Where to stay in Singapore for families with kids: 5 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about safe areas in Singapore for first-timers (I will put the link to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Singapore for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Singapore for families, along with a map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Singapore and recommend some of the best family-friendly hotels for various budgets.

Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. The country is known for being a global financial hub, with a highly developed and diverse economy. It is often praised for its cleanliness, safety, strict laws and regulations to maintain a clean and orderly environment.

Singapore has a diverse population that includes Chinese, Malay, Indian, and other ethnic groups. This diversity is reflected in its rich cultural heritage, including various festivals, traditions, and cuisines.

Singapore is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its modern architecture, diverse culinary scene, vibrant nightlife, and various attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands.

The country has an extensive public transportation system, well-maintained roads, and the Changi Airport, which is consistently ranked as one of the best airports globally.

Is Singapore a good place to visit with family?

Yes, absolutely. Singapore is often considered a great destination for family vacations. It offers a wide range of attractions and activities suitable for all age groups. 

Your family can visit numerous iconic landmarks and family-friendly attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, S.E.A. Aquarium, Gardens by the Bay, and Sentosa Island.

Your family can also enjoy a relaxing time in places like the Botanic Gardens or East Coast Park. Singapore is known as the City in a Garden due to its numerous parks and green spaces. 

Where to stay in Singapore for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Singapore for families with kids are Marina Bay, Orchard Road, Sentosa Island, Chinatown, Bugis/Little India, and Singapore River. These areas offer plenty of family-friendly accommodations and activities for children of all ages.

Marina Bay is the best area for families who want a central location, proximity to iconic attractions, enjoy luxurious surroundings, and breathtaking views. This area is home to the Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, and the Singapore Flyer.

Orchard Road is a great base for families who want easy access to malls, restaurants, and entertainment options. This area also offers easy access to the family-friendly Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Sentosa Island is a resort island with beaches, child-friendly attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium. Best suited for families looking for a resort-like experience, with a mix of entertainment, relaxation, and beach activities.

Chinatown, Little India, and Bugis are great locations for families interested in exploring Singapore’s cultural heritage, trying local cuisine, and enjoying a bustling atmosphere.

Singapore River, particularly the areas around  Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, is better suited for families with older children or those looking for a vibrant nightlife scene.

During my trip to Singapore, I stayed at the lyf Funan Singapore. It was a great hotel in downtown Singapore, within walking distance/ short MRT ride from major sights, a great base for exploring the city. They are also family-friendly hotels with rooms for all families from 4 to 9 family members.  

Below is a map of the popular areas in Singapore for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Singapore for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Singapore for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Singapore, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Singapore have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

6 Best areas to stay in Singapore with family:

1. Marina Bay

Marina Bay is a fantastic choice for a family holiday in Singapore. This area is home to Singapore’s iconic landmarks, including the Marina Bay Sands complex and Gardens by the Bay. These attractions offer stunning views of the city skyline and provide unique experiences for both adults and children.

Marina Bay Sands has a range of family-friendly activities and attractions, such as the Infinity Pool, the SkyPark Observation Deck, and the ArtScience Museum. Gardens by the Bay features the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories, as well as the outdoor Supertree Grove.

Your family can enjoy  leisurely walks or cycling along the picturesque waterfront promenade. You can also take a boat ride or enjoy a light show in the evenings.

Marina Bay offers a variety of dining options, from upscale restaurants to casual eateries. The nearby shopping malls, such as The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Marina Square, provide excellent retail therapy.

You’ll also have easy access to numerous cultural attractions like the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, which hosts a range of performances and events. The nearby Merlion Park is a popular spot for photos with the iconic Merlion statue.

Marina Bay is well-connected with public transportation, making it easy to explore other parts of Singapore. The Bayfront MRT station provides convenient access to different areas of the city.

Best places to stay in Singapore in Marina Bay with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Marina Bay Sands, iconic 5-star hotel, one of the best places to stay in Singapore with family. Easy distance from Sands SkyPark, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands Casino, and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. It has a fantastic infinity pool, very good breakfast, and spacious family rooms with incredible views of the bay.

Mid-range ($$): Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, good value for money 5-star family-friendly hotel centrally located on Marina Square, offering family rooms with stunning views of the Marina Bay and the city skyline. Easy access to City Hall MRT Station, The Esplanade, Singapore Flier and Suntec City Convention Center. It has an outdoor swimming pool, 3 restaurants, and a  24-hour fitness center.

Budget ($): The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, great 5-star child-friendly hotel conveniently located on Raffles Avenue, in downtown Marina Bay. 5-10 mins walk from several attractions such as the Singapore Flier, Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay and The Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay. Your family can enjoy a meal at the one Michelin star Summer Pavilion.


2. Orchard Road

Orchard Road is an excellent base in Singapore for families, especially if you and your family enjoy shopping, dining, and being in the midst of the city’s energy.

Orchard Road is a shopping haven, featuring numerous malls and department stores. Families can explore a wide range of shops, from high-end boutiques to more affordable and family-friendly brands.

The area offers an extensive array of dining choices, including international and local cuisines. You’ll find restaurants and food courts within the shopping malls, making it convenient for families with children.

Orchard Road’s location also offers easy access attractions such as the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a lush green oasis ideal for family picnics and nature walks.It is Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site.

Orchard Road is centrally located, making it easy to access other parts of Singapore. The Orchard MRT station provides convenient transportation, allowing you to explore the city’s attractions easily.

Best places to stay in Singapore in Orchard Road with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 5-star family-friendly hotel located very close to Orchard Road and the Botanic Gardens. The hotel welcomes children of all ages and children 18 and above will be charged as adults. It has free parking, family pools, and paid airport shuttle services. The Two Bedroom Club Suite can accommodate up to 7 family members.

Mid-range ($$): JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La, 4-star child-friendly hotel located right in the heart of Orchard Road, easy access to MRT metro stations, shopping and entertainment areas. It has a rooftop space, infinity pool, car rentals, and free parking. Family rooms are spacious with 2 large beds. 

Mid-range ($$): Citadines Connect City Centre Singapore, 4-star family-friendly hotel located in the center of Singapore, close to Orchard Gateway, Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, 313@Somerse, and Fort Canning Park. It has an outdoor pool, a garden, 24-hour front desk and luggage storage. 


3. Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is a resort island situated just off the southern coast of Singapore and is a fantastic base for a family holiday. Whether your family enjoys theme parks, water activities, or simply lounging on the beach, Sentosa has something for everyone.

Sentosa is home to a wide range of family-friendly attractions, including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and KidZania Singapore. These attractions offer entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Sentosa boasts beautiful beaches such as Siloso Beach and Palawan Beach, providing opportunities for sunbathing, water sports, and family-friendly activities by the sea. There are also outdoor adventure activities like zipline and Segway tours.

Sentosa has a resort-like atmosphere with luxurious hotels, spas, and dining options. It provides a relaxing environment for families to unwind after a day of exploring.

You can access Sentosa via a scenic cable car ride from Mount Faber, providing stunning views of the island and the city skyline. It’s a unique and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Sentosa is easily accessible by car, monorail, cable car, and on foot via the Sentosa Boardwalk. It’s well-connected to the mainland, making it convenient for families to visit.

Best places to stay in Singapore in Sentosa Island with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore,  5-star family-friendly beachfront resort in Sentosa island. They have lots of things for kids including pools, indoor playground, water slides and a kids club. The buffet food has a variety for all tastes. Good for young children, Baby cot comes with a baby pillow and baby blanket. There are free hourly shuttle services to the Harbourfront station MRT/ VivoCity.

Luxury ($$$): W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 5-star child-friendly hotel located on Ocean Way in Sentosa island. Easy access to many restaurants and the local buses to get around. They have a huge pool, and close to the marina where you can find various shops, cafes and restaurants. The Wonderful Twin is a great option for families of 4.

Mid-range ($$): Village Hotel Sentosa by Far East Hospitality, great 4-star family-friendly hotel located in the middle of Sentosa island, easy access to monorail, Vivo City Mall, S.E.A Aquarium, universal studios, and the beach. The Family interconnecting Rooms are compact and good for families of 4. They have swimming pools for every age.


4. Chinatown

Chinatown is a good choice for families interested in history, local markets, and authentic cuisine. Your family can explore the narrow lanes, visit temples, and soak in the atmosphere of this ethnic enclave.

Chinatown is known for its bustling street markets, such as Chinatown Street Market and Pagoda Street, where you can find a variety of affordable souvenirs, traditional crafts, and local products.

This area has a wide array of Chinese, Singaporean, and other Asian cuisines in Chinatown. From hawker stalls to traditional restaurants, you can savor local delicacies and international dishes.

You can visit historical landmarks like the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, and Thian Hock Keng Temple, a beautiful Chinese temple. The Chinatown Heritage Centre can provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of early Chinese immigrants in Singapore.

Chinatown is well-connected by public transportation, including the Chinatown MRT station, making it easy to explore other parts of Singapore.

Best places to stay in Singapore in Chinatown with family:

Luxury ($$$): Carlton City Hotel Singapore, 5-star family-friendly hotel situated in the historical district of Tanjong Pagar, close to Chinatown and Raffles Place. Short distance from a MRT Station and  many pre-World War II shophouses. 

Luxury ($$$): Dao by Dorsett AMTD Singapore, 5-star child-friendly accommodation, welcomes all children, and Children 18 and above will be charged as adults. It has an outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, and onsite parking.

Mid-range ($$): Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore by Far East Hospitality, 4-star family-friendly beautiful  hotel located in Chinatown, walking distance to a lot of places. 10 mins walk to the Maxwell and Chinatown complex food centers. Easy access to Tanjong Pagar MRT station, City Gallery, Red Dot Design Museum, and Sri Mariamman Temple. The Connecting Room is a great place for families of 4.


5. Little India/ Bugis

Little India and Bugis provide a mix of cultural experiences, shopping opportunities, and diverse culinary options. These areas also offer central locations and are well-connected to public transportation, making them great locations to explore the city.

Little India is a lively neighborhood with a strong Indian cultural influence. Explore the colorful streets, visit temples like Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Little India offers a variety of shops selling traditional Indian clothing, jewelry, spices, and souvenirs. The Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping mall, is a popular spot for affordable goods.

Bugis is a popular shopping district with a mix of modern malls and street markets. Bugis Street is famous for its affordable fashion, accessories, and trendy items. Haji Lane is a great place for families to explore and shop for quirky items.

Bugis has historical landmarks like the Sultan Mosque, a prominent mosque with stunning architecture. Take a stroll around the area to discover its historical charm.

Best places to stay in Singapore in Little India with family:

Luxury ($$$): Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road, 5-star kid-friendly hotel located close to Just Arab Street, within walking distance from Suntec City, Nicoll Highway and Bugis MRT subway stations. It has apartments with a full kitchen, an outdoor pool, laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Families of 4 can choose to stay in the Family Connecting Room. 

Mid-range ($$): lyf Farrer Park Singapore, 4-star good value for money family-friendly sustainable condo hotel located in Perumal Road, close to Farrer Park MRT, and City Square Mall. Easy access to the city center, Little India and China Town. It is compact accommodation but this is Singapore after all.

Mid-range ($$): InterContinental Singapore, an IHG Hotel, 5-star family-friendly accommodation in central Singapore, only a stone’s throw from all the fascinating shops at Bugis. It is directly connected to Bugis Junction Mall and Bugis MRT Station, offer link to the famous Orchard Road


6. Singapore River

Singapore River is a vibrant area with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and pubs. It’s a great place for family-friendly dining, and the vibrant nightlife at Clarke Quay is popular among adults.

Your family can explore historical landmarks such as the Fullerton Hotel, a colonial-era building that has been converted into a luxury hotel. The Fullerton Merlion and Cavenagh Bridge are also notable sights.

Best places to stay in Singapore River for families with children:

Luxury ($$$): Paradox Singapore Merchant Court at Clarke Quay, 5-star family-friendly hotel located along Singapore River, featuring comfortable air-conditioned rooms, free parking, slides and a children’s pool. Close to Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, National Gallery Singapore

Luxury ($$$): Fraser Place Robertson Walk Singapore, 5-star child-friendly Mediterranean village style hotel located on Robertson Quay, 10 mins walk from nightlife and restaurants at Clarke Quay, offering free daily 1-way bus to Orchard Road and Suntec City. Families of 5 and 6 can choose to stay in The Three Bedroom Apartments.

Mid-range ($$): lyf Funan Singapore, 4-star family-friendly accommodation centrally located in the Funan Mall,  short distance from Raffles City, Singapore Art Museum, St Andrew’s Cathedral, and the City Hall MRT Station. The All Together – 6 Bedroom can accommodate up to 9 family members.


In conclusion, Marina Bay, Orchard Road, Sentosa Island, Chinatown, Little India/Bugis, and Singapore River are the best places to stay in Singapore for families with kids. These areas offer central locations and plenty of family-friendly accommodations for all budgets and preferences.

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There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Singapore. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

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