CHIC HO­TEL:

THE WARE­HOUSE, SIN­GA­PORE

ELLE (Malaysia) - - ON THE COVER -

The lo­ca­tion

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.

The rooms

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 vibe

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.

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