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  • 2cups 14 posts

    As per the title. I arrive BA11 in the afternoon, and my outgoing flight is BA15 in the evening the day after.

    I’m anticipating spending most of my time exploring the city (and have blown my budget on the Kimpton in Sydney), so keen to keep costs down and not go for anything too plush. But also want to get a good nights sleep and leave my luggage in the morning somewhere vaguely safe, so £30 pod hotels are probably out. I’ll have luggage, so being close to an accessible MRT from the airport seems like a good idea.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for decent value hotels? I’m struggling, as it’s my first time in the city, so not really sure of the lay of the land. I hear Chinatown is good? Little India? Or maybe somewhere further out and MRT into the centre?

    BBbetter 448 posts

    Capri by fraser in Changi City is an option. Close to airport, well rated and could be cheaper. Most hotels are just 20 min taxi from airport or max 45 mins ride by MRT. Yes, hotels in Little India would be cheap. You can also look at suburbs like Serangoon, Novena etc to keep costs down.

    aseftel 254 posts

    Taxis/Rideshares in Singapore are relatively inexpensive (maybe £15 to be get downtown) and there isn’t much traffic, so I wouldn’t anchor too much to the Airport MRT. It should save you a good amount of time too. Figure out what you want to see and then find a convenient hotel for that.

    HampshireHog 58 posts

    HI express Clarke Quay is bang in the middle of everything has a pool and is a good cheaper option

    Michael C 638 posts

    I’m guessing CP Changi is pricey? Great airport hotel, and saves on 2 x taxis!

    Dubious 32 posts

    I’m guessing CP Changi is pricey? Great airport hotel, and saves on 2 x taxis!

    The CP Changi Airport has some renovations happening – in the lobby and restaurant. They might not affect the guest rooms but do detract from the experience a bit.

    The real Swiss Tony 635 posts

    Hold off booking for a few days. They have this singles day sale on 11.11 – I see Pan Pacific will be offering a 30% discount so expect to see more like that.

    You don’t say how much luggage you have but the MRT is likely to be busy in both directions and it never struck me as a fast journey. You might be better off splurging on a cab if you can figure out a single area you want to be focused on.

    HampshireHog 58 posts

    I’m guessing CP Changi is pricey? Great airport hotel, and saves on 2 x taxis!

    The CP Changi Airport has some renovations happening – in the lobby and restaurant. They might not affect the guest rooms but do detract from the experience a bit.

    No restaurant or bar at the end of September. A conference room was being used for meals, pretty poor

    Michael C 638 posts

    I’m guessing CP Changi is pricey? Great airport hotel, and saves on 2 x taxis!

    The CP Changi Airport has some renovations happening – in the lobby and restaurant. They might not affect the guest rooms but do detract from the experience a bit.

    No restaurant or bar at the end of September. A conference room was being used for meals, pretty poor

    Wow, so disappointing – thanks for update!

    Dubious 32 posts

    Another potential is to look at the Tanjong Pager area. Not sure if the prices will be reasonable but it is probably quieter than the places in Little India.

    One other potential is the Holiday in at Havelock. Now that the first half of the TEL MRT line (the brown line) is open it’s quite easy to get into town.

    2cups 14 posts

    Thanks for the advice all.

    Good should aseftel, I’d assume taxi’s would be $$$ but looks like it will probably be worth it to avoid 1h+ on the MRT and wheeling a decent sized suitcase around the streets like a tourist.

    Not keen on the airport hotel, as I’m there for too long to hang around the airport – and it’s a fair old commute. Will check out the HI’s too.

    The real Swiss Tony 635 posts

    Just to add, you might want to check out redemption prices. Wes there in the summer and that was a good way to save. Also, prices did seem to soften as the booking date approached so if it’s just you and you can be flexible, don’t lock anything in too early.

    SamG 1,625 posts

    Another vote for both checking redemptions if you’ve got or can buy any points and also checking the HI express Clarke Quay – it’s usually a very reasonable option price wise, handy location and the breakfast isn’t bad.

    Definitely get taxis around with luggage, MRT is slow. Can download the Grab app for ordering private rides or use the ranks

    2cups 14 posts

    Like the idea of waiting for singles day, and seeing what comes up. Big fan of Grab from Thailand, think it’s still on my phone, good shout.

    The real Swiss Tony 635 posts

    Re singles day, you probably want to follow some of the local properties/chains of interest on social media. I’m not sure that these rates will load up into comparison sites.

    Pan Pacific/Park Royal is probably worth a look, as well as the Shangri-La group for the Kerry/Traders type brands they have.

    And +2 for Grab. Served us very well in the summer. Out there with the family and we’re 5 in total, so regular cabs are no good. Don’t think we had any hanging around at all.

    2cups 14 posts

    Thanks Tony.

    IHG look to be getting in on the action too. Discounted HIX could work for me.
    https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/deals/hotel-offers/flashsale

    The real Swiss Tony 635 posts

    Just had the IC Singapore deal in for Single’s day. 25% off plus another 10% for IHG members. Availability seems patchy though. Valid from end Nov to April 2024

    Club floor is S$361 vs cheapest non refundable price of $561
    Standard room is $278 vs $423

    2cups 14 posts

    Unfortunately the IHG singles day offer doesn’t cover November, and is minimum 3 nights!

    After pondering and deciding against the dodgy yet cheap Chinatown options ended up going for a redemption at Clarke Quay HIX (it was the pool that swung it). 19,000 IHG points + £28. Make that about 0.64p per point, so not too bad.

    weeble 52 posts

    Wow, you are going to be busy. You’re there for 30 hours or so and you are going to explore the city, sunbathe/swim, sleep and travel to/from the airport. Have fun, I love the place, we’re going again next June on the way to Darwin.

    JenT 152 posts

    Just stayed a night at Hotel Jen Tanglin – 25 minutes in a taxi from Changi and directly opposite Orchard Boulevard MRT. Very affordable, good breakfast, and great location. Definitely better than an airport hotel. Arrived last night at about 7pm and still had plenty of time to head down to Gardens by the Bay to watch the Supertrees at 8.45pm then walk over to Marina Bay Sands for dinner in the food court.

    LD27 125 posts

    I’ve stayed there too. Even when it was Traders. Also at Regent and Shangri La. Also further along Orchard Road is Jen Orchard Gateway which has a lovely pool and had great breakfast. Very convenient above Somerset MRT.

    Holiday Inn Little India was offering rooms at £84 a night (min 3) in December with recent offer which was a bargain. Breakfast last year was much better than HIX Clarke Quay which seemed more like a kid’s birthday party free for all!

    However decided to go with IC Bugis using Ambassador night and points at 50k a night.

    2cups 14 posts

    Wow, you are going to be busy. You’re there for 30 hours or so and you are going to explore the city, sunbathe/swim, sleep and travel to/from the airport. Have fun, I love the place, we’re going again next June on the way to Darwin.

    I think 30 hours was about right. As mentioned earlier Grab from the airport was pretty seamless, roads completely clear, so was checked into HIX before 6ish. Time for a quick shower, and then headed out for a walk to Marina Bay Sands for some shopping, saw the light show, and grabbed some hawker food.

    Was up around 7am the following morning (aim was to sleep on the flight to SYD). Had a quick bite to eat and some coffee at breakfast (pretty much what you’d expect from an HIX, but filled a hole and the covered outdoor area was pleasant enough with the foliage and birds flying around). MRT to Gardens by the Bay, which I pretty much had to myself at that time, had a really zen stroll around for a few hours. Taxi back to make use of the gym and pool before checking out. More hawker food for lunch, and then had a few hours to catch up on some work back at the hotel before heading to the airport to wonder around Jewel and spend some quality time in the Qantas lounge.

    The HIX did the job, room was on the compact size but clean and modern. Would happily stay again (although if I had the money and company I’d be tempted to go a bit more upmarket, as the price difference for some fancier options didn’t seem huge). Feel like I got my moneys worth from the stopover, and yeah, plenty of time to sleep on the plane.

    exp70 7 posts

    Holiday Inn Clarke Quay is nothing like those in the UK – way, way nicer. There are nicer hotels in SG, but wouldnt hesitate to stay again.

    Eoc 28 posts

    Or .. good points destination is the IC. Lovely old style grand hotel in the middle of town. Beds to die for

    LD27 125 posts

    Or .. good points destination is the IC. Lovely old style grand hotel in the middle of town. Beds to die for

    Yes. Totally agree. We’re back there in 2 weeks. 50k per night.

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