The Warehouse Hotel
What We Love
- The pink-tiled cantilevered pool
- Vietnamese dark chocolate in the minibar
- Custom-made mugs, crafted by a local ceramic studio, in all guest rooms
- Spice trade-inspired cocktails at the hotel bar
What To Know
- The on-site restaurant, Po, is styled after a traditional Malay village
- For a stand-alone bathtub, book the River View Suite
- Sanctuary Rooms have no windows
- Despite its busy Havelock Road address, street noise is nonexistent, thanks to meticulous in-room soundproofing
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Reimagined 19th-century spice depot on the banks of the Singapore River, rejuvenated by snazzy industrial accents and designer details
Hometown pride is the focal point at this resuscitated riverside beauty: from the ikat-patterned bedspreads to the locally-roasted drip coffee, it’s abundantly clear that the masterminds behind this historic 1895 godown (whose previous avatars include illegal whiskey distillery, oil mill, and discotheque) were steered by an unwavering, made-in-Singapore mission. The thoughtful restoration, spearheaded by local design firm Asylum, harks back to the building’s industrial origins, albeit in a seamless, elegant way: wheels and pulleys make up a custom-made light fixture in the vast lobby, guest bathrooms contain original masonry walls, and one of the gables features a 1934 Chinese inscription. Nowhere is the past-meets-present aesthetic more apparent than at Po (Mandarin for “grandmother”), the hotel’s modern Singaporean bistro, whose bold display of rattan seats and crystal beaded lamps sets the stage for chef Willin Low (whose Mount Emily eatery, Wild Rocket, was declared one of Asia’s fifty best restaurants in 2016). The menu uses Singapore’s multi-culti heritage as the springboard for imaginative dishes like Iberico pork satay and local barramundi iceberg salad, elevating home-cooked staples to achieve gourmet status.
In the Area
Robertson Quay, an eclectic food and drink enclave housed in what used to be one of Singapore’s largest wharfs, is right across the street. Standouts include Shunjuu Izakaya, where the specialties are charcoal-grilled Japanese plates, and Super Loco, a popular Mexican brunch spot. The subway is arguably the quickest and most comfortable way to get around this petite city-state. Chinatown, the nearest Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, is roughly a 15-minute walk away, and it’s only a 10-minute cab ride to Orchard Road’s boutiques and the pulsing financial district. During the cooler morning hours, hit the river promenade for a refreshing two-mile run, which will bring you to the scenic Marina Bay esplanade.
How to Get There
The service at this hotel was nothing short of spectacular, the room was very minimalist from a design perspective but had everything we would need for our stay in Singapore. Breakfast every morning was delicious with options for local favorites or a standard western breakfast. Will definitely be back again during my next trip in Singapore!
I found the Warehouse hotel because I recently became a member of Bonvoy. As part of the Design Hotel collection, the Warehouse Hotel is certainly one of a kind.
Just like all other reviewers have mentioned, the room is spacious with modern industrial design, the hotel has very nice lobby lounge, and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Our overall stay was very pleasant. In fact, we borrowed the 2 bikes in the lobby and rode to the original Killiney kopitiam for breakfast one morning. We also stopped by Tiong Bahru Market to get some local taste of Hawker Center delight!
A few things I do have to point out as you're considering whether to stay here or not: 1) When I was booking the room, there were options of rooms with window or without window — and of course I wanted to have a window in the room! Upon checking in, I noticed our room had no window but was later informed that we have a "skylight" window. I wasn't thrilled with that answer at first but since the hotel was full, we had no other choice but to stay. After taking a day to get used to it, we did find the "skylight" window sufficient for the room lighting but if you are claustrophobic, you might want to make sure you get a "normal" window instead of a "skylight" window when you book the room. 2) Transportation can be a a little annoying. There was no "close" train station nearby, so we "Grabbed" (the singapore version of Uber) everywhere. 3) Privacy in the room is minimal. Both the bathroom + shower area are completely transparent to the room itself. You can lower the curtain to create privacy but I'm not sure if this room is suitable for family or friends. It is definitely a more couple-focused setup (even the merchandise for purchase in the room if you know what I mean).
The 3 points above are just things to consider since everyone's situation is different. At the end of the day, we still found the hotel charming and were very glad we chose to stay here!
It’s a great small boutique hotel spilt over two floors with an infinity pool, beautiful lobby bar, beautiful food, great air conditioned large rooms, heavenly bed with tea and coffee making facilities, rainforest and normal shower head, plus a bath, hairdryer what more can you ask for. I’d definitely stay here again.!!
We stayed for 3 nights, spacious room, a little dark. Partition between bedroom area and bathroom was an electrically operated blind from the bathroom side which meant you couldn’t freely move between bathroom and room but didn’t bother us. Hotel was is a good location with pleasant walk along the river to Robertson and Clark quays and onto the city. Excellent breakfast, lovely bar area and superb cocktails. The staff are superb, very helpful and friendly and are certainly a plus for this hotel
Lovely hotel on the outskirts of the center of the City. An easy walk to the various quays. Beautifully designed with an industrial feel. Staff were very attentive and breakfast buffet was excellent. So much better than most brand hotels!