Top Airbnb Rentals in Singapore | Apartments and Homestays

Finding Singapore apartments to rent has never been easier! From the vibrant historic districts to luxurious parts of the city, Airbnb has made short term rental in Singapore a bliss!

Staying in an Airbnb in Singapore’s unique neighborhoods not only gives travelers a chance to live like a local and experience the island on a more intimate level. Its also a great opportunity to mingle with locals!

Whether you’re on a budget or visiting the country for the first time, the island city-state of Singapore has an Airbnb for all your needs.

We’ll share our 15 favorite short term rentals and also get into whether Airbnb is legal in Singapore.

 

In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Singapore for One Night

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Minimalist Apartment on Orchard Road
Orchard Road has everything that could possibly want out of your trip to Singapore: food, shopping, culture.
Places to Visit:
  • Shop at Ion and Central Malls.
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Scenic Perenakan Road

 

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Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Singapore

 

tbb-table__image Overall Best Value Airbnb in SingaporeOverall Best Value Airbnb in SingaporeSingle Bedroom with View

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Nearby Shopping Centers
  • > View from Bedroom
  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Nearby Shopping Centers
  • > View from Bedroom
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tbb-table__image Best Homestay in SingaporeBest Homestay in SingaporeAttic Room in Local Area

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Flexible Check-in/out
  • > Excellent Internet Connection
  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Flexible Check-in/out
  • > Excellent Internet Connection
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tbb-table__image Best Airbnb for Couples in SingaporeBest Airbnb for Couples in SingaporeUrban Oasis in Historic District

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Rain Shower
  • > Multiple Units Available
  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Rain Shower
  • > Multiple Units Available
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tbb-table__image Best Airbnb for FamiliesBest Airbnb for FamiliesKids Dream Apartment

  • > $$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Near Legoland
  • > Disco Light in Kids’ Room
  • > $$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Near Legoland
  • > Disco Light in Kids’ Room
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tbb-table__image Best Luxury Airbnb in SingaporeBest Luxury Airbnb in SingaporeSophisticated Condo

  • > $$$
  • > 8 Guests
  • > 180 Deg. Views
  • > Near Hawker Centers
  • > $$$
  • > 8 Guests
  • > 180 Deg. Views
  • > Near Hawker Centers
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Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Singapore!

 

Why stay in an Airbnb?

Affordability

Airbnb gives you the opportunity to rent an entire home or room in a shared house and pay by the night, rather than per person. This usually works out a lot cheaper for big groups like families or a group of friends traveling together. If you’re traveling solo or looking for real cheap, then check out our favorite hostels in Singapore!

 

Local Experience

You might be staying with a family in their own home, which gives you a unique experience of the city. There are few other ways short-term travelers can get into the homes and lives of locals. And even if you don’t stay in the same house, your experience in a private apartment or cool guesthouse is much more local than being in a hostel or hotel.

At the same time, you’re injecting money into the local economy in a way that just doesn’t happen with hotels, or even with hostels! Your money usually goes right to a local family or entrepreneur. Airbnb takes a booking fee comparable to hotel booking sites but no hefty franchising fee like some of your favorite hotel chains. The rest of the cash goes to the owner and other locals employed for cleaning, maintenance, and management.

 

Safety

Airbnb is great if you want your own space, it gives you the opportunity to enjoy your own space and keep your personal belongings safe. Every Airbnb listing will display its security features and you can message the host before your stay to request more details.

Worried about your host? The review system on Airbnb is remarkably transparent. Tenants are encouraged to be honest and are given the power to tell the truth because the owner cannot create or change their review after seeing the tenant’s review. Plus, these people often live off renting their property and a bad experience for you would devastate their income.

 

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The Top Airbnbs in Singapore

Let’s dive right into the best rentals for all types of travelers! We’ve done our best to put apartments and homestays for everyone on this list. Happy travel-planning!

 

Overall Best Value Airbnb in Singapore – 1-Bedroom with a View

  • Price: $
  • Guests: 2
  • Close to major shopping centers
  • Perfect view from Bedroom

You’re trying to make the most of your money while in Singapore? Of course, you are! You want to save some of that cash for the hawker centers. This apartment won’t set you back much and you won’t be sacrificing on comfort. Two people can share this space for less than you’d be paying for two dorm beds. You can even fit 4 people in here if you’re that strapped for cash. It’s also good as a short-term rental if you’re more than just vacationing in this fair city.

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Best Budget Airbnb in Singapore – Single bed in mixed dorm

Single bed in mixed dorm, Little India

  • Price: $
  • Guests: 1
  • Mixed dorm with 8 beds
  • Breakfast is included.

Ideal for someone who’s traveling alone and wants to meet other like-minded travelers. This mixed dorm in the heart of Little India has 8 beds in a shared room and two bathrooms. The property doesn’t have a kitchen facility, but breakfast is included. It is conveniently located less than 400km to Tekka center, 600 km of Mustafa Centre and a 13-minute walk to the shopping junction of Bugis Street. 

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Budget Tip: Dorms in Singapore start from $10USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

 

Perfect Short-Term Rental for Digital Nomads – Cool downtown studio

Cool downtown studio, Sentosa

  • Price: $$$
  • Guests: 2
  • Located in the center of nightlife.
  • Open floor kitchen.

The city of Singapore never sleeps! And there is no other neighborhood to stay like Sentosa if you want to experience what the city has to offer.  This area is expensive, but here’s your short-term rental if you’re not rolling in cash. The apartment comes with a cozy living area, dining area, open concept kitchen, 1 bedroom with a comfortable queen-size bed, en-suite bathroom, and a wardrobe.

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Perfect Airbnb for Digital Nomads – Private Room in Social Hotel

  • Price: $$
  • Guests: 2
  • Boutique hotel
  • Self check-in

As a digital nomad, you want to be close to the city’s attractions but have a place to pull back to so you can slam through work. This affordable room gives you that chance. Get out and see the sites during the morning, disappear to your little desk for the afternoon and hop over to the nearby night market each evening. It’s basic but economical. (Pro tip: In Asia, windows cost extra.)

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Best Airbnb in Singapore for Nightlife – Impressive Studio with Bed Loft

  • $$
  • Guests: 2
  • Free washing/drying
  • Bed loft & Vaulted Ceiling

You can’t afford a plush Airbnb with a spiral staircase? Don’t give me those excuses without having a look first! I promise you’ll be surprised, especially given its location in Chinatown beside the MRT. Ironically, while it’s a great location for nightlife, it’s also one of our favorite Airbnbs for a business trip to Singapore since it’s near the Central Business District (CBD). Whether you’re partying all night or suiting up for the day or both, your stylish apartment and glassed-in bed loft will make you feel like king of the island!

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Best Short Term Rental for Couples – Urban oasis in the historic district

Urban oasis in the historic district, Chinatown

  • Price: $$
  • Guests: 2
  • Cozy home for travelers
  • Serviced apartment

This 8 sqm studio is best for partnered-up travelers seeking short-to-medium stays in Singapore. It doesn’t have a full kitchen, which really would’ve pushed it over the edge of awesome. It’s a modern yet cozy home away from home for travelers.

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Best Homestay in Singapore – Attic Room in Local Area

  • $
  • Guests: 2
  • Flexible Check-in/out
  • Excellent Internet Connection

This is one of the best Airbnbs you could pick for a local Singaporean experience! You get to stay in a family’s home, sharing their facilities and pick their brains about local things to do and places to go. You’ll be based in Tanjong Katong, which isn’t too far from major attractions like the National Stadium and the Esplanade entertainment center. Feel free to make yourself at home. Need something? Just ask!

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Runner-Up homestay in Singapore – Stylish and Spacious shared house

Stylish and Spacious shared house, Bugis

Complete with that lacey grandma style.

  • Price: $
  • Guests: 2
  • Colonial-style house
  • It’s the perfect location to walk anywhere in the city.

Located in the heart of the city, stay in a colonial-style house in a bedroom on the 2nd floor of the house. With a cozy king-size bed with a private shower room with instant heater & toilet is outside of the room. Its the perfect location to walk anywhere in the city.

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Trendiest and most Luxurious Airbnb –  1920’s Colonial house in city center

1920 s Colonial house in city center, Little India

  • Price: $$
  • Guests: 4
  • One-of-a-kind vintage furniture from all over the world
  • Located on the second floor of a shophouse

Experience the eclectic charm of living in a refashioned and reloved colonial-era walk-up shophouse!  This Suite is located in the back wing on the second floor of the Shophouse up a short flight of stairs. This house is filled with unique, one-of-a-kind vintage furniture from all over the world. With high lofty ceilings, soft and modern amenities, this space can be occupied by 2 – 4 guests.

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Over-the-Top Luxury Airbnb – Sophisticated condo with breathtaking views

Sophisticated condo with breathtaking views, Sentosa

  • Price: $$$
  • Guests: 8
  • 180 views of the city and harbor
  • Just a 10-minute taxi to Orchard Road.

This spacious two-bedroom and bathroom condo with 180 views of the city and harbor from the lounge is the perfect place to stay in Sentosa. Just a 10-minute taxi to Orchard Road or Orchard Rd or a 5-minute walk to some of the best hawker centers (Maxwell, Amoy, Chinatown, and Lau Pa Sat) and Club St, Keong Saik Rd hip bars and restaurants

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Best Airbnb in Singapore for Families – Dream Apartment near Legoland

  • $$
  • Guests: 6
  • Near Legoland
  • Disco light in kids’ bedroom

Honestly, this is the most well-thought-out Airbnb in Singapore. It’s perfectly set up for a family of 3 to 6. You can even squeeze 8 bodies in here by converting the couch and doubling up on a bed. Here’s the shortlist of why we like this place: parents get their own room, it’s fully stocked with little-kid toys, the Xbox can keep older kids entertained, and it’s a 5-minute walk from LEGOLAND! For anyone traveling with children – take a look!

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Best Airbnb near Orchard Road – Modern Condo with basic amenities

Modern Condo with basic amenities Orchard Road

  • Price: $
  • Guests: 2
  • Intimate gated estate
  • Digital lock for 24/7 check in

This private room in a charming monochrome house is located on Sophia Road, offers a unique experience on this island of glass and concrete skyscrapers. With 24HR check-in availability using with a digital lock. Discover the specialty shops and supermarket in this nostalgic and intimate estate which is 10 mins walk down to Plaza Singapura, Bugis, and markets in Little India.

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Another Great Apartment near Orchard Road – Private and Spacious Vacation Home

  • Price: $$
  • Guests: 5
  • Central location
  • Fully equipped kitchen

This sleek home-away-from-home is the modern dream for families. Parents will enjoy a well-lit master bedroom and en-suite with a shower-tub combo with a jacuzzi setting! Kids won’t complain either since they’ll have the option of a queen-sized bed in a private room or a single overlooking the city below. Here you’ll be close enough to the action of Orchard Road but have a nice haven to retreat to. And, um, you can even use the infinity pool on the top floor.

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Best Airbnb in Singapore for a Group of Friends – Equipped Private Apartment

  • Price: $$
  • Guests: 4
  • 5 minutes from the Little India MRT.
  • Cleaner 6 days a week

If you’re traveling with friends, you can get a nice place all to yourself that won’t cost you more per-person than some dorm beds! Don’t sacrifice privacy. Get a private apartment in the middle of the district so you can explore Little India. You’ll also be minutes away from the MRT, your link to exploring all of Singapore! This apartment is cosy, equipped with all the necessities, and across the street from a 24-hour convenience store (for your convenience).

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Top Value Airbnb in Bugis – Deluxe Studio in a Shophouse

Deluxe Studio in a Shophouse, Bugis

  • Price: $$
  • Guests: 2
  • 3rd floor historic Shophouse with a doorman
  • Shared sky terrace for relaxation.

This studio unit on the 3-floor of an historic Shophouse was designed by an experienced hospitality architect. With one bedroom and a maximum occupancy of 2 guests, the apartment has modern amenities including a doorman, rain shower and shared sky terrace for relaxation.

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Is Airbnb legal in Singapore? 

Airbnb in Singapore is legal – mostly. There are no laws preventing guests from staying in properties listed as Airbnbs in Singapore.

Singapore’s government says that short term rentals are required to be a maximum of 3 months long in private residential properties or hotels ONLY. Housing Development Board (HDB) also known as flats cannot be rented to tourists.

Flats can only be rented out to non-Singapore nationals who have a student or long-term social visit visa. 

For private residential property rentals, there is a strict maximum occupancy of 6 unrelated guests who are allowed to stay in a private residential property at any one time.

 

Final Thoughts on renting an Airbnb in Singapore

Marina Bay, Singapore

 

With the national anthem in micro-text on the back of their $1,000 note and more species of trees than the entire North American continent. Singapore is a diverse melting pot of cultures and races waiting to be explored.

You can stay in our best overall Airbnb, giving you the best of both worlds, with its affordable price, spacious room and central location. 

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance before heading to Singapore! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

 

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