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Singapore Boutique Hotels – Tips and Advice
The 8 Best Boutique Hotels in Singapore
1. Naumi – Bugis
The swanky Naumi boutique features design-focused rooms, a top-notch Indian restaurant, and a rooftop infinity pool with stunning cityscape views. Art and fashion are the leading themes here, with rooms inspired by Chanel and Warhol. The entire hotel is run like a club lounge, with personalized experiences arranged for each guest by dedicated Naumi Aides. Centrally located in Bugis, walking distance to shopping, dining, Little India, the Museum District, and the Merlion. Hotel phone: +65 6403 6000
2. Hotel Fort Canning – Museum District
This elegant, five-star boutique is in the heart of downtown, but tucked away inside a huge national park, giving the whole thing the feel of a remote, tropical resort. Amenities include three pools (freeform, lap, and kids’), an extravagant spa, a fusion restaurant, and a jazz bar. This former British Army outpost from 1926 sits on the highest point in Singapore, and is surrounded by lush rainforest. HFC is just a short walk from the National Museum, The Substation art gallery, plus The Quays, Bugis, and Little India neighborhoods. Hotel phone: +65 6559 6769
3. Lloyd’s Inn – Orchard
Featuring outdoor showers in all rooms, a garden pool, and unfinished walls and floors, this family-owned boutique blends nature with simplicity. Rooms are decorated in a greyscale palette with blonde woods and lush greenery outside; suites add an outdoor dining space or soaking tub. Situated in the Orchard area, Lloyd’s is walking distance to several traditional-style restaurants and cafes, plus designer shopping on Orchard Road, Fort Canning Park, The Quays, and the Museum District. Hotel phone: +65 6737 7309
4. One°15 Marina Club – Sentosa
Part of the yacht club, this 26 room waterfront hotel has great family amenities, including an infinity pool and children’s pool, arcade, and trampoline. Featuring six inspired bars and restaurants, including a bistro inside the pool, this boutique’s dining options rival those of much larger resorts. Their incredible spa includes butler service and full suites. Located in the affluent Sentosa Cove, this hotel is walking distance to the shops and dining at Quayside Isle and the Tanjong Golf Course, with easy access to beaches and attractions, including Universal Studios and the Luge. Hotel phone: +65 6305 6988
5. The Scarlet – Chinatown
Designed for couples, seduction is the theme of this hotel, with sexy snakeskin and plush velvet upholstery, neo-Baroque furnishings, and heavy gold décor. Housed in a row of nineteenth century shophouses and an Art Deco building, The Scarlet boasts a rooftop bar and Jacuzzi, plus two stellar restaurants. Rooms are lavishly appointed, some with soaking tubs, one with an outdoor terrace and hot tub. Sitting on the edge of Chinatown, its street closes to cars on weekends and fills with sidewalk cafes and bars. Walking distance to spas, hawker food, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, and the Downtown Core/Financial District. Hotel phone: +65 6511 3333
6. Wangz Hotel – Tiong Bahru
This stylish boutique, built in a round tower, offers spacious rooms with city view baths and showers and nature-inspired art. This hotel features a rooftop tapas restaurant and an inspired lobby lounge, offering British high tea by day and cocktails by night. Room rates include breakfast in their rooftop restaurant and minibar drinks. A popular spot for locals on staycation, Wangz sits in the hip Tiong Bahru neighborhood, walking distance to trendsetting restaurants and bars and historic Chinatown. Hotel phone: +65 6595 1388
7. The Warehouse Hotel – The Quays
This boundary-pushing boutique in an 1895 warehouse features a glass-sided rooftop pool for underwater city-view swimming, sophisticated décor, and an inspired bar. Rooms are chic with exposed beams and muted tones, some with mezzanines or pitched ceilings. Playing up the hotel’s red light past, the lobby has a collection of historic criminal paraphernalia (brass knuckles, opium pipes, and more) in a showcase, while rooms come with a vice menu of kinky adult toys. The hotel overlooks the Singapore River on Robertson Quay with great restaurants and bars nearby. Hotel phone: +65 6828 0000
8. The Vagabond Club – Little India
With themes of art and globetrotting, this hotel is known for its over-the-top décor, like the glittering banyan tree, life-sized elephant relief, and giant rhino sculpture that serves as the reception desk (all three in gold). The walls of these mid-century converted shophouses are decorated with original artwork, all of it unique and some of it controversial. This hotel is unique for its artist-in-residence program, where visiting artists and performers create one-of-a-kind works and talk with guests about the creative process. The Vagabond Club sits at the edge of Little India for fab dining and temples, near the Rochor Canal and Kampong Glam neighborhood, a traditionally Malay enclave. Hotel phone: +65 6291 6677
The best areas in Singapore for visitors
- Chinatown: Under British rule, this was the area where most Chinese immigrants lived. Many building here are heritage sites, and feature mixed local and Victorian architecture. Famed for street food, bars, shops, temples, and mosques.
- Little India: Now known for great food, a boho arts scene, shopping, and gorgeous temples and mosques, this area was once a colonial Euro hotspot which gained its Indian identity from migrant workers hired by livestock traders.
- City Hall: Home to the city’s major museums, galleries, national monuments, historic sites, and parks, including the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum, Fort Canning Park, and The Substation.
- The Quays: Stretching from the Marina up both sides of the Singapore River, the three historic wharf areas are: Boat Quay (near the Merlion, marina, and river’s mouth), Clarke Quay (once the old warehouse area, now converted into restaurants and clubs), and Robertson Quay (largest of the original wharfs, now high end restaurants, chill bars, and art galleries, home to many expats)
- Bugis: From the ‘50s-‘80s, this area was known for being the main gathering spot for ladyboys. The city has since redeveloped the area, and it’s now known for its night market, malls, Arab Street, and several temples and mosques.
- Tiong Bahru: With its original Art Deco buildings, this was once the place where wealthy businessmen kept their mistresses. It is now the trendiest neighborhood in the city, with fashion boutiques, cutting edge restaurants, bookstores, and coffee houses. Tourists haven’t discovered it yet; this is where to go for true local flavor.
- Sentosa: Known as Singapore’s Playground, this rainforest island off the south coast (once a British army outpost) is home to three beaches, posh resorts, and several amusement parks.
The Best Places to Eat in Singapore
- Tiong Bahru Market • $ • Reviews
A collection of food stalls; order the bak kut teh and chicken rice.
- Bincho • $$$$ • Reviews
A food stall by day; a hidden, chic Japanese restaurant is run out of the back by night.
- Burnt Ends • $$$$ • Reviews
Aussie barbecue joint with an open kitchen and fantastic tasting menu.
- Red Star Restaurant • $$-$$$ • Reviews
Traditional dim sum – go early to miss the crowds.
- Restaurant Andre • $$$$ • Reviews
Michelin-starred, Southern French fine dining featuring molecular gastronomy.
- The Coconut Club • $ • Reviews
Hands down, the best nasi lemak in Singapore.