The best luxury hotels in Singapore

Though a city known for playing by the rules, Singapore’s sparkling hotel scene has rewritten them to dazzling effect.

By Chris Ashton, May 11 2022
The best luxury hotels in Singapore

Singapore is a destination that refuses to be pigeonholed. It’s at once an historic city brimming with colonial grandeur, a modern architectural wonderland where innovation is second nature, and a multicultural mecca uniting the best of Asia in one captivating package.

Whether you’re a business traveller on the move, a foodie looking to taste your way through Asia’s best restaurants, or just want to spend your days drinking cocktails in a cabana at an exclusive beach club, the Lion City has everything you need, want and more.

The soaring supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.. Edward Tian
The soaring supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.
Edward Tian

As you can imagine, luxury Singapore hotels are a cut above the rest, with a dizzying array of five star resorts, highrise hideaways and even a glamorous beach resort designed by the same architect behind Apple's high-tech 'spaceship' HQ.

The best luxury hotels in Singapore

In no particular order, and by no means a definitive guide, these are some of the best hotels and resorts Singapore has to offer. 

1. Raffles

Raffles Singapore is the city’s most iconic hotel. When it first opened in 1887, it put Singapore on the map as a destination worthy of the six weeks it took to reach it from London at the time. And its allure has not diminished in the 135 years since.

The hotel's recent refurbishment has added a sprinkling of modern refinement.
The hotel's recent refurbishment has added a sprinkling of modern refinement.

Exquisitely restored just three years ago, the hotel is brimming with heritage charm and style, transporting guests to a time when famed writers such as Rudyard Kipling once roamed its courtyards. Yet it’s surprisingly modern too, with state-of-the-art technology in each of its 115 rooms and suites.

Love succulent steaks? Butcher's Block has your name on it.
Love succulent steaks? Butcher's Block has your name on it.

Lofty four-metre ceilings and polished teakwood floors set the scene, with 24-hour butler service and a myriad of delicious dining options adding to the indulgence. Stop for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar, enjoy sumptuous steaks at Butcher’s Block, feast on North Indian cuisine at the Tiffin Room and more.

2. W Singapore Sentosa Cove

More than a city of history buffs, Singapore has plenty of contemporary offerings too. Take W Singapore, for example. Hidden on Sentosa Island, it’s about as outrageous as they come, with vivid interiors and flamboyant restaurants. There’s even a room with its own DJ booth!

W Singapore's style is anything but understated.
W Singapore's style is anything but understated.

Start each day with a buffet breakfast at The Kitchen Table, enjoy inventive cocktails or a locally-infused high tea at Woobar at midday, and then send your taste buds on an adventure with fresh seafood and perfectly-seasoned steaks at Skirt.

Wet Pool is a perfect spot to escape the balmy, tropical heat.
Wet Pool is a perfect spot to escape the balmy, tropical heat.

When you need to wind down, W has you covered too. Its Away Spa offers signature treatments such as a detox massage, while the Vitality Pool is a perfect spot to soak away your cares. Outside, the cabana-lined Wet Pool is a perfect escape from the balmy, tropical heat.

3. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Singapore is no stranger to architectural statements, yet The Fullerton Building – built in 1928 and once home to the city’s GPO, as well as an exclusive member’s only club where tycoons and civil servants made deals behind closed doors – leaves many in its wake.

The neoclassical building was once home to Singapore's General Post Office.
The neoclassical building was once home to Singapore's General Post Office.

A national landmark since 2015, the neoclassical marvel is known for its soaring doric columns and a barrel-vaulted coffered ceiling. Its reputation for grandeur continues as The Fullerton Hotel, with 400 spacious rooms and numerous dining options to whet your appetite.

You'll feel like a visiting head of state in the Presidential Suite.
You'll feel like a visiting head of state in the Presidential Suite.

Among its opulent abodes are the Palladian and Fullerton Suites, each with an enviable outlook to Marina Bay and the Singapore River; and The Loft Suite, a two-level duplex with original double-storey French doors leading to a balcony with views of the waterfront.

4. SO/ Singapore

Though not yet a household name, Sofitel’s fast-growing SO/ brand is definitely one to watch. In the heart of the Lion City, SO/ Singapore is a perfect blend of the old and new – a playful, fashion-forward hotel inspired by its location, with a delicious French twist.

Xperience restaurant has opted for a 'more is more' aesthetic.
Xperience restaurant has opted for a 'more is more' aesthetic.

Housed within a heritage-listed building in the central business district, the uniquely-styled hotel boasts 134 personality-filled guest rooms, each featuring bespoke ‘Versailles meets Vogue’ decor created by its ‘Signature Designer’ Karl Lagerfeld.

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld introduced his signature style to the hotel.
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld introduced his signature style to the hotel.

With names including Cosy, Lofty and VIP, a rooftop pool bar and whimsical all-dining restaurant dubbed ‘Xperience’, the SO/ Singapore has all the ingredients of a delicious city escape.

5. Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Singapore luxury hotels can be found throughout the island, yet few have a location as good as the Mandarin Oriental Singapore. Towering alongside the waters of Marina Bay, moments from the Esplanade and Concert Hall, it’s also a fantastic spot to view the F1 Grand Prix.

You'll enjoy a taste of the sweet life at Dolce Vita Italian.
You'll enjoy a taste of the sweet life at Dolce Vita Italian.

With its luxurious walls are seven fabulous bar and dining options, including Dolce Vita modern Italian, Cherry Garden Cantonese, and Teppan-Ya Japanese – which also affords a sensational outlook across Marina Bay and the iconic Marina Bay Sands building.

Club Room guests have access to daily cocktails and afternoon tea at the Oriental Club.
Club Room guests have access to daily cocktails and afternoon tea at the Oriental Club.

Rooms are as elegant as you’d imagine, with calming decor and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests staying in Club rooms also enjoy access to the Oriental Club on level 19, with champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails all part of the deal.

6. The Capitol Kempinski

What’s better than one historic building? Two historic buildings! The Capitol Kempinski is a masterclass in timeless elegance, breathing new life into both the 1930s neoclassical-style Capitol Building and Venetian Renaissance-style Stamford House, built from 1904.

The Bar at 15 Stamford has 'raised the bar' with its extensive drinks menu.
The Bar at 15 Stamford has 'raised the bar' with its extensive drinks menu.

The 155-room luxury Singapore hotel is a multi-sensory adventure, from its grand lobby sure to leave you speechless to highly-textured interior furnishings and classically-inspired bar and restaurant options dishing up fare which smells and tastes as good as it looks.

The Capitol Kempinski is stunning from every angle.
The Capitol Kempinski is stunning from every angle.

And its location? Right in Singapore’s civic and cultural heart, rubbing shoulders with fellow architectural gems including the National Gallery, the Capitol Theatre, and Armenian Church.

7. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

It may not be the newest or the flashiest in town, yet Shangri-La Hotel near Orchard Road never fails to be mentioned among the city’s best. Spread across three distinct wings, each of its 792 guest rooms is a haven of serenity.

A warm welcome is guaranteed at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.
A warm welcome is guaranteed at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.

Tower Wing is ever-popular with families, the Garden Wing perfect for couples seeking a tropical escape, and the Valley Wing a staple choice for dignitaries and business travellers. Though all quite different, they each share the same rich DNA and fondness for chandeliers.

Champagne and chandeliers await in the exclusive Valley Wing.
Champagne and chandeliers await in the exclusive Valley Wing.

Set within 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel is home to a plethora of dining choices and the pampering Chi, The Spa. For a special treat, you can enjoy a dinner curated by master chefs, set amid an enchanting, seven-metre tall open air orchid greenhouse.

8. Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore has been regularly named among the country’s best hotels since opening 13 years ago. And yet, somehow, it still manages to fly under the radar for many travellers. Its exclusive location could be a good reason for that.

Capella Singapore is a striking fusion of the old and new.
Capella Singapore is a striking fusion of the old and new.

Hidden on the lush island of Sentosa, between Palawan Beach and Serapong Golf Course, the five star hotel blends two historic 1800s bungalows with a sweeping contemporary addition.

Gaze out to the South China Sea from your Premier Seaview Room.
Gaze out to the South China Sea from your Premier Seaview Room.

Designed by Norman Foster, the acclaimed British architect behind Apple’s high tech Apple Park in Cupertino, its 112 manors, suites and guest rooms are classically refined. Views of lush gardens and out across the South China Sea are just the icing on the cake.

9. Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

Location, location. You’d be hard pressed to find a better one than Ritz-Carlton Millenia. Boasting uninterrupted views of Marina Bay, Singapore Flyer and the glittering city skyline, backed up by serious luxury within, it’s one of the city’s most celebrated getaways.

The Club Lounge boasts an incredible view across Marina Bay.
The Club Lounge boasts an incredible view across Marina Bay.

For a hotel with a 4,200-piece art collection, including works by Andy Warhol and the glass artist Dale Chihuly, decor in its 608 guest rooms is surprisingly restrained, with a neutral palette and architecture that does the heavy lifting. Restaurants are a different story, however.

Interior styling, like in this Deluxe Marina Guestroom, is surprisingly understated.
Interior styling, like in this Deluxe Marina Guestroom, is surprisingly understated.

Republic Bar takes a ‘more is more’ approach, with brass, glass, leather, and mirrors used with abandon. Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion and international restaurant Colony are equally playful, dishing up both a treat for the eyes and a feast for the stomach.

10. Andaz Singapore

Andaz is the free-spirited sibling of the Hyatt family, a luxury brand where arts and culture are at the forefront of each property. Andaz Singapore has taken that brief and run with it, resulting in a fun and fresh hotel with cool bars, quirky fixtures and even tee-pees on its rooftop.

Stake your claim to a tee-pee on the Andaz Singapore rooftop.
Stake your claim to a tee-pee on the Andaz Singapore rooftop.

In addition to 342 beautifully designed rooms, it boasts a sun-drenched rooftop swimming pool, refined Cantonese flavours at 5 ON 25 restaurant, prime cuts and sustainable seafood at 665°F, and a sleek cocktail bar perfect for drinking in Singapore’s dramatic sunsets.

The Andaz Large King Suite lives up to its name.
The Andaz Large King Suite lives up to its name.

Kampong Glam (Little Arabia) and its colourful street art mecca of Haji Lane are located nearby, while the incredible Gardens by the Bay is only a short stroll or taxi ride away.

11. Hilton Orchard Singapore

Hilton Singapore on Orchard Road has been a staple for high-flying business travellers for some five decades. But you may want to double check the address next time you visit – it’s moved.

Rooms start from a compact 29sqm and climb to the immaculate 154sqm Presidential Suite.
Rooms start from a compact 29sqm and climb to the immaculate 154sqm Presidential Suite.

Now located at 333 Orchard Road, and with a shiny new name, Hilton Orchard Singapore is the brand’s new Asian flagship. And it’s worthy of that honour, with more than 1000 guest rooms furnished in a subtle botanical theme, a call out to the fruit-growing past of its location.

Estate is the Hilton Orchard Singapore's all-day buffet dining venue.
Estate is the Hilton Orchard Singapore's all-day buffet dining venue.

On the dining front, it features five vibrant restaurants, including all-day buffet venue, Estate. US chef and former winner of the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award, Nancy Silverton, has also replicated her heralded New York Italian pizzeria, Osteria Mozza.

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09 Feb 2015

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Some fantastic hotels here. Cannot wait to stay at Raffles in the not so distant future. I’m staying at Fairmont Singapore in August which will be a first. 

Any other ET members stayed at the Fairmont Singapore? Thoughts on the hotel?

07 May 2015

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I used to stay at The Fairmont often, before 2020 of course, and sometimes the neighboring Swissotel too. Both have a great location, they are not in the middle of the too-busy 'downtown' area around Orchard Road but they are still handy to that strip, the business district and other parts of the city. Plus you have the City Hall MRT station right below you, this is on both the red and green lines so it's well connected. The Raffles Plaza shops and food court are good but also try the food court up on I think level 3, it's a bit hidden away but it where then hotel and office staff and a lot of locals go to, ask at the Fairmont reception desk for directions.

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09 Feb 2015

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Thanks Tony. Agree this is a great location. I have stayed many times at the various hotels in this area, but never the Fairmont. I was close to booking SO, but when I found out it is Singapore National Day (9th August) whilst I am there, I decided to stay closer to the action.

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23 Dec 2015

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I preference the interlinked Swissôtel because I love the view from the high floors, but the location is awesome. 

28 Oct 2021

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I’ve stayed several times & the hotel is fantastic (particularly on the executive floors & all that comes with it) Don’t Miss the international buffet breakfast - it’s a knockout. On the 3rd floor in the adjacent shopping centre there’s a great food court that has terrific hawker stall food at amazingly cheap prices

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20 Apr 2015

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Having lived in Singapore the past 9 years, we finally did a staycation at the Raffles. It exceeded all expectations and is worth paying the extra cost for that rare glimpse on how the top 1% live. Fantastic service and beautiful and historic rooms.

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04 Apr 2014

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We stayed at Raffles immediately before their renovation, part of the hotel was already closed and it was very quiet.  I’d go back in a heartbeat.  Yes, expensive but so far away from your typical 5-star hotel.  

You left out the Fullerton Bay Hotel, my favourite in Singapore.

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13 May 2015

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Any thoughts on Conrad Centennial? 

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06 Oct 2016

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Not been to the new Raffles, but The (old) Intercontinental still gets my vote

They always recognise returnee’s even if it is a couple of years and you get the best rooms. I am IHG ambassador but they double up with extra in room welcomes, F&B credits, that sort of thing, once I even got a upgrade from a basic club room to A heritage suite, normally it is just the heritage room. I would have only been 10 visits, and 20-25 nights in 15 years, so I rate that

The Fairmont Hotel in Singapore is one of the best especially since their refurbishment just recently completed.

I am booked in their Ambassador Suite for 150 nights starting May 30 whilst i wait for my house to be completed. 

Their Chinese resturant is the best in Singapore make sure you try it the food is excellent.


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