Jun 21, 2017
Whether you’re holidaying in the Lion City or are planning to have a stylish staycation over a long weekend, these new hotels are designed to impress.
1. Hotel Mono
Its name says it all. The monochromatic nature and angular details of this hip urban retreat lend ideal backdrops for every #OOTD. The black-and-white facade of the row of six conservation shophouses cuts a striking figure along Chinatown’s Mosque Street. Inside, the 46-room hotel presents chic accommodation at an affordable price. No two rooms are identical, but they all share one bold and multi-functional feature: a seamless metal bar likened to a line drawn in air that functions also as a coat hanger and light fixture.
2. M Social
Visit M Social and be immediately greeted by a mural depicting parrots, the most social of birds. It is obvious that this quirky hotel was conceptualised by French designer Philippe Starck as a vibrant social space. Murals by Spanish artist Luis Urculo make taking the lift a surreal experience; the fifth floor is laid out as an open-air deck with a 31m lap pool and gym. Over at its ultra-hip restaurant/bar Beast and Butterflies, have a locally inspired cocktail over a counter made of LCD screens. Expect a photo op at every corner, not least in the 293 rooms where stark glass and metal are juxtaposed with plush carpet and warm pashmina throws.
3. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
From colourful ceramic tiles in the reception area to nostalgic artwork in guest rooms depicting old Singapore street scenes, the hotel’s focus on all things vintage is evident. The new hotel building, situated in the historic Katong neighbourhood, is cleverly integrated with the former Joo Chiat Police Station, a heritage building that now houses a Peranakan (Straits Chinese) restaurant. Other fun touches include classic enamel basins in the bathrooms, a sofa inspired by rattan furniture, and vanity counters held up by Singer sewing machine legs.