As Phase 2 is well under way, you may have already seen quite a bit of Singapore staycation offers by many of the country’s top hotels. Before you jump in and book your next staycation, it may be wise to compare prices. Even if the package you see comes directly from the hotel’s website, it is still possible to find slightly better deals elsewhere. I am not talking about online travel agents like Booking or Agoda either as these websites usually specialize in room-only or room with breakfast deals. Given that it is very difficult to travel overseas, the old style of staycations – that of booking a nice room and perhaps enjoying a leisurely breakfast buffet is no longer enough for many Singapore residents yearning to fulfill their sense of wanderlust.
How can these staycation deals possibly be cheaper or better than booking direct?
Given that many of the hotels listed here are part of large chains with their own best price guarantees, you might wonder how these deals can possibly be cheaper or be of better value than booking direct (you can do the comparison yourself by checking directly in the hotel’s website). The answer is simple. Hotels have their best price guarantee for select packages. The packages listed here have a sort of tweak in one form of another. It can be that a dining credit is swapped for dinner, or instead of a room and breakfast package, the property has also thrown in a souvenir in order to make some differentiation from the package they are offering directly in their website. For smaller and independent boutique hotels, sometimes their website does not have a best price guarantee so they are free to partner with external agencies that can help amplify their reach, even if it means offering a cheaper price than they normally would.
The downside of not booking direct is that you might miss out on loyalty programme points. If you are the sort who is not loyal to any particular hotel brand or maybe you have been disillusioned by the recent travel bans, then this limitation probably won’t matter to you. But if you staunchly want to maintain your diamond or gold status, then booking direct would be a better idea.
Without further ado, here are some Singapore staycation deals which you may find to be superior than booking direct:
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Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Sofitel Singapore City Centre is offering two types of staycation packages. The first is one oriented towards couples and comes with breakfast for 2, 4pm check-out, S$40 F&B credit, tapas platter and cocktails. It is priced at S$349++ (S$410 after taxes) when you book direct. However, Klook also has a roughly similar package. Only difference is you switch out the S$40 F&B credit, tapas platter and cocktails in exchange for dinner for two. As the latter is a full meal, this may be a better option to choose. It is also slightly cheaper, at S$393 all-in for a Luxury Room. You can book Klook’s package for Sofitel Singapore City Centre here.
This property also has a family-oriented staycation offer. The family package includes S$40 F&B credit, 4pm check-out, breakfast, kids amenities, themed teepee tent and mattress. Klook also has a roughly similar package except that they switched out the S$40 F&B credit and kids amenities with an afternoon tea session for 3 persons. It is also cheaper at S$339 all-in (it is S$335++ when you book direct, or S$394 nett). You can book Klook’s package here.
Check out my review of the Sofitel Singapore City Centre.
It is no secret that the Andaz Singapore is one of the city’s most popular hotels for staycations. Its well-designed rooms, complimentary minibar as well as numerous F&B concepts make this place truly a city getaway like no other. This hotel is also conveniently located, just above Bugis MRT station and with a plethora of shopping malls at its doorstep. Andaz Singapore just recently reopened for staycations and is offering vouchers valid for stays until 31st March 2021.
|Room Type||Weekday Rates||Weekend Rates||Compared to booking direct with Andaz's own rates||Savings|
|King Bed or Twin Bed Room||S$300 net (inclusive of S$100 dining voucher)||S$340 net (inclusive of S$100 dining voucher)||S$220 net weekday / S$260 net weekend (no dining credit)||S$20|
|Deluxe Bay View Room||S$350 net (inclusive of S$100 dining voucher)||S$380 net (inclusive of S$100 dining voucher)||S$270 net weekday / S$300 net weekend (no dining voucher)||S$20|
|Andaz Studio Suite||S$470 net (inclusive of S$100 dining voucher)||N/A||S$370 net weekday / S$465 net weekend||S$0|
However, depending on whether you are staying on a weekday or weekend and the type of room you would like to book, you might check out this alternative set of offers for Andaz Singapore that starts from just S$300 net with S$100 worth of dining credit thrown in. As illustrated above, this offer can potentially allow you to save a bit more on your next Andaz Singapore staycation, even when compared to the special rates the hotel is already throwing in. You can book the alternative offer here.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
This iconic quayside hotel in Raffles Place is offering a few types of staycation offers. If you are looking to spend some alone time with your special someone, the Romance by the Waterfront staycation includes a complimentary upgrade to a Quay Room, breakfast for 2 persons, 4-course set dinner & complimentary bottle of House Wine for 2 persons.
For those intending to bring the little ones, the Starry Night Glamping features a stay at a Loft Suite, a tent and sleeping bags (which you can take home) for the little ones, breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails for 3 persons. The little ones will also get a pair of Fullerton teddy bears.
Both packages include late check-out til 4pm.
Fullerton Bay Hotel
Undoubtedly one of the most luxurious city hotels in Singapore, the Fullerton Bay Hotel has plenty going for it including unparalleled Marina Bay views as well as a distinctive design that melds the modern with its past as a pier. Staycation packages here range from a “Romance for Two” which has half-board service (breakfast and dinner), complimentary upgrade to a Premier Room with a view of Merlion Park, complimentary bottle of wine and late check-out until 4pm. Alternatively, there’s also the “Sweet Retreat” which comes with afternoon tea for 2 which can be done either in-room or at the Landing Point.
Lloyd’s Inn Singapore
Known for its minimalist and highly instagrammable interiors, Lloyd’s Inn Singapore is one of the most popular hotels in Singapore for millennials. Its located just minutes away from Somerset MRT also makes it a popular place for just about any weekender, especially those seeking to indulge in a bit of retail therapy or nightlife. Compared to booking direct, booking here for your staycation enables you to receive a turndown gift as well as breakfast and even late check-out. Staycation package starts from S$175.25 nett. This is in contrast to booking direct where a Standard Room goes for S$150++ (S$176 nett) for a room-only reservation.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Mandarin Oriental Singapore is personally one of my favorite hotels for staycations. The service here is simply impeccable and their pool which faces Marina Bay is definitely among the top hotel pools in the country. That being said, rooms here are often at a premium due to the unblocked views of Marina Bay. Mandarin Oriental Singapore has a couple of staycation packages available – from simple ones that merely include breakfast and welcome drinks to family-friendly packages that include access to Kiztopia or Nerf. If you book direct, rates start from S$449++ (S$528 nett). However, if you book here, the rates start from S$433 nett for weekend stays or S$386 nett for weekday stays. You can book this offer here.
Fancy a hip and happening staycation in Tanjong Pagar / Keong Saik area? Hotel Soloha – one of the boutique hotels there (think: conservation shophouse) is offering a “historical staycation” with 1-for-1 Asahi beer all-day long and 10% discount in some of the top F&B spots in the area including the popular Kafe Utu (African-themed cafe), Apiary (for ice cream), Wang Yuan Cafe, Tempura Oji and Takeshi Noodle Bar. Package starts from just S$114 for a standard room. Hotel Soloha also has Family Suite rooms that go from S$256 per night.
The Warehouse Hotel
You can purchase vouchers which are cheaper than the prices directly from the website of The Warehouse Hotel for a River View Room (S$352 all-in) with breakfast, S$50 F&B dining credit, bespoke cocktails as well as 3PM check-out. You can also book a River View Suite (S$605 all-in) with the same inclusions except for the dining credit which is increased to S$80. If you book direct or through Agoda, etc the price of their River View Room ranges from S$320 to S$370 per night before taxes and service charge while best available rate for the River View Suite hovers at around S$685 per night before taxes. Book at the discounted prices here.
One of Singapore’s most popular staycation spots – even before the current situation – Capella Singapore is usually booked out months in advance during the weekends. Now that overseas travel remains a distant possibility, you can even consider staying here during the weekdays! Capella Singapore currently has a staycation promotion that includes breakfast for two plus afternoon tea at The Knolls. Note that this offer is for Capella Club Residences (it is within the same complex) which actually has larger rooms (suites range from 83 to 109 sq meters) as compared to the main wing where the entry-level room is at 77 sq meters. This deal is going for S$800 nett when booked here as compared to booking direct where the advance purchase price is S$765++ (S$900 after tax).
Check out my personal review of Capella Singapore’s The Club Residences here.
M Social Singapore
One of Singapore’s most popular hotels for staycations, M Social Singapore has been wow-ing guests with its Philip Starck designed rooms. Its loft rooms are usually highly sought-after due to their high floor-to-ceiling windows as well as the presence of stairs giving one the notion of being in some upmarket property. For those who prefer a single level room, the entry-level Alcove Cozy is also quite popular due to its pyramid design. M Social Singapore has a couple of staycation packages, including one which comes with a complimentary cocktail making class with the bartender at the inhouse Beast & Butterflies. Alternatively, there is another staycation package which comes with a perfume making class if the idea of concocting boozy drinks does not appeal. Their staycation package starts at S$211 which contrasts with booking direct at S$176++ with breakfast (comes out to S$207 nett). Booking direct is S$4 cheaper but remember, it does not come with any of those classes. Since the it’s just a S$4 difference, the package may be more value-for-money in this case. You can book the deal here.
Ascott Orchard Singapore
For a taste of luxurious apartment living, check out Ascott Orchard Singapore. There is a certain benefit to staying in serviced residences that you don’t get to have in usual hotels – the extra space, kitchen space as well as a dedicated living area. Apart from these perks, Ascott Orchard Singapore is also situated at the heart of Orchard Road! A one night staycation at their entry-level Studio Executive Suite goes for S$231 nett here. In contrast, it costs S$234++ (S$275 nett) when you book direct. You can book the deal here.
One of the popular staycation venues for families, Shangri-la Singapore has a number of kids-friendly facilities including its newly-opened Splash Zone featuring 6 unique water play areas. This customized Family Fun staycation package comes with a complimentary upgrade to a Garden Wing Deluxe Room (originally Tower Wing room), breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, usage of the Splash Zone, free gelato from Waterfall Ristorante and child-themed water activities for S$387.75 nett when booked here. This compares with booking direct where Shangri-la Singapore’s family staycation package starts from S$378++ (S$444 nett) without the room upgrade and no gelato but with a S$100 dining voucher and picnic basket.
lyf Funan Singapore
Joined together with Funan Mall and a stone’s throw away from Clarke Quay as well as the CBD, lyf Funan Singapore’s proposition is that of a co-living space geared towards younger folks and those looking for a photogenic staycation experience. A one night staycation package at their “One-of-a-kind” studio room good for two persons goes for S$121 nett here and includes 10% off in several Funan Mall tenants. In contrast, if you book direct, the rate starts from S$158.40++ (S$186 nett) and does not include those benefits.
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
A cheaper alternative to the luxury hotels lining Orchard Road is the newly refurbished Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. Sporting a botanic theme, rooms here are surprisingly fresh and bright – an underrated gem, if you will. I stayed here after they renovated and loved the new look of the rooms as well as extra perks like the free minibar, even though the lobby which was not refurbished was a bit tired looking. Currently, if you book here, you can score a staycation for S$200 nett. This includes breakfast for 2 as well as a free upgrade to a Deluxe Plus Room. If you book direct, the rate starts from S$258++ for a Deluxe Room (1 notch lower in category). While here, you can also grab dinner at TungLok Signatures as there is an outlet within the hotel.
Parkroyal on Beach Road
Parkroyal on Beach Road – a conveniently located hotel within walking distance from Haji Lane and Suntec City – is offering a staycation package in its renovated Superior Room that comes with breakfast, welcome drinks and a culinary workshop led by the inhouse F&B team for S$244.85 net which can be booked for both weekend and weekday stays. Personally, I find Parkroyal on Beach Road to be of excellent value given the size and quality of the room. Their staycation package compares favorably against the cheapest room-only option available elsewhere at S$168++ (around S$197 nett) without breakfast, but this rate is usually unavailable during weekends. Even if you assume that you are able to grab this rate for a weekend stay, do note breakfast at Parkroyal on Beach Road costs S$76 net for 2 persons so the staycation package is definitely more value for money since it also throws in the culinary workshop along with breakfast. You can book the staycation package here.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Mandarin Orchard Singapore has launched a couple of staycation packages that meld the room experience with its array of dining options, including one at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Depending on your needs, it has the following:
- 1-night stay at a Superior Deluxe Room with breakfast and lunch at Chatterbox (S$280 nett) – book here
- 1-night stay at Superior Deluxe Room with breakfast and buffet lunch/dinner at Triple Three (S$400 nett) – book here
- 1-night stay at a Club Meritus Room with breakfast, club privileges and special menu at Shisen Hanten (S$480 nett) – book here
In contrast, if you book directly in their website, you will find a family staycation package for 4 pax with breakfast and S$80 dining credit. This package starts from S$258++ (at least S$303 nett). They also have a Club Staycation package that comes with club benefits and starts from S$208++ per night (S$244 nett). The rates when you book direct are cheaper but with fewer inclusions so it all boils down to whether you’d appreciate a fine dining 2-Michelin star meal during your staycation. Dinner at Shisen Hanten could easily rack up to more than S$100 per person so if you choose the special package, it might make better sense than booking direct. If you prefer the no-frills option, booking direct gives a cheaper price in this case.