Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
What We Love
- Gratis cups of locally roasted coffee, served as part of the check-in process
- The marble-topped Singer sewing machine, which stands in for an imaginative vanity counter in all guest bathrooms
- The hotel’s main restaurant is housed in a former police station
- The 16th-floor infinity pool—perfect to fight off the humid temps
What To Know
- There are no MRT stations nearby, though you’re just a 20-minute taxi ride to the city center
- Only 12 of the 131 guest rooms contain bathtubs
- The carom board in your room comes with instructions so you can try your hand at this uniquely Southeast Asian take on table shuffleboard
- The complimentary Android phone is perfect for overseas guests—calls and Internet usage are free for the duration of your stay.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Confection-colored ceramics, batik cushions, latticed timber screens—the photo ops at this upbeat Katong retreat in Joo Chiat (the neighborhood is named after a legendary local spice baron), Singapore’s first designated Heritage Town, are seemingly endless. They’re so lively that you’ll forget suburbia surrounds you. There’s nothing humdrum about your pop art inspired room, though—it’s a buoyant, open-planned expanse, where the star player is a hand-drawn sketch depicting local street-life behind your king-size bed. Usual suspects, like the drab mini-fridge, are replaced with a whimsical purple-lacquered cabinet, and the bathroom is lined in a kaleidoscopic array of porcelain Peranakan tiles. The Malaccan theme continues at Baba Chews Bar & Eatery, the hotel’s all-day restaurant: it draws a lively brunch crowd for its coconut jam-slathered toast, flanked by soft-boiled eggs and shrimp dumplings—a Singaporean staple. Even the snappy kiosk in the lobby, stocked with local crafts, books and magazines, is a modern spin on a 1960s-era ‘mama stall,’ (convenience stands that were located under the city-state’s many high-rise apartment block) underscoring this hotel’s unwavering commitment to its heritage.
In the Area
Despite being set on Singapore’s quiet eastern periphery, the hotel is just a 20-minute ride to Changi International Airport. 112 Katong Mall, teeming with nearly 150 shops spread across six lively floors (highlights include Food Republic, which serves hawker fare with a modern twist) is across the street, while East Coast Park, popular for its beachfront barbecues, biking and jogging trails, is also within easy reach. Other worthy excursions: a walking tour of the ornate heritage terrace houses that line Koon Seng Road and a visit to the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, a 19th-century shrine to the Hindu god Ganesha.
How to Get There
We stayed twice here, on our way over and back from Europe. Both stays were very pleasant. The staff were excellent and obliging, and were very attentive to detail. Katong was away from the centre of the city, but it was relaxing and not crowded. There were plenty of quality places to eat. The rooms were comfortable and well appointed, and we were given an upgrade on the trip over. The pool was also excellent. Overall a very good experience.
We initially booked a room at their sister hotel Holiday Inn Express for a staycation but were upgraded to Hotel Indigo because of a minor miscomm. And what a pleasant upgrade it was! The rooms and decor of this peranakanish themed hotel were just superb! The included breakfast was wonderful too! All in all, a very pleasant and relaxing stay!
Very friendly, professional staff who stored our luggage in the morning and let us check in a few hours early. The rooms themselves are beautiful and well-equipped. Even though it's a little distance from the city centre, there are lots of places to eat next to the hotel and on the street just in front. If you have a car, they can give you a voucher for the carpark right next door, and from the hotel it's only a short drive to the city atractions.
Located half way from Changi airport to the CBD and close to shops, bars and Parkway Parade shopping mall, this hotel, adjacent to Holiday Inn Express is well positioned. The rooftop pool has a great view and the rooms are localised as part of the Indigo Brands genus loci neighbourhood experience. Staff are very helpful. We keep returning to this hotel and are never disappointed for the value.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Indigo. The room was well appointed with comfortable beds, generous shower area and good coffee and tea facilities. We had asked for a quiet room and generally the room met those requirements. The breakfast was wonderful, with fresh produce and enough variety. I also took advantage of the swimming pool which was well maintained with a great view of the city area. The hotel is also not far from the airport or the city though there is no MRT nearby. I would stay here again.