The Warehouse Hotel: Where To Stay In Singapore
It’s early morning and I go for a quick dip in the infinity pool at The Warehouse Hotel, one of the newest boutique hotels in Singapore. Housed in a heritage building that dates back to 1895, I feel the sun slowly rising over the Singapore River. This is our home for the next few days.
Nestled in the leafy neighbourhood of Robertson Quay, this industrial style hotel was restored as a modern 37-room luxury hotel, where the interiors have been meticulously crafted to delight the design savvy and urban travellers.
The lobby boasts a high ceiling truss, decorated with industrial cogs and wheels, and a black metal gate. Some of the rooms retain original architectural features, complete with wooden floorboards and mottled grey walls while mid-century furniture fill the hotel. It’s stylish without being pretentious, just how I like it.
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We stay in the Warehouse Loft which comes with a très chic, open wardrobe, illuminated by soft lighting. It’s perfect for shameless fashionistas like us, whose goal in life is to show off our perfectly curated clothes and travel in style. The metal frame features continue in the bathroom and other parts of the room, transforming the former spice warehouse into a sleek boutique hotel.
Now, if you’re a couple, you’ll be pleased to know that The Warehouse Hotel is one of the few hotels with a sex toy menu (like The Drake Hotel in Toronto which we stayed at in 2016). I’m not going to go into details but I’m sure this offering will tickle the fancy for some.
The in-house restaurant, Po, serves an intercontinental breakfast of cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries buffet and a small selection of hot food. Needless to say, I go for the chicken congee without a second thought every morning, reliving my childhood comfort food memories. During lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves a refined modern variety of Singaporean staples, put together by Chef-Partner Willin Low.
As the sun sets, the hotel comes to life – the lobby bar offers Asian and international spirits and fine wines set against upbeat lounge music. Urban locals come here for an after-work drink or a weekend pre-party beverage, turning The Warehouse Hotel into an urban oasis.
The closest train station, Clarke Quay, is about a 14-minute walk and the famous Orchard Road shopping district is a 30-minute walk or a short 5-minute taxi ride. As you might know, Singapore’s humidity is intense so I choose to survive the heat with Uber and Grab – which set us back about SGD$5 or less, into the city centre.
Of course, you don’t really go to Singapore to chill out – you go there to eat and shop like many of the travellers and that’s how we spend most of the days we are there. However The Warehouse Hotel’s serene location and luxury set up is also the perfect getaway for those who are looking to reignite the romance with romantic walks by the Singapore River, a relaxed dip in the glass infinity pool or a special culinary date.
Searching for a hotel in Singapore isn’t hard but finding one that ticks all the luxury and modern design check boxes – when you google “where to stay in Singapore” – can be a challenge, until now. Sun’s up and it’s time for me to get out of the pool and start my day – except I want to stay a little longer. Oh, choices.