Art Hotels to Book in Singapore

Enjoy city views from the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore
Enjoy city views from the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore | Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Singapore / Expedia
Samantha McCabe

With a blend of Malay, East Asian and European influences, Singapore packs a lot of culture into a relatively small space. The many art hotels in the city will have you experiencing that firsthand, whether they’re downtown, in Katong or on Sentosa Island.

1. Hotel Soloha

Hotel

Courtyard at Hotel Soloha with tables and chairs and potted plants
Courtesy of Hotel Soloha / Expedia

Guests are immediately hit with neon lights and an Instagram-worthy entrance wall, all part of this arty Singapore hotel’s signature urban-chic jungle aesthetic. Rooms are small but intelligently designed so that every corner of space is maximised, and, with three different lighting options (normal, party and romantic), it’s easy to set the mood. The hotel is located on Keong Saik Road in central Singapore, which is stacked with mid-century shophouses and well-known food spots such as Tong Ah Eating House and Meta Restaurant.

2. Hotel Clover the Arts

Boutique Hotel

Room at Hotel Clover the Arts with twin beds and a large mural of two orcas swimming
Courtesy of Hotel Clover the Arts / Expedia

This boutique hotel embraced its name and invited art and design students, local graffiti artists and a non-profit organisation to showcase their artwork. The result? Hotel Clover is eye candy for arty travellers, with its 44 individually themed rooms. Sitting near the Singapore River, between Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, the location is great for nightlife or a daytime boat tour.

3. Naumi Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Terrace at Naumi Hotel with decking, chairs, an infinity pool and a view of skyscrapers
Courtesy of Naumi Hotel / Expedia

From the outside, this hotel is an imposing concrete building laced with vines – on the inside, it balances comfort and elegance. Elevate your stay with two speciality room choices: the Gabrielle & Camellia, inspired by Coco Chanel, with a vanity, freestanding bathtub and rain shower, or the Eden & Nirwana, filled with pops of orange and a limited-edition Gaetana Pesce armchair in tribute to Andy Warhol. The Naumi Hotel is in the middle of a busy downtown area, within walking distance of museums like the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore.

4. The Vagabond Club

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Room at the Vagabond Club with a bed, desk and chair and a balcony with a table and chairs
Courtesy of the Vagabond Club / Expedia

In the heart of the Civic District, this luxury Singapore art hotel has 41 rooms, each in a slightly different style. Don’t miss the Whiskey Library, with its collection of 1,000 bottles of bespoke whisky, or the Executive Club Lounge, a luxe watering hole done up in dark hardwood and red velvet and covered in pieces from the hotel’s artist-in-residence programme.

5. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Boutique Hotel

Aerial view of the rooftop pool at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong with city views and sunloungers
© Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Once a police station and now a conservation building, Hotel Indigo wants guests to feel like locals, with its design that pays tribute to Peranakan culture. Guests can enjoy a quieter experience, as the hotel is slightly removed from the downtown core and located in the Katong neighbourhood, Singapore’s first heritage town, on the east side of the city. Amenities include an all-day neighbourhood cafe, weekly yoga classes and a rooftop infinity pool – the perfect place to watch the sunset.

6. Raffles Singapore

Hotel, Ryokan

Exterior of Raffles Singapore, a grand building surrounded by trees and shrubs
Courtesy of Raffles Singapore / Expedia
This luxury hotel in downtown Singapore is famous for its colonial-style facade, established by Armenian hoteliers, the Sarkies Brothers, in 1887. The historical theme is driven home with large grounds, English afternoon tea, 14ft-high (4m) ceilings and polished teak-wood floors. No visit is complete without a visit to the Long Bar, where the Singapore sling cocktail was invented and is still served with that perfect splash of pineapple.

7. The Scarlet Singapore

Hotel

Stylish room at the Scarlet Singapore with a double bed, green walls and a desk and chair
Courtesy of the Scarlet Singapore/ Expedia

The historical past of this hotel is on full display: it’s still housed in a row of 1868 shophouses and a vintage 1924 art deco building that earned it a Singapore Architectural Heritage Award in 2005. Foodies will enjoy the Chinatown-adjacent location, close to well-worn eating trails such as the Chinatown Complex, Amoy Street Food Centre and Maxwell Food Centre.

8. Capella

Resort, Hotel

Aerial view of the cascading pools at Capella Singapore with sunloungers, parasols and trees
Courtesy of Capella Singapore
This Sentosa Island escape feels removed from the bustle of the city. It’s a mix of colonial bungalows, dating back to the 1880s, and poolside greenery that gives it a tropical resort feel. Guests can attend cocktail making and cooking masterclasses upon request and even tour the area with the onsite Capella Culturist. The whole family can come along, with small pets allowed and babysitting services available.

9. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Hotel

Outdoor pool at Mandarin Oriental Singapore with sunloungers, parasols and a view of skyscrapers
Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Singapore / Hotels.com
This hotel sits in the heart of Marina Bay. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows, so no need to worry about missing the view – whether it’s of the harbour, ocean or city. Allergy-free rooms and bridal suites are offered, and the hotel’s push for sustainability in recent years has almost eliminated its reliance on single-use plastic.

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