Singapore offers a range of accommodation offerings to the discerning traveller from five-star resorts, mid-range hotels and even flashpacker hostels. But an emerging boutique trend is seeing travellers choose smaller hotels. With intimate settings, luxe decor, customised rooms and personalised service, it’s easy to see why. Singapore boasts an array of boutique properties, from sumptuously appointed suites to individually themed rooms. So sit back and discover our picks for the absolute cream of the crop.
Naumi Hotel and Naumi Liora
The Naumi Hotel Singapore and Naumi Liora are intimate, stylish inner-city retreats that provide blissful pampering in designer dwellings. At Naumi, luxury is personalised and the two locations are perfect for exploring all that Singapore has to offer. The original Naumi Hotel is situated in the CBD just across from the iconic Raffles Hotel, and is ideal for those who love contemporary luxury. For trend setting travellers, the brand new Naumi Liora offers a stylish and swanky alternative. Situated in the midst of Chinatown on the once notorious Keong Saik Road, the locale evokes memories of opium dens and secret society clans while the hotel is a calming sanctuary.
Klapsons: The Boutique Hotel
Klapsons has stylishly fused a sci-fi feeling with a trip to the 70s. The entrance and reception sets the scene with silver orbs, neon decor and a cavernous, gallery-esque space. Each of the 17 guestrooms are individually decorated, so no two rooms are alike. Custom-made fittings, contemporary room design, comfort and indulgence are the hallmarks of this hotel. Situated along the southern fringe of the CBD, Klapsons is perfect for leisure and business travellers looking for quiet sophistication, refined luxury and functionality with a touch of funk. Enjoy a casual meal in The Sleeping Rhino, Klapsons’ bistro style restaurant, or sip on a cocktail while taking in the views in their gorgeous sky-terrace bar, Fabrika.
Located in the heritage area of Tiong Bahru, this exquisite boutique hotel offers 41 elegant and contemporary guestrooms. Each room is spacious with plush carpets, soft beds and classy appointments. Wangz is simultaneously visually striking, warm and inviting. Situated on Tiong Bahru Road, the area is perfect for discovering Singapore and is renowned for its style – it’s an eclectic blend of Art Deco and Straits Settlement. Stylishness seeps through the hotel with its private collection of commissioned artworks, natural themes and state of the art technology. Savour the culinary creativity on offer in their restaurant, Nectar. Of course the crowning glory of Wangz is their rooftop bar, Halo. A hot spot for sunset drinks and a playground for the soul, sit back and drink in the stunning skyline views, relaxed lounge music, and their delectable martinis.
Named Trip Advisor’s Trendiest Hotel in 2011, The New Majestic features an emphasis on design, culture and the arts. Each of the New Majestic’s 30 rooms is uniquely themed with different decor, unique artwork and comes complete with the very best amenities – including a Nespresso coffee maker for that morning cuppa! The individually designed bathrooms are a key highlight with an outdoor bath on a secluded garden terrace for nature lovers, matching side by side cast-iron tubs for the newlyweds and a sweeping black and gold tiled bathroom perfect for the most eligible of bachelors. Feeling a little adventurous? Try the Watch and Be Watched room – it’s filled with mirrors and features a bathtub behind glass doors and a translucent curtain.
This achingly hip hotel is the latest venture of lawyer-turned-hotelier Loh Lik Peng. Wanderlust is a left-field and totally experimental boutique hotel set to draw madcap voyagers and curious travellers to its doorstep. Located in the richly cultured Little India district, the hotel offers guests four thematic levels and 29 different rooms. Each room features its own experimental decor and was dreamed up by award winning design firms including Asylum and Furious. The Pantone rooms are ‘capsule-like’ and playfully rendered in different hues. Mono is a collection of rooms inspired by paper, origami and pop-art. The loft-style Whimsical rooms are a delight with different themes including a tree house, a room with a typewriter and even a room adrift in space!
The Scarlet is the ultimate luxury boutique hotel – vivacious, dramatic, bold and uninhibited. Ambient mood lighting, contrasting light and dark areas, sumptuous fabrics, and gilded mirrors make the guestrooms ooze with intimacy and indulgence. Situated on historic Erskine Street, The Scarlet is housed in a gorgeous 1924 Art Deco building that has been expertly and beautifully restored. The hotel boasts a fantastic little bar called BOLD, a comfortably intimate bistro and bar known as OUR KORNER, and of course BREEZE, their Al Fresco rooftop restaurant and bar worthy of trendsetters and fashionistas. Relax in The Scarlet’s outdoor Jacuzzi for the ultimate in indulgent relaxation.
Nestled right in the heart of Kampong Glam, The Sultan is an oasis of modern luxury surrounded by the splendour and intricacies of old Singapore. Faithfully preserved and recreated from traditional shophouses, The Sultan retains many beautiful architectural features that hark back to a time when Kampong Glam was a bustling shopping and trading district. Tall columns, wide arcs, and beautiful full-length shuttered windows provide an old Singapore charm, while modern luxuries ensure your stay is just as comfortable as can be. With 64 individually decorated guestrooms, The Sultan is a triumph in intuitive and organic design. Stop by the Pasha Restaurant and Bar to relax and refuel amidst gorgeous architecture, authentic Moroccan furnishing, a lively alfresco area and a full-length balcony.
This is the boutique hotel that started it all. In a city resplendent with modernity, in a town filled with culture and on a street steeping in history, Hotel 1929 beckons with a whimsical mix of old world architecture and a nouveau chic interior. The hotel consists of five conservation shophouses built in 1929 and features 32 individually designed rooms decked in a mix of classic designer and retro vintage furniture. Unique, hip and comfortable, the guestrooms are stylish, yet remain affordable. Hotel 1929 is in a convenient location, right near the Chinatown MRT and just a five minute drive from the CBD. Hungry? Pop into Ember for a deliciously unpretentious meal. The Mod Euro menu from the ever talented Sebastian Ng is a delight for the tastebuds, and includes imaginative food such as pan-seared scallops with parma ham in orange and tarragon vinaigrette.
Elegant and cosy, Nostalgia offers a unique and welcoming ambience with fine furnishings, sparkling chandeliers, classic decor and eclectic designs. The hotel’s 50 rooms are styled in one of two themes – Lush, which reflects the cultural, historic and romantic aspect of the district, and Colonial which illustrates Singapore’s colonial heritage. Relax with a glass of champagne on Nostalgia’s calming terrace bar or enjoy a modern Italian and Continental meal in the alfresco restaurant, Potion. Alternatively, take a dip in their peaceful, glass sided rooftop swimming pool and sample a cocktail from the pool bar.
Located along Tanjong Pagar, Berjaya pays homage to the elegance and opulence of the majestic era of old. The hotel evokes the feeling of a colonial residence, while the facade is reminiscent of the Straits Chinese trading houses that once dominated this region of Singapore. Each of the 48 guestrooms are elegant, and calming, with clean lines, open space and comfortable furniture. Cool down in the Lobby Lounge with a soothing cocktail or indulge in authentic Italian cuisine from Cafe L’Operatta as you relax and recharge amid a classic period of Singaporean and colonial European glamour. Located in the heart of Singapore’s business district, Berjaya is perfectly situated for both business and pleasure travellers alike.