One city that’s mastered the art of architectural incarnation is Singapore; from Chinatown to Tiong Bahru, the city’s most fascinating neighbourhoods are packed with traditional and colonial-era architecture that’s not only being preserved and restored, but also repurposed into galleries, restaurants and boutique hotels, allows visitors and locals alike a chance to step back in time.
The latest such project is The Warehouse Hotel on Robinson Quay. The first hotel project by Singapore’s Lo & Behold Group, this former ‘godown’ waterfront warehouse, which dates from 1895, opens as a chic 37-room boutique hotel next month, offering contemporary luxury at the heart of the city. Designed by award-winning agency Asylum, you can expect a sophisticated, muted colour palate; accents in rattan and natural leather; vaulted ceilings; and touches of the old and new Singapore, from the hotel’s art collection to staff uniforms and in-room minibars. There’s a rooftop infinity pool that’s bound to be popular with the city’s pretty young things; a signature restaurant by chef and ‘mod Sin’ pioneer Willin Low; and cocktails that trace the history of the building, from rustic, spice-driven concoctions, reminiscent of the spice trade, through to fruity, flirty drinks that tell the tale of the warehouse’s days as an infamous disco.
Enjoy the present by appreciating the past.
The Warehouse Hotel
320 Havelock Road, Singapore;
Tel: +65 6828 0000