10 BEST Daycations 2022: Luxury vs Budget Options ≤S$80

Still finding a breathing place? Why not plump for a daycation.


2022-03-22

By

Bella Ma

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Staycation? Ain't nobody got time for that! What if there’s a way that you can spend a nice day in a luxury hotel without bearing the cost of an overnight stay? Daycation is the way. Here's a list of 15 BEST daycation deals in town. Compare rates and book online on Flow for a hassle-free daycation experience!




DAYCATION vs STAYCATION


Which one's for me?


Dacaytion Staycation
Duration 2-12 Hours ≥ 2 Days 1 night
What's Included? - Room
- Access to hotels' facilities
- Room
- Access to hotels' facilities
- Meals / dining credits
Pros - Flexible – many check-in & check-out times to choose from
- Affordable – cheaper than staying overnight
- All-rounded – room and board are all taken care of
Cons - Have to venture off for food options - Expensive; prices may bounce back after pandemic
- Check-in & check-out times are fixed
- Dining credits included are often insufficient to cover meals for 2; guests have to pay on top of the staycation rates
Best For - Mid-day breaks on day trips / date nights
- Spending the night near office after working overtime
- Mid-week escapes
- Extravagant weekend getaways
- Special occasions


Staycations are room and board packages often sold at a slight mark-up than the usual room rates. They quickly became a thing during COVID-19 travel ban, when hotels needed a new way to market to the travel-starved local people.


As attractive as staycation deals seem to be, there're some drawbacks. First, the check-in time is fixed. Long queues on weekends and public holidays are very common. Knowing you're paying for the room even when you're not in it can be frustrating.


Secondly, a staycation package can be presented in a way that makes you think it's all-inclusive – spa, massages, buffet, the whole nine-yard. However, most of these either come at an extra cost or won't get to be used. Some examples are:


  • Dining credits included are not enough for a meal for two guests
  • Excruciatingly early morning breakfast buffets
  • Free massages are all booked up weeks in advance


To get your money's worth, it's best to plan for a staycation early and show up early for check-in.


Don't have the extra money to splurge on? Lead an extremely busy life? Daycations come to your rescue. Daytime rooms with access to hotel facilities such as swimming pool and fitness centre are quickly becoming new alternative to staycations for a reason: they offer flexible check-ins and affordable room rates without compromising on stay experience.


Dacaytion prices are much lower as you're only paying for the hours you're staying. You can book a luxury hotel room for just 2 to 12 hours, with multiple check-in time to choose from. You can save up to 75% of the full-day rates and won't be charged the absurd last-minute prices anymore.


Admittedly, daycations aren't as extravagant as staycations and might not fit the bill for special occasions. But if you're only looking for a place for a short break on a day trip or a night out, or somewhere to stay after a red-eye flight, you'll be glad to know your options aren't limited to sleazy motels anymore. With flexible hotel booking platforms like Flow, you can easily search for 3- to 5-star hotels that sell their rooms by hour or session in Singapore.





5 BEST LUXURY DAYCATION DEALS


Hotels Daycation Rates Highlights
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy From S$110 / 6 hours - Spacious rooms from 344 sqft
- Ensuite bathtub
- Outdoor swimming pool & fitness centre
InterContinental Singapore From S$160 / 6 hours - Spacious rooms from 409 sqft
- Ensuite bathtub
- Outdoor swimming pool & fitness centre
Fairmont Singapore From S$165 / 11 hours - Spacious rooms from 484 sqft
- S$75 dining credits included
- 2 Outdoor swimming pools
- Private balcony
Naumi Singapore From S$165 / 8 hours - Contemporary design rooms
- Rooftop infinity pool
Sofitel Singapore City Centre From S190 / 6 hours - Spacious rooms from 409 sqft
- Ensuite bathtub
- Outdoor swimming pool & fitness centre




1. Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy


Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy bedroom
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy bathroom

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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy is a 4-star hotel in Marine Parade. It is walking distance from East Coast Park beach, two major shopping centres, and many local eateries.


Hotels in Marine Parade don't usually offer daycations, so Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy is definitely a rare find. Great for couples looking for something out of the ordinary yet don't want to spend too much.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy outdoor swimming pool


Highlights:

  • Spacious rooms from 344 sqft
  • Ensuite bathroom with bathtub
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre

Daycation rates: From S$110 / 6 hours

Address: 50 East Coast Road, Marine Parade Road, Roxy Square, Singapore 428769

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2. InterContinental Singapore


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InterContinental Singapore is a 5-star hotel near Bugis MRT Station. The high-end hotel chain is well known for its impeccable service and amenities.


With rooms starting from 409 sqft, daycation at InterContinental Singapore is a fantastic getaway spot for couples and families.




Highlights:


  • Spacious rooms from 409 sqft
  • Ensuite bathroom with bathtub
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre


Daycation rates: From S$160 / 6 hours

Address: 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966


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3. Fairmont Singapore


Instagram @fairmontsingapore


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Fairmont Singapore is another 5-star luxury daycation option that is surprising affordable. The hotel is located within Raffles City complex and is a stone's throw away from City Hall MRT Station.


Each room features a private balcony at Fairmont Singapore. This makes Fairmont Singapore really stand out from all the other daycation options.


Instagram @fairmontsingapore


Highlights:


  • Spacious rooms from 484 sqft
  • S$75 Dining credits inclusive
  • 2 Outdoor swimming pools
  • Each room comes with a private balcony


Daycation rate: From $165 / 11 hours

Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560


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4. Naumi Singapore


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Another great luxury daycation choice in the City Hall area is Naumi Singapore. While the rooms here may run a bit smaller to some, the photogenic infinity pool more than makes up for it.



Highlights:


  • Rooftop infinity pool


Daycation rate: From S$165 / 8 hours

Address:  41 Seah Street, Singapore 188396


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5. Sofitel Singapore City Centre


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Sofitel Singapore City Centre is a 4-star upscale hotel with a French flair. The soaring corniced ceiling lends a certain grandeur to the French garden-inspired design. If you're looking for a tasteful and elegant microstay, look no further. Sofitel Singapore City Centre is hands down the most instagrammable spot.


Instagram @mrsellesgram


Highlights:


  • Spacious rooms from 409 sqft
  • Ensuite bathroom with bathtub
  • Outdoor swimming pool


Daycation rate: From S$190 / 6 hours

Address: 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885


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5 Best Budget Daycation Deals ≤ S$80


Daycation Rates Highlights
YWCA Fort Canning From S$65 / 6 hours - Near Fort Canning Park
- Outdoor pool & fitness centre
ibis budget Singapore Bugis From S$31 / 2 hours - 24-Hour check-in
- Same rates for check-in after midnight
Hotel Royal @ Queens From S$75 / 6 hours - Spacious rooms from 301 sqft
- Outdoor pool
Hotel Mono From S$69 / 7 hours - Minimalist design
- Great location
Hotel NuVe Urbane From S$77 / 5 hours - Free minibar
- Outdoor pool




1. YWCA Fort Canning


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YWCA Fort Canning remains one of our top picks on almost every list. The hotel rooms are large and clean, brightly lit through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by the tropical views of nearby Fort Canning Park.


The best part? YWCA Fort Canning is a social enterprise that supports social initiatives – all net proceeds contribute towards funding YWCA's community service programmes. It's easily one of the best value for your money budget dacaytion choices.


Tree Tunnel at Fort Canning Park


Highlights:


  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • With views of Fort Canning Park


Daycation rate: From S$65 / 6 hours

Address: 6 Fort Canning Road, Singapore 179494


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2. ibis budget Singapore Bugis


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The ibis budget hotel chain has always been a budget travellers' favorite. ibis budget Singapore Bugis offers very affordable rates for their 2-hour to 3-hour rooms. You can make a booking for a session that starts in 30 minutes the soonest. There's no surcharge on last-minute booking or check-in after midnight. Perfect for a couple's night out.



Highlights:


  • Accept last-minute booking – hourly rooms ready in 30 minutes the soonest
  • Accept check-in after midnight


Daycation rate: From S$31 / 2 hours

Address: 33 Middle Road, Singapore 188942


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3. Hotel Royal @ Queens


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While most hotel rooms within this budget are on the smaller side, Hotel Royal @ Queens is not one of them. Executive rooms here are 301 sqft featuring bathtubs in ensuite bathrooms. There's also an outdoor swimming pool.


The hotel may look a bit dated from the outside, the interiors were actually recently revamped. At this price and such great location, daycation deals at Hotel Royal @ Queens are hard to pass up.



Highlights:


  • Spacious rooms with bathtub
  • Outdoor swimming pool


Daycation rate: S$75 / 6 hours

Address:  12 Queen Street, Singapore 188553


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4. Hotel Mono


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Hotel Mono is a chic hideaway set in six historical shop houses. The hotel is designed entirely in monochrome, decorated sparsely in in black, white, and shades of gray.


Dressed in black and white simplicity, the hotel is possibility the most instagrammable out of all the budget options.



Highlights:


  • Stylish design
  • Convenient location


Daycation rate: From S$69 / 7 hours

Address: 18 Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore 059498


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*As part of safety measures against COVID-19, hotel amenities such as pools and fitness centres may operate differently. Some are open for shorter hours or temporarily closed. There's a chance you'll have to reserve for a slot before your check-in. Please check with the hotel you're staying at for latest arrangements.


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