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
What a gorgeous hotel. Small, intimate and different. Rooms are a good size- we had a room on the ground floor overlooking the river. Room was nicely decorated, good size- nice bathroom size too. Bar is amazing. Friendly Trisha makes up delicious cocktails and ever smiling. Lady Love is a fabulous cocktail- wish they sold the mugs. Restaurant- Po, was good. Must order the popiah and chicken in paper. Mini bar in room goes beyond snacks! Only 3 points for improvement- lobby/restaurant restrooms need to be cleaned better- smelt of pee, the concierge/ doorman is not always present and better shelter at entrance to shelter guests from rain.
My wife and I had a great stay at The Warehouse. We love to explore a city by walking and the location is right in the middle of everything. It’s a fifteen minute walk to Chinatown and the MRT subway, a 15 minute walk the other way to shopping on Orchard Road, less than a ten minute walk to two hawker food centers, and across the river from a touristy area with lots of western restaurants. Numerous bus lines stop just twenty feet from the front door and it is easy to hail a taxi. Yet the area is very quiet.
The rooms are modern and there’s enough space for a couple. The king size bed was very comfortable and amenities included bottled water and some nice coffees and teas. Be warned that the shower is glass enclosed and in the same room as the bed although separated by a wall without doors. Luckily, the toilet is in a separate room. There’s a very impressive lobby with a nice bar.
Thanks to the staff who made us feel like family during our one week stay. A special shout out Ariel. She greeted us upon arrival and chatted with us every day she was on shift. She would ask if we needed directions or suggestions and made us feel so welcomed. We would definitely stay here again.
We recently stayed here for 4 nights. We’ve stayed at a number of Singapore hotels and while the service is usually wonderful they are mostly very large hotels with a great many rooms and floors. We chose this one because it is so different. We very much enjoyed our time here and the smaller hotel was terrific. We were on the ground floor overlooking the river and our room was very spacious. The staff was superb and so helpful. We were given a complimentary late checkout without any issues at all, and were.very grateful for that. The lobby is terrific and the bar excellent. Breakfast was fine and we didn’t eat at the restaurant in the evening as there was a score of restaurants across the river at Robertson Quay. We did intend going one night but it was booked out (it is quite small). The only thing we didn’t like was the bathroom/toilet arrangement in the room - it’s not very private with a semi frosted glass door serving both the shower recess and the toilet. Otherwise everything was great.
Any restaurant which demands you pay and leave at lunchtime needs to rethink its priorities. Good food but obnoxious service. Time to retrain your staff. Quirky does not cut it. Book a room at the Fullerton Bay for real service.
Singapore is the land of massive hotels and incredible architecture. I’ve stayed at several large hotels in Singapore and they’ve all been good. However, The Warehouse Hotel is different. It’s small, intimate, modern and absolutely stunning. Set in an old oil warehouse, the foundations of the warehouse have been beautiful restored. I absolutely loved the mixture of old and new: even our River View Loft had the original beams from the old warehouse.
When we checked in, we were greeted by the front desk and the checkin process was efficient. Our front desk agent gave us a brief history of the property, which we loved and then gave us two keychains with a free drink coin- nice touch.
Our room was stunning. Modern, elegant and it seemed so new!! The fixtures, bedding and custom furniture were really well done. While small, the room felt comfortable and expansive due to the lofted ceiling with original beams. The shower was my favorite part- with its massive rain shower head. Ashley & Co products, a local brand, we’re a great touch and spoke to the hotel’s care in choosing local partners to promote.
The lobby is truly one of the most impressive in Singapore. It’s moody, expansive and has an incredible bar. The hotel’s main restaurant is to the right (Po) and while we did not have dinner there, it had excellent breakfast.
We did test out the rooftop pool, which was a great place to relax at the end of a long day of touring the city. The location is super convenient to shopping and the downtown area. We did take taxis here and there and it only took a few minutes for the cab to arrive once the front desk called them.
Overall, this property ranks high on my list in Singapore due to its comfortable rooms and absolutely incredible design. I would not hesitate to stay here again in Singapore. If you’re interested, check out our full review on voyagerguru . com