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Best region to spend a short two nights.

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Best region to spend a short two nights.

Hi there,

We have a 2 night stopover in Singapore at the end of September. We will be on our way back to Australia from Europe, and the main reason for the stopover is simply to break up the long journey home, after a 6 week holiday.

I'm hoping to get some advice as to what district or area to stay in to be able maximise our time there. We don't want to spend too much time getting to and from places, if that is even possible in Singapore.

We'd love to see some of the sights however we're using this stopover mainly as time to just relax without feeling the need to race around trying to fit a dozen things in to two days. For this reason we'd like to be staying in an area where we can easily stroll to good restaurants or bars, do some window shopping etc. And be close to transport to get us to and from the airport.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks

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1. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

hey gcnicho,

You have a couple of options I think. Either Sentosa island or Orchard Road

Sentosa - lots of attractions like SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove, light shows at night, free transport around the island and its close to the beach. For more dining/food options, you can just catch the monorail to the main shopping center.

Orchard Road - a ridiculous amount of shopping and dining options. You can look at Orchard Rd like George St in Sydney (but better). Shops open til late every night as well. Not exactly close to attractions but there are free shuttles to Singapore Zoo and Night safari if you do feel like checking them out. Worth going to the Night Safari i think.

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2. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

I agree that Sentosa would fit your requirements. For bars and window shopping,you can go to Vivocity although Sentosa has bars as well.

Edited: 03 June 2014, 01:55
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I think the decision will be more obvious if you narrow down the sights you prefer as different attractions are located in different places.

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Hello gcnicho,

You did not mention your budget/room/night but imo, City Hall is an area you can consider staying. You will be near the Mrt interchange with 3 lines: the EW line which is the direct link to the airport, NS line linking you to Orchard Road and the Circle Line will take you to Marina Bay. Marina Bay is walkable from City Hall and it is a nice stroll in the evenings.

For window shopping, there is The Shoppe at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Square Shopping Centre, Suntec City, Citilink Mall and Raffles City Shopping Centre. Plenty of restaurants, cafes and food outlets at these places plus Chijmes and One Fullerton are in the vicinity too,

Tourists attractions around Marina Bay include the Singapore Flyer, Esplanade, Merlion Park, Helix Bridge, Skypark and MBS, Gardens By The Bay, ArtScience Museum and the Asian Civilisation Museum . While the Singapore Art Museum and the Singapore National Musuem are alao nearby. Oh the Grand Dame, Raffles Hotel is also in the area.

If you tell us your budget/room/night , we can recommend a few hotels for you to investigate.

Cheers

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5. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

Thanks everyone

I'll start looking into your suggestions.

In regards to specific sights, we don't really have anything in mind. We don't want to over commit ourseleves if we're not feeling up to it and just want to relax, so we're happy to just make it up as we go.

If we do feel up to it, and if the weather is good then we'd like to spend our one full day at the zoo, and we can then fill in the remainder of our time strolling around places such as Marina Bay, or Orchard road etc

Budget wise, we're prepared to pay up to 290 SGD per night if that gets us in a fairly central area. Well actually I think I'm more concerned with getting a hotel that has super comfortable beds to get a really good nights sleep before we head home haha !!!

Thanks again.

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6. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

<<Budget wise, we're prepared to pay up to 290 SGD >>

Solid Budget! You have PLENTY of nice options;

Residence @ SRC

SwissTS

SwissMC

Pan Pacific

Naumi

Carlton

Park Regis

Novotel

Parkroyal

Royal@ Scotts

etc

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7. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

Second Schonefeld. All hotels mentioned are in City Hall, Clarke Quay, Marina and Orchard. None on Sentosa as generally hotels on Sentosa are more expensive than hotels on the mainland.

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8. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

Rendezvous Hotel is nice too. Great location.

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9. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

Hello, would like to add some information about the area you may want to check:

= City Hall = Ìt is a lively area and central location. The MRT City Hall station will allow you to move around the city easily for sightseeing. Marina Bay is at walking distance - about 15 min walk through CityLink mall an underground mall to avoid the heat.

Adjacent to the MRT station there is the Raffles City mall where you’ll find food joints for breakfast, lunch and diner at the basement. There is also a food court upstairs if you want to try some local foods. Nearby there is also Chijmes a former covent converted to hosts bars and restaurants - there is refurbishment work at the moment but the place is still opened.

Some hotels in the area are Residence @ Singapore Recreational Club, Swissotel the Stamford, the Fairmont, the iconic Raffles, the Carlton hotel (not to be confused with the brand new Carlton City near Tonjong Pagar), the Naumi, …

= Marina Bay = the area hosts 5 star hotels around the marina. This is a pleasant place to stroll by the water on evening and the area hosts some of top attractions like Gardens by the Bay, the Flyer, the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands complex. There are several malls in the area for shopping and eating as well (any mall hosts food joints and at least 1 food court). On evening you can try local foods at affordable price at Gluttons Bay or Boon Tat street. During daytime you can eat at Lau Pa Sat - currently closed for renovation but should re-opened the time you are in Singapore - the place is unique with its white roof.

Some hotels you can check are Pan Pacific Singapore, the iconic Marina Bay Sands with its gigantic rooftop infinity pool and many more 5* hotels.

= Bugis & Dobhy Ghaut areas = lively and centrally located, near City Hall. The area is good for sightseeing with at walking distance Bugis martket, Kampong Glam (the malay district), Little India. Taking the bus or the mrt at Dhoby Ghaut station you can easily go to Orchard Road for shopping.

The area offers accommodations at a wide range of prices. The Intercontinental is adjacent to Bugis junction mall and Bugis station, opposite Bugis market. RendezVous hotel is near Dohby Ghaut station. Ibis on Bencoolen and Big hotel are close to Bugis market.

= Orchard Road = this is THE SHOPPING area of Singapore with numerous malls all along Orchard road.

You’ll find there mostly 5* hotels in the area.

= Clarke Quay = this is a nightlife area . Pretty quiet on daytime, the place comes to life on evening with numerous restaurants, bars and clubs. Clarke Quay station is the closest station and is adjacent to Central mall.

Some hotels nearby are Swissotel Merchant Court, Novotel Clarke Quay, brand new ParkRoyal on Pickering (halfway between Clarke Quay and Chinatown stations).

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10. Re: Best region to spend a short two nights.

Excellent information!

Thank you all for your help, its very much appreciated.