Singapore is one of the world’s best cities, an exceptional center for the arts, beautiful historical monuments, scenery, and an exciting melting pot of cultures and international cuisines. Some have referred to Singapore as the unofficial food capital of Asia, with mouth watering street food and a fascinating range of restaurants. The city is also considered a green place and once you visit you’ll understand why it’s been called “Garden City of Asia”, filled with immaculate gardens and even a small area of virgin rainforest brimming with monkeys and birds.
When it comes to choosing a boutique hotel in Singapore you’ll find a number of wonderful options but finding the best one for you really comes down to personal preference. You’ll want to consider your budget, the amenities that are important to you and most of all the location, a walkable one preferably, and Singapore has a lot of exciting ones to consider including the following.
From the delicious pork belly glistening in the shop windows to the intoxicating fragrances of ginger and star anise wafting along the streets, Singapore’s Chinatown is a sensory delight. If you stay in a boutique hotel here, you’ll be able to enjoy the areas rich culture as you stroll along Smith Street, sampling the delicacies provided by the many food stalls and explore landmarks such as the visually stunning Sri Mariamman Temple, beautifully tiered and protected by countless vibrantly hued figurines of Hindu gods. There are several wonderful boutique hotels in Chinatown with choices available that range from trendy, retro styled boutique hotels to a bit more upscale choices.
Singapore’s Little India neighborhood offers an amazing spectrum of thrilling sights, musical sounds and mouth watering smells. Staying in a boutique hotel in Singapore in its Little India community is sure to please with its colorful silk saris, tasty street side curries, and the cheerful sounds of the welcoming locals. One of the most exciting places to go while in the area is the Tekka Market, one of the liveliest locations of the district, and try one of the many delicious dishes that are served on banana leaves. Another must see is the Mustafa Center, a popular local mall and the magnificent Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
If it fits your budget and you enjoy upscale shopping you’ll want to choose a boutique hotel on Orchard Road or in the vicinity. Orchard Road is brimming with the majority of Singapore’s most exclusive designer stores and malls, buzzing with visitor and local shopoholics. You will want to spend part of your days strolling along the main street and treat yourself to some luxurious retail therapy at ION Orchard and/or Ngee Ann City, filled with storefronts that are dripping with luxury. You’ll also find several wonderful spas like Damai or Andna where you can spend some time being pampered before the sun sets at which time you can enjoy a wonderful dinner at one of the neighborhood restaurants, perhaps followed by an evening of dancing and cocktails.
So in conclusion, when it comes to what to look for in a boutique hotel in Singapore, you’ll want to start with your budget, amenities offered and last but not least, the location and there are plenty to choose from.