Where it was once about brand names, travellers are now looking for unique and interesting accommodation to ensure a memorable holiday experience. Boutique hotels have hugely gained popularity in Singapore in the last few years, and there is now a large selection of funky, hip hotels to choose from throughout the city. The majority of these hip hotels can be found clustered around Chinatown, where they can take full advantage of the heritage architecture, and ethnic surroundings.
Topping our list of the Chinatown-based hip hotels are the next-door rivals the Club Hotel, and the Scarlet Hotel, located on popular nightspot Club Street, famed for its cosy wine bars and restaurants. Despite their proximity, these hotels couldn't be further from each other in style. While the Club Hotel is decked out in trendy monochrome minimalism, the next door Scarlet is all about plush gold, red velvet and decadence.
Those looking for the truly quirky, should check into one of the nearby New Majestic Hotel 30 idiosyncratically styled rooms. Divided into four types - mirror rooms, hanging bed rooms, aquarium rooms and loft rooms, all rooms feature original artwork from emerging Singapore artists. Across town in Little India, the Wanderlust has been setting tongues wagging with its 'industrial chic' interior, and equally quirky room designs, including the Rusty Typewriter room.
The number one on the list, the Naumi - proves that boutique hotels don't need to scrimp on five-star luxury, and would be as suited to a business trip as a decadent weekend away. Its personalised service, rooftop infinity pool, and women-only floor all help it shine in a crowded market.
41 Seah Street
2 Dickson Road
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77 Tiong Bahru Road