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Thanks to the peerless public transport system, it doesn't really matter which hotel you stay in central Singapore. Everywhere is less than half an hour from everywhere else. If you're looking for atmosphere and character, we recommend Chinatown or Little India, both of which harbour most of the budget accommodation and boutique hotels in shophouse conversions.
Orchard Road and its environs are crammed with identikit upmarket hotels (with a few distinctive exceptions), as is the area around Marina Bay, where you'll find the Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay complex and Suntec City. There are also good hotel options dotted close by the redeveloped Quays of the Singapore River.
If you want to experience the grittier side of Singapore outside your hotel room, then Geylang is worth considering. Likewise, if you want the sea and a beach close at hand, Sentosa's the go, but avoid weekends, when hotel rates and occupancy are higher.
While Singapore might be the most expensive city in Southeast Asia in which to bed down, top hotels are constantly offering promotional deals, sometimes slashing up to half off the official rates (even throwing in breakfast for good measure). The entire year of 2005, for instance, was declared a "promotion period" and many exclusive hotels were offering rates not much higher than mid-range Chinatown guesthouses.
In this highly competitive atmosphere, it pays to call around or, even better, check the hotel websites or discount websites for special deals before you book.
Be aware that reservation desk staff in top hotels usually add a casual (and often barely audible) "plus plus plus" after the rate they quote you. Ignore this at your peril. The three plusses are service charge, government tax and Goods & Services Tax (GST), which together amounts to a breezy 16% on top of your bill.
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