Art deco oriental vibes, glitzy gold sculptures and a lush tropical wonderland – these hotels are taking their lobbies to the next level.
We don’t know about you but there’s nothing like being greeted by a beautiful hotel lobby to set the mood for our stay. We see more hotels paying heed by adding unique designs and quirky elements to their spaces. So whether you’re going on a stay-cay or a taking a short break from your hectic schedule, look to these hotels and be handsomely rewarded in the form of Instagram likes.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Fun fact: this property is the world’s very first Shangri-La hotel! And in case you didn’t know, the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has recently undergone a massive revamp at the Tower Wing. The result? A lush tropical wonderland in the midst of Orchard Road. Pay a visit to the atrium with a rock wall designed by Tokyo-based Ryoichi Niwata. Look out for the cool sculptures of children by Korean artist Yi Hwan Kwon, which play with perspective. Clever!
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
Six Senses Duxton
The Six Senses Duxton at the colourful enclave of Tanjong Pagar is not what you’d expect. Blending the shophouse aesthetic with comforts of a contemporary hotel, British designer, Anouska Hempel adds nuances of Chinese, Malay and European designs to the space. Picture this: Oversized golden fans, Chinese screens and calligraphy wallpaper (from Anouska’s personal collection) against strong hues of black lacquer tables and yellow setters as you enter. We’re sold.
Six Senses Duxton, 83 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540
This one is easy to locate thanks to the bold red veranda that can be spotted from miles away. Enter The Scarlet Hotel and you won’t believe you’re in the heart of Chinatown. Inside, grandiose chandeliers, opulent water features, upholstery and bronze art sculptures against splashes of rich burgundy are ready to greet you at the lobby. No prizes for guessing why The Scarlet is the city’s first luxury boutique hotel.
The Scarlet, 33 Erskine Road, Singapore 069333
The Warehouse Hotel
We love that The Warehouse Hotel takes after the original structure and industrial elements of the former warehouse (three warehouses, in fact!) that stood on this site. The lobby looks like a scene from The Great Gatsby – think a large open-plan space, pendant lights suspended from high ceilings and louvre windows. Rest your legs on one of the brown leather sofas, purchase lighters, flasks, ashtrays and knives at the Objects of Vice retail space or quench your thirst with cocktails reminiscent of the warehouse’s three distinct eras of the past. (Check out our full review here.)
The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628
The first thing you’ll notice at M Social is the juxtaposition of red screens against marble and geometric tile flooring – typical Philippe Starck if you ask us. The renowned interior designer pushes it further with metallic bar stools, design-centric interiors and iMacs for you to surf the web.
M Social, 90 Robertson Quay Singapore 238259
The Vagabond Club
Enter an enchanted forest via The Vagabond Club. Doused in rich shades of red interiors, gold elephant sculptures and trees, this glitzy hotel scores high marks in the design department. Have a chat with the friendly staff behind a life-size gold rhino sculpture, take a quick tour of beautiful artworks by artists from around the globe or order a drink from a selection of bespoke gins and whiskeys at the executive club lounge (exclusively for club room guests).
The Vagabond Club, 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630
Those looking for whimsical, artsy and alternative stay can stay at the Wanderlust hotel for their fix. Themed as industrial-glam, the lobby (designed by Asylum) retains the building’s raw and rustic style. We’re into the decor: mismatched designer furniture and fun elements like a foosball table, stuffed teddy bears and vintage barber chairs.
Wanderlust, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494
Hotel G Singapore
This boutique hotel (from the creators behind Pullman Bangkok Hotel G) cleverly takes advantage of its arts district location by adding elements of trendy and quirky designs to the lobby. The cosy reception area is filled with art pieces and sculptures (try to spot Rene Magritte’s iconic bowler hat if you can), along with a foliage wall and Hotel G’s merchandise for you to take home.
Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Culture vultures, make a beeline for Hotel Indigo for a dash of inspiration and a slice of Peranakan culture. A refuge from the predictable, the lobby at Hotel Indigo at Katong displays art murals, colourful tiles, Kamchengs (Chinese porcelain jars) as centrepieces, paper lanterns, upholstery and unique designs inspired by Peranakan culture and the heritage town of Joo Chiat. It also has an upscale version of a traditional mama stall at the communal area (The Pavillion).
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, 86 East Coast Road, Singapore 428788
It’s a minimalist playground at Lloyd’s Inn, a cosy gem of a hotel in Orchard Road. With desaturated hues, clean lines and a Kinfolk-esque setting on full display, it’s hard to imagine how a buzzing shopping district is just a few hops away from this urban oasis. The monochromatic backdrop, lush foliage and stunning giant map of the neighbourhood at the lobby add to the pared-down appeal.
Lloyd’s Inn, 2 Lloyd Road, Singapore 239091