By Mei Yu Lee
Singapore for many people is a clean, efficient and manicured country. Recently, the country’s blossom boutique hotels – where contemporary style meets heritage architecture – are drawing more visitors to this amazing city. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and fully retire to your cozy and exquisite hotel room. If you are still hesitant choosing one boutique hotel, we’ve selected a number of them with designer touches and the very best in personalized service.
Naumi’s location is great – next to Raffles Hotel and steps away from Raffles City and the City Hall MRT station –but its draw is its almost-hideaway feel. Converted by design guru Eco-id from the old Metropole Hotel, the Naumi Hotel now sports a very intimate, yet ultra-luxury feel. Complete with soft lighting, Italian designed furnishings, 40 luxurious brims with panache, and a complete Naumi aide or butler to tend to your every need. The classily designed hotel is not all touristy, as the hotel was specifically designed for business with a full-scale Cisco communications system and in-room Nespresso machines. Female travelers can opt for one of the 5 suites on the ladies-only floor. Breakfast is served in the eclectic lounge and dining area; for other meals you only need to step onto Seah Street for a host of gourmet eateries, as well as top-notch shopping and quirky cultural attractions. At dusk, relax at the pool bar on the roof and take in the breath-taking view of Singapore’s skyline.
Location: 41 Seah Street, Singapore
Tel: 6403 6000 www.naumihotel.com
Located on the fringe of Chinatown, Hotel 1929 is fashioned out of an infamous red-light district shophouse. Hotel 1929 offers reasonably priced accommodations with witty contemporary designer flair and colorful touches of Chinatown. The interiors are furnished with the owner’s excess pieces of mid-century design: an Eames chair here and a Hoffman sofa there. The 32 small rooms are cleverly designed and have used every inch of available space to tastefully present unique and comfortable pieces of modern furniture. Hotel 1929 is always busy, so remember to book well ahead before you travel.
50 Keong Saik Road Tel 6347 1929
New Majestic Hotel
Located in Singapore’s historic Chinatown, this delicate-designed, mega-trendy boutique hotel aims to be the best of its kind in Singapore. Lawyer-turned-hotelier, Loh Lik Peng turned this 1928 building into a chic and sexy hotel with a retro-inspired lobby full of designer chairs, with colonial furniture scattered throughout, along with an interesting and bold mix of modern Singapore art. The hotel cleverly uses every inch of available space and the artistic flair can be found in all 30 rooms. The hotel enlisted local contemporary artists to custom-design each room, giving unparalleled personality to seemingly every single detail. Some rooms are two-story duplexes and some have tiny private gardens. The contemporary Cantonese cuisine and breakfasts that are served at the hotel get rave reviews from the guests.
31 Bukit Pasoh Road Tel 6511-4700
Within the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Singapore, Klapsons continues to be at the top of its game since its opening in October 2009. Originally a commercial space at Tower 15 located downtown on Hoe Chiang Road, the quiet out-of-this-world hotel presents contemporary design with a flamboyant layout. Klapsons has 17 rooms and suites that are all unique; each with individual layouts and custom fittings. The lobby is quite the heart-stopper too, with its massive steel sphere structure and futuristic furniture pieces. The chic hotel offers global elements throughout all rooms: opulent elegance and lavish design ranging from Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down bedding, to Wi-Fi and a Nespresso coffee machine.
15 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore. Tel 6521 9030
The Scarlet Hotel provides Hollywood boudoir fantasy. Every inch of the Scarlet –from the floors to the walls to the rooms and corridors—is trickeld out with flamboyant décor: glittery chandeliers, plump satin cushions, and chairs. All the while the chic attendants wear handsome scarlet and black horseman coats. The 80-room hotel prides itself as being Singapore’s first luxury boutique hotel. Located in the chic Ann Siang/Maxwell area while bordering on Chinatown, the Scarlet draws both tourists and traveling CEOs to stay and enjoy their hospitality.
33 Erskine Road, Singapore Tel 6511 3333 6511 3333