These tips will teach you how to find cheap hotels in Singapore so you can enjoy a 60% discount off the room rates.
Plus, you will also find out how to stay in a decent hotel in Singapore for less than $100 per night as well as a “cheaper than cheap” alternative source of hotel rooms which you have never thought of.
Tip 1 – Book During Off-Peak
One of the easiest ways to save on your hotel accommodation in Singapore is to plan your visit to coincide with the off-peak seasons. Prior to these off-peak seasons, hotels will be offering a lot of promotions to fill up their rooms for the lull periods.
The best time to snag a heavily discounted hotel room on popular hotel booking sites, such as Agoda or Booking.com, is usually one month before the off-peak seasons listed below. Some hotels in Singapore are known to offer up to 60% discount during these periods.
The seasons to enjoy off-peak hotel deals in Singapore are: August to October (BUT avoid the F1 Singapore GP period in September) and March to May.
Tip 2 – Stay on a Weekday
Have you noticed that hotel room rates can vary like a roller coaster ride depending on which preferred check-in dates you select during the week?
The reason is simple. Some hotels focus on serving the business travelers segment while others target the leisure segment. So you get cheap weekend rates in a business hotel while a leisure-class hotel will have much cheaper room rates during mid-week.
So be flexible with your travel dates and switch your period of stay when you do your hotel booking. It is also highly recommended to stay at business hotels if you are coming to Singapore just for the weekend.
If you are concerned about amenities and accessibility, you will be glad to know that many business hotels are located near MRT train stations, equipped with great amenities like free WiFi, fitness centers and swimming pools.
Tip 3 – Look for Hotels Outside of City Center
In Singapore, there are certain districts heavily populated with budget hotels to cater for the cost-conscious travelers.
The hotels in these districts can offer low room rates because they are located further away from the city center, major business districts and shopping areas. However they still remain accessible as most of these hotels are located within walking distance to MRT train stations.To locate these hotels, you simply filter the hotel results (after you’ve selected the check-in dates) using the option commonly known as “Hotel Area” or “District” found on hotel booking engines.
Tip 4 – Search for Budget (below $100) Hotel Chains
If you want to be assured of clean rooms, good housekeeping and practical amenities such as free WiFi and laundry services, use this tip to filter your results to established budget hotel chains in Singapore.
There are three big economy-tier hotel chains in Singapore: Hotel 81, Fragrance Hotel and Santa Grand Hotels. Between them, they have more than 50 budget hotels located all over Singapore and most of the rooms are less than $100 per room per night.
You just need to apply the filter option “Hotel Brands” or “Chains” on your search results to display only properties from these hotel chains.
Tip 5 – Take Advantage of “Cheaper than Cheap” Hotel Rooms
This method is used by smart travelers to find an alternative source of “cheaper than cheap” hotel rooms in Singapore.
This alternative source is – private rooms in hostels. These private rooms in hostels are often overlooked by normal travelers as hostels are usually perceived to be filthy, noisy, have a lack of privacy, and they are just for the “young and adventurous”. Nothing is further from the truth!
Many hostels in Singapore are clean, modern, and well-managed. In fact, some hostels are equipped with amenities such as Nespresso machines and outdoor tanning decks. These hostels have rooms that can accommodate everything from a single traveler to a group of four. Most of these rooms can be booked for less than $50 per night.
These are 5 tips to find cheap hotels in Singapore. Good luck!