Something For Everyone
Accommodation in Singapore is abundant and diverse. You can expect to find a wide variety of hostel options if you're traveling on a budget. Mid-range hotels are generally quite comfortable and offer standard amenities. Luxury accommodation typically has all the frills and often a roof top pool with a nice view of the city. It is important to note that accommodation, like food and entertainment, is generally more expensive in Singapore than it is elsewhere in Southeast Asia. You can expect to spend about double the price, if not more, for the same level of quality. Still, it remains substantially cheaper than its western counterparts, particularly if you stay away from western chain hotels.
Do consider location when you select a hotel in Singapore. It is important it be near public transportation, which will make navigation of the city far easier. Some of the most popular neighborhoods in Singapore include Riverside and Orchard Road. Most of the budget accommodation can be found in the Balestier, Newton, Novena, and Toa Payoh areas.
High Quality but Low Cost
A general rule of thumb is that prices in Singapore will be about two thirds what you would expect to pay for equivalent quality accommodation in the United States or Europe. If you're coming from elsewhere in Southeast Asia this might cause a bit of shell shock, but there are a few tips you can follow to keep prices down. First, there is no shortage of hostels in Singapore, so do some searching and find one that is centrally located and comfortable. Prices aren't generally negotiable to the level they are elsewhere in Asia, so you will likely get a better deal if you book in advance. Singapore is also a large city, so it helps to have a destination in mind on arrival so you don't have to navigate the streets and shop around for a good deal. Finally, high end hotels are quite nice and reasonably priced. If you're at the end of your trip, consider a splurge before your long flight home. Find a hotel with a nice pool on its roof and relax in the evening with a great view of the city lit up at night. It's worth the extra money.
A Variety of Options
Singapore has many types of accommodation, mostly comparable to what you would find in the United States and Europe. There are many western chains, including the Sheraton, Hilton, and Crowne Plaza. While these options are quite nice and luxurious, you can often spend a fraction of the price and get comparable quality if you choose an Asian or local chain. Most of the high end hotels are in the Orchard Road or Marina Bay neighborhoods.
Budget options are quite nice in Singapore as well. Many are hostels but it is possible to find single, private rooms for affordable prices as well. While the cost might seem expensive compared to elsewhere in Southeast Asia, it is actually cheap when compared to most major metropolitan cities.
Little India is one of the better options for backpacker accommodation. You'll find plenty of hostels and cheap hotels in the area. It is best to avoid the cheaper hotels around Desker Road as these are heavily involved in the sex trade. Some of the more popular and reputable hostels in the area include G4 Station Backpackers Hostel, Footprints Hostel, and Empire Residences. Many of the hostels have shared kitchens available to guests. Most also include breakfast in the price of the room. Breakfast is often a social time when it is easy to meet other travelers. There are also many cheap restaurants nearby that serve up excellent and authentic Indian food. Definitely don't miss out on the opportunity to dine at one of these places, even if you do have access to a kitchen in your hostel.
There are also a handful of mid-range and high end hotels in Little India, although most people hoping to stay in a nicer hotel will likely pick a different neighborhood. Little India really is a backpacker district and it has all the amenities and social events to cater to a younger crowd.
Many people enjoy staying in Riverside because it has excellent restaurants, shopping, and some of the city's best hotels. If you're really interested in shopping then you'll want to head to Orchard Road, but otherwise, Riverside is the place to be if you're looking for a nice hotel in a great area.
You'll find a high concentration of older, moderately priced hotels around Havelock Road at the western side of the river. This location isn't as convenient for sightseeing or shopping as some other areas in Riverside, but it is slightly more affordable. It's also possible to quickly hop on a bus here and head straight to Chinatown, Clarke Quay or Orchard Road.
You'll find many of the high end hotels near Marina Bay. There are also plenty of options spread out all along the river so it is easy to find somewhere nice almost anywhere in this neighborhood. Some of the more well known options include The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Gallery Hotel, and Fairmont Singapore, among many others. There are both national and international chains in the area so you can really have your pick of options.