If you are planning a trip to Singapore then this article is designed to outline the best hotels in Singapore for families. Singapore often gets stereotyped as an extremely expensive and overpriced city. When you are travelling with children, the city can become even more expensive relative to other capital cities in Southeast Asia. First of all, eating out at restaurants is quite pricey. Secondly, accommodation costs can be very expensive especially if you are staying at a 4 or 5-star property. Then, if you want to visit attractions you have to be prepared to shell out some more cash.
Based on our extensive travel experience in Singapore we are going to provide you with some suggestions on what we think are the best hotels in Singapore for families. Obviously, different people value different features of a hotel. Consequently, we will share with you some of the reasons why people enjoy staying at these properties.
Selecting the Best Hotels in Singapore for Families using Accommodation Websites
To assist us with our list of the best hotels in Singapore for families, we decided to use www.booking.com and some of its search features. Since this is regarded as one of the most reputable accommodation websites we figured that it would be a good source for getting review scores from verified guests.
When we were on the booking.com website, we completed a search of properties. We filtered our search results so that we would see properties that could accommodate 2 adults with 2 children. To mimic a real-life situation we said that the ages of the children were 2 and 6 years of age.
Furthermore, we filtered our search according to the highest verified guest review scores. This helped to provide us with an indication of what other guests feel about family-oriented hotels in the city. Although we have our own opinions about these properties, it was important for us to see what other people experienced during their stay.
And lastly, we filtered hotels according to whether they provided free breakfast or not. Travelling with children is stressful. Starting the day with a meal is important and takes the pressure off of you when you get up with your kids.
Most hotels in Singapore for families have pools so we didn’t feel like it would be a deciding factor in our search results.
Listing the Best Family Hotels in Singapore
Although we will use numbers to organize the hotels below, we are not ranking these from best to worse or vice versa. Instead, we will state-specific reasons why we think these are some of the best family hotels in Singapore. This will allow you to identify the features of these hotels that you like and maybe dislike.
This will help you to filter your search and find a family-friendly hotel that suits your own travel preferences.
5. Hotel Fort Canning – perfect for walking outside with children.
Hotel Fort Canning (5-star, 8.9/10 review score) is a great option if you are travelling with children in Singapore. As its name suggests, it is ideally located in Fort Canning Park. This means that you can step outside the hotel and have tons of room to walk around with your kids. Fort Canning Park has all kinds of paths that you can explore with strollers and open areas for kids to run around.
One of the best features of Hotel Fort Canning is that it has two outdoor pools. Also, it is only an 8-minute walk from the hotel to Orchard Road. Orchard, if you are not familiar, is the premier shopping mall district of the city. You can walk along this road with your children and take advantage of the air-conditioned malls that have tons of activities for children.
According to booking.com, families like the location, rating it an 8.5/10 for stays with kids. It also has a very good breakfast which can get you and your kids ready for an exciting day of sightseeing in Singapore.
Closest MRT Stations: Fort Canning Station and Dhoby Ghaut Station
4. Resorts World Sentosa Equarius Hotel – quick access to Sentosa’s popular family attractions.
If you are looking for the best hotels in Singapore for families, then you cannot overlook some of the hotels on Sentosa Island. This is one of the most popular family-oriented islands in all of Asia. You could easily spend four or five days on Sentosa island with your children and still have plenty of things to do.
Resorts World Sentosa Equarius Hotel (5-star, 8.3/10 review score) is definitely not one of the most expensive properties on Sentosa Island. However, it does receive review scores that are quite a bit higher than Resorts World Sentosa – Festive Hotel. We highly recommend staying at the Aquarius Hotel because it has direct access to Sentosa’s major attractions.
For example, you can walk to the following attractions within 7-minutes: S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Resorts World Convention Center and Universal Studios Singapore. You can also walk from this hotel to the Sentosa Express to reach the beaches on the island or HarbourFront MRT station.
This property also has a massive outdoor swimming pool. According to booking.com, the Equarius Hotel is rated 8.1/10 by families in terms of its location.
Closest MRT Station: HarbourFront Station
Closest Sentosa Express Station: Resorts World Station
3. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore – close to Orchard Road with lots of outdoor space for children.
The Shangri-La Singapore (5-star, 9.1/10 review score) is a very popular family hotel in Singapore. It receives very high review scores from all guests, including those with children. One of the big selling points about this property is that it is only 7 minutes away from Orchard Road. This is the premier shopping mall district of Singapore. Many of the malls here have recreational activities designed for kids of all ages.
This hotel also has a massive outdoor area that is surrounded by tropical plants and gardens. Although it is in the city, it does feel like more of a resort opposed to a hotel. Therefore, if you have children that are active and want to be outside during their visit, this is a highly recommended property. It is rare to find a property so large and family-friendly that is so convenient at the same time.
With a massive outdoor pool and two tennis courts, you should have an opportunity to have fun with your kids. You don’t have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to!
Furthermore, according to booking.com, families like the location of the Shangri-La and rate it 8.4/10 for ‘stays with kids.’
Closest MRT Stations: Orchard Station and Stevens Station
2. Capella Singapore – amazing villas that are perfect for families.
Capella Singapore (5-star, 9/10 review score), is regarded as one of the best hotels in all of Singapore. We have included this on the list of the best family hotels in Singapore because it is perfect for wealthy families visiting the city. This property is in an ideal location on Sentosa island. Surrounded by rainforest and offering magnificent views, Capella Singapore is the perfect hideaway for a private family stay.
If you want to explore Sentosa’s attractions you can stay at the Capella Singapore and easily access them. Directly south of the hotel is Palawan Beach. Further east of Palawan beach is the quieter Tanjong Beach.
The one-bedroom villas at Capella Singapore come with their own private pool. This means that your children can swim and splash around without having to worry about other guests at your hotel. Also, if you do not want to be sharing the same pool as hundreds of other guests, Capella offers a very tranquil experience. The rooms at this property do tend to be quite expensive, therefore, consider this property if you are affluent and not concerned about saving money while you are in the city.
According to booking.com families have rated Capella Singapore at a very high 9.1/10 according to its location on Sentosa Island.
Closest MRT Stations: HarbourFront Station
Closest Sentosa Express Station: Beach Station
1. Marina Bay Sands – beside Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay.
It is hard to pass up Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9/10 review score) as one of the best hotels in Singapore for families. This one of the most famous hotels in all of Asia – and for good reason! Not only is it an architectural gem, but it is also located in arguably the best area of all of Singapore for sightseeing. Marina Bay is world-famous for its breathtaking views of Singapore’s skyline.
Not only is Marina Bay Sands a superb hotel, but it is also located directly beside Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
This means that when you are visiting with your children you can walk directly to these attractions without stepping foot in a vehicle. Actually, the whole area around Marina Bay Sands is ideal for walking around. If you have small children you can easily take a stroller around this area.
Furthermore, Marina Bay Sands is physically connected to the Shoppes at Marina Bay. This is a large shopping mall that features many restaurants and a popular food court. During Singapore peak afternoon hours, you can avoid the heat by walking around the mall and enjoying the cool air conditioning. They even have a small skating rink in the mall for your kids to enjoy.
While you are staying with your family at Marina Bay Sands also consider walking by Marina Barrage and over to Marina East Park. Again, these are excellent areas for children to enjoy the outdoor space. You might want to bring along a frisbee or even your bicycles for a ride around the park.
According to booking.com, families rate Marina Bay Sands 9.3/10 in terms of its location in Singapore. Rest assured, this is in one of the best areas in the city. You can also access the MRT in under two minutes from the hotel.
Closest MRT Station: Bayfront Station
Do you have more questions about family-friendly hotels in Singapore?
There are a lot of considerations that you must make when you are travelling to Singapore with children. Hopefully, this article has provided you with some initial hotel options to consider. Remember, you can also choose cheaper hotel choices but you do have to expect very small rooms. Some good areas are Chinatown and around clerky MRT station. Small rooms can be challenging especially if you have more than one child while you are in the city.
Some other considerations that you should make when you are selecting the best family-friendly hotel in Singapore, is how close your hotel is to public transportation. Staying close to the MRT, for instance, is a practical way to save money while you are in the city. You really have to think about how much it is going to cost for all of you to take the MRT versus a taxi.
Also, be sure to double-check that your hotel offers breakfast. Eating out in Singapore can be very expensive. Consequently, if you have a large breakfast buffet at your property you may not have to eat lunch at a restaurant afterward. Staying on Sentosa island can be a great option if you have kids. There are so many activities and attractions to experience on the island. But you do have to expect to pay for this convenience.
Always make sure that you double-check with your hotel whether they provide a crib or additional beds for children. This can sometimes be an additional cost that people forget about.
Please feel free to send us an email if you have any more questions about finding the best family hotels in Singapore. We would be more than happy to provide you with more support and information.