It's easy to stay at a big glass and concrete tower in Singapore: the place is full of them and in some ways it makes sense to immerse yourself in the same surroundings that the Singaporeans do each day. But there really is a better alternative: over the last few years, smaller boutique hotels have sprung up -- well, not sprung up so much as emerged from the row houses of Chinatown and Little India.
These hotels are a brilliant way to get closer to what Singapore is really about: a curious mix of cultures and generations that is oddly compelling for all sorts of reaons. The interior design in some of them (Wanderlust and New Majestic come to mind) is mind-blowingly good, and needs to be experienced rather than read about in Dwell magazine!
Next time you're planning to be in Singapore, search for "cool singapore hotels" and see what you find. You've done glass and concrete already!