Bugis and Kampong Glam are one of the few neighbourhoods in Singapore that have retained their rich cultural heritage. Many tourists book their hotel rooms in this vibrant neighbourhood for its proximity to many landmark destinations, as well as the rich culture and history in the area.
The Bugis area, where Bugis Junction is located, is named after the Bugis, a Malay sub-group with origins in South Sulawesi (Celebes) in Indonesia, and once well known for their seafaring and warring skills. As for Kampong Glam, the clusters of colourful shophouses are a testament to their history which dates back to the 1800s. ‘Kampong’ means village, while ‘Glam’ refers to the cajeput trees that once filled Bugis Street.
Book a Unique Stay in a Heritage Shophouse
If you’re looking for an alternative staycation or hotels near Bugis, we are a boutique hotel housed within refurbished heritage shophouses, located in cultural districts around central Singapore, including City Hall (Bugis) and Kampong Glam.
The nearest public transport includes City Hall, Esplanade, Bencoolen, and Bugis MRT station. Changi Airport is also approximately 15 minutes away by taxi.
What Guests Say About Heritage Collection
Natalie Manning — 5/5
"The location of Heritage Collection Singapore is perfect for wandering down to the marina, Gardens by the Bay, Sky Tower, and everything else you want to see in Singapore. If walking isn't your thing, there's plenty of bus and subway lines right beside the building. Despite everything being 'virtual' it worked so well. The team were very responsive to any queries, they are so kind with their time, and they also check in to ensure guests have everything needed. And everything you need is in the room! The access to laundry and dryer was a pleasant surprise, and the team even provide washing powder to the guests. Overall, I highly recommend staying here."
Nia Euodia — 5/5
"I had an amazing stay at this hotel in Singapore! The place was impeccably clean, and the staff went above and beyond by adding me to a WhatsApp group with Jarwin, Ed, and Alicia, who were incredibly nice and helpful throughout my stay. The hotel's location is convenient, with nearby bus stations and plenty of dining options within walking distance. Exploring the area also led me to Bugis Junction, which was a great experience."
Joan Apaya — 5/5
"We would like to warmly thank you Ms.Zam and the all the Heritage Seah staff namely Jarwin & Anna for their care to us. It was truly an amazing experience, we loved the service, the attention of details on our booking until we checked in! Great Location and very accessible. We can’t wait to come back and we are so thankful to make our stay so special during our big day."
Book Your Stay: Heritage Collection on Seah
Heritage Collection on Seah specialises in only loft apartments. Each signature loft room has a high ceiling and a unique two-floor setup, a rare find in Singapore. The bedroom is located on the upper loft for privacy, with the kitchenette, dining space and ensuite bathroom below.
Our Premium Loft Plus is the most popular category as it is spacious and has floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for a ton of natural light and unblocked city views. Our standard Lofts are the most affordable and will provide you with a fuss-free experience of this unique apartment layout. Selected apartments also have a skylight window.
All rooms come with an ensuite bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, complimentary in-building laundry service, rainfall shower with bath amenities, and free Wi-Fi. Please note that we are also a mobile self check-in property.
Book Your Stay: Heritage Collection on Arab
This Javanese Chic hotel is situated in the heart of Kampong Glam. Historically home to many Muslims of Arab, Javanese, Boyanese and Bugis descent, the streets of Kampong Glam were populated with businesses that specialised in spices, textiles and many more. Now, many consider the Malay conservation district to be the most vibrant among its peers, for it has successfully found a delicate balance between its youthful vibrancy – through its artistic diversity – and its historical heritage.
There are 6 room categories to choose from – wind down in either our Studio Single (No Window) Apartment or chill out in our Loft Apartment which comes with a private balcony overlooking Kampong Glam. Please note that we are also a mobile self check-in property.
What to Do in Bugis & Kampong Glam?
Bugis is home to many rich cultural experiences, shopping spaces and amenities, luxurious spa services, and popular cafés.
The Bugis and Kampong Glam area showcases the rich culture and history of the Malay community within the context of Singapore's history and its multicultural society. The neighbourhood is known for its authentic food. Kampong Glam stands out for its diverse range of businesses, retail, and arts. It is a unique space not found in other countries.
If you’re looking for a shopping mall, you’ve come to the right place! Head over to Bugis Town—collectively formed by these shopping malls (Bugis Junction, Bugis+, and Bugis Street Market)—where you will find great fashion options, fun entertainment, and countless food offerings at the heart of the Bugis precinct.
Featuring the vibrant arts scene of Singapore, Bugis is the home to many street artists’ work that is loved by both locals and tourists.
Pose for share-worthy photos in front of murals and street art at Haji Lane, Arab Street, Gelam Gallery and more, to spruce up your Instagram feed!
Bugis is the hotspot for endless trendy and quaint cafes that are perfect to lounge in on your rest days. A stone's throw away from our Bugis hotels, get to indulge in the aesthetics of freshly brewed coffee and mouth-watering desserts at many of the café options in Bugis where you can have an enjoyable conversation with your friends and loved ones.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are planning a trip to Singapore and wondering where to stay, there are several areas to consider. Here are some reasons why you might want to stay in these areas:
Bugis & Kampong Glam: These areas are known for their hip and trendy vibe, brimming with unique coffee houses, eateries, dining establishments, and bars. Hotels in Bugis include budget-friendly options like Heritage Collection, and are ideal for mid-range travelers who prefer reasonably-priced luxury or mid-range hotels.
Clarke Quay: This is Singapore’s canal and river district. It is a hotspot for cafes, eateries, and bars. It's an entertaining place to lodge, boasting some wonderful hotels and engaging nightlife.
Chinatown: Placed at the heart of the city, Chinatown has easy access to most of the island’s key attractions such as its tempting hawker food, splendid temples, vibrant street art, and rich history. It is the perfect destination to experience Chinese heritage in Singapore.
Central Business District (CBD): Known as Singapore’s financial and commercial center, it's filled with towering buildings, shopping centers, and high-end hotels. It's an excellent place to reside if you prefer to be where the city's pulse is strongest and enjoy immersing yourself in the city's dynamic vibe.
Bugis Street, named after the sea-faring Bugis people from Sulawesi, was once a bustling shipping hub in the 1800s. Over the years, it evolved into a bustling open-air night market and shopping district, attracting both locals and international visitors. Today, it stands proudly as one of Singapore's largest street shopping locations and a food haven, brimming with the flavour of local cuisine.
Unearth Singapore's captivating history with Heritage Collection, located in close proximity to the fascinating Bugis Street. Our hotel offers you an authentic Singaporean experience that blends rich history with diverse modernity, essentially reflecting the transformation of Bugis Street itself.
Bugis Street, nestled in the heart of Singapore, has always captured the imagination of locals and tourists alike with its rich history and vibrant cultural tapestry. Its popularity can be attributed to its resilience, its ability to morph from a seafarers' hub in the 1800s to a legendary nightlife district in the 1950s, and now to the country's largest street shopping location.
This bustling area is not only a haven for fashionistas, but it's also home to a myriad of food stalls offering delicious local cuisine—another reason for its tremendous popularity. Additionally, its strategic position at the center of the city-state, linking to ethnic enclaves like Chinatown and Little India, makes Bugis Street a convenient connective point for tourists.
But Bugis Street is not just about shopping and food. It's about the raw, unfiltered experience of Singapore's cultural diversity and historical richness. It is also situated near the Bugis Junction Shopping Mall.
Stay at Heritage Collection, a 3.5-star hotel that is just 5 minutes away from many dining and shopping amenities, and find yourself in the epicenter of this cultural and historic blend, embracing an authentic Singaporean experience. So, step out of your room and step into history—Bugis Street awaits!
Booking a room is easy and hassle-free. Many of the rooms can be reserved through our online booking system. With just a credit or debit card, guests can securely pay and reserve their desired room. Some rooms also feature mobile self-check-in for added convenience. Watch our self check-in guide for the next steps after making your reservation online. For extended stays, connect with our friendly team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may simply complete our online form here.