Thank you all very much.
We have narrowed Singapore down to 2 options. Once I have that booked (tomorrow is the plan) I'll move onto Dubai!!
The the PP who is also looking at Singapore for 2 adults and 3 kids... I'll detail my research!!
Basically, if you put 2 adults 3 kids into any of the popular accommodation search engines (Expedia, Quickbeds etc) you will find there are no results. Even when you put 2 adults and 3 kids into the hotels OWN search engine it will tell you that there is nothing available OR it will quote you for 2 rooms.
I have emailed hotels directly though and get a different story. Several have been more than happy to put 5 in a room. I emailed the Furama Riverfront as suggested by a PP. they were very pricey though. About $350 per night. The YMCA will also put us in the one room - a family room that comes with 3 singles but we can add another single. (Our baby will share with us anyway.) Also, the Swissotel Merchant Court will put us in one room.
YMCA S$235 inc taxes per night including the additional rollaway. (AUD181 per night.) That also includes breakfast and free wireless internet.
Swissotel Merchant Court is S$270 per night including taxes. (AUD208 per night.) Breakfast is approx AUD$30 per adult AUD$15 per child. Also, internet costs extra.
One is a hostel and the other is 4.5 star so it's probably a no brainer, especially with only a $30 per night difference but I can't decide. The hostel seems to be a better location, includes breakfast, and we can browse the web at night when the kids are in bed. (I don't fancy paying what the Swissotel ask for wireless.) Also, even though the room wont be as nice at the hostel, it still seems quite ok. I am happy to spend much more in Dubai than Singapore because in Singapore we don't plan to be at the hotel except to sleep.
Here is someone's blog where they have photographed the YMCA. (It also gets GREAT reviews. So does the Swissotel but I wasn't expecting much out of a hostel but I'm surprised.)http://kayelangit-luistro.blogspot.com.au/...ne-orchard.html
Edited by Bek+3, 20 March 2013 - 06:30 PM.