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
This hotel sits next to a Holiday Inn Express and the two entrances are very close together; as we discovered when we arrived at the wrong hotel, looking a bit shocked.
Once we'd relocated ourselves to the correct entrance we immediately knew we were in the better of the two options. The Peramakan style as you first walk in is evident throughout; rich in colour, shapes, and expressive design, this boutique hotel is best suited for those who seek something a little bit different.
The rooms are equally colourful and give you that WOW! factor as you walk in. Our room had a huge mural on the wall of a local scene as well as dark wooden floors and furniture, ornate tiling and a wicker chair in the bathroom area. The toilet had its own separate area, which was a great idea. It meant that we actually wanted to sit in the "bathroom" on the chair and stare out at the wonderful view of Katong.
The toiletries provided were all top notch (worth keeping if you don't use them all up). Slippers were provided too.
There was even enough room for a small sofa and coffee table. You're encouraged to look around because we only discovered just before we were leaving that the table actually concealed a board game that incorporated the table top. Such detail!
I had also arranged a birthday surprise for my partner when we arrived: a card, flowers, balloons, origami cranes (to make the towel swans), and some birthday sweet treats (all for only $50SG).
Make sure you allow yourself an hour or so by the pool on the roof. There's a great view of east Singapore from up there.
And be sure to explore the local area for yummy delights. Brunch at Brawn & Brains is worth a look if you're a coffee fiend.
I like the indigo hotels because of their design but also because they care for details. The Indigo SIngapore Katong is no exception. The rooms are well kept and stylish, the staff tries to make everything possible they can to make the customer happy. They not only ask if everything was alright but also if there is anything they can make better - which I do not experience often in hotels. Also small details are taking care of, for example there is good coffee in the room (French press, not this instant coffee you often get with the american chain hotels).
The pool is really nice - you can have a proper swim there - it is definitely long enough for a good workout.
Katong / the area itself is very nice. There are lots of nice restaurants and bars within a few minutes walk. The East Coast Park is also close by for some time to relax or just have a walk / morning run.
The bus is leaving almost in front of the hotel and a Grab brings you into the inner city within 10 min for approx 8 SGD.
The price is reasonable for the value you get. Full recommendation
Visited the hotel for the first time and I must say that I wasn’t disappointed. Will come back again if I get the chance. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would give our rooms a big thumbs up.
My girlfriends booked this place for my hen's night celebration.
Gorgeous hotel with fantastic room amenities.
Bathroom and toilet were clean and toiletries given were lovely.
We booked the Premier room and I love the availability of the Nespresso machine.
Presence of the Hudson's and white rabbit sweets were so nostalgic.
The Good Morning towel and the Cha Kiak ( wooden clogs ) were such cool add ons.
I was so impressed by the room's decor that I booked a room for my wedding just so I can take gorgeous pictures as their theme matches my theme ( Peranakan! ).
You're such a gem of a find in the East!
Feel like it's the most lovely room we've stayed...It's sooo my style...I feel it boosted my mood a few levels up. Every single corner of the room, the restaurant, the lobby is instagramable 🤭
The bed was too comfy to get up in the morning 😆 The cleanliness is also spotless.
And - the - best - of - the - best - the bathroom with the view of the city 💯
Not forgetting the hotel restaurant that we had breakfast, Baba Chew, its Perakanan ambience was on point from the interior to the menu.And the service was excellent. Though we came almost last minute of breakfast operation, Annie was so welcoming and helpful to get us the orders ready in just a short time.This was the 3rd time we dined at Baba Chew, Annie and the team never failed to make us enjoy the experience.
Also the hotel was surrounded by a lot of shop-houses so you don't needa worry to get bored and hungry...
Will be back for sure 😉