The Vagabond Club, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Singapore
What We Love
- The hotel's distinctive atmosphere of Dadaesque luxury
- Complimentary high tea at the salon from 3 to 5 p.m.
- Interacting with international artists residing at the hotel
- A selection of movies curated by Jacques Garcia
What To Know
- The hotel provides mobile phones with unlimited local calls and data use
- Free WiFi
- Third-floor Junior Executive Club Suites are extra sunny thanks to skylight windows
- Syed Alwi Street outside the hotel, lined with rickety eateries and discount shops, is not exactly glamorous
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A 1950s retail building straddling Little India and Kampong Glam has been transformed into an irreverent luxury hotel with a Europe-meets-Asia vibe. The whimsy begins right at the entrance, where a life-sized golden rhinoceros masquerades as a reception desk. Behind it is a 5,000-square-foot main salon that includes a restaurant and bar dressed in crimson velvet drapes and matching chairs. The space is dotted with floor-to-ceiling golden banyan trees and bespoke artworks, including a baboon sculpture by Franck Le Ray behind the bar, which doles out potent cocktails inspired by the flavors of Singapore. This transporting setting is the work of architect Jacques Garcia, responsible for such high-profile properties as Paris’ Hôtel Costes and New York City’s NoMad. Upstairs, 42 rooms and suites carry the theme, featuring dark wood paneling, velvet divans, screens painted with flowers, and walls brimming with framed art. Our favorite feature, however, might be the Artists in Residence program (Vagabond is the city’s first hotel to offer one), which gives poets, writers, painters, and performers from around the world access to two spacious ateliers. The boon to guests is that they get to interact with these talented lodgers and take a peek at their work.
In the Area
Just south of the hotel you’ll find Kampong Glam, the heart of Muslim Singapore and home to mosques, cultural centers, and historic streets. Head to Haji Lane, a narrow two-block stretch of pre-war shophouses (this is where Muslim men stayed on their way to Mecca) that recently became a hub of hipster cafés, bars, and independent boutiques loved by anti-mall fashionistas. A few highlights: Mondays Off, which sells trendy housewares and fun stationery, and Soon Lee, which stocks a curated collection of Asian labels. To the west is Little India, a colorful and unassuming neighborhood filled with vegetable stands, traditional spice grinders, and holes in the wall peddling saris and sandals. By contrast, the area is also home to Mustafa Center, a popular 24-hour shopping mall. A short walk away, you’ll find buzzy eateries like Lighthouse Bistro, specializing in Malaysian seafood dishes, and Butter Studio, a bakery known for its lychee rose cake.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed here for a week whilst visiting South East Asia. The hotel is very intimate and extremely eclectic and would be the ideal place for a weekend getaway. We stayed in an Executive room which meant we had access to free a la carte breakfast and food/drinks throughout the day which was well worth it in our opinion. We thoroughly enjoyed returning to the blissful cool of the air conditioning and enjoying a cold drink whilst flicking through the vast collection of coffee table books in the late afternoon. The rooms are a little small but very well appointed and this is to be expected in a colonial style property. However, we did notice quite a lot of traffic noise and noise from our neighbour on our shared balcony. The location of the hotel is good - close to Kampong Glam and a short walk to Lavender MRT station. All in all, a very cool hotel!
What an experience at this hotel. I was totally blown away by the service and staff who cared to make my stay a memorable one. Having stayed at Starwood properties worldwide for years , I just realized what a wonderful hotel this is. Hygiene is exceptional and location is great. I m a fan and will return again when I return to Singapore..
As a regular business traveller I thought I would try this hotel for the weekend with my wife. The best decision - we LOVED it. The whiskey collection has to be seen and loved the endless quantity of beautiful coffee table books to peruse. The room although smaller than a big chain hotel was big enough, lovely lay out and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Staff were great. Highly recommended.
You cannot go wrong when choosing this fabulous hotel. It ticks all the boxes, it is located in the vibrant colourful Little India area and is also within walking distance of other main attractions and transportation.
An awe-inspiring hotel with impeccable service, comfortable quarters and premium bath products — truly a unique Marriott property! This small, French inspired hotel is truly one of a kind in Singapore! Easy access to the MRT — only a short walk away. The staff were welcoming and helpful, taking time to share their favorite foodie spots and ensure we were pointed in the right direction!