Cheap and non-sleazy staycation hotels in Singapore

Affordable Staycation Hotels SingaporeImage adapted from:, The Great Madras& TripAdvisor Singapore

A staycation is the closest thing to a holiday one can get without having to apply for leave and jetting out of the country. Somehow, not having to make our beds, do any household chores or even step into our homes works wonders to momentarily teleport us from our current reality.

And while holing ourselves up in a 5-star hotel is a luxury most of us cannot afford, there are smaller luxuries that aren’t that far off. We’ve trawled through a bunch of hotel booking sites to bring you this list of non-lupsup affordable hotels under $110/night for a quick stress-relieving staycay in the city:

1. Park 22 Hotel Little India – From $98

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Standing in stark contrast to its colourful surroundings, it’s hard to miss the monochromatic shophouses that make Park Hotel 22 Little India. Just minutes away from Rochor MRT station and a short walk from Bugis, this little 3-star hotel is just the thing for lovers of convenience and of course, Indian food.

Park 22 Hotel Little India lobby

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Park 22 Hotel Little India deluxe room

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For $98/night, their Deluxe Room is small and has no windows but comes tastefully decorated and stocked with all your hotel necessities, a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. While some might feel claustrophobic without a view, having no windows does block out the 24-hour hustle of the streets below.

Park Hotel 22 Little India
Address: 60 Kerbau Rd, Singapore 219184
Telephone: 6291 7120

2. The Great Madras – From $101

The Great Madras private hostel beds

One of their 8 private hostel beds that come with sliding doors for added privacy
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What used to stand in place of The Great Madras might’ve spelt seedy all round, but this Wes Anderson-esque 34-room hotel/hostel is quite possibly the hippest boutique hotel in town. From exterior to interior, aesthetics reign as king and every eclectic touch from bold wallpapers to neon lights make for epic photo opportunities around every bend.

The Great Madras corridor

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And although their rooms with ensuite bathrooms do exceed our price cap, you can still score a private bed in their co-living space for just $101 under their early bird promotion. The Great Madras really tests one’s limits with their rooms starting from just 8m², but what’s a little squeeze when you’re given access to the rest of the hotel’s facilities to potentially have a fresh-to-death IG feed?

The Great Madras dining area

The hotel’s dining area
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Decked out with a king-sized bed, a window with blinds, overhead lights, a bedside lamp, a mirror, and a flat-screen LCD TV of your own – the Deluxe Mixed Hostel rooms actually are only 1m² smaller than their next room category. You can also take comfort in the fact that their communal bathrooms look just as bomb as the rest of the hotel.

The Great Madras pool

The photogenic lap pool area
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The Great Madras
Address: 28 Madras St, Singapore 208422
Telephone: 6914 1515

3. Hotel Kai – From $97

Hotel Kai urban bunk

Can you spot the in-room safe in this picture?
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Although the rooms of Hotel Kai at Purvis Street are tiny, you’ll be surprised just how functional and comfortable they are. If the staycay you’re planning isn’t the romantic sort, you can opt for their Urban Bunk ($97) which features a double single decker bed that’ll give you a tad more privacy at night.

Hotel Kai urban studio

Their Urban Studio (8-9.5m²) comes with a queen size bed
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With allocated spots in the wall for the room’s different provisions and its ergonomic adjustable bed, the Urban Studio ($97) of Hotel Kai could almost pass off as a room in a technologically advanced Japanese capsule hotel.

You’ll also be provided with a complimentary 4G Wi-Fi device which will serve you well if you’re the sort that needs to stay connected round the clock.

Hotel Kai toilet

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And from what we derived from traveller reviews, the room’s toilet is not separately partitioned from the main sleeping area, so do not be alarmed to find your bed a couple of steps away from the shower.

Hotel Kai
Address: 14 Purvis St, Singapore 188593
Telephone: 6643 9999

4. Venue Hotel The Lily in Joo Chiat- From $73

Venue Hotel The Lily bedroom

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If you’ve got wild love for the East side but never get to hang around the area because it’s just too far out from your hood, you’ll be happy to find Venue Hotel The Lily. Right smack on Joo Chiat Road, this small boutique hotel is merely a 5-minute walk to i12 Katong, Parkway Parade, Little Vietnam, and the many restaurants of Katong.

Venue Hotel The Lily in Joo Chiat toilet

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Their Standard Double Rooms and Superior Double Rooms are going for $73.07 and $83.27 respectively on and the only difference between the two is the presence of a window. What you see is pretty much what you get, but if you have any special requests, their 24-hour front desk staff are always ready to help.

Venue Hotel The Lily in Joo Chiat
Address: 238 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427495
Telephone: 6344 3131

5. Venue Hotel in Joo Chiat- From $73

Venue Hotel in Joo Chiat lobby

The wall-ceiling wooden accent makes their lobby look more like an exhibit at the SAM
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It stands true that you can usually gauge how lupsup a hotel is from its lobby, and one glance at Venue Hotel’s will tell you that the only lupsup you’ll find, is at the KTV next door.

Located just down the road from Venue Hotel The Lily, Venue Hotel in Joo Chiat almost looks like a carbon copy except for its white swing doors. It has the same black-and-white exterior, room categories, and even room pricing but they are two different hotels.

Venue Hotel in Joo Chiat standard double room

Their Standard Double Room
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They also offer Standard Double Rooms and Superior Double Rooms for $73.07 and $83.27 and each room is decorated with a pop of colour. And while small, the toilets in all their rooms come with a glass partition so your toiletries won’t all be soaked after a shower.

Venue Hotel in Joo Chiat toilet

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Venue Hotel in Joo Chiat
Address: 305 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427556
Telephone: 6346 3131

6. Fragrance Hotel Selegie – From $94.95

Before you go on to write this article off as unreliable, take a second to understand why we’ve added this Fragrance Hotel outlet to the list.

Fragrance Hotel Selegie superior double room

Superior Double Room
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Judging by these pictures alone, you wouldn’t in a million years have guess that these photos belong to a lupsup hotel. The Fragrance Hotel Selegie branch is both parts sleek and futuristic thanks to a recent major face lift.

Fragrance Hotel Selegie airline themed cabin

They even have an airline-themed Cabin Room
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Their most affordable rooms are their Superior Double/Twin Rooms that measure 11 m² in size and cost $95. With a simple illuminated vanity and reef wall decal, the rooms in this category are bright, airy, and made to resemble cruise cabins. Not too bad for a hotel with a shady past.

Fragrance Hotel Selegie rooftop pool

The hotel even has a rooftop pool complete with deck chairs for sunbathing on
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They also have private parking spots for guests – great for those who don’t mind the name but still want to avoid prying eyes.

Fragrance Hotel Selegie
Address: 183 Selegie Road, Singapore 188329
Telephone:  6337 7888

7. Hotel NuVE, Bugis – From $89

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Just one street away from hipster enclave Haji Lane, Hotel NuVE is a quaint little boutique hotel on Arab Street that caters to single travellers and couples on a budget. Their NuVe Basic Room and NuVe Classic Room are both aesthetically pleasing and can comfortably sleep 2 if you aren’t the sort to pack a lot with you.

Hotel NuVE basic room

NuVe Basic Room – $83
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Expect all the normal amenities and unlimited use of their complimentary “handy” smartphone 4G data plan to leech off, so you don’t have to deplete your own . They also go above and beyond their 3-star rating with their complimentary mini bar (only for their NuVe Classic Room) which is replenished daily for the duration of your stay.

You’re also given the option of interconnecting rooms should more of your posse want in on your staycay.

Hotel NuVE classic room

NuVe Classic Room – $99
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Hotel NuVE
Address: 9 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199141
Telephone: 6299 5975

8. Hotel Mono – From $97

Hotel Mono exterior

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Housed in 6 charming, Art Deco conservation shophouses, the 46-room Hotel Mono is visually arresting from the outside in. One might even be surprised to see it sitting in the middle of Chinatown.

A minimalist’s dream come true, each room here is a neat presentation of white walls, black furnishing, and bold geometric beams running across the ceiling – adding depth and character to an otherwise bare room.

Hotel Mono exterior

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And though there aren’t many frills, the devil is in the details. Their Standard Double Room comes with a custom King Koil spring bed and micro-gel fibre pillows to guarantee you a good night’s rest.

Their room prices rarely fall below $100 on their website, but if luck is on your side, some of the other hotel booking sites and apps could have you booking their Standard Double Room for as low as $97!

Hotel Mono bathroom

Their bathroom also comes with an overhead rain shower
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Hotel Mono
Address: 18 Mosque St, Singapore 059498
Telephone: 6326 0430

9. Champion Hotel (Joo Chiat) – From $95

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Also down the Joo Chiat stretch is Champion Hotel. The name alone ranks quite highly on the lupsup meter, but this hotel is surprisingly a lot more decent than it sounds. The reception itself gives off cosy and communal hostel vibes, and there’s a little nook just beyond the check-in desk with couches and a cocoon swing.

Champion Hotel bedroom

Superior Double Room without Window
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At just $89 and $97 respectively, their Superior Double Room without Window and Deluxe Double Room with Window both come with a closet, mini fridge, and electric kettle. There’s even an additional seating area that can be used for propping open your luggage if you’re a heavy-handed packer.

Champion Hotel bathroom

The ensuite private bathroom is not in the least bit claustrophobic
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Level-up your stay: From $105 for a Swing Double Room

Champion Hotel Swing Double Room

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And if you can afford to fork out another couple of bucks, an $8 top up will get you a Swing Double Room With Windows that comes with a suspended cocoon swing chair and more walking space.

Champion Hotel (Joo Chiat)
Address: 60 Joo Chiat Rd #01-06, Singapore 427726
Telephone: 6342 0988

10. Harbour Ville Hotel – From $85

Harbour Ville Hotel Standard Room

Standard Room
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Perfect for those planning to spend an entire day out at USS or Adventure Cove without an RWS budget for accommodation, Harbour Ville Hotel sits on Kampong Bahru Road in between Harbourfront and Outram Park station and will keep you within close proximity of Sentosa, Mount Faber, the Southern Ridges, Chinatown, and Clarke Quay.

Harbour Ville Hotel bathroom

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The Standard Room goes for $85 (early bird promo) and comes with all the basics: a queen size bed, 26-inch LCD cable TV, free Wi-Fi, mini fridge, and a complimentary “Handy Phone” that runs on unlimited 4G.

Level-up your stay: Early Bird Promo: $91.80 for a Superior Room

Harbour Ville Hotel superior room

Superior Room
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If you’re looking to accommodate a third person and like your rooms sun-drenched, opt for their Superior Room at $91.80. There’s the option of adding a foldable bed or baby crib at no extra charge.

Harbour Ville Hotel
Address: 512 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 099448
Telephone: 6271 2771

Affordable staycations at smaller hotels in Singapore

Just because you can’t afford a luxury staycation, don’t mean you have to deny yourself one. This list of non-lupsup hotels under $110 prove that desperate times don’t call for desperate measures and if there’s a will, there’s a way – which doesn’t involve settling for Hotel 81.

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