7 Tips to Find Cheap Hotels in Singapore
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)
- 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.
Some of the districts in Singapore you can consider are:
- Geylang / Joo Chiat
- Lavender / Kallang
- Little India
Alternatively, you can also filter your hotel results using “Star Rating” option to only display 2-star rating for hotels below $100 per night or 1-star rating for hostels.
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.
Bonus Tip #1 – Reduce Your Booking Fees with Agoda Reward Points
Just like airlines frequent flyer miles program, major hotel booking sites will also reward your loyalty with points to offset your hotel booking fees.
Based on research, Agoda has one of the most generous reward programs that offer points worth 4-7% of the room price. With Agoda’s Rewards Points, you can now accumulate your earned points to get bigger savings on rooms or even redeem free rooms.
If you are booking a hotel for the first time with Agoda, you will be automatically enrolled as a member of its Rewards Program for FREE. For existing Agoda member, do remember to log into your account first and check if you have any points to redeem.
Your Agoda Reward Points will also enjoy a generous validity period of almost 2 years (points earned in any month in the present year will expire 31 December of the following year).
Bonus Tip #2 – Earn Your Agoda Reward Points Easily with Hotel Reviews
You can easily get more Agoda reward points to reduce your next hotel booking fees by writing short hotel reviews.
For every review of any hotels you’ve booked and stayed with Agoda, you will instantly earn 500 reward points. So if you are a frequent traveler, you should take advantage of this to get more reward points.
And the best thing is we have tried and found the hotel review process to be very easy, intuitive and it would only take less than 5 minutes of your time.
We understand even with these tips, looking for a cheap and good hotel in Singapore is still a hassle. To help you save time, we have compiled a list of top ten hotels in Singapore below $100 over which can be accessed here.