Book these boutique hotels for an unforgettable business trip
Always imagined that Singapore’s cityscape boasts nothing more than towering skyscrapers and shopping malls? Then the next time you visit for work, check into one of these beautiful boutique hotels located in colourful historic precincts, such as Chinatown and Katong. With their stunning interiors and proximity to all that the heritage precincts offer, you’ll be right smack in the middle of a rich cultural adventure.
Located at Keong Saik Road, it is a stone’s throw from Singapore’s historic Chinatown district. Once a vice-ridden street comprising opium dens and brothels frequented by Chinese coolies, Keong Saik has since cleaned up its act to become one of the top 10 travel destinations in Asia, and was even included in Lonely Planet’s 2017 Best in Asia list.
Do not let Hotel 1929’s conservation shophouse exterior fool you – its 32 rooms are beautifully decked out in a blend of retro and designer furnishings. For a relaxing time after a long day of meetings, book the Terrace suite, which has a private veranda with a bathtub for a relaxing soak under the stars.
Naumi Hotel has 73 well-appointed rooms, and its designer-inspired suites are noteworthy. Channel your inner Coco Chanel and book the Gabrielle and Camillia suite dressed in classy monochrome – just like how the eponymous fashion icon liked it. If you’re into pop art, then check into the Andy Warhol-inspired suite Eden & Nirwana.
Kam Leng Hotel
Founded in 1938 by a mystery boss whose identity remains unknown to this day, Kam Leng Hotel is a retro gem in Jalan Besar, a gentrified enclave of Singapore shophouses now taken over by local eateries offering mouthwatering delights right next to cool hipster cafes.
Once you step through its doors, Kam Leng’s decor will transport you back in time to an age of gramophones, cheongsams and old world glamour. Although the building is historic, the hotel’s amenities are updated and modern, thanks to recent restoration and renovation works – each of the 70 rooms comes with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and a private bathroom.
There’s plenty for tourists to see and discover in Little India, a most vibrant heritage precinct. Prepare for a full-on assault on your senses with myriad colours, smells, sounds and tastes, starting with the bustling Tekka Market and food centre. For time-strapped shopaholics, the 24-hour retail behemoth Mustafa Centre will blow you away with its mind-boggling array of goods.
Take in Little India properly with a home base at Wanderlust Hotel. With 29 rooms each uniquely conceptualised by award-winning design agencies, the hotel is an unconventional adventure unto itself. Fans of the eponymous Pantone colour charts will love the vibrant Pantone rooms, while the quirkier Whimsical rooms offer unique sleeps in a “treehouse” or “spaceship”.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Hotel Indigo is situated in Katong, a precinct which boasts the Peranakan (Straits Chinese) culture unique to this region and an even richer tradition of local cuisine. It is home to Peranakan establishments Rumah Bebe, Kim Choo, Katong Antique House, and The Intan, as well as the popular 328 Katong Laksa, which famously beat none other than celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in a taste test.
Housed on the site of the former Joo Chiat Police Station, the 131-room Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong has modern amenities, Peranakan-inspired interior design and a stunning view of the Singapore skyline from its indigo-hued infinity pool. It will definitely make your stay in Singapore a memorable one.