Singapore: Hotel Selection Help

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    Aug 06, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    A trip is planned to the Far East this Fall. Never having been to Singapore, help is needed in finding a hotel. The criteria are close to an SMRT station, free WiFi, less than $ 200/night. None of these are cast in stone. Anyone who has been there and had a pleasant experience feel free to chime in. While the new Marina Sands is one of the main sights on the list, it's way out of the price range. Any other sites that should not be missed would be appreciated.

    A great deal meeting the above criteria was found in Hong Kong. Again, any sites that should not be missed in either Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur will most certainly be welcomed.

    It's interesting that no plans are in place for the usual recreation [bars, etc.] that would be included as part of trips in the US or Europe. Thanks for the help.
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    Aug 07, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    I stayed in the Ritz for a month and it was beautiful. Pricey, but work was paying and had a special arrangement. If you have a little extra, even if you don't stay, the champagne brunch on Sundays is amazing.

    A good friend stayed at The Scarlet, which is nearer the gay bars, and Chinatown. It has no pool, and the rooms are smaller, but it's nice in a more boutique sensibility.

    That's all I've got. I didn't do anything touristy, but spent far too much time and money in Tantric, on Neil Rd. Oh, and eat some chicken rice. It's horrible for you (the fat of the roasting chicken drips into the rice), but a local classic. Turns out Singapore noodles in Singapore taste like Singapore noodles in New York. Just saying--love them all the same. I still regret not bouncing over to Malaysia for at least a night.

    Have a great time!
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    Aug 07, 2011 10:46 AM GMT
    In the past 4 years I've been to Singapore like 17 times now....... I always stay close to the city, Singapore is pretty damn expensive!!!!!!!!!! you can find hostels and little places in and near Chinatown, but you won't get the "usual" kinds of service you find at a hotel.... if you want to stay near the city you're going to have to look at increasing your budget... Singapore is a really really nice place! there is HEAPS to do there and its very diverse, Chinatown is pretty cool, Little India is also pretty fun, little Italy and yes even little Arabia add to the the list of things to do and places to see The Singapore Flyer is the biggest "ferris" Wheel in the world, and provides a pretty good view over all the cool things in the city and the Marina Sands, Go check out Sentosa Island there is a fort there (its now a little over animated in my opinion) but its still pretty good to see.... Also Sentosa has some COOL bars! check out Sri mariamman temple... its in a weird spot, buts a pretty colourful little sight! Botanic gardens also good to see, have a singapore sling at the famous raffles hotel, it doesn't cost money to look!!!!!!! (don't stay there unless your a millionaire!) Boat quay is off the chain for restaurants, they have a restaurant there that is all medical themed, you drink out of a IV drip (without the needle obviously) eat out of petrie dishes... everything! WRITE THIS DOWN AND STICK IT TO YOUR FOREHEAD - MUST GO TO SINGAPORE ZOO AND DO NIGHT SAFARI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AH MAZING! seriously there is NO shortage of things to do there.... this only scratches the surface of it all.... I will tell you this tho- DO NOT walk around smoking/eating/chewing gum/drinking.... Singapore is a VERY clean place and you might just find yourself on the wrong side of the law by doing this... also being gay is still illegal there however they tend to turn a bit of a blind eye to the scene, Ive never had a problem, but I'm not into the scene. the punishments are pretty strict there too.. like 10 years in Changi( which is a shit hole BTW!) tipping is prohibited in the Airport and major hotels and restaurants, Bargain in the markets and if your into tech stuff checkout sim lim square.... its almost overwhelming! like I said... there is HEAPS AND HEEEEEEEEAAAAPPS of stuff to do in this place.. its ridiculous! be polite... Singaporians are SUPER polite and clean people, the MRT-very efficient and on time and really CHEAP transport around the whole island, also the taxi's are quite good to! Also the four floors of whores, in Orchard road is really about 12 floors of whores the first 2 floors are ok... the rest i don't recommend! ;) food in singapore is EXCELLENT! I hope this helps.... its kinda just what i thought of off the top of my head.... be open to things... (surprisingly you can trust people in Singapore.... even little MR chinese man taxi driver that will take you into chinatown without you really wanting to.... he'll take you to a good tailor and cheap and you can have anything made for you and they will also send it anywhere in the world for you) Singapore is a very safe place and extremely traveller friendly Orchard road is where all the lux brands of shops are but in amongst the lux are some really well priced stuff.. and be polite to the people who try to talk you into their shop to sell you tailor made shirts (they're very good shirts tho!) icon_smile.gif have fun!
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    Aug 10, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    There was a time in the early 2000s when nice hotels in Singapore like the Ritz, Grand Hyatt, and Intercontinental were < $200USD/night.

    Those times have passed.

    This doesn't help you much, but I have stayed in the following hotels, and I'll list them in my preferred order:

    1) Grand Hyatt (location, property, and amazing spa facility)
    2) Intercontinental (location, room quality)
    3) Conrad (room quality, facilities)
    4) Hilton
    5) Swissotel Merchant Court
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    Aug 11, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    Ditto on the Night Safari mentioned above. And as far as gay life goes, I was certainly part of the scene, and they have some very active gay bars. The government announced a tolerance policy a few years back. I also smoked like a chim ey then, and chewed gum, etc. They're cool with all that as long as you aren't obnoxious, don't litter, and, oddly enough, don't spit. No spitting! Don't traffic drugs, either--the penalty is hanging.

    Singapore got some bad press when they caned an American for spray painting cars. He deserved it. Singaporeans pay a 100% tax on their cars in a country with a high cost of living. I would have caned the douche myself.
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    Ditto on the Night Safari mentioned above. And as far as gay life goes, I was certainly part of the scene, and they have some very active gay bars. The government announced a tolerance policy a few years back. I also smoked like a chimney then, and chewed gum, etc. They're cool with all that as long as you aren't obnoxious, don't litter, and, oddly enough, don't spit. No spitting! Don't traffic drugs, either--the penalty is hanging.

    Singapore got some bad press when they caned an American for spray painting cars. He deserved it. Singaporeans pay a 100% tax on their cars in a country with a high cost of living. I would have caned the douche myself.
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    Aug 11, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    I found a good deal out the Furama on the internet. It's a Japanese hotel and their are two of them in Singapore. The one I went to was not that close to the Metro though. I don't know of any hotels that have free wifi. I believe I paid $80 per night for a four star room. The room was very nice. The breakfast was HORRIBLE. Hopefully they have improved that.