Hotels in Singapore consistently deliver in terms of superior service and excellent value. Conveniently, many of the tourist-friendly Singapore hotels are within a stone's throw of the main attractions. Visitors to the Lion City will be spoiled for choice with the amount of top-notch 5-star hotels. On a shoestring budget? Don’t despair, as there are plenty of great-value 4-star hotels for you to choose from.
As one of the four ‘Asian Tigers’, Singapore is a leading financial centre and the city’s many business hotels reflect its popularity as a corporate destination. Singapore is a giant melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures and as such makes for a very interesting holiday destination. For those wishing to inject some culture into their holiday, The Asian Civilisations Museum is a fantastic place to visit to learn about the pan-Asian cultures that make up this multi-ethnic part of the world.
As a former British trading post, Singapore still bears the hallmarks of colonialism, most evidently in its rich cultural and architectural legacy. Wander the streets and you will see the eclectic range of architectural influences, ranging from traditional vernacular to more modern Brutalist aesthetics. In the city centre, many luxury hotels slip seamlessly into this stylistic mix.
One of the main tourist attractions in Singapore is the vibrant and lively Orchard Road. This premier shopping street is flush with what seems like an endless amount of arterial shopping malls. Designer fashion emporiums such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci sit side by side with high street names like Zara, New Look and Forever 21. Not confined to retail, this part of Singapore is home to an exciting mix of upmarket restaurants, cafes and trendy nightclubs and bars. Flanked with a multitude of spa hotels, this is a popular spot for the well-heeled tourist.
Known as the food capital of Asia, Singapore has a mouth-watering array of dishes to suit every palate. With Hawker Centres around every corner, particularly in the Arab Street District, you’re never far away from a tasty treat. Local favourites include char kway teow, a mixed noodle dish of Chinese sausage, cockles, prawns and soy sauce, guaranteed to whip your taste buds into frenzy, and the nauseatingly-named Fish-Head Curry, which does exactly as it says on the tin (watch out for the eyeballs…). The less adventurous visitor may find gastronomic solace in the Singaporean staple Carrot Cake. Containing absolutely no carrots, this traditional dish is made from radish stir fried with egg and seasoned with spice. Finally, who needs Bovril when you can have Bak kut teh or pork rib tea? Usually served with a side of white rice, this tasty dish also comes with youtiao (strips of fried dough) which are great for dipping – Yum!