Contributor/ Mark Eacott
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Once a hot bed of activity for secret societies, illicit activities and moonshine distilleries, The Warehouse Hotel located on the banks of the Singapore River may have just opened but it’s deeply rooted in the city’s history. The three warehouse buildings dating back to 1895 and home to one of Singapore’s biggest discos through the 80s, now have a refreshed modern look, whilst referencing the past – something that Lo & Behold Group, the proprietors of the hotel, are well known for.
The Good Stuff
If the meticulous restoration of the buildings into a 37-bed boutique hotel isn’t enough, the uniquely laid-out rooms, with double-height vaulted skylights, take industrial-chic style and detail to the next level. A palette of forest marble, blush pink, warming wood along with glints of copper set the tone, whilst elements such as traditional rattan and natural leather add a homely yet welcoming touch. We love the River View Mezzanine Rooms that feature their own in-room attic library.
With Singapore well known for its stay-cation culture, the hotel will soon be housing the cool kids in town along with Asia’s design junkies. When we arrived, Wallpaper’s Designer of the Year and hotel guru Andre Fu (Hong Kong) was leaving, presumably having come to check-out what all the fuss was about.
Inside the hotel – 9/10
Beyond the steel doors, under a bespoke light constellation of wheels and pulleys – local socialites, creative explorers and modern travellers mix to DJ vibes, sipping on carefully crafted cocktails inspired from the three distinct eras of the warehouse’s past.
Outside the hotel – 8/10
Strolling the banks of the river outside, the Robertson Quay area with its wine bars, art-houses and new boutique hotel openings (this + M Social by Philippe Starck) is once again a hot bed for Singapore – only this time far less of a secret.
Image courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel