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
Hotel is beautifully designed and thoughtfully fitted, & service was A+. All in all, definitely recommend a stay here, and would encourage you to spend more time in the hotel to enjoy it.
Things that were great:
- Coffee & tea in the room are premium, not your typical instant stuff
- Only a few options for the lighting in the room (that are labeled) which makes it super easy and saves you the trouble to playing with the switches to find out which to keep on or off
- Ashley & Co bath products
- Range of options (something for everyone!) + quality at breakfast is good
- Big and lush bed + pillows + comforter
- Wireless B&O speaker so I could bring my tunes everywhere in the room (even in the toilet!)
Things that could be improved:
- Height of the table & chair in the room was a little awkward, I couldn't cross my legs because there wasn't enough space (and I think I'm pretty average sized). Plus there was a carpet right behind the chair, so I couldn't simply push the chair back, I had to get up to adjust the chair (that was half on and off the carpet). The saving grace here is the beautiful bar that would definitely be the more ideal location if you need to get some work done.
- Drawers + chair in the room are slightly dinged up with visible scratch marks. No functional issues but it just cheapens the image a little.
- Housekeeping probably could be a little more attentive to details: one of the bathrobes were slightly dirty at a small spot (which makes me wonder if it was washed?), window frame next to the bathtub was dusty (definitely wouldn't have noticed this if i didn't sit in the tub), drinking water was not present in the room when we got in (but they were happy to provide them once we asked!).
- Shower drain got clogged and caused a mini-flood
I cannot recommend the Warehouse Hotel in Singapore enough. I stayed here for a week with my mum and had an exceptional stay.
The rooms are beautifully designed, with all the facilities you possibly need. The in house restaurant, Po, and bar are some of the best we experienced during our time in Singapore.
Where to begin with the service! Each and every staff member offered stellar, genuine interactions. Everyone we came across went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The team was even able to help book a Spa day in Batam in Indonesia, an absolute treat! It was almost sad to say goodbye after seeing everyone each day for the week!
We will be recommending the hotel, food, service & bar to each and every person we know passing through or visiting Singapore in the future.
Thank you David, Elaine & the team at Warehouse Hotel for such a magical stay.
A very lovely hotel and bar. The BB King cocktail is one of the best cocktails I have had in Asia. I didn't get a chance to stay in the hotel but I will definitely try next time I visit. The rooms seem always busy.