Most hotels in Bugis are located right next to Bugis Street, home to over 600 street-shopping vendors, making it ideal for hardcore shoppers and bargain hunters. With trendy stores and inexpensive souvenirs, Bugis Street is popular with the cash-strapped younger generation.
Bugis is also close to Arab Street and Kampong Glam, the ethnic center of the Malay people, providing a unique opportunity to learn about their rich culture and indulge in authentic Malay Food. While Bugis Street features busy street-style shopping, Arab Street and Kampong Glam line their streets with old Shophouses and pedestrian areas. The Bugis area offers a variety of cheap to midrange accommodations, making it easy to stay right in the middle of the action.
The Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen is one of the highest rated hotels in Bugis, with clean rooms, comfortable bedding, and simple decoration. The hotel is very close to Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho and the Singapore National Museum. Orchard Road and Little India are also nearby, and the Bugis MRT station is a very short walk away.
The Ibis offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in the morning, and a restaurant in the hotel servicing Thematic cuisine. Connecting rooms are available for those with families or larger parties. Rates start at S$168 per night.
Rates and Reviews: Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen
The Aliwal Park Hotel on Aliwal Street is a good lodging option for those looking for a cheap hotel with more privacy than a hostel offers.
With only 55 guest rooms, it is a smaller hotel, but all units feature cable televisions, coffee/tea makers, and blackout drapes. Hair dryers and ironing boards are available on request. Aliwal Park Hotel is close to the Malay Heritage Centre, Sultan Mosque and Arab Street. Room rates start at about S$100 per night.
Rates and Reviews: Aliwal Park Hotel
Budget hotels in Bugis include Hotel 81-Bugis and Santa Grand Hotel Bugis. Hotel 81-Bugis is close to Raffles Hotel and Raffles City Shopping Mall. It's also relatively near to the Suntec City and National Museum of Singapore.
The hotel offers laundry facilities and free parking. Room amenities are simple- air conditioning, satellite television, and a coffee/tea maker- which helps keep the rates within the budget hotel range. Rooms start at about $113 per night.
Rates and Reviews: Hotel 81-Bugis
Santa Grand Hotel Bugis offers a few more recreational amenities, with a fitness centre, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. This hotel is within the Kampong Galm area and about a 5-minute walk from the Sultan Mosque and Arab Street.
Le Grand Restaurant, located in the hotel, serves Western style food. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hotel. Rooms start at S$127, depending on the season.
Rates and Reviews: Santa Grand Hotel Bugis
For travellers seeking something a little more upscale, mid-range hotels in the area include Parkroyal on Beach Road and Landmark Village Hotel. Located close to Malay Heritage Center, Marina Square Shopping Malls and Esplanade Theatre, Parkroyal on Beach Road put travellers right in the heart of the city.
With a health club, steam room, fitness center, and outdoor pool, the 4-star hotel provides plenty of exercise options while two restaurants and a bar lounge keep travellers well fed. Rooms are equipped with cable televisions, bathrobes, slippers, and a minibar. Prices start at S$154 per night.
Rates and Reviews: Parkroyal on Beach Road
Guestrooms come with HBO and ESPN television channels, and complimentary bottled water. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar lounge, and a coffee shop. Rooms start at S$143 per night.
Rates and Reviews: Village Hotel Bugis
Parc Sovereign Hotel on Albert Street is a good family-friendly accommodation. Rooms are equipped with DVD players to keep the youngest travellers busy during down time.
One child under age 12 stays free of charge, and deluxe family rooms are available starting at S$211 per night. Room features include a safe, flat screen TV, and electric teakettle.
Rates and Reviews: Parc Sovereign Hotel
Feel At Home hostel, located about a five-minute walk from Bugis Junction, offers free breakfast, coffee and tea, and internet service. Several food courts surround Feel at Home, and the MRT is just a three-minute walk away.
The hostel is within walking distance of about 80 percent of tourist attractions in the area. Both dorm-style and private rooms are available. Dorm rates start at S$23 per night, private rooms at S$80.
Rates and Reviews: Feel At Home
Bugis Junction on Victoria Street is a young person's haven, with restored shophouses, an inexpensive food court, and a fun fountain in the middle of the square. Across the street, the bazaar Bugis Street, sells a wide variety of inexpensive souvenirs, including t-shirts for as low as $2. ButtOn Trendy Undies is also a hip spot, selling funky underwear for children and adults.
Bugis area also offers a wide variety of dining options, from the budget-friendly Deli Moroccan at Bussorah Street with its highly rated couscous to the Sufi Turkish Restaurant on Arab Street with its authentic Turkish cuisine and fantastic kebabs.
For those looking for a little more culture, the Malay Heritage Centre offers inexpensive admission. The Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Singapore, offers free admission, but visitors must be properly dressed to gain entry- no shorts, miniskirts or sleeveless t-shirts allowed.