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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.