Looking for an unforgettable hotel stay to indulge in but not prepared to venture too far away from the city? Check out these designer boutique hotels in Singapore that are all located within a stone’s throw away from an MRT station, but offer an experience that’s far from mainstream!
If you’re a design aficionado who appreciates the finer things in life, you’d want to book a stay at Naumi Hotel as it’s decked out in a tasteful collection of furniture pieces from design powerhouses such as B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, Zanotta, Tom Dixon and Artemide.
As you bask in the deluxe interiors of this cosmopolitan boutique hotel in Singapore, be sure to take time to appreciate the impressive collective of art. To keep its outlook urban and upbeat, the hotel has also commissioned works by local artists such as a mural by respected graffiti artist Tr853-1 and a video installation by Aiman. Even the most lavish room – the Eden & Nirwana Suite – is inspired by Andy Warhol!
And if you can’t make it to the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands, you can also enjoy Singapore’s gorgeous cityscape at Cloud 9, Naumi’s rooftop bar that features an equally appealing infinity swimming pool.
Sofitel So Singapore
Known around the world for incorporating both heritage and modernity in its design, French luxury hotels group Sofitel surely lived up to its reputation with Sofitel So Singapore. Located within the central business district, this boutique hotel has an interior that’s a mix of contemporary, classic and eccentric details, and even the legendary Karl Lagerfeld was roped in to design the hotel’s Lion Seal emblem. From armchairs with antlers growing out of its backrest at the So Hip lobby to the lounge corner with daybeds in the Xperience restaurant that resembles a majestic bedroom, every corner in this designer hotel is picture perfect. And we haven’t even got to the rooms yet!
Housed within the hotel’s 1927 neo-classical building, its 134 rooms (including nine suites) echo the exterior architectural details with timeless European aesthetics, but with a modern twist – think high ceilings, panelled walls, plush furniture and unexpected pops of colour. In-room facilities such as the Apple media solutions and Illy coffee machine also help guests feel right at home.
The Sofitel So’s boutique hotel experience also extends outdoors over at its rooftop, with an enticing gold-tiled pool and a sexy bar where you can see the city view while being seen!
While Wanderlust hotel is a place to stay, it’s a journey in itself. Designed to be a playground for adults, with the help of a little imagination you might even be able to travel beyond the four walls of the room. Established by Loh Lik Peng, the poster boy of Singapore’s hotel industry who brought the Singapore boutique hotel scene to the next level with the New Majestic Hotel, Wanderlust offers guests an experimental and unforgettable stay in the Little India enclave.
Each of the four levels in this 1920s building showcases a distinctive theme, each conceptualised by a different local design firm. Asylum sets the tone for this boutique accommodation with an industrial glam setting for the lobby, where trendy old school features such as retro barber chairs are displayed.
The rooms on the second level are unabatingly loud, where Phunk Studio went with ‘Eccentricity’, which resulted in a rainbow corridor, neon lights and rooms with brightly-coloured walls. The third level of this boutique hotel in Singapore takes it down a notch with a monochrome design by DP Architects. On the highest floor, Furious topped it off with fantastical kidult elements, including friendly monsters in each room and a rocket sculpture in some rooms. Spend a night here and you’ll definitely be blown away!
With a lobby lounge area that resembles a trendy hipster’s New York loft apartment, you can be assured that BIG Hotel will be big on both style and comfort. With rooms and suites that look more like coveted Airbnb stays than the usual unimaginative hotel room, this is by far the cosiest accommodation you can get within Singapore’s museum and shopping district! Nearby attractions include the Singapore Arts Museum and Bugis Village, where you can also shop till you drop while testing your bargaining skills.
And after spending the entire day out and about, you’d be thankful for the room’s thoughtful ‘reachability’ design which ensures that the space is ergonomically built. While this boutique hotel’s rooms might not be the most spacious or lavish, its clever design enables the space to be divided into bed, work and grooming zones, ensuring that every square inch is maximised. Don’t forget to pick up some space-saving ideas for your home while you’re here!
Klapsons is a place that turns heads and gets people talking. With the lobby’s double height glass walls, passers-by get a full view of its sci-fi inspired interiors which resemble a Hunger Games movie set. Located amongst the grey-hued skyscrapers of Singapore’s central business district, this boutique hotel’s neon-lined futuristic ground level brings a breath of fresh air to the area. Its awe-inspiring lobby is anchored by an elevated sphere where the friendly concierge will assist guests – talk about giving them special treatment!
Each of its 17 rooms is also an experience not to be missed. With stunning suites that blend modern and resort styles – and feature private jacuzzis and outdoor bathrooms – Klapsons is the perfect ‘staycation’ venue for urbanites looking for a pampering and convenient getaway.
And even if you’re not checking in for the night, Fabricka – the hotel’s Middle East-inspired bar – is worth checking out. Cradled by the surrounding office buildings, this al fresco bar offers a unique after-work experience where you can sip on cocktails, enjoy the live band, and perhaps peer into the surrounding offices and mock those who are still stuck behind their work stations.