They say that it’s the best Laneway Festival yet; that this year’s line-up—composed of acts such as Chet Faker, Future Islands, St. Vincent, Little Dragon, and Lykke Li—will be something that you all don’t want to miss out on.
To those of you who have made up their minds, and are now done with plane and festival tickets, you should start thinking of a place to stay! Here is a little something that can help you out.
To take a load off our Singapore-bound punters, here’s an Agoda.com-guided list of accommodations close to The Meadow at Gardens By The Bay, the festival’s venue.
Properties listed here have been compiled based on accessibility, price, value-for-money, and whether or not they appeal to the festival-goers’ essential need for individuality. Happy hotel-hunting!
BIG Hotel is functional, practical, and big on Scandinavian design cues. Travellers get a comfortable stay and top notch facilities like high-speed WiFi, movies on demand, and a Nexus 7 tablet to control ambient light, among other things. The Bras Basah MRT Station is only 0.4km away. Other nearby stations include the Bugis MRT (0.7km) and Dhoby Ghaut (0.75km) by foot. A deluxe room starts at PHP 5,380  on Agoda.com before taxes.
Lloyds Inn is for the nature-loving traveller. The hotel adopts minimalist design cues with lots of natural light and shades of white, grey and green. Lloyds Inn is also highly rated on Agoda.com with a review score of 8/10. Located 0.4km away from the Somerset MRT station, rooms here start at PHP 5,500+.
Housed within a 1900s shophouse, Hotel Kai offers premium accommodation at great value. While it is compact, travellers enjoy facilities like 4G internet, comfortable rooms, and vintage touches like timber slated windows. It is located 0.3km to the Esplanade MRT station, and the “Urban Bunk” room good for two is only at PHP 5,200+ on Agoda.com.
For travellers on a tighter budget, opting for a hostel is a cost-effective alternative to full service hotels. Quarters Hostel is one of the many quirky hostels in Singapore that offer basic yet comfortable accommodation. It also has an enjoyable environment where they encourage people meet other people in the lounge area. For groups of four, Agoda.com offers a Family room on Agoda.com for PHP 6,800+ (around PHP 1,700+ each). Head to the festival via MRT, with Clark Quay station nearby.
Bunc@Radius is Singapore’s largest chain of boutique hostels that offer unique hostel accommodation at great value. Travellers can expect a fun culture, comfortable beds, and a tastefully industrial interior. Single beds start at PHP 1,300+ at Agoda.com. A walk to the Bugis MRT station takes less than 10 minutes.
Chic Capsule Otel is a charming little picturesque establishment located in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown. Travellers will definitely get more than their money’s worth not only because of their cozy rooms, but because of the staff’s friendliness. A walk to the Chinatown MRT station only takes three minutes, and rates starts at PHP 1,800+ per person.
5footway.inn is another leading boutique hostel chain in Singapore which has just expanded to Macau. The property intends to project that accessibility, hip ambiance and top-notch facilities do not have to cost a fortune. The 5footway.inn Project Chinatown offers a single bed for PHP 900+ per night, while couples can opt for a Twin Room at PHP 3,700+ on Agoda.com. A Superior Quad Room with wifi and shared bathroom is also available for groups of four, starting at PHP 6,900+++ before taxes.
Another property located in Chinatown/Tiong Bahru area which is very accessible to the nearest MRT station. If you’re on a tight budget, know how to pack light and feeling friendly – this is the perfect place for you. The property offers a single bed in a mixed dormitory starting at PHP 990+ on the site. Girls can opt to stay for a single bed in the 6 bed ladies dormitory starting at PHP1,200+ per night. Facilities include lockers for your items, free Wi-Fi in all rooms and a 24 hour-front desk to attend to your needs.
It’s already December, and most of you will already have some extra cash from your Christmas bonus. Secure your rooms as early as now, and let’s all sing together to Angus and Julia Stone’s song… Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane!

Charisse Vilchez

Char is a proud lefty, frustrated singer and the queen of booboos. Her ultimate dream in life, aside from traveling all over the world, is to open her own sari-sari store.

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