Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore

An island city-state located just off southern Malaysia this small country has metamorphosed from a colonial outpost to an exotic and much sought after travel destination. One of the most famously clean and pristine countries in South East Asia, today it achieves a chipper balance between shiny modern consumerism and traditional Asian values and street life. As well as its heady mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, and varied cuisine, it’s also known for an increasingly eco and green focus delivered mostly by the ‘City in a Garden’ dream, with sustainable ideals and an increasing amount of lush gardens, and even treetop jungle bridges.

Other jewels to its well-adorned crown are the eclectic mix of striking attractions ranging from historic grand temples and elegant colonial buildings to sprawling ultra-modern shopping malls and mega-theme parks, and that’s not forgetting it’s creative side. A thriving art scene and as well as an increasing hipster scene has injected colour, vibrancy and uniqueness into the orderly island state. Thinking of visiting and want to stay somewhere to make your trip extra memorable? Here are the coolest and most unique hotels in Singapore (in no particular order)…

Klapstar hotel – cool boutique accommodation

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

One of the most popular places to stay in Singapore, this beautiful boutique hotel is located in the bustling Central Business District in the Southern part of Singapore. The 4-star exceptionally Klapstar Hotel is a very hip and trendy Singapore hotel within an easy walking distance of the Tanjong Pagar MRT station, giving visitors easy access to many of the city’s major attractions.

Comfortable, cosmopolitan with a touch of a stylishly whimsical design, each of the 17 rooms is uniquely designed with gorgeous Italian furnishings, and some even feature open-air showers and private whirlpool tubs. Kids under 11 stay for free and the communal areas are bright and welcoming and the adorably named Rabbit Stash restaurant offers contemporary cuisine and open-air dining for visitors and locals alike. An idyllic little hideaway and an all-around wonderful place to stay in Singapore!

JW Marriott Hotel South Beach – Phillipe Starck designed decadence

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Tucked away in a huge retail, office, hotel and residential complex, the 5-star exceptionally rated JW Marriott Hotel South Beach is set within an architect designed pair of shimmering glass and steel towers, with interiors designed by the world famous Philippe Starck. The centrepiece lobby, with a painted concrete floor and towering ceiling festooned with light fixtures and a wall to ceiling video installation is breathtaking, while the plush and uber-trendy bedrooms offer white leather headboards and plenty of mirror and chrome and free-standing baths. Opt for an upgrade and expect butler service, terraces, and/or access to a lounge with free snacks and drinks expect.

Located opposite the iconic Raffles building and just a 3-minute walk to the station, the very cool Singapore hotel also offers three contemporary bars, two swish Japanese restaurants, a modern gym, an upscale spa and a stunning infinity pool offering panoramic views across the city. A swish Singapore hotel that has to be seen to be believed!

Naumi Hotel – beautiful and unique art hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

This unique ten storey hotel on Seah Street has been an iconic feature of the Singapore skyline for over a decade. With lean lines, neutral tones and unusual furnishings, the 5-star exceptionally rated Naumi Hotel offers hip and funky contemporary Singapore accommodation combined with first class service. Rooms are all uniquely themed and inspired by such icons as Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol and come with Nespresso machines, yoga mats and smart TVs and upgrades feature soaking tubs and/or private decks and in-room aromatherapy. The cool hotel with a striking annexe (only a 4-minute walk to the station) is also home to an international art collection, a fine dining Indian restaurant, a spectacular infinity pool, a fitness centre and a stunning rooftop bar with views out across the city.

  • Prices from $150 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Naumi Hotel

Lloyd’s Inn – zen like chill

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

A sleek and minimalist hotel just 4 km from the Marina Bay Sands casino complex, and 7 km from Universal Studios Singapore theme park. Industrial chic concrete walls, muted pallets and ornament-free design have transformed this chic and contemporary Singapore accommodation into a calm and peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. Each room at the exceptionally rated Lloyd’s Inn is uniquely designed with a beautiful minimalist decor and offers an opportunity for you to find your inner calm. The swish upgrades add private patios and/or free-standing baths. Join your fellow guests at the outdoor pantry to help yourselves to breakfast or cool down in the gorgeous outdoor wading pool. Other hotel highlights include a rooftop terrace and a tranquil garden.

  • Prices from $110 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Lloyd’s Inn

W Sentosa Cove Hotel – design hotel with a wow factor

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

With fabulous views out across the China Sea, the 5-star exceptionally rated W Sentosa Cove offers highly refined luxury accommodation with plenty of wow factor. Situated in the upscale residential enclave of Sentosa Cove, Singapore’s main tourist attractions are easily reached using the efficient shuttle service to and from the island. The trendsetting Singapore hotel is almost a destination in itself, and offers bold design and giant wall installations, while plush designer bedrooms feature leather headboards, metallic floral motifs and galvanised steel furniture and ornate furnishings as well as 40-inch TVs, Bose speakers and iPod docks. Upgrades? Well as expected they’re truly spectacular with balconies or terraces and some have plunge pools, whirlpool tubs and day beds. As well as a spa, a gym and several stores, visit the Woobar for coffee or cocktails, enjoy fine dining at the Quayside Isle restaurant or just lounge beside the swanky outdoor pool with underwater speakers.

  • Prices from $200 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for W Sentosa Cove

M Social Hotel – quirky designer dwellings

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Focusing firmly on its new millennial clientele, the 4-star exceptionally rated M Social offers interior design by Phillipe Starck and plenty of whimsical touches throughout. The communal spaces at this chic and unique hotel feature hip and quirky design touches including lava lamps, giant statues and even a pool table, while the bedrooms are peaceful havens made of concrete walls, chrome fittings and designer decor with mod cons such as loaner smartphones, flat-screen TVs and rainfall showers, suites add lofts and living areas. Upgraded quarters feature garden terraces. The Beast & Butterflies Bar and Restaurant offers East meets West cuisine and has an interesting drinks menu with a distinctly Asian flavour. Guests can also enjoy the benefits of the on-site gym and a lush infinity pool and sundeck. Easily one of the coolest hotels in Singapore! 

  • Prices from $120 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for M Social

Park Royal on Pickering – upscale garden and wellness hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

A luxury hotel in a garden all of its own, this ultra-chic Singapore hotel boasts balconies covered in lush greenery as well as some of the finest views of the city. With a truly spectacular outdoor infinity pool, a spa, a gym, a restaurant, a whole floor dedicated to wellness and a members lounge, the 5-star exceptionally rated Park Royal on Pickering Hotel offers first class accommodation throughout. The stylish bedrooms are light and airy, and you will sleep well nestled behind the blackout blinds that keep the noise of the Central Business District location far away. The Lime restaurant serves modern Asian and international cuisine, while the rooftop member’s lounge offers afternoon tea and champagne breakfasts with panoramic views across the skyline. One of the most popular hotels in Singapore and with good reason!

Hotel Indigo – creative and art-adorned chic

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Paying tribute to the rich Chinese history of the Katong neighbourhood, the 4-star exceptionally rated Indigo Hotel offers stunning oriental design and luxurious accommodation. Located on the vibrant and colourful eastern fringes of the city, the stylishly funky and quirky Singapore hotel is a 20-minute taxi journey to the city’s main attractions. The beautiful bedrooms feature wall murals with local street scenes, batik printed cushions and wall to ceiling windows, while the communal areas offer contemporary oriental charm and sumptuous surroundings. The arty Singapore abode has one restaurant, Baba Chews, that serves up delicious Peranakan-inspired dishes, or guests can lounge around the fabulous rooftop infinity pool while soaking up those stunning views.

Andaz Singapore – award winning upscale hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Andaz hotels can always be relied on for unique upscale design and impeccable customer service and the 5-star exceptionally rated Andaz Singapore is no exception. A concept by Hyatt, the location of this chic and hip Singapore hotel is equally fabulous too nestled between the hip and happening districts of Kampung Glam and Bugis and overlooking Marina Bay (and only a 3 walk to an MRT station). Inside the beautiful high rise building, you’ll find super upscale guest rooms featuring lush floor-to-ceiling windows which make the most of the fabulous city or bay views as well as lots of mod cons and design-conscious communal areas. Also expect complimentary evening receptions and all-day snacks, multiple trendy restaurants and bars to choose from (including swish rooftop options), as well as a striking 25th-floor outdoor pool – a hotel to impress! 

  • Prices from $180 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Andaz Singapore

Raffles Hotel – a heritage hotel with world-class credentials

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

The much-loved 5star and exceptionally rated The Raffles Hotel is a stunning colonial masterpiece that was declared a national monument in 1987. Situated on Beach Road, the unique Singapore hotel is located at the heart of the city and is close to the major shopping centres, restaurants and nightlife, and just a short 10-minute drive from the beach at Marina Bay Sands. As opulent a hotel as you can find anywhere in the world, the interiors hark back to the hotel’s heyday in the 1930s and bedrooms offer high ceilings, whirling fans and charming, old-world furnishings. Visitors can dine at the Michelin-starred sushi restaurant Kanesaka, enjoy world-class Chinese at the Royal China or enjoy a must-have Singapore Sling at the hotels famous Long Bar.

Wanderlust Hotel – quirky and cool boutique hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Situated just 10 minutes from the cosmopolitan stretches of Orchard Road and the Central Business District, the 4-star highly rated Wanderlust Hotel is a unique boutique hotel in Singapore that features the work of three different award-winning Singapore design agencies. The individually styled bedrooms are arranged by colour or theme and are full of whimsical touches the make for an interesting stay – some have glass-enclosed, in-room showers, vintage bathtubs, sofas shaped like giant typewriters and very funky lighting systems. There’s even a quirky and unusual tree house room! Bathrooms at the hip and funky Singapore hotel offer hot and steamy soaker showers to wash off the city after a long day exploring and the WINEDERLUST bar and restaurant offers an extensive wine list and delicious dishes and is based around a cellar door concept.

  • Prices from $170 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Wanderlust Hotel 

The Vagabond Club – arty, opulent and glamorous

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

A superb and unique Singapore hotel full of vibrant modern florals and a sultry French touches designed by Jacques Garcia. The 5-star exceptionally rated Vagabond Club (a tribute portfolio hotel) is less than a 15-minute walk from the nearest metro station, visitors can easily reach all of the main tourist attractions including the National Gallery and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The plush bedrooms are arty and opulent and are packed full of Asian mahogany and superfine linens and some have shared courtyards. The glam communal spaces are rich in sumptuous velvet and eclectic works of art including the trendy bar that hosts regular live events by the hotel’s resident artists. The fashionable Salon serves fine cuisine, while visitors can enjoy a work out in the state-of-the-art fitness centre or enjoy a complimentary art tour.

  • Prices from $160 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Vagabond Club

Oasia Hotel Downtown – contemporary design conscious

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

This architect designed hotel is a breath of fresh air in a city full of towering skyscrapers and uniform buildings. With a green garden theme, the 4-star exceptionally rated Oasia Hotel offers a real respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The swish bedrooms are sleek and well designed with a comfortable post-modern feel and floor-to-ceiling windows, while bathrooms at this chic and trendy Singapore accommodation offer freestanding bathtubs and sliding glass doors. The modern hotel also offers two stunning rooftop pools as well as a sky terrace complete with its own lawn and a 24-hour gym. Guests can dine at The Marmalade Pantry with its modern bistro cuisine or choose from over 100 different types of gin at the very hip Cin Cin Bar.

  • Prices from $150 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Oasia Hotel

Studio M Hotel Singapore – cool loft style guest rooms

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

A contemporary and ultra-hip Singapore hotel in a modern high-rise building located just 15 minutes from the Chinatown metro station, the 4-star highly rated Studio M Hotel has a cool vibe that attracts young professionals. Bedrooms are minimalist and split across two floors featuring sleeping lofts and separate living areas, while communal spaces are sleek and spacious. One of the rooms has a rooftop patio offering skyline views. Visitors can sip cocktails on the rooftop deck bar, take a swim in the pool or workout in the open air gym. The Bugis restaurant offers fine cuisine while the MEMO cafe offers casual dining and light bites all day long.

The Scarlet Hotel – opulent oriental boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Singapore Global Grasshopper

Offering oriental decadence and modern flavours, the 4-star highly rated Scarlet Hotel is housed in a 1924 Art Deco building located just one block from shopping and dining on the famous Ann Siang Road. Rooms and suites are designed with passion and opulence in mind, and offer plenty of luxe touches like oversized headboards and rich, bold colours. One room offers a four-poster bed and a terrace with a hot tub, and another has a premium handmade mattress. The Aria rooftop restaurant offers breathtaking views and serves up delightful Sicilian dishes, while the Mei i Sushi serves up sushi and sashimi in an intimate setting. With an onsite gym, modern spa and jacuzzi, you can be as active or relaxed as you want to at one of Singapore’s finest small hotels!

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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