Singapore’s quirky boutique hotels

I love travelling to Asia, and Singapore is one of those amazing places that a lot of people pass through, but never really stop at.

In my travels through Asia, it has become one of my favourite places to visit, and it has some quirky hotels that are really fun to discover. On a recent business trip, I had some spare time, and a friend of mine recommended a hotel called Wanderlust. To call this hotel quirky is an understatement and isn’t doing it any justice; it is so much more than just ‘quirky, and in a good way.

Location is everything

The hotel is located on the edge of the Little India district just a short walk from the Little India and Bugis Junction MRT stations. The taxi drivers all seem to know where it is, and the hotel will provide airport transfers if you make arrangements in advance. The Little India district is just east of the Singapore river. The location itself is reasonable for business travellers since the down town core is just a few minutes away, and holidaymakers have easy access to the MRT.

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Style, design and imagination

Of course, location isn’t exactly why I wanted to tell you about this hotel. This hotel is something different, and something unlike any other hotel I’ve stayed in. It has a 1920′s schoolhouse façade, yet inside it’s ultra modern and filled with cutting edge and experimental design concepts. The owners hired a couple of the top interior designers in Singapore and told them they could do what they wanted; they had the freedom to design and experiment. The result is a hodgepodge of room designs that are really out of this world. You can stay in a tree-house, a rocket ship, and even room with a typewriter theme. If that is a bit too garish, there are rooms with simple geometrical lines and soft colours, or rooms in bright neon and day-go colours. The bathrooms are also carefully designed, with some right in the middle of the room, and others tucked away in a corner.

It’s the little touches that make it stand out

The staff at the hotel are amazing. They are friendly, helpful and between them, they speak enough languages that no one is left struggling to communicate. Throw in an outstanding on-site French restaurant, the Kiehl’s toiletries and complementary drinks in the mini-bar, and you have a great combination that provides you with everything you need to make a visit to Singapore a success.  One thing is certain, this hotel is definitely not the faceless generic hotel you usually stay in; it is exceptional, lively, refreshing and fun.

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