Drawing from the industrial heritage of the original building as much as the history of the neighborhood, the Warehouse Hotel Singapore grabs attention with its attractive look — and wows with excellent service and food.
Every time we visit Singapore we are reminded that the city can surprise and delight in many ways. One of the reasons to rejoice is the ever-improving quality and variety of its luxury hotels.
Occupying a 19th-Century spice godown, or a warehouse, on the banks of Robertson Quay, the Warehouse Hotel Singapore is a new arrival to the scene, and it fits right in.
Echoes of the past
Scratch the surface and Singapore’s image as an almost too clean (and somewhat soulless) place can easily fall apart — and reveal an authentic vibe with historical roots in an underbelly of a budding colonial metropolis.
The architectural firm Zarch Collaboratives and the interior designers from The Asylum expertly captured these notions as they transformed an ordinary, disused space into the contemporary property that is the Warehouse Hotel Singapore.
Vibes of tomorrow
Filled with creative ideas, the place has a well-balanced look that contrasts the raw industrial decor with cozy design furniture and warm finishes.
Many guest rooms were designed in a style of a loft, complete with exposed beams and pitched roofs of the original warehouse. Muted taupe and grey are well complemented by original masonry walls, wooden floors, and iron frames. Frosted or see-through doors of the ensuite bathroom add a touch of a fashionable trend.
In the impressive lobby, the vintage pinwheels and naked lightbulbs, together with the rough brickwork form a harmonious backdrop to the soft designer sofas and chairs. The lobby bar was our favorite spot at the hotel, thanks to its design, ambiance — and the cocktail menu, from which our top picks were the Kopi Cat filled with chocolate and coffee, and Lady Luck, served in an unwieldy ceramic mug in the shape of a doll head.
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The hotel’s signature restaurant, Po, takes inspiration from the word popo, which means grandmother in Mandarin. Fittingly, its fare is composed of nostalgic, comfort food Singaporean classics, enhanced by premium ingredients and service. The ubiquitous in the city Popiah (a simple, wrapped up spring roll) is popular here too, as is the tangy raw fish salad Barramundi, at Po served light and spicy.
Often our favorite meal is breakfast, and even if the buffet was small, we weren’t disappointed. The homemade granola with natural yogurt was perfect, and the Full English exactly right.
Stay here long enough and Po’s menu will eventually feel inadequate. Fortunately, the hotel sits amid the bustling Roberston Quay, and a number of cafes, restaurants, and bars are just across the river.
Surrounded by glass skyscrapers and concrete roads, the whitewashed Warehouse Hotel stands as a refreshing change in the neighborhood. It’s one of the most interesting design hotels in Singapore, and well worth a night’s stay.
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