From luxury chic rooms to budget lofts, these stylish boutique hotels boast unforgettable staycays in Keong Saik Road, Robertson Quay, Jalan Besar, Orchard Road and more
What happens when wanderlust hits and you can’t afford another weekend getaway? You grab your overnight bag and head to one of Singapore’s many hotels for a swish staycay. It makes perfect sense; in between living it up in your plush room and maximising the hotel’s facilities, there’s so much to do in the city – more than enough for your weekend to feel like a real holiday. But if you’re a) tired of the big hotel scene and b) looking for alternative stays (without sacrificing lush comforts, of course), you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for our guide to Singapore’s best boutique hotels, to suit everyone from modern minimalists to rendezvous-seeking couples.
The Great Madras
Undoubtedly Singapore’s coolest hotel of the moment, The Great Madras is a millennial dream come true. Not only is it housed in one of Little India’s most unique conserved buildings, it’s also decked out in every grammable design trend imaginable : neon letter lights (with an inspirational quote, no less), tropical printed wallpaper, retro furniture, rich shades of deep blue and green and retro furniture. The 34-room property boasts categories from deluxe hotels (no bunk beds, just king-sized ones) to The Great Suite, with en-suite spacious circular bathtub. The hotel’s lobby is where all the action’s at: the barber gets you a fresh cut and shave, while the buzzy resto serves up halal Catalunyan plates.
The Great Madras, 28 Madras Street, Singapore 208422.
Ann Siang House
Taking the place of former Club Hotel is Ann Siang House. The hot property is furnished to perfection – its electric blue facade and gold windows should serve as an indication. Rooms, as well as the common areas on every floor, are all about sumptuous leathers, gilded mirrors, and geometrical tables and stools. Only 20 rooms are found here, with each equipped with the Hypnos “Firenze” bed, said to be the most comfy bed in the world. We’d recommend the Executive room, as it comes with a massive tub and even a kitchenette, or the suite that opens up into a private balcony.
Ann Siang House, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708
Don’t be fooled, this is no museum – AMOY is a heritage site-boutique hotel which offers 37 intimate rooms and a stellar combination of heritage interiors and state-of-the-art amenities Located near the bustling CBD, AMOY has a wide array of options of restaurants and bars that guests can settle down in – perfect for visiting vacationers, we must say.
AMOY, 76 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048464.
Okay, so maybe we’re a little biased ’cause this hotel is home to Ginette: an affordable French resto we’ve repeatedly raved about. But food aside, the hotel deserves its own fanbase. Though rooms (sized between 11 to 27 sqm) are petite, their eclectic interiors are one-of-a-kind, with grey walls, wooden furnishings and bright accents. Bonus points for its inhouse gym, and convenient location between Dhoby Ghaut and Bugis.
Hotel G, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980.
The Quincy Hotel
Sure, the award-winning Quincy Hotel may lack the themed rooms of its competitors. But what it does have in spades is affordable luxury coupled with quirky boutique-hotel charm that’s a perfect romantic getaway spot for lovebirds. Quincy’s rooms bear all the hallmarks of trendy designer hotels – yup, we’re talking feather beddings, large bay windows and lush city views. Tempted yet? Couples can book the Quincy Qool Weekend Staycation that includes one night stay in the Studio Room, movie night by the pool and evening cocktails.
The Quincy Hotel, 22 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228517.
Formerly an iconic warehouse from 1895, the meticulously restored property boasts a sleek, modern design and rooms with double-high ceilings, peaked roofs and authentic industrial details. And don’t miss the rooftop infinity pool – it’s the perfect spot to people-watch and take in views of the riverbank.
Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Singapore 169628.
Sleek, airy and wonderfully minimalist, Lloyd’s Inn is one of the city’s most Instagrammed-to-death hotels to date, thanks to its unconventional design, central location and affordable rates. While the hotel’s facilities are rather limited, we can’t refuse its clean, mostly-white palette (which brilliantly juxtaposes the surrounding foliage), abundant sunlight and quiet residential locale. We recommend The Big Skyroom for its inviting loft-like vibes (and that precious adjoining open-air space for a million photo opps).
Lloyd’s Inn, 2 Lloyd Road, Singapore 239091, p. 6737 7847.
As one of the pioneering cutting-edge boutique hotels in Singapore, Wanderlust’s earned its stripes amongst alternative experience-seeking travellers. Proudly madcap and unconventional, the hotel boasts four floors with different themes like ‘Industrial Glam’ and ‘Is it just Black and White?’. Our personal fave lies within the top floor; nicknamed Creature Comforts, it houses nine loft rooms with five themes featuring giant typewriters, floor-to-ceiling rockets and surreal treehouses. But for something more comfy and less kitschy, check into the paper-inspired Mono rooms on level three, which has interactive lighting systems for you to ‘paint’ your room.
Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494, p. 6396 3322.
Despite its central location, Naumi Hotel isn’t your run-of-the-mill business hotel with cookie-cutter layouts and decor. Its five room categories – spread across 73 rooms – are uniquely themed, with plush fittings and luxe designs. Fashion mavens are bound to have a soft spot for the Gabrielle and Camellia room. Inspired by Coco Chanel, the room is decked out in a monochrome colour palette and features artworks of the designer’s favourite flower. Couples on the hunt for indulgent city respites have the Eden and Nirwana suite as a stellar option – its large, round tub for two is perfect for romantic romps.
Naumi Hotel, 41 Seah Street, Singapore 188396.
Studio M Hotel
A favoured and unofficial party hotel among the younger crowds, Studio M still ranks high on our list of relaxing boutique hotels. Its location in Robertson Quay offers the best of two worlds; it’s right smack in the middle of riverside cafes and quiet brunch spots, and is a mere walk away from Clarke Quay’s hottest clubs. But its key feature is its loft rooms; spread across four categories, all of them are decked out in minimalist designs, plush beddings and panoramic views of the city from large bay windows. Personally, we love the Executive Lofts as their corner locales offer maximum privacy, larger lounge areas and complete cosy, comfort for stay-in staycays.
Studio M Hotel, 3 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238910.
Three words: Parisian swank factor. hôtel vagabond may be relatively new, but it’s already knocking the boutique hotel game out of the park. For starters, each of the 41 rooms is super swish, boudoir chic havens of tranquility. To help you scratch your arty itch, regular pop up events – like macaron-making and crinoline classes by French designer Mireille Minier – are held. And if you’re on an all-girl staycay, the Lady Boss High Tea is complimentary every day – yup, you read that right, tea and scones for free, on the daily. Huzzah!
hôtel vagabond, 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore, 207630, p. 6291 6677.
Taking up 10 shophouses, The Sultan is a hip tribute to Singapore’s colourful heritage. Be sure to check into The Sultan Loft; it’s fit for royalty, with its double-storied set-up comprising a living area on the first floor and a bedroom on the second – jazzed up with timber roof beams, wide arcs, and full-length shuttered windows. You don’t even need to leave the hotel for a good time – the hotel houses Singjazz Club, a club with a music hall environment, and Fresh!, a laid-back club serving up tasty cocktails and old-school music from the ’90s and ’00s.
The Sultan Hotel, 101 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199002.
Much like other hotels located in shophouses, the 79-room enclave is distinctly historic in its facade with its Chinese townhouse structure painted in dusky orange as well as double-leaf doors. Rooms here are compact, but comfy with modern comforts and traditional design accents. We strongly suggest booking the Porch, which is equipped with a private alfresco terrace, perfect for makeshift romantic dinners and outdoor yoga seshes. Its location is the top draw with its close proximity to Potato Head Folk, cafes and buzzy watering holes.
Naumi Liora, 55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158. Price starts from SGD 140.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Hotel Indigo is no average boutique hotel. The charming hotel, housed in a former Joo Chiat Police station, pays homage to the neighbourhood’s Peranakan heritage. Its interiors boast everything from vintage-style tiles and artwork to antique furnishings, while its restaurant, Baba Chews and Eatery, serves up cuisine from The Straits of Malacca. Its Katong location is also a major plus in our books – we recommend taking a whole afternoon to explore the street art, pre-war shophouses and myriad of coffee shops and restaurants that have contributed to the neighbourhood’s thriving, historic culture.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, 86 East Coast Road, Singapore 428788, p. 6723 7001.
Got a soft spot for well-brewed coffee and hole-in-the-wall cafes? Book a weekend stay at Wangz Hotel, located smack dab in Tiong Bahru. Its 41 rooms run the gamut of features, including balconies, canopies, oversized tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Spend your day either lounging around on your cosy bed or private terrace, before brunching out into the trendy ‘hood, and top it off by dressing up for drinks at the hotel’s swish rooftop lounge, Halo, as you watch the world go by.
Wangz Hotel, 231 Outram Road, Singapore 169040, p. 6595 1388. Prices start from SGD 218.
The Scarlet Singapore
Perhaps one of the oldest hotels on this list is The Scarlet Singapore, which first opened in 2004 to much fanfare. Sensual, intimate and dripping with opulence, the hotel’s rooms are decked in arresting hues of precious stones, and lavish decor (we’re talking leopard print, patent leather and python). To cap off your sexy staycay, don’t forget to swing by the rooftop for breezy cocktails and nibbles before you descend to your love nest’s private jacuzzi tub (only available in the Passion Suite) for a snuggle…and more.
The Scarlet Hotel, 33 Erskine Road, 069333, p. 6511 3333. Price: from 190.50 SGD per night.
At this boutique hotel made up of five shophouses, guests will find that no two rooms are alike, with everything from furnishing and beds right down to the clear glass bathrooms being unique. Hotel 1929 also offers two specially-designed suites with outdoor baths set in tropical roof gardens, which overlook the bright lights and bustling streets of charming Chinatown. Hip and cosy, this stylish hotel is notches above your typical budget hotel.
Hotel 1929, 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154.
Geared towards the millennial globe-trotter, M Social is the new player on the Robertson Quay hotel circuit. Comfort is king at this hip hotel; its chic interiors are the brainchild of renowned designer Philippe Stark. You might never leave your room, as each is a calming enclave of warm colour tones, and lush textures of plush pashmina throws and soft carpeting. In line with its millennial theme, the hotel offers a good mix of communal spaces for mingling, and high-tech amenities like self check-in kiosks. No need to suffer through the night in your heels for fab cocktails; simply head down to the hotel’s in-house resto, where expert mixologists can easily shake up an artisanal one for you as you chat up other young travellers. Here’s our take of our stay at this swanky hotel.
M Social, 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259.
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