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Where to Stay in Singapore as a Solo Traveller: 3 Best Boutique Hotels in Singapore (With Honest Reviews)

Singapore is an excellent city for solo female travellers. The city is safe and there are a lot of things to see and places to visit. As borders are opening and travel restrictions are lifting, Singapore will see many more tourists visiting the city state in the upcoming months.

Generally speak, hotels in Singapore are expensive. And with the high price tag, the guest room isn’t as spacious as the ones you see in other parts of the world. However, there are a handful of nice boutique hotels in Singapore that are worth checking out.

In this post, I’ll show you my top picks for boutique hotels in Singapore. These are some of my favourite places to stay while I am in the city. Keep reading and I’ll give you my honest opinion and review for each of these boutique hotels.

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What you need to know before booking a boutique hotel in Singapore

Before you figure out which Singapore boutique hotel you want to book, take a look at my Singapore solo travel guide. I included recommendations for must-see attractions and must-eat food in Singapore, including affordable Michelin street food. And if you need more ideas, I have a list of 17 free things to do alone in Singapore

Here are a few additional tips for the booking boutique hotels in Singapore:

  • Keep in mind that hotel rooms in Singapore tend to be a bit smaller than other parts of the world. Space is a premium in this city.
  • Although Singapore is a safe city for solo female travellers, you should research the potential areas that you want to stay.
  • Read the latest hotel reviews written by other travellers. I find that the opinions of other travellers are very helpful.
  • Pay attention to payment details like refund policy, etc. If you are not sure of your travel dates, choose the option where you can get a refund if you change your mind
  • Book all your Singapore accommodations through Agoda because they have the most competitive pricing. It is my reliable and go-to hotel booking website.

Where to stay in Singapore for a solo traveller

If you are travelling alone or visiting Singapore for the first time, I highly recommend staying in the central part of Singapore or anywhere along the MRT line. Most attractions are in the centre of the city and the best way to see the city is by taking public transportation like MRT.

In my search for the best boutique hotel in Singapore, I found three hotels that are in different parts of the city. All three locations are still very central and each hotel has their own unique characteristics which I love.

3 best boutique hotels in Singapore

There are obviously more than three boutique hotels in Singapore. But through my research, I found many boutique hotels with very small rooms. I wasn’t convinced to try them so I picked the ones I think that would be great for solo travellers, which is how I derived at my three choices.

I’ve stayed at each one of these boutique hotels myself and really like them all. They are excellent for anyone who is travelling alone. And these recommended hotels can also be great for staycations as well.

So I will give you a general overview of the hotel and my honest opinion of each of them. Plus, I included the location and the hotel website so you can learn more about the boutique hotel.

1. Lloyd’s Inn Singapore

Address: 2 Lloyd Road, Singapore (see map) | Website: Lloyd’s Inn Singapore

Rate: $160SGD (Standard Room)

Lloyd’s Inn Singapore: the best affordable boutique hotel in Singapore

I love staying at Lloyd’s Inn. It is one of my favourite boutique hotels in Singapore. The entire hotel is designed with a simple minimalist aesthetics where everything is crisp and clean. From the guest rooms to the lobby and even outdoor areas, the design is cohesive and thoughtful.

Each of the 34 guest rooms has a comfortable bed, luxury bed linens, desk/vanity area, and a unique semi-outdoor private bathroom. And when you’re not enjoying the room, there’s an outdoor swimming pool, a cozy garden deck and a rooftop terrace.

Best of all, the MRT station is only few minutes away so you can get to different parts of Singapore easily. And the hotel is near Orchard Road, a famous shopping street with many international brand names and boutique shops.

Lloyd’s Inn Singapore: highlights and lowlights

  • Highlights: clean and minimalist guest room, comfortable bed, shower facilities for checked-out guests, close to Orchard Road and Somerset MRT station, best affordable boutique hotel in Singapore
  • Lowlights: an odd design for a safe box drawer/shelf in guest room, small swimming pool

2. Wanderlust

Address: 2 Dickson Road, Singapore (see map) | Website: Wanderlust

Rate: $250SGD (Studio Loft)

Wanderlust: the most unique room in a boutique hotel in Singapore

I stayed at the Wanderlust several years ago and decided to go back because they renovated and upgraded all the rooms. So glad I did because the experience this time around is so much better.

First of all, the Wanderlust is housed in a 1920s Art Deco building which automatically makes it charming. And each of the 29 guest rooms got a make-over. The redesigned rooms have new furniture, better layout and more contemporary finishes.

With five types of rooms to choose from, I chose the Loft Room. It is a 2-storey unit with a compact living room, fully-equipped kitchen, a work desk, and a loft bed. It is definitely one of the most unique rooms I’ve stayed in.

And the boutique hotel is located in Little India, a vibrant area with regional Indian cuisine, colourful wall murals on shophouses, and excellent shopping. Plus, it is not far away from Bugis where you can try some of the best Singaporean cuisine. But if you don’t want to walk too far for food, there is an onsite restaurant, Kotuwa, serves Michelin-level Sri Lankan food.

Wanderlust: highlights and lowlights

  • Highlights: good use of space in the loft room, fully-equipped kitchen, close to Rochor MTR station, walking distance to many food places
  • Lowlights: steep staircase to the loft bed, very small swimming pool on the second floor

3. The Warehouse Hotel

Address: 320 Havelock Road, Singapore (see map) | Website: The Warehouse Hotel

Rate: $450SGD (Warehouse Sanctuary)

The Warehouse Hotel: the best luxury boutique hotel in Singapore

If money is not an obstacle, then I would stay at The Warehouse Hotel whenever I am in Singapore. It is perhaps the best luxury boutique hotel in Singapore.

The original building was built in 1895 along the Singapore River by Robertson Quay. Today, the restored heritage building houses 37 guest rooms, a rooftop infinity pool, an onsite restaurant, and an awesome cocktail lobby bar.

The hotel spared no expenses when it comes to design. All the rooms and common areas in the Warehouse Hotel are outfitted with the best high-end contemporary furniture and finishes. Truly one of the most luxurious hotels you will ever stay in.

And if you are collecting points for the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Program, The Warehouse Hotel is part of their Design Hotels portfolio where you can collect points when you stay at the boutique hotel. Or better yet, if you have a lot of points, you should redeem them and stay at the Warehouse Hotel (like I did!)

The Warehouse Hotel: highlights and lowlights

  • Highlights: luxurious high-end finishes, well-designed guest rooms, spacious bathroom, excellent cocktails at the lobby bar
  • Lowlights: very expensive for a room without a window, not close to an MRT station, not too many tourist spots around the hotel

Boutique hotels in Singapore: which one are you going to book?

There are many more small boutique hotels in Singapore but these are my top 3 favourite places. They are all very different from one another and have different price point too.

As for booking a hotel, I always check the hotel rates on Agoda first. Sometimes Agoda will run promotions or have specific deals. But generally speaking, the rates Agoda offer are the lowest I’ve seen anywhere.

But I also like to check the hotel’s website and see if they have any promotions like staycation deals or a advance purchase deals. Definitely check the hotel websites (which I included for all three hotels).

I hope you like this post and have found it useful when it comes to finding a boutique hotel in Singapore. Let me know in the comments which one you are booking for your next trip to Singapore.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

2 Comments

  • Maureen Mulligan
    June 10, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Hello Queenie. Thanks for you helpful site. I love the fact that your concentrate on a 7kg maximum cabin bag. So many other blogs and vlogs suggesting minimalist packing in a cabin bag appear to go way over that limit, which defeats the purpose of the advice. The hotels above are a little expensive for us. A few years ago we stayed in another boutique hotel in Singapore, the Wangz . It is definitely inexpensive and we thoroughly enjoyed our accommodation and our stay in the district. Hopefully we will return on our way to Europe next year. Cheers.

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    • queenie mak
      June 10, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Maureen, thank you so much! I’ve been burned before when I had an overweight bag so that’s why I’m very meticulous about the actual weight of the bag. It’s definitely a challenge but I think anyone can do it with a bit of practice. And I agree with you – the boutique hotels are quite expensive. Seems to be the trend in Singapore. I’ll have to check out your suggestion when I go back to Singapore. And I hope you get to go back to Europe – a lot of people are travelling this summer so its a good indication that travel is (mostly) back! Thank you again for your kind comment! 🙂

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