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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
we stayed in room 207 very nice super bathroom amenities incredible whisky bar one of its kind I ever seen. the whole hotel is wonderful. close to bus station with many bus lines available to go around Singapore
I had the most incredible stay at the vagabond. From the breathtaking decor to the stunning artwork at every corner. Their service was fantastic and the intimate feeling made me feel very comfortable. Everyone was super helpful and gave me incredible suggestions and recommendations on things I should and shouldn’t see in Singapore. They even include maps and many resources on the website. My room was incredibly comfortable and cozy. The rooms are filled with pictures the owner has taken and more art from their private collection. The bathroom was huge and sleek. I had a lot of room and my own balcony. My dressing area was spacious and very beautifully lit. The lobby and the dining room is more beautifully decorated than I could ever convey. You will not see one view that isn’t filled with breathtaking decor and opulence during your stay at the Vagabond. My boyfriend’s mother is a huge artist and I will he planning our trip to Singapore in the future around our stay at the vagabond hotel.
First-timer at the TVC after many biz trips to Singapore. I found it to be a welcome respite from the other big hotels in Singapore and an artistic feast for your mind. Quiet and quirky with a definite creative flair...my stay ended up being wonderful, once I got over the initial difference between this property and the large-scale properties I usually stay in. My first room was an upgraded room, (a perk from being a Marriott Plat member), which I appreciated, but I turned down since it backed up to the elevator which I could hear in the walls along with the occasional "ding-ding." (I am a proud light sleeper armed with a collection of white-noise apps!) My second room was one of the classic rooms and although it first appeared quite small, I nested quite comfortably into it for my 5-night stay. It was quiet, clean and the bed was very comfortable. Every ounce of space was used strategically and I ended up enjoying my private chamber. The complimentary breakfast each day, a Marriott Plat choice benefit, was off a printed menu and the selections I had were tastefully prepared. Complimentary afternoon and evening snacks offered in the Exec Club were served by a very friendly staff and in the warm and cozy ambience of the Whiskey Lounge. Being a non-drinker, I did not partake in any of the many Whiskey selections, but found the lounge to be very comfortable to relax in and get some work done. Another great benefit of this hotel is the location. Loved the neighborhood which is always very vibrant, colorful and a wonderful contrast from the more bland yet beautiful Marina Bay or mall-induced craziness of Orchard Road. I would choose this hotel again because it is a quirky gem and its location is #1 in Sing. Thanks for an artistic experience!