THE WAREHOUSE, SINGAPORE
The Warehouse Hotel sits along the Singapore River, right opposite the bustling Robertson Quay food and drink enclave, so you won’t be short of coffee and dining options. If shopping is what you’re looking for, catch a cab – it will take you no more than 15 minutes to reach the Orchard Road shopping district. And for a night out, the vibrant Clarke Quay and Boat Quay are just a leisurely walk away.
No two rooms are the same. Those on the upper floor have soaring, peaked ceilings while Sanctuary rooms come with skylights in place of windows. All are decked in a uniform of muted grey with accents of steel, marble, leather, copper and wood. Don’t forget to poke around the ‘Minibars of Vice’ – ‘Gluttony’, ‘Lust’ (vibrators and whips, anyone?) and ‘Vanity’ – featuring products made in Singapore.
The refreshingly low-rise and all-white building cuts a humble silhouette, but inside, the converted warehouse’s colourful past as an illegal distillery, spice storehouse and 1980s disco unfolds through moody, industrial design elements. Custom lighting inspired by pulleys span the length of the lobby, while brown leather sofas, green velvet armchairs and exposed raw brick walls all point to the past.
Food & drink
The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Po features inventive ‘mod-Sin’ (modern Singapore) cuisine courtesy of Chef Willin Low. We love his take on popiah, filled with taro and peanut gelato and served as a dessert. And the craft cocktails at the Lobby Bar are mandatory: try the Barbarella, a frothy, hibiscus gin number that reflects on the property’s chapter as a discotheque, and the peppery Singapore Sazerac, a throwback to the building’s spice trading past.
The Details 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore. Rooms from SGD295 (approx. RM925) per night; thewarehousehotel.com
EL L E ’ S FAVO UR I T E SP OT The pastel pink tiled rooftop infinity pool which affords great views of the river and surrounding heritage shophouses.