Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cheap short term rentals rooms and apartments in Singapore


If you want to stay in Singapore for short term but long enough, hotel rooms currently priced on average 200++ SGD per night, will be a very costly choice. You can alternatively go for a cheap serviced apartment in Singapore for which you will pay less if you are not looking for a high end luxury. But you have more options: short term rentals sites. The oldest one of these, as far as I know is, Airbnb. Airbnb is basically a global network of accommodations offered by locals. It's a cheaper short term accommodation alternative, especially in big cities like New York, San Francisco, Paris, etc. The site is easy to use, you just enter your destination, check-in and check-out dates and number of guests, then look for a suitable accommodation option. Most of the options are room rental in different types of private housings ranging in price from 50 SGD to 150 SGD. There are still cozy options here, I have seen a Luxury Studio in Singapore for 200++ SGD and a Sentosa 1 Bedroom Suite for 448 SGD per night.

Airbnb may be the first but there are also other new comers. One of them I have recently discovered is Roomorama, a website, co-founded by Singaporean Teo Jia En and Italian native Federico Folcia, in January 2009 — just five months after Airbnb. It offers short term rentals and nightly and weekly apartments, homes and rooms:

"Roomorama is the discerning traveler’s one-stop shop for short-term rentals. Wherever your next trip will be, or wherever your property is, use our online marketplace to connect and transact with hosts and guests who believe in convenient, rewarding and unique travel experiences. With an ever-growing inventory of hospitable accommodations, Roomorama is working to make you feel at home wherever you are."
Source : Roomorama

Roomorama
Roomorama have 2 offices, one is in New York and the other one is in Singapore. The web site provides cheaper short term stay alternatives for travellers while it also provides a convenient medium for people who wants to rent out their own apartment and find existing online classifieds hard to use and inconvenient. Most of the listed options are short term room stays priced nightly.

Other than these 2 options, if you are OK with this type of accommodation, you can also check Wimdu and 9flats.

But be warned, renting out these rooms is technically illegal. According to a spokesman for the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the government body responsible for private housing,  private residential properties may only be rented out or sublet for six months or more, as 'transient occupiers' could inconvenience other residents.

[1] - Illegal short-term rentals on the rise

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