Many of the finest hotels are clustered around Marina Bay and Orchard Road. Those in Marina Bay are closer to the gay nightlife around Tanjong Pagar & Chinatown. Our luxury hotel recommendations are sorted by area:
stunning bay area and home to some of Singapore's most impressive hotels
shopping and entertainment hub of Singapore
a historical riverside area with numerous restaurants and cafés
popular island in the south and home to Universal Studios Singapore
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Marina Bay is a massive new development in the southern part of Singapore comprising of hotels, offices, entertainment zones and residential buildings. The Marina has a 3.5 km Waterfront Promenade, and the stunning Helix bridge links the bay front to Marina Centre. The area is served by 7 rail stations, and there is a comprehensive all-weather pedestrian network.
19 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay | map
8.4 Very Good based on 10324 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Iconic building. Stunning rooftop pool. Amazing casino.
If you visit the Marina area, it is impossible to miss the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino with its amazing rooftop infinity-edge pool and sun terrace.
This big hotel offers spacious, comfortable rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling windows and free WiFi, a good range of eating options and a gym 55 floors above ground! With everything going on in and around the hotel, it can feel a bit like staying in a theme park. You will either love it or hate it.
(If you don’t stay at the hotel, it is still worth considering visiting the huge 3,900 people capacity Skypark – the gravity defying observation deck that’s the length of four and a half A380′s).
2 Stamford Road, Marina Bay | map
8.4 Very Good based on 3353 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Fabulous views. Extensive leisure facilities.
Swissôtel The Stamford is one of the tallest hotels in South East Asia. It’s huge! Over 1,200 guest rooms, 16 restaurants, 2 swimming pools, a substantial 24-hour gym, along with a sauna and steam room in Asia’s largest spa. The rooms are reasonably spacious, come with all the expected facilities, and are good value for money. The harbour views, particularly from the higher floors, are stunning.
This hotel is used by many airlines, so there are usually lots of cabin crew spending a couple of days relaxing before flying back home. Consequently, the hotel’s gym, sun terrace and spa afford a surprisingly good opportunity for socialising and meeting new friends. The Swissôtel is about 10 minutes in a taxi from the Neil Road gay area and about a 10-minute walk from the popular Clarke Quay district.
No 2 Finlayson Green, Marina Bay | map
8.4 Very Good based on 368 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near gay scene. Large apartments. Great gym & pool.
Sometimes you need just more space – more than just a bedroom. Sometimes you want the freedom invite a few friends around for drinks before (or after) a night out. Sometimes you want to share with friends.
That’s when you need a serviced apartment. In reality, the Ascott Raffles is luxury hotel, except that it offers fabulous studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a fully fitted kitchen, washer/dryer and home entertainment system.
Guests have the opportunity to try out the rather unusual glass-sided pool. There is a fitness room and a restaurant that serves a continental style breakfast. Location-wise, The Ascott is the closest 5-star hotel to the gay bars & clubs in Neil Road – about a 10-minute walk – as is Clark Quay. Raffles Place MRT Station is just a few steps away.
80 Collyer Quay, Marina Bay | map
9 Very Good based on 205 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Rooftop pool. Excellent bar. Nice bay views.
A new addition to the Marina Bay area, The Fullerton Bay has firmly established a reputation for excellent service. Guest rooms have a cool but classical feel and feature all the latest technology including iPod dock and fast, free WiFi. We particularly like the Molton Brown amenities and Nespresso coffee machine. Most rooms have excellent bay views.
The hotel features a gym with some of the latest cardiovascular machines and free weights. The rooftop pool is a real retreat from the busy city. Both the pool and the open-air Lantern Bar have pretty fabulous views of Singapore skyline.
The Fullerton Bay is just a few minutes’ walk from most of the gay venues in and around Chinatown as well as the popular Clark Quay and the Singapore Flyer. Accolades include being listed in Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2011 and Travel + Leisure It List 2011. Highly recommended.
1 Beach Road, Marina Bay | map
9.2 Fantastic based on 317 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: World-class service. Unique, historical experience.
We could not ignore this grand old dame of Singapore, could we? Since 1887, the Raffles has welcomed presidents, kings and plenty of queens.
From the moment you arrive at the Raffles, it feels like you are stepping into another world. You have ‘arrived’, darling. The attentive staff afford guests the sort of courtesy that other hotels can only dream about.
Expect rooms with elegant period furnishings, lush tropical surroundings and a fabulous Singapore Sling (to drink, of course).
80 Bras Basah Road, Marina Bay | map
8.6 Very Good based on 1418 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Prime location. Connected to Raffles City Shopping Centre.
A grand luxury hotel that is directly connected to the Raffles City Shopping Centre and right on the City Hall MRT Station. The Fairmont offers six restaurants, an outdoor pool and more than 760 rooms and suites.
Each large guest room has the finest amenities and many enjoy excellent views of Marina Bay and the city skyline. The hotel features a modern gym, a pampering spa and tennis courts.
Gay guests are only a short taxi ride away from Orchard Road shopping and the main gay scene in Chinatown.
333 Orchard Road, Orchard | map
8.2 Very Good based on 9959 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: On Orchard Road. Great for shopping & nightlife.
Gay shopaholics should really consider this one. The Mandarin Orchard is located right on Orchard Road and even closer to the Takashimaya Shopping Centre and The Paragon. This well-known 5-star hotel features an award-winning restaurant, an outdoor pool and free WiFi in all areas (unlike many luxury hotels here).
Guest rooms are spacious, tastefully designed and feature comfortable beds and premium products. The hotel has its own fitness centre and tennis courts.
The hotel is directly connected to the 4-story mall – the Mandarin Gallery. But after all that shopping, be sure to save some energy for the nighttime adventures in nearby Chinatown and Neil Road.
190 Orchard Boulevard, Orchard | map
8.8 Very Good based on 322 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Perfect for shopping. Excellent gym & dining.
The Four Seasons Singapore continues to impress with exceptional levels of service, elegant guestrooms and a beautiful rooftop pool & garden that offers views over the city. A true 5-star experience that does comes with a full 5-star price tag (such as having to pay for WiFi). However, there are plenty of travellers who would not consider staying anywhere else.
The hotel is located on the corner of Orchard Boulevard, close to Orchard Road, which makes it ideally placed for shopping and sightseeing. The gay scene in Chinatown can be reached in 10 minutes by taxi.
11 Canning Walk, Orchard | map
7.3 Good based on 3156 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Lush surroundings Great gym. Walk to Orchard Road.
Hotel Fort Canning is located in what was a British Military base. A lot of money has been spent renovating and converting the building into a stunning contemporary hotel right next to Fort Canning Park. The success of this effort was reflected by the hotel winning the 2011 Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority Heritage Award. The rooms and suites have all the latest in-room technology, including iPod docks, Nespresso coffee machines and big Samsung HD TV’s. All rooms have either a view of the park or the city.
Location-wise, Fort Canning is just a short walk from the shops on Orchard Road. It is possible to stroll through Fort Canning Park to Clarke Quay and the gay scene in Chinatown, but a 5-minute taxi ride is probably a more convenient option. As gay-friendly as it gets with a management team who are making extra efforts to attract gay customers.
20 Merchant Road, Clarke Quay | map
8.2 Very Good based on 2567 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Superb location. Fabulous pool & gym. Near the gay scene.
This Swissotel has one of the best locations for gay travellers. It is right next to Clarke Quay (and Clarke Quay MRT station), just a few minutes by taxi from the shops in Orchard Road and within a few minutes’ walking distance of numerous gay saunas and spas in and around Chinatown’s Pagoda Street.
Guest rooms have all the amenities you would expect – although we particularly like the Executive Rooms which have Nespresso machines and Club lounge access. The hotel has a good-sized pool, sun deck, a well-equipped gym and is steps away from all the restaurants and cafés in Clarke Quay.
1 Unity Street, Clarke Quay/Riverside | map
7.7 Good based on 190 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Fabulous apartments. Great facilities. Near gay nightlife.
Luxury apartments in Mediterranean-styled village, located near the banks of the historic Singapore River. The Fraser Place Robertson Walk offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that come fully furnished with a kitchen, cable TV, DVD player and free internet. Some units have washer and dryer. Guests will enjoy the outdoor pool, the well-equipped gym and the sauna/steam room. There is an all-day café with outdoor terrace and pool table. The Hub restaurant serves Asian and Western dishes with optional outdoor seating.
Fraser Place offers free daily one-way shuttle to the popular Orchard Road. Walking to gay venues in Chinatown or to Clarke Quay nightlife & restaurants takes less than 15 minutes.
Sentosa is popular island resort in Singapore visited by about five million people a year. Attractions include a two-km-long sheltered beach, golf courses, five-star hotels, and the famous theme park Universal Studios Singapore.
2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa | map
7.9 Good based on 841 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Has a golf course. Quiet surroundings. Wonderful views.
A great option if you are looking to experience a different side of Singapore. The Sentosa Resort is a luxurious clifftop property on 27 acres of landscaped grounds on Sentosa island. The resort has a 36-yard outdoor pool, tennis courts and a golf course. The Cliff Restaurant, designed by Japanese designer Yasuhiro Koichi, is a destination in its own right that offers European seafood and fine wine with views of the South China Sea. All rooms feature 42″ flat screen TV, well-stocked minibar and personal safe.
You can join yoga lessons at Seven Eden Wellness Center, work out at the modern gym and be pampered at the award-winning Spa Botanica. The Garden restaurant serves healthy vegetarian cuisine and local favorites, while the Terrace offers daily breakfast buffet and Sunday Champagne Brunch. The distance won’t be a problem as the resort offers free shuttle services to/from Orchard Road, Universal Studios Singapore and Marina Bay.
21 Ocean Way, Sentosa | map
8.4 Very Good based on 495 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Award winner. Fantastic gym. Beautiful views.
Brand new for 2013. Our favourite W brand has made a remarkable debut in Singapore at Sentosa Cove – a playground for trendsetters, with yachting marina, sandy beaches and luxurious residences.
Winner of the Conde Naste Traveler award for Best New Hotels of 2013, the W Sentosa features 240 guest rooms with gorgeous views, an outdoor pool, a pampering spa and a state-of-the-art 235 m² gym. Four dining options are available, while the signature WET Bar and WOOBAR serve a selection of cocktails and snacks.
Location-wise, the hotel is about a 20-minute drive from nightlife venues in Clarke Quay and Orchard Road shopping area. Fabulousness guaranteed!
1 The Knolls Sentosa Island, Sentosa | map
8.9 Very Good based on 253 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gorgeous retreat. Large balcony. Excellent views.
And now for something completely different. The Capella is about as far away, in architectural terms, as you can get from the highrise norms of Singapore. This beautiful resort, set on Sentosa Island, is a fusion of colonial and cool contemporary-styled buildings set in surprisingly mature tropical gardens. The hotel is located close to Universal Studios and just a short walk from the Sentosa Tanjong Beach and the Tanjong Beach Club.
The Capella offers 112 luxurious rooms, suites and villas – some with fabulous views of the South China Sea. Each room has free WiFi, a complimentary soft drinks refreshment center’ (aka a fridge), a Nespresso coffee machine and super-sized LCD TVs. The first-class service matches the quality of the hotel in every way. Location-wise, it will take about 15 minutes in a taxi to get to the gay scene in and around Chinatown, or Orchard Road for shopping.