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
The Vagabond surpassed our expectations. Everyone on staff was unfailingly polite and professional, offering insightful neighborhood tips. Just a couple of blocks from Little India and only a 10-min walk to Kampong Glam, the look and location of this 3-story hotel (in a nearly block-long converted series of "shophouses") is perfect for those who aren't oriented toward staying in the high-rise hotels by Marina Bay or along Orchard Road. And we found a great local coffee spot -- The Coffee Hut -- at the nearby Berseh food/hawker center on Jan Besar, just a couple of blocks away.
Brilliant hotel. Staff are excellent and really look after their Marriott Platinum guests from check-in, food options, service.. The whole lot. Rooms are quirky with lots of storage space. Fabulous bar, great location, gym across the road is easily accessible and handy. Taxi/Grab easy to get outside hotel for business travellers. Will definitely be back.
The hotel is simply not up to the Marriott standards. The service and rooms are inferior to any Marriott hotel I have visited in years with the difference that the price is as high as the Mandarin by Meritus on Orchard. I fell in the trap by following the pictures on the site but simply they do not make justice to the actual product.
Comfortable and embracing. Marriott has definitely up it’s game with the association with Tribute Hotels. We enjoyed our stay. The bed was very comfortable and after a 17 hour flight important. We love this area of Singapore so it was a delight to have stay here
Had a great stay at this hotel in April of 2019. Loved the decor and overall style of the hotel. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Room was great and loved the awesome bar. Overall a great boutique hotel and nice touches all around! Would stay again for sure.