Gratis cups of locally roasted coffee, served as part of the check-in process
The marble-topped Singer sewing machine, which stands in for an imaginative vanity counter in all guest bathrooms
The hotel’s main restaurant is housed in a former police station
The 16th-floor infinity pool—perfect to fight off the humid temps
What To Know
There are no MRT stations nearby, though you’re just a 20-minute taxi ride to the city center
Only 12 of the 131 guest rooms contain bathtubs
The carom board in your room comes with instructions so you can try your hand at this uniquely Southeast Asian take on table shuffleboard
The complimentary Android phone is perfect for overseas guests—calls and Internet usage are free for the duration of your stay.
Parking on site
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Camera-ready boutique hotel exhibiting a green conscience and posh Peranakan trimmings, on Singapore’s residential seafront
Confection-colored ceramics, batik cushions, latticed timber screens—the photo ops at this upbeat Katong retreat in Joo Chiat (the neighborhood is named after a legendary local spice baron), Singapore’s first designated Heritage Town, are seemingly endless. They’re so lively that you’ll forget suburbia surrounds you. There’s nothing humdrum about your pop art inspired room, though—it’s a buoyant, open-planned expanse, where the star player is a hand-drawn sketch depicting local street-life behind your king-size bed. Usual suspects, like the drab mini-fridge, are replaced with a whimsical purple-lacquered cabinet, and the bathroom is lined in a kaleidoscopic array of porcelain Peranakan tiles. The Malaccan theme continues at Baba Chews Bar & Eatery, the hotel’s all-day restaurant: it draws a lively brunch crowd for its coconut jam-slathered toast, flanked by soft-boiled eggs and shrimp dumplings—a Singaporean staple. Even the snappy kiosk in the lobby, stocked with local crafts, books and magazines, is a modern spin on a 1960s-era ‘mama stall,’ (convenience stands that were located under the city-state’s many high-rise apartment block) underscoring this hotel’s unwavering commitment to its heritage.
In the Area
Despite being set on Singapore’s quiet eastern periphery, the hotel is just a 20-minute ride to Changi International Airport. 112 Katong Mall, teeming with nearly 150 shops spread across six lively floors (highlights include Food Republic, which serves hawker fare with a modern twist) is across the street, while East Coast Park, popular for its beachfront barbecues, biking and jogging trails, is also within easy reach. Other worthy excursions: a walking tour of the ornate heritage terrace houses that line Koon Seng Road and a visit to the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, a 19th-century shrine to the Hindu god Ganesha.