Buzzing hostels within walking distance of the circuit, luxury hotels in the heart of the action, rooms with a view. Singapore has it all when it comes to places to stay for the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix on September 15-17.
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The ‘F1 night race’ is a major sporting event with an estimated 40 000 plus international visitors converging on the city for the weekend, so good rooms are at a premium and prices are high. Luckily, there are ways to avoid the high prices if you are willing to compromise on creature comforts and/or location. Booking well in advance also helps. We have chosen some of the best Singapore Grand Prix accommodation for F1 fans on all budgets (scroll down if you are looking for the cheaper options.)
Marina Bay Luxury
Many of Singapore’s best hotels are located around the Marina Bay street circuit, literally a stone’s throw from the action. If you are staying in the right room at one of these luxury hotels (which won’t come cheap on Grand Prix weekend), you don’t even have to buy race tickets as you will have a ring side view of the race from the comfort of your hotel room. Be sure to check with the hotel during reservation to be sure you will have a room (or even better, a balcony) with a view.
Please note that the historic colonial Fullerton Hotel, located right next to turn 13, is already SOLD OUT for the 2016 Grand Prix weekend.
Ritz Carlton Millennia
The ultimate Grand Prix hotel experience. Located next to turns 19 and 20 and only a few minutes walk from the pits, it also hosts the weekend’s most exclusive party, The Podium Lounge. Rooms are priced from $1450 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
An iconic landmark, the Raffles Hotel is a grand reminder of Singapore’s colonial past. It’s also an incredible 5-star hotel and just a stone’s throw from the Padang area of the circuit. Rooms from $1035 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
Get close to the action at the Mandarin Oriental, of the best five-star Grand Prix hotels in Singapore. The hotel is located in Zone 3 of the circuit near the popular Bay Grandstand (between turns 16/17 and 18/19). Rooms from $995 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
Pan Pacific Hotel
Located on the inside of the circuit next to turn 6, the Pan Pacific Hotel is an excellent 5-star option. The huge rooms, priced from $610 SGD per night, offer great views of the circuit, Singapore Flyer and skyline. Reserve on Booking.com
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore’s newest architectural landmark, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino is comprised of three towers connected by an incredible rooftop infinity pool. The hotel has over 2500 rooms, some with a view of the western side of the circuit. Rooms from $715 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
The five-star Hotel Fairmont is located next to the Swissotel on Turn 9 . It features spacious rooms and an outdoor pool. Rooms from $520 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.co
Swissotel The Stamford
The Swissotel is perfectly located next to turn 9, with easy access to two MRT stations (City Hall and Esplanade.) Rooms on Grand Prix weekend are priced from $510 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
Singapore Mid-Range Hotels
Decent mid-range hotels abound in Singapore, but if you want to save money on Grand Prix weekend, you’ll need to look at options a little further away from the city center and circuit. Just remember to check that your choice is close to public transport so you can get to the circuit easily. Below, we’ve chosen a couple of the best rated mid-range hotels for this years race.
Parc Sovereign Hotel – Tyrwhitt
Close to Little India, the Parc Sovereign Hotel is close to two MRT lines (about 10 mins walk) and offers free WIFI and an outdoor rooftop swimming pool. Double or twin room from $180 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
A good 4-star hotel close to Chinatown and above the Outram Park MRT station. The Marina Bay circuit is just 2.5km to the northeast. Standard double/twin room for $240 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay
A brand new chain hotel close to Clarke Quay (700m from the MRT station) and Chinatown and within walking distance of the circuit. Rooftop fitness center and swimming pool. Rooms from $335 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
Singapore Budget Hotels
Budget hotels are concentrated in several areas throughout the city, including Little India and Geylang, the city’s red light district. This market is dominated by a couple of budget hotel chains such as Fragrance and Hotel 81. Don’t expect luxury or great service – these are very basic hotels with tiny rooms and cheap prices.
Fragrance Hotel – Ruby
The location in the middle of Geylang may be a little seedy, but an MRT station is close by providing easy access to Changi airport and the circuit. The small, basic double/twin rooms are priced at $97 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
Hotel 81 Rochor
Located in Little India, Hotel 81 Rochor is close to shopping and dining and a 10-minute walk from the Bugis MRT station. Standard double/twin room for $120 SGD per night. Reserve on Booking.com
Singapore Hostels & Capsule Hotels
Singapore has a wide selection of good-quality hostels, many of which are located in Chinatown, within walking distance to the circuit and plenty of nightlife options. A little further away, Little India also has a good selection of cheaper hostels. Capsule hotels are a very Asian phenomenon, somewhere between a hostel and a hotel, offering guests a small private space.
This well-rated hostel chain has two locations in Chinatown – @Temple Street and @Hongkong Street – within walking distance of the Marina Bay circuit and the popular Clark Quay area. Single beds in air-conditioned dorms cost from $35 SGD per night.
Part way between a hostel and a capsule hotel, the Adler (pictured above) is a new premium hostel. Dorms feature ‘personal sleeping spaces’ and cost approx $75 SGD per person per night including breakfast. Reserve on Booking.com
The Pod – Boutique Capsule Hotel
A new premium capsule hotel, The Pod is a little further from the track but close to the city’s Arab Quarter. A capsule for one person costs from $85 SGD per night including breakfast. Reserve on Booking.com
Where is your favorite place to stay in Singapore for the F1 night race? Tell us in the comments.
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