishing 2500 rooms: stay here for the architecture and that infinity pool.
Moonset over Marina Bay Sands by Nicolas Lannuzel via Flickr (CC license)
You generally pay a premium to stay in the Orchard Road shopping area, though it’s hardly the most interesting part of downtown, and now that many stores have branches across town, only the sheer modernity of the district lends it any edge.
For boutique comfort: The Quincy. A 10min, slightly uphill walk off Orchard Road, this is one of Singapore’s more endearing boutique hotels, melding contemporary aesthetics with comfort.
For a taste of a bygone era: Goodwood Park. Built on a leafy hillock and designed by the architect responsible for the Raffles, this is a genuine landmark in a cityscape characterized by transience.
Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore (Flickr public domain)
Staying on Sentosa isn’t such a bad idea, especially if you have young children. On the downside, heading back to your hotel for a short break from sightseeing on the “mainland” is a bit of a drag unless you catch a cab.
For a convenient base: Hotel Michael. The main reason to stay at Resorts World is to tap into regular packages with admission to Universal Studios and so forth; Hotel Michael is more interesting than the rest.
For contemporary elegance: Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa. A splendid hotel housed partly in former British barracks dating from 1940t the most impressive rooms are the pricey onsen suites with their own large outdoor Japanese hot tub.
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