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.
4. Mercure Singapore Bugis
Located in the heart of Bras Basah – Singapore’s arts, heritage and design precinct – the hotel’s facade features panels of red, blue, green and yellow, seemingly a nod to the iconic Rochor HDB estate nearby. This vivid colour palette extends to the 395 rooms, which also feature artworks revealing the rich cultural heritage of various local ethnic groups. Just a stone’s throw away is the bustling Bugis Street market.
5. Villa Samadhi Singapore
Indulge in the romance of colonial Singapore at Villa Samadhi. Launched in January this year, the new boutique hotel is housed in a 1920s garrison within verdant Labrador nature reserve. The immaculately restored building holds 20 rooms equipped with mod cons such as Bluetooth-enabled speakers and rain showers. Stretch out in generously sized four-poster beds, and sip afternoon tea and handcrafted cocktails at the charming Library.
6. JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
Singapore’s first Philippe Starck-designed hotel is the focal point of a sprawling development incorporating four conservation buildings and two new tower blocks. The luxury hotel blends heritage with ultra-modern style, boasting 634 state-of-the-art rooms with quirky avant-garde touches. Two outdoor pools and two sky gardens allow guests to unwind over panoramic city views. There are lots to explore in the grounds too, with a variety of hip dining, retail and nightlife options across South Beach Avenue and South Beach Quarter.
– BY MANDY LIM BEITLER