There has been a recent boom in boutique hotels in Singapore, centred in Chinatown, the colourful and vibrant heart of the local Chinese community. The rich heritage of this district is seen in narrow five-foot walkways, beautifully restored shophouses, and bustling hawker centres. This juxtaposition of old and new continues to be a cultural treasure trove of insights into traditional Chinese life and a feast for the senses. Staying here is sure to bring you in touch with an authentic side of Singapore that is full of character. Nonetheless, there are other boutique hotels around the city. These are usually located on less-beaten tracks, on the fringe of tourist hotspots, but remain highly accessible with the island’s extensive public transportation network.
Boutique hotels in Singapore are individually styled hotels, where stylish interiors complement grand exteriors. These are characteristically decorated in an intricate fusion of traditional Asian charm with simple contemporary elegance. Discerning service is accompanied by a full range of facilities, and often by roof terraces and restaurants with great views of the city. The unique character and charming ambience of each hotel means that staying at a boutique hotel in Singapore is sure to offer you a memorable experience.
The Scarlet Hotel
Housed in an impressive Art Deco shophouse refurbishment, this eccentric and eclectic hotel was established as one of Singapore's first luxury boutique hotels, and one of its finest. The extravagance of the lobby is accompanied by bold, uninhibited opulence in the hotel's décor, the vivid Gothic-chic contrast of black and red, and great views from the rooftop restaurant-bar. Amenities include free Internet access (wired and wireless), a gym, and an outdoor jacuzzi.
(33 Erskine Road. +65 6511 3333. http://www.thescarlethotel.com/)
The Scarlet Hotel
New Majestic Hotel
The stark, off-white open-air lobby presents 30 unique rooms, which have been eccentrically and individually designed by local artists in a mix of vintage and designer furnishings. Highlights include a private garden suite, attic rooms with loft beds and 6m-high ceilings, and an aquarium room with a glass-encased bathtub. These quirky rooms boast sophisticated features such as LCD televisions, Bose stereos with iPod docks, Nespresso coffee-makers, and separate bath and toilet cubicles, surrounded by partially-frosted glass. The pool has floor portholes that allow you to look into the hotel's restaurant, just as diners watch you swim by. This is without doubt the city's hippest hotel.
(31 Bukit Pasoh Road. +65 6511 4700. http://www.newmajestichotel.com/)
New Majestic Hotel
The façade of five shophouses looks genuinely 1929 on the outside, but hides a retro-chic interior that gives off 1960s vibes in a modern way. Unique and fashionable cupboard-sized rooms please in both style and comfort, and are complemented by the rooftop jacuzzi and the highly rated Ember restaurant. Room amenities are similar to that offered by its sister hotel, the New Majestic.
(50 Keong Saik Road. +65 6347 1929. http://www.hotel1929.com/)
Solid blocks of primary colours adorn the windows and façade of this distinctively colourful hotel. The hi-tech room facility control panels, subdued minimalist lobby, sensual room decorations, and a stunning pool overlooking the Singapore River are just hints that the Galley Hotel is one of the crowning jewels of Singapore's boutique hotel scene. This hip establishment is located on Robertson Quay, along the Singapore River, with great restaurants, bars and cafés in the vicinity.
(1 Nanson Road. +65 6849 8686. http://www.galleryhotel.com.sg/)
Located right in the heart of Singapore's Central Business District, this chic hotel offers an intimate sanctuary while on the road. There is a more personalised touch for the hip and trendy, such as personal aides, accompanied by top-of-the-range amenities and facilities, such as a rooftop infinity pool. A selection of 40 elegant rooms are are considered among the most spacious living spaces available in the city itself, with kitchenettes and iPod docks. Its prime location means that everything from shopping and dining, to museums and nightlife, is right on your doorstep.
(41 Seah Street. +65 6403 6000. http://www.naumihotel.com/)
The Quincy Hotel
The bright and modern colours and modular windows of this hotel's distinctive façade embodies the youthful energy of the bold, urban streets it resides on. Business and leisure travellers are offered the utmost privacy and exclusivity in chic rooms. This hotel has been rated one of the best trendiest hotels to stay in by travellers, who appreciate the all-inclusive stay that appeals to the senses - inviting music, soothing scents, tasteful furniture, and art design elements. The glass-enclosed pool, cantilevered from the 12th floor, and the hotel's location in the prime shopping district of Orchard Road are great bonuses.
(22 Mount Elizabeth. +65 6738 5888. http://www.quincy.com.sg/)
This funky and fresh hotel is visually striking, with its asymmetrically-placed wide windows, yet inviting and warm. This sophisticated setting offers business and leisure travellers the exquisite style, intuitive service and personalised comfort expected from an intimate boutique hotel. The spacious guestrooms, a private collection of original artworks, and a flora and fauna theme complete the contemporary hip-meets-classic design, located near Pearl’s Hill.
(231 Outram Road. +65 6595 1388. http://www.wangzhotel.com/)
Wanderlust Hotel: Little India
The experimentally quirky design is set to draw curious travellers to its Little India doorstep. The four levels have been designed by award-winning local design agencies, with full creative freedom.
(2 Dickson Road. +65 6396 3322. http://wanderlusthotel.com/)