Little India, Singapore
Outlandish design hotel with excellent French restaurant, on a bustling corner of Little India
What is your favourite colour? What were your childhood dreams? Do
you like origami? These questions could help reception choose the
perfect room for your stay at funky Wanderlust. Set on an
incense-filled street of Little India, the interior of this
futuristic hotel juxtaposes sharply with the local environment,
although it retains its original 1920s schoolhouse façade.
It attracts a young-at-heart crowd, who enjoy cutting-edge design
in a playful, inventive setting.
By giving free rein to 4 Singaporean designers, hip hotelier Loh Lik Peng (who also owns the stylish New Majestic Hotel and Hotel 1929) has produced 4 differently themed levels, and within these, each of the 29 rooms has a unique décor. First prize for imagination goes to the 'Whimsical' loft rooms on the top floor, which include a leafy ceiling treehouse, a space rocket set in LED stars, and a typewriter-themed room. In stark contrast, 'Mono' rooms on the floor below are bright and white with geometrical neon lights, while the 'Pantone' rooms are vividly day-glo coloured. If this all sounds too bizarre be assured that the design is also practical and comfortable, plus hotel staff are exceptionally helpful. Topped off with an alfresco jacuzzi set around a verdant deck and a yummy rustic French restaurant, Wanderlust is a veritable adults’ playground.
Reviewed by Harriet Whiting
- The authentic French restaurant. Book well in advance because it's hugely popular with locals
- Unique and quirky design, with novelty in every nook. The industrial-chic lobby features barber's chairs, a foosball table, and disused street signs fashioned into stools
- Fabulous service with friendly and knowledgeable staff
- High quality in-room features: iPod docks, cast-iron tubs, Nespressos, Kiehl's toiletries and the fluffiest fleece dressing gowns; complimentary soft drinks in the minibar
- All guests receive a 'passport' to the local area - hand-drawn maps of Little India's shops and restaurants
- Some may find bits of the décor too eccentric and surreal, in which case we recommend the soothing and stylish Mono rooms
- The vibrant Little India area is still up-and-coming and lacks the polished finish of Orchard Road or Clarke Quay
- Pantone rooms are compact; it is worth upgrading to Mono
- Few electrical outlets in rooms and not much work space
- Noise from the all-night Thai restaurant next door carries to the rooms facing the street
A whimsical and stylish showcase of Singapore's new generation of designers...Conde Nast Traveller