Marina Bay Sands, Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental, and the Fullerton Hotel are some of Singapore’s most famous residences that have welcomed international guests for decades. Luxurious abodes, these hotels continue to be some of the best places to stay in the country.
Breaking from under the shadows of these legendary institutions are the emerging boutique hotels of Singapore. Quirky, idiosyncratic, and atmospheric, these distinct sojourns are budget-friendly options that will charm you with their inimitable personality.
The Warehouse Hotel
We’ll forgive you for thinking that Marina Bay Sands is the only hotel in Singapore with a rooftop infinity pool. Though, the one at The Warehouse is a lot more intimate and less crowded, with city and river views acting as the perfect backdrops for Insta-worthy photos and a relaxing swimming break. Having one of the most impressive high-ceiling lobbies, The Warehouse, in its century-old location, is dreamy as it amalgamates heritage with contemporary finesse to give guests an exclusive stay option.
The 37-room boutique hotel in Singapore, ever since its inauguration in 2017, has quickly become a favorite with visiting tourists and locals who attend the many events hosted in its lobby. The rooms at The Warehouse further accentuate the hotel’s design mantra through meticulously decorated spaces, original building features, river views, artisanal in-room products, and technological conveniences such as B&O Bluetooth speakers.
Address: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628
The Great Madras
An attractive art deco building in the heart of Little India, and you already have a recipe for boutique success with The Great Madras, a recently opened 34-room hotel with an alluring persona. In fact, if the exterior isn’t enough to impress you, step inside and let its lively interiors transport you to a vivid environment, one where traditional design, pop art, and quirkiness combine seamlessly.
Oozing a vintage charm in every direction you look, The Great Madras isn’t without its creature comforts and possibilities. There are pocket-friendly co-living spaces – a modern take on hostels, balcony and courtyard rooms, and the great suite with a “circular bathtub” and a study. The hotel has an in-house barber, a cute bistro, and a lovely little lap swimming pool too.
Address: 28 Madras St, Singapore 208422
The Vagabond Club
Staying at a boutique hotel in Singapore doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on luxury. The Vagabond Club is a Parisian inspired residence by designer Jacques Garcia. As part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, guests are guaranteed the very best in service while enjoying this superb hotel’s characteristic allure.
The hotel’s interiors and color schemes exude the richness of French sophistication, think large gold animal sculptures and opulent furnishings. Individually decorated, none of the 41 rooms are alike, although each one features extravagances like Egyptian cotton sheets, mahogany writing desks, LED TVs, and Nespresso coffee machines. However, Vagabond Club’s Whiskey Library is its most prized destination, considered amongst the best globally; it carries over 1000 bottles of “rare and unique whiskeys.”
Address: 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207630
A stay at Hotel Soloha – a combination of the words so and aloha, is packed with plentiful excitement. The hotel’s location in Keong Saik puts you close to Chinatown and some of Singapore’s most renowned restaurants and coffeehouses. Inside, the hotel’s animated vibrancy juxtaposes with its surroundings, uber-flamboyant, and so distinct that you feel like you’re in a different world altogether.
Think pop culture meets psychedelia, and you can start to imagine the explosion of colors that engulfs Hotel Soloha. The rooms are equally unconventional, maximize the use of space, and come with smart TVs, Wi-Fi, double beds, and en-suite bathrooms. The hotel also has an in-house noodle bar, but if you still need proof of Soloha’s eccentricity, their reception is also a bar. What about that now!
Address: 12 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088387
If you believe in spending all your time outside your hotel, only returning to sleep, then The Pod in Singapore is perfect. A classy hostel, light on the wallet, it has 100 odd beds with comfortable mattresses, pillows, lockers with key access, and well, that’s about it. The floors are divided into mixed, male-only, and female-only pods so that every guest can choose as per their preference.
The Pod does have single and double suites if a conventional “room’ is what you want. Breakfast is included in your stay, along with Wi-Fi and self-service laundromats. Moreover, while this boutique hostel has common washrooms, they have fully self-contained bathrooms to give you all the privacy you desire.
Address: 289 Beach Rd, Level 3, Singapore 199552