The Scarlet Singapore
What We Love
- Creative cocktails and nibbles at the rooftop Breeze bar
- An open-air Jacuzzi surrounded by greenery
- The vibrant, sensuous use of color in the stylish guest rooms
What To Know
- Not all rooms have windows; rooms with windows are also not guaranteed
- There is no parking onsite
- The sultry vibe isn’t for everyone
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Recently relaunched after a major renovation, one of Singapore’s first boutique hotels—opened in 2004—remains one of its cheekiest and most provocative. It bills itself as “multifaceted, daring, uninhibited and different” and proves that claim with individually themed suites with names like Lavish and Passion. The amenities are limited but stylish: an outdoor Jacuzzi, a scene-y gym called Flaunt, a rooftop bar called Breeze that serves creative cocktails and small plates, and a casual comfort-food bistro that promises “fun dining” rather than “fine dining.”
In the Area
The hotel is near the trendy neighborhoods of Ann Siang Road and Club Street, which are lined with cool shops, boutique spas, and wine bars. To further explore Singapore’s off duty side, head to Sentosa island, known for it’s golf, beach clubs, and family-centered activities, or take in the island nation’s colonial history in the posh area around Dempsey Hill, known for its traditional black and white mansions. The nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens are filled to the brim with orchids, tropical plants, and locals taking a breather in the shade.
How to Get There
My friend and I stayed at The Scarlet for 2 nights. Whilst the rooms are on the small side, it is perfect for a few nights and when out exploring all day. The hotel has an old fashioned and quirky feel but oozes luxury which makes it so unique to Singapore!
The staff were accommodating and extremely friendly - a special mention to Rozie for being so welcoming. We visited Aria rooftop restaurant on our final night in Singapore and although we hadn’t stayed at this hotel for 2 days, we were able to store our luggage safely and relax whilst having dinner. Something which the hotel definitely did not need to do!
The location is great - less than a 5 minute walk from Chinatown, a hawkers food market and quaint street with independent restaurants, making you feel like you are in Europe.
Thanks for a great stay!
This boutique hotel is at the heart of China Town, right by the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Amoy Street Food Centre. The hotel is in a row of old shop houses with a real colonial feel. The roof top bar has a nice view. Don't be fooled by the clever use of lighting and mirrors. Many rooms do not have a window and they won't necessarily tell you. It's essential to check when you book.
My wife and I travel to Singapore at least 3 times per year. We are always looking for good options but I suggest giving this one a miss. The rooms are small as are the beds. It is run down and unclean. The location is average with access to the China town area across an uncontrolled busy road. The staff were disinterested. Be careful of the hidden penalty charges is small print on the check in forms - $200 is a significant and unwelcome surprise after you leave. Overall very disappointing.