Since it’s too much of a hassle to travel now, many Singaporeans are turning to staycations for a breather from their everyday routines.
Even with the $100 SingapoRediscovers Vouchers that citizens will receive from next month, guests will have to top up at least a couple of hundred dollars for four- and five-star luxury names.
So I go in search of cheap and chic digs where you can enjoy a staycation and still have change for a meal.
Well-meaning friends are doubtful. Will the hotels be sleazy and the hygiene standards wanting?
I come prepared, with a spare pillowcase, bug spray and bedroom slippers. For a touch of luxury, I throw in a few extras, including a white tea and ginger candle from home-grown brand Breathe Essentials Co and a lavender-scented pillow spray.
But I have underestimated these small hotels, which punch above their weight with clean rooms, unique decor, food recommendations and thoughtful touches.
Go with an open mind and do not expect grandeur.
If you can make do with small (or shared) bathrooms and a bit of noise from the street or your neighbours, there are lots of good-value gems to be had. Here are four budget-friendly stays.