“Outlandish design hotel with excellent French restaurant, on a bustling corner of Little India”
When choosing a room, you specify your category but not the actual room - and they vary hugely, so keep an open mind!
Pantone rooms (Level 2) are the cheapest and brightest: 10 coloured jewels set in a rainbow corridor and matched to a song title which hangs as a neon sign above the beds. They're very compact with a double bed at the far end, though the Pantone Deluxe (‘Yellow Submarine’) is larger, with a cast-iron tub. We preferred the more muted hues of Green to the rather lurid Orange.
Mono (Level 3) has 8 black-and-white rooms inspired by the themes of origami and Pop Art, which work surprisingly well together. We loved the playful backlit stencils, and the clean homely feel; ‘Flower’ and ‘Princess’ are perhaps the prettiest. ‘Directionless’ offers a topsy-turvy world which could be a little disorientating. Features include folding chairs and ceilings undulating with ‘choose-your-own-colour’ neon lines. Again, the Mono Deluxe room is larger and has a glass-encased tub.
Whimsical Rooms (Level 4) are boldly themed and fun - not for everyone, but popular among younger couples on short stays. We loved the 2 ‘Space’ rooms: black walls dotted with LED stars, a red or silver rocket and a cuddly alien sitting on an egg chair. We also liked ‘Tree’: felt leaves on the ceiling and tree trunk wallpaper to imitate sleeping in a treehouse. All have a double bed up a ladder, and a sitting area plus bathroom at entry level.
Wherever you stay, expect bespoke furniture, from hanging chairs to a typewriter sofa, a shower and separate toilet unit encased in glass, plus an iPod dock, Nespresso and minibar with complimentary soft drinks.
Cocotte, the hotel’s French restaurant, combines sleek industrialism - bright metal chairs, a vast chandelier made of office desk lights - with Gallic touches such as checked napkins, wine crates piled with fruit, and a heavily laden cheese trolley. It works well, and creates a fun ambiance. Many ingredients are imported from France, so it's authentic but high on food miles.
The breakfast has sticky French pastries in the buffet, and homemade crepes with bacon on the cooked menu. Lunch is a good value 3-course set menu - perhaps pear and blue cheese salad or soupe du jour, sea bass and fennel or the French staple, steak frites. Dessert might be crème brulee or a rich Valrhona chocolate mousse. You can also go a la carte for classics such as escargots, steak tartare and daily fish specials.
Dinner sees the restaurant come to life - its rustic-chic fare is a great hit with Singaporeans, with shared platters and colourful Le Creuset crockery. We enjoyed the tender pork collar with a Dijon sauce served with Brussels sprouts, amadine and tasty girolle mushrooms. Other sharing dishes are roast chicken with herb butter, stewed lamb and poached beef. Although expensive, the cheese trolley is worth investigating for its tempting Blue D’Auvergne and Mont D’Or. There's an extensive wine list too: mostly French, but also some familiar names from Australia, Chile and New Zealand.
Nearby is a wealth of eating opportunities, especially if you follow the locals to street-side cafes and hawker stalls.
Kids are welcome at Wanderlust although the hotel is not especially geared up to be family friendly. Mono rooms can take 1 baby cot or extra bed. If coming with young kids, avoid the Loft rooms, which have steep stairs.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available