Are hotels in Chinatown the right chioce for you? Chinatown is the ideal location for foodies wanting to try authentic local or Hawker Food, with Maxwell and Chinatown Complex Food Centres located very close to the lodging options. The Chinatown Market Streets are also ideal for tourists on the hunt for inexpensive souvenirs.
Those staying near the end of January to mid-February are in for a special treat, as it is the focal point for Chinese New Year Celebrations during this time.
Chinatown offers a variety of accommodations, from cheap hostels to mid-range and family hotels. With the Chinatown MRT station right in the heart of the area, getting around is a breeze.
The Scarlet Hotel, a boutique hotel at the edge of Chinatown, features a contrast of bold reds in the bar and relaxing pastels or rich browns in the guestrooms. The Desire restaurant serves European cuisine, and the rooftop Breeze offers seafood and drinks.
Each of the 80 guestrooms offer cable TV, DVD and CD players, free high-speed internet access, complimentary bottled water, and in-room safes large enough to accommodate a laptop computer. Bathrobes and slippers are provided in the bathrooms. Average nightly rate is about S$210.
Rates and Reviews: The Scarlet Hotel
Chinatown Hotel provides another good cheap accommodation without a budget feel. The hotel aims to pay special attention to quality and efficiency in service.
The simply furnished rooms feature a colour TV, writing desk with basic materials, and a shower room. Chinatown Hotel is near the Central Business district and a short train ride away from Orchard Road, Little India and the Singapore River. Rates start at about S$106, depending on travel dates.
Rates and Reviews: Chinatown Hotel
The Inn At Temple Street provides a cheap accommodation with a historical feel. Occupying five restored shophouses, the hotel strives to reflect the traditions of the East.
Rooms feature quaint furnishings one would expect to find in a house rather than a hotel, with beds low to the ground. All rooms have air-conditioning, wireless internet access, an electronic safe, and satellite TV. The hotel has a cafe and a bar on the premises. Rates average about S$100 per night.
Rates and Reviews: The Inn At Temple Street
Guestrooms include an iPod docking station, complimentary wireless high-speed internet access, and an LCD television. Babysitting is available for a surcharge. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and provides free buffet breakfast. Average rate is about S$178 per night.
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Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill also provides rather unique lodgings decorated with a 1970's vibe. Each colourful room features complimentary Wi-Fi service, a digital in-room safe, a 37-inch LCD television, and a minibar. Theme rooms and family rooms are available.
The hotel's restaurant, Re!Fill, provides a variety of international cuisine, including freshly baked thin crust pizza. Rates for a Superior Room average about S$158. Enhance the stay with optional add-on such as full body massages, manicures, and American Buffet Breakfasts.
Rates and Reviews: Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill
The New Majestic Hotel provides a fun experience at a mid-range price. Guestrooms range from fun and flirty decoration featuring hand-painted murals to classy and sophisticated with a minimalist approach to decoration.
The hotel was featured on the 2006 Conde Nast Traveller Hot List. Guests can burn off some energy in the fitness center, then cool off in the outdoor pool. The hotel provides a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast.
Rates and Reviews: New Majestic Hotel
For those looking for a midrange hotel with a simpler, more neutral decoration, the 4.5-star Ascott Raffles Place Singapore provides classy, understated accommodation without breaking the bank.
The hotel is located close to Raffles Place and Boat Quay, and just a short distance from Merlion Park and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. Guestrooms feature flat-panel cable televisions, complimentary internet access, in-room safes, and cordless phones with voice mail. Breakfast is available for a surcharge. Rates average S$237 per night.
Rates and Reviews: Ascott Raffles Place Singapore
For those looking for a family-friendly accommodation, Santa Grand Hotel Chinatown features 41 rooms with a Spanish Hacienda feel.
It is located in the heart of Chinatown, close to most of the attractions in Chinatown.
Each room includes an LCD TV, complimentary tea, coffee, cereal and mineral water, and complimentary internet access.
Rates and Reviews: Santa Grand Hotel Chinatown
A Beary Good Hostel is a conveniently located low-budget accommodation for travellers who don't mind giving up a bit of their privacy. Located in Chinatown's Food Street, guests won't have to travel far to indulge in a variety of hawker food.
Amenities include free coffee, tea or hot chocolate all day, free Wi-Fi access and use of netbooks. A lounge equipped with books, games and a Wii console provides a place to unwind after a long day touring the area. The hostel also features separate bathrooms for men and women. Average rate is S$26 per night.
Rates and Reviews: A Beary Good Hostel
The main appeal of Singapore's Chinatown, also called Niu Che Shui, is the town itself, featuring Restored Shophouses lining up the streets selling a wide range of goods, from the kitschy plastic Buddha to the dried seahorse.
The Chinatown Heritage Centre offers visitors insight into how Chinatown came into existence while the Red Dot Museum features contemporary design.
Travellers with a taste for arts that push the envelope may enjoy the Toy Factory Theatre, while those looking for a little relaxation can get a traditional Chinese massage at Qimantra.
Stop by Tea Chapter on Neil Road to purchase a wide variety of Chinese tea and all the accoutrements needed to brew it.
Chinatown offers a wide variety of authentic Chinese and Hawker Foods, ranging from the very inexpensive bowls of Chinese peanut soup and rice balls at Ah Balling Peanut Soup stall at Chinatown Food Street to the mid-range Qun Zhong Eating House at 21 Neil Road, known for its dumplings.