“A quirky retro-styled hostel-meets-boutique hotel in Singapore’s colourful Chinatown”
The 32 rooms range from small (Deluxe) to miniscule (Superior Singles), but they niftily incorporate all you need. Unique in shape (none has 4 straight walls), they're furnished with the owner's collection of vintage and modern chairs. An eclectic mix of ‘now’ and 60s chic lends a warm and cosy feel. Beds are surprisingly comfortable and rooms are spotless; expect white blackout blinds at the windows and wooden parquet floors. Some Deluxe Rooms have balconies with wooden shutters on the doors and windows, while Suites have small terraces.
There's free WiFi (plus ethernet cables for serious browsing), a plasma TV, a kettle with coffee and tea, and free soft drinks at reception. Few rooms have space for cupboards, so you get hooks and hangers, plus under-bed drawers if you really want to unpack.
Shower rooms are in the rooms - yes, really inside the room - separated by partly frosted glass walls to allow maximum light, with cheery mosaic tiles and chrome shower heads. In the very bijoux Superior Singles the loo is practically under the shower, so you can ablute in one fell swoop. Some suites have outdoor bathtubs screened by a curtain, which we thought looked fun.
A simple breakfast is included in the rate, and served in the ground floor restaurant, Ember. There's a basic fruit-and-croissant type buffet - we liked the kaya coconut jam - plus English-style cooked dishes brought to your table. It's nothing special, but for the rate you pay it's more than reasonable.
For lunch and dinner, Ember offers a much classier menu, including signature soft shell crab in sweet wasabi oil, and oven-roasted seabass with a ginger and soy broth. It's closed on Sundays and only serves dinner on Saturdays, but there's no shortage of alternatives along the road, including The Study opposite (overseen by Jason Atherton), and various Chinese and Indian kerbside eateries.
Further afield, choose from Cantonese, sushi, Korean barbecue, Indian curry and all points in between. Within walking distance, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre delivers great juices and no-frills noodle lunches, while buzzy Ann Siang Hill offers Singapore's only on-street dining (Fri-Sun evenings).
Children are welcome; extra beds and cots are available on request. Children will love it because they will be sleeping very close to their parents! Children under 6 sharing a bed with their parents stay free, those over 6 are charged a supplement.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking