One of the most highly-anticipated hotels that are opening in 2017 has finally been unveiled over the last week along Robertson Quay - The Warehouse Hotel (from the folks behind The Lo & Behold Group) has a room inventory of 37 across six different categories. This beautiful hotel is designed by the homegrown agency Asylum and is reminiscent of the building’s original life as a ‘godown’ during the height of Singapore’s spice trade.
The Warehouse Hotel is also home to a signature lobby bar that showcases an in-house cocktail programme that centers around house-made alcohol infusions and essences. Paying homage to the three distinct eras of the hotel’s past, the eclectic beverage menu is a journey through each incarnation. Guests will enjoy a taste of the spice trade, drink up the underbelly of illegal distilleries, and finally soak in the heady 80s -when the building housed Singapore’s most renowned disco of the era.
The entire culinary portfolio has been devised by highly-acclaimed Chef Willin Low who is Chef-Partner for the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Po. Chef Low also spearheads the menus for breakfast, in-room dining and the lobby bar. As the founder of Wild Rocket - one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants - the Mod-Sin pioneer has crafted a loving revival of the flavours of yesteryear and refined interpretations of local favourites using only the finest Asian ingredients exclusively for the hotel. Signature dishes include a Charcoal-grilled Iberico Satay, Spicy Tamarind Barramundi and Carabinero Prawns & Konbu Mee. Po is a tribute to popo - the Mandarin word for grandmother - as well as the richness of Singapore’s culinary heritage.
The Warehouse Hotel boasts 37 elegant rooms across six categories designed in muted tones with many ofering double-high ceilings. With its signature triple-pitched roof, and original masonry walls, the rooms were designed to compliment the building’s existing layout, making each one diferent. The lobby bar and reception are ideal for relaxation and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, while the rooftop infinity swimming pool overlooking the river provides a surprisingly calm escape amidst the urban landscape.
When I visited Hong Kong in November (2016) last year, I traveled directly from Haneda on ANA's Boeing 787 Dreamliner (787-900) product in Business Class (check out my review of ANA's Business Class here!). While the hard product was very good, I can't help but to feel that the service on-board Singapore Airlines in Business Class was consistently better. In any case, I was pretty excited to check out the World's Highest Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong after paying so much for a club room there. Check out my review of this luxurious property with sweeping views of the city.
The Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is truly a gem in the hotel industry in Singapore. I love how property stays true to the Hotel Indigo brand standards in drawing design influences from the surrounding area and how it remains relatively modest in respect to the architectural landscape around it. Check out my review of this amazing property now!
Located along West Coast Crescent, Oasia Residence, Singapore is Far East Hospitality's latest addition to the Oasia brand portfolio in Singapore. I have previously stayed in a club room at the relatively new Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore where I was first exposed to the three wellness pillars of the Oasia brand - Recharge, Refuel and Refresh. The Oasia Residence, Singapore is a serviced apartment that offers 140 studios and apartments (one and two bedrooms) for longer-staying guests who are looking for a home away from home experience.
The Crowne Plaza Auckland is located on Albert Street in the center of Auckland City. When I travelled down to the City of Sails on Singapore Airlines' Suites Class from Singapore last November, I stayed in The Langham Auckland before moving to the Crowne Plaza Auckland for the weekend - the hotel isn't brand new but moving into a property that is part of a much-larger international chain where benefits are predictable is such a great decision.
Connected to one of the most famous shopping malls in Bugis, the InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - following a massive refurbishment that officially completed in 2016, the rooms here at this luxurious property have been given a complete makeover. The Heritage Rooms and Heritage Suites were previously redone and were therefore not included in the most recent refresh. Check out my review of the Grand Deluxe Room at the InterContinental Singapore!
As part of my extended vacation in November 2016, I flew directly from Haneda Airport to Hong Kong International Airport via ANA's 787-900 on Business Class. The most memorable hotel during my short stay in Hong Kong has got to be the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong which has in recent years, gone through a series of extensive multi-million dollar renovation phases. Located on Harbour Road in Wan Chai, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is situated next to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre which makes it a popular accommodation choice amongst business travellers.
The Conrad Tokyo is often regarded as one of Tokyo's best city hotels. When I visited Tokyo in November 2016, I checked out the Singapore Airlines' 777-300ER's Business Class from Singapore to Haneda and I stayed at the Hilton Tokyo for most nights of my trip - it was only 200,000 Hilton Honors points for five nights and having Diamond status in the Hilton Honors program meant guaranteed lounge access. I moved to the luxurious Conrad Tokyo after five nights and was truly impressed by the service and design of this place.
The Small Luxury Hotel of the World (SLH) celebrates diversity as it has over 520 small and independent hotels from all around the world - The Scarlet Hotel Singapore which is located along Erskine road is one of two properties in the Lion City. Known for her iconic location near Club Street, The Scarlet Hotel Singapore is often known as the first luxury boutique hotel in Singapore and it is also one of the properties that are highly recommended for a unique stay in the city.
I spent my Christmas Eve back in 2015 in the Pan Pacific Singapore's Pacific Harbour Studio which is easily one of the nicest rooms I have stayed in Singapore. In 2016, I decided that it would be a great idea to revisit the Pan Pacific Singapore's Harbour Studio (one that I used to stay quite a bit back in 2015) on Christmas Day since I had a long weekend away from work. Being a DISCOVERY Loyalty Black Member has its perks - your check-in documents are usually prepared beforehand and therefore you can generally bypass the snaking queues and get to your room (or suite!) a lot faster.
I visited the City of Sails back in November 2016 for work and as much as I wanted to stay in the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (check out my review HERE!), the hotel was running high on occupancy and the room rates were way above the rates that I paid back in 2015. Since the meetings were primarily going to happen in The Langham, Auckland, I decided to stay in the property itself since it meant being able to sleep-in and get to the meetings on time. Check out my stay in a Superior Room at The Langham, Auckland.