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January 23, 2007updated Oct 05, 2016

The 10 Best hotels in Singapore

By Chris Boyle

Balcony View at Capella Singapore

Whether you require a luxurious bed, a magnificent view, or extravagant service – choose from our spectacular selection


Raffles hotel entrance

Raffles is, without doubt, Singapore’s most famous and best-loved hotel and was declared a National Monument in 1987.

After its multi-million dollar restoration and reopening in 1991, the hotel is now the jewel in the crown of the city’s hospitality industry, renowned for its service as much as its facilities. Founded by four enterprising Armenian brothers, the hotel opened in 1887 as the Beach House and was later re-named in honor of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore. Over the years the hotel has evolved into one of the world’s most acclaimed grand hotels and welcomed countless celebrities, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie Chaplin.


Why we love it: Elite Traveler loves this hotel because it has continuously upgraded itself but still managed to do so without losing its charm, and the same can be said about its top suite. The two-bedroom Sarkies Suite offers a generously sized living area, private dining room, and charming veranda. It has been named after the family name of the first owners of the hotel. Oriental carpets complement exquisite teak flooring, while art enthusiasts can enjoy the wonderful collection of original 19th- and 20th-century prints, drawings and photographs that have been installed throughout. Special amenities include RafflesAmrita Spa products, a Bose stereo and Tiffany silver flatware.




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  • Square footage: 2,800
  • Nightly rate: USD$3,500

Pierre Jochem, General Manager

+65 6337 1886

1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673


The lobby at the mandarin oriental

Mandarin Oriental is located at the heart of Marina Bay, one of Singapore’s most exciting dining and entertainment areas, minutes from the central business district and close to Singapore’s major landmarks.

The guestrooms offer stunning views of the harbor, ocean and the city. If you choose to rest your head here, you’ll be in the esteemed company of Jackie Chan, Harry Connick Jr, Helen Mirren and a myriad of other celebrities who love the Mandarin Oriental.


Why we love it: Showcasing a contemporary design with an understanding of the luxury traveler’s needs, the Presidential Suite offers fabulous comfort. Accommodation includes two beautifully styled bedrooms with a walk-in wardrobe, lavish bathrooms filled with beauty products and an oversized bathtub. The living and dining rooms are particularly spacious at this hotel, and amplified further by the private balcony. A library and working area is provided for guests, which coupled with the advanced technological features of the room, creates a virtual office. Further facilities include a private kitchen and guest powder room. We recommend staying here if the services of a private butler are at the top of your list.




  • Square footage: 2,605
  • Nightly rate: USD$4,300

Paul Jones, General Manager

+65 6338 0066

5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 39797


Mandarin bay sands

The Hotel at Marina Bay Sands is perfectly suited to those longing for a Las Vegas inspired setting.

Opening in 2010, it was billed as the most expensive Casino resort ever built to date. It has been positioned beautifully to overlook the buzzing city center of Singapore; Marina Bay Sands features a casino and infinity rooftop pool, as well as an Art- Science Museum. No matter which of the 18 different room types you choose, you will be treated to unforgettable views of the glittering city skyline or the endless serene sea in a hotel that truly believes excess is success.


Why we love it: This truly is the height of luxury living. As befits the finest accommodation in the hotel, the Presidential Suite includes two king-size bed designer bedrooms, both with balconies; an exercise room, living, dining and study rooms, as well as commanding, unobstructed views over the city. An ideal stay for travelers that like to give themselves and their partners’ complete luxury.




  • Square footage: 1,700
  • Nightly rate: USD$4,200

+65 6688 8888

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956


The scarlet hotel

The Scarlet provides a completely different five-star experience as it is Singapore’s first luxury boutique hotel.

After a $35 million acquisition and refurbishment, the interiors of this 80-room venue emphasize an eclectic feel, offering all who enter an adventure of the senses. Inside, a variety of textures and colors are strikingly juxtaposed to provide a mood, which is bold, dramatic and daring. Ambient lighting evokes a sensual mood with plenty of intimate areas. An ideal choice for extrovert clientele who want to be at the center of the city’s nightlife and after-dark attractions.


Why we love it: ‘Alternative’ is the mot du jour at The Scarlet Hotel illustrated by the seductive mix of burgundy, fuchsia, and silver throughout the suite. The low ceiling and canopied four-poster bed create an intimate atmosphere, while the outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the city affords a tantalizing, relaxing setting in which to indulge. Other features we like include the personal bar, broadband internet access and extensive library for guests.




  • Square footage: 270
  • Nightly rate: USD$700

Henry Maillet, General Manager

+65 6511 3333

33 Erskine Road, Singapore 69333


The lobby at the four seasons

At the Four Seasons you can truly escape into a quiet garden, hidden in the heart of the city, and still be just minutes from the financial district.

A hotel that is intimate and exclusive, the Four Seasons boasts awardwinning dining and a 24-hour fitness suite. Their residential ambiance showcases over 1,500 Asian art pieces, while standards of service are without compare. The Rolling Stones famously took over 50 rooms at this hotel in 2001, and overstayed by more than a week!


Why we love it: Located high above the city on the 19th floor, the Presidential Suite can host up to 15 people for cocktails, which makes this accommodation a grand setting for gracious entertaining. At such an elevation the space naturally commands superb panoramic views of the city and the surrounding greenery of Orchard Road, featured in our Highlights section.




  • Square footage: 2,142
  • Nightly rate: USD$5,800

Antoine Chahwan, General Manager

+65 6734 1110

190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646


The Ritz-Carlton SUITE

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore features 608 distinctive guestrooms all with direct skyline or Marina Bay views.

Complemented by the hotel’s exceptional dining and relaxing spa, The Ritz-Carlton is a luxurious oasis located at the stunning Marina Centre. Winning numerous awards since its opening in 1996, the hotel also features a tropical-themed garden, two pools and a 4,200-piece modern art collection. We recommend an extended stay at this impeccable five-star hotel to experience luxury of the highest order.


Why we love it: The wrap around waterfront and cityscape views of the Marina Bay, museum-quality art pieces, spacious living areas with a separate pantry, and butler services to name a few! The suite features two bedrooms: one with a king-size, feather bed, the other with two twin feather beds. The master bedroom has a 32-inch LCD television and Bose sound system, while the interconnecting twin room has a 37-inch flat screen television and DVD player. Elite travelers can enjoy marble bathrooms with panoramic views of the city skyline and a separate duo shower stall with a deep-soaking Jacuzzi tub. The suite has an exceptional selection of Acqua Di Parma bath products, while complimentary internet access is available throughout.




  • Square footage: 2,347
  • Nightly rate: USD$7,280

Peter Mainguy, General Manager

+65 6434 5001


Complime ntar y car transfer at the fullerto n hotel

Old world meets new in this impressive hotel, with its rare marriage of beautifully restored 1920s exterior architecture and modern luxury within.

Perfect for the elite traveler looking to experience both history and high style, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore offers an enchanting mix of the two. Among other benefits, guests can enjoy a daily champagne breakfast in a private dining room, afternoon tea, evening cocktails with canapés, and complimentary internet.


Why we love it: We think this ultra-exclusive Hirsch Bedner Associatesdesigned suite is the epitome of elegance, with luxurious décor such as impressive pillars, mother-of-pearl-adorned furnishings and a stately baby grand piano. Polished marble floors complete the decadent attention to detail. Offering complete exclusivity, this Presidential Suite has its own private elevator. In addition to a dining room, living room and entertainment area, an adjoining air-conditioned, glass-encased veranda makes for easy entertaining. Round-the-clock butlers assist each guest.




  • Square footage: 2,100
  • Nightly rate: USD$6,900

Giovanni Viterale, General Manager

+65 6533 8388

1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178



The St. Regis Singapore offers its elite clientele an experience beyond expectation.

Modern travel connoisseurs, who desire the finest level of service, will have their every desire taken care of. A rich heritage, dating back more than 100 years to the grand opening of the original St. Regis, is evident throughout all the resorts, from the century-old butler service to the tradition of fresh flowers established by the founder’s wife. The St. Regis Singapore is no exception: located in the heart of the city’s downtown district, the hotel is the epitome of luxury and boasts one of Asia’s finest private art collections. Choose from one of their 299 superbly appointed rooms or suites, indulge in the Remède spa, enjoy a cocktail at the Decanter bar or sample fine dining in the renowned Yan Ting restaurant.


Why we love it: When only a grand statement will do, extravagant and discerning clientele are choosing the new Presidential Suite here. Czech crystal chandeliers, artwork by Marc Chagall, a grand piano and a formal dining room that seats 12 and a marble-walled bathroom with a freestanding spa tub are among the stately touches. We also love the chauffeured Bentley that will collect you from the airport and deliver you to the hotel in style.




  • Square footage: 3,600
  • Nightly rate: USD$13,500

Ananda Arawwawela, Managing Director

+65 6506 6888

29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911


Balcony View at Capella Singapore

As you approach the private driveway to this most exclusive Singapore hotel, you’ll soon realize you are tasting the new standard in luxury for hotels in the city.

Its location, just off the mainland on Sentosa Island, provides guests with a haven of exclusivity and relaxation away from the buzzing financial district. Modern design is carefully juxtaposed against the colonial buildings, set against a lush, verdant rainforest. Architects Foster + Partners have blended the best of old and new into a design masterpiece. Originally built in the 1880s, these British colonial buildings have been perfectly restored, complementing the hotel’s new extension and villas. One of the very few hotels in the world to have the South China Sea as its playground.


Why we love it: The Colonial Manors offers luxury accommodation with three bedrooms, and a private pool in a beautifully restored building. Guests staying in this colonial gem will find it provides all the necessities a modern traveler requires. Spacious and thoughtfully designed, the doublestory manor is the ultimate exclusive experience at Capella Singapore.




  • Square footage: 4,700
  • Nightly rate: USD$9,000

Robert Lagerwey, General Manager

+65 6591 5008

1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297


Located in the exclusive Tanglin district, this five-star hotel is a tranquil haven, offering all its guests supreme comfort and privacy.

With contemporary décor and museum quality Asian art pieces, the hotel is a private and exclusive retreat for business and leisure travelers. Previous guests have included HM the Queen of Bhutan, HM the Queen of Spain, Norah Jones and Juan Pablo Montoya.


Why we love it: This top floor suite has two double bedrooms, marble flooring and, like its Four Seasons sister hotel in Singapore, exceptional views over Orchard Road. Its standout service includes a 24-hour butler and limousine service, with a dining room that seats eight. The décor, by Texeira Inc., is modern and contemporary. As always, elite travelers staying here can look forward to the highest standard bathroom amenities in addition to Bose electronics and a 52-inch LCD television.




  • Square footage: 2,700
  • Nightly rate: USD$2,500

Martin Sinclair, General Manager

+65 6733 8888

1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715

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