Because they are tourist attractions, both neighborhoods have a wide range of accommodation options. Singapore lodging prices are quite steep for the average backpacker. But if you’re looking for the cheap options, then Chinatown is one of your best bets. Take note, the Geylang District also boasts the cheapest accommodation costs in town but is not as centrally located. For the mid-range travelers, Clark Quay is ideal as it has its fair share of boutique hotels ranging from $80 to $140. A couple of decent hostels are found in this area.
If you’re staying in either the Chinatown and Clark Quay areas, MRT stations are always within easy reach. Singapore’s public transport system is comprehensive and highly efficient. It can be argued that as long as you stay near an MRT station, you can go to all the major districts of the metropolis without any problem. But to save some valuable time, get a map and you will see that Chinatown and Clark Quay are only a few stops away from key MRT stations like the Esplanade, City Hall and Raffles Place. The Esplanade station provides access to the War Memorial Park, the Esplanade Theaters on the Bay, the ArtScience Museum and the impressive Singapore Flyer. The City Hall station, on the other hand, is near the St. Andrew’s Church and the Parliament House. And finally, the Raffles Places station is the gateway to the historic hotel of Ascott Raffles Place, the iconic Merlion Park and the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s modern architectural masterpiece.