“One of Singapore's original design hotels, this arty Chinatown hangout still sets the bar for stylish mid-budget sleeps”
From the outrageously decadent ‘Pussy Parlour’, with its chandeliers and brass four-poster designed by a fashion show producer, to the bright green vigour of 'I am Upside Down Because of You', there is a room here to delight every design addict. But not all of them are for everyone. If you don’t like cityscapes, you might want to avoid the stark simplicity of the ‘Untitled’ cement-clad bedroom. If you're an obsessive gardener, you'll go mad in room 26, where ‘weeds’ grow out of cracks in the walls and adorn the bathroom units! Narcissists, meanwhile, will love the 'Mirror' room, with its mirrored walls and ceilings.
The ingenious (but not always relaxing) design makes use of every available space in the hotel. Junior Lifestyle Rooms have loft-style beds with living rooms underneath, while others have hanging beds. Some of the sitting room-cum-bathrooms without windows can feel a little claustrophobic; and in the Attic Suites you have to navigate ladders up to bedrooms, which could be tricky, especially after a night on the town!
But even the smallest rooms are blessed with funky artwork, teak parquet floors, mosaic tiles and vivid colours. The bedding is sublimely comfortable, perfect to sink into after a day at the shops; there's free WiFi and a flat-screen plasma TV in every room, too.
Glittery bathrooms might have a choice of showers, or a bathtub separated from the bed by a glass panel. Indulgent toiletries are specially imported from New York.
When booking, you choose your category and leave the rest to fate. Premier Pool Rooms have views over the swimming pool, Premier Garden Rooms have small outdoor gardens with open air bathtubs, and in the Aqua Room guests become aquarium fish when they use the glass-encased bathtub.
Breakfast is served in the delightful and soothing restaurant, where light filters down through ceiling portholes that look up into the swimming pool above. Choose between traditional dishes such as scrambled eggs and bacon from the à la carte menu, or muesli and strawberries from the buffet selection.
The restaurant, owned and managed by Yong Bing Ngen, formerly one of the Chefs de Cuisine at Raffles, serves beautifully presented modern Cantonese cuisine in chic surroundings. Think paper-thin slivers of peking duck skin served with pancakes and spring onions, or baked seabass in champagne sauce with steamed Chinese greens. There's also a 200-bottle cellar, which makes pairing food with wine very difficult indeed! The restaurant is open all week except Monday, but book well ahead as it's busy.
If you want to eat out, Singapore is a gastronomic melting pot of Cantonese, sushi, Korean barbecue, Indian curry and all points in between. The hotel is well placed in Chinatown with a plethora of bars, street stalls and restaurants; we enjoyed new English cuisine at The Study, and upscale tapas at Vida Vino, both round the corner on Keong Saik Road.
Children are allowed but not actually encouraged - and noisy children running round in the business-like atmosphere of the lobby would definitely be frowned upon. Extra beds and cots are available on request. Children under 6 years old stay free if sharing their parents' bed; over 6s requiring an extra bed incur and extra charge.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking