Boutique Hotels in Singapore

Singapore may be in the headlines for its two fantastic casino-resorts, but for those looking for something a bit more artsy, these boutique hotels might be just the ticket.

• Opened in late 2009, Nostalgia Hotel (65/6808-1818) occupies a modernized 1930s ruko in one of Singapore’s most historic residential areas—Tiong Bahru.

Living up to its name, the 50-room lodging is loaded with charm and artsy flourishes. One of the highlights is a swimming pool set beside an alfresco cafe with its “time-honored traditions in cuisine culture” that Tiong Bahru has long been famous for.

• Located in Singapore’s tidy Art Deco neighborhood, the new Wangz Hotel (65/6595-1388) has 41 immaculate boutique suites that come with pillow menus, Molton Brown amenities and other goodies. The aluminum-clad building looks strikingly modern, sort of like a sci-fi film set and includes a mod-Asian café and swanky rooftop bar.

• Harry’s Hospitality—a group popular for its bars in Singapore—recently unveiled The Club (65/6337-0657), a 22-room retro-boutique accommodation in a historic Chinatown neighborhood. The Club’s signature rooms have bold design features, from fitted ceiling-to-floor wraparound curtains, to beds framed by grand pillars adorned with traditional Chinese carvings. For tapas, premium drinks and cigars, head up to rooftop Sky Bar and chill above it all.

• Loh Lik Peng (who created the famous New Majestic Hotel) recently opened Wanderlust (2 Dickson Rd.) in Little India. Set in a 1920s-era schoolhouse, this quaint billet features a cantilevered pool, a hip pub and scrumptious brasserie, along with 29 themed rooms, from monochrome capsule rooms to a suite designed to resemble a spaceship.

• Created by avant-garde designer house Sawaya & Morini, Klapsons (65/6521-9030) is all about uniqueness and sophistication. Located in the middle of the city-state’s business district, it’s the perfect locale when visiting on business or a shopping spree. Some of the many room/suite highlights are a complimentary minibar, bespoke bathrobes, playstation and flat-screen TVs. The eatery is called Lucas, with a sleek design and “the best steaks and seafood this side of the Atlantic.”

• This stylish little lodge, Hangout @ MT Emily (65/6438-5588) describes itself as a “no frills, just fun!” hotel. It may indeed be no frills, but it’s got five-star charm, cleanliness and vibe going for it. It’s dynamic, vivacious and very boutique in every sense of the word. It attracts an artsy, eccentric crowd of international travelers that literally do hang out in the common areas, so it’s a great place to meet like-minded travelers, very different from the giant, impersonal hotel chains, where meeting another guest is a rarity.