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Chic & Unique: Singapore’s 6 best boutique hotels

The city-state of Singapore is known for glittering modern structures, historical neighborhoods, and mouthwatering cuisine.

To accommodate the millions of tourists flooding the island every year, boutique hotels have sprung up like flower blooms in spring, each with their own individual style.

For a staycation in Singapore that you won’t soon forget, book one of these hotels:

The Forest by Wangz

The Forest by Wangz

Keeping with the natural theme of its name, The Forest by Wangz is an urban oasis set within the hustle and bustle of Singapore – its design is inspired by lush tropical rainforests.

Specially-commissioned artworks are dotted around the hotel, which are a treat to discover as you wander around.

The boutique serviced apartments, fitted with hand-picked designer furnishings, are suited for short-term or long-term stays, be it business travelers or fun-seeking holidayers.

Each stylish apartment comes with a fully-equipped kitchenette, LED TV, and Wi-Fi.

Located within a residential area, it is nevertheless conveniently near the Novena MRT Station (a 10-minute walk from the hotel) and several locations of interest, such as shopping malls and eateries.

Popular tourist attractions like Orchard Road (10 minutes away by taxi), Marina Bay (15 minutes away by taxi), and Universal Studios Singapore (20 minutes away by taxi) are also easily accessible.


Address: 145A, Moulmein Road, Singapore 308108


Lloyd’s Inn

Lloyd's Inn

The folks at Lloyd’s Inn understand that sometimes, simple is best, which is why the Inn has embraced the minimalist style, with only light touches of greenery here and there. Its airy surroundings and little to no decorations give you the space to actually take a breath and relax.

The Inn offers eight types of rooms, each tailored to the needs of different types of travelers. For example, The Skyroom offers an outdoor bathtub with a clear view of the sky, while The Garden has a small private garden so you can get lost in a book.

You can’t miss taking a dip in the Inn’s dipping pool, which is lined with lush tropical foliage and comfortable sunbed lounges, where you can soak up some sun. The same goes if you prefer moonlight swims, where you can float on your back and watch the stars twinkle above.

For all its quiet and calm, it has a surprisingly central location – Singapore’s shopping mecca of Orchard Road is less than 10 minutes away on foot, as is Somerset MRT Station if you’re headed elsewhere.

If you’re unfamiliar with the area, the Inn has even compiled a useful walking guide for guests to take with them as they explore the streets. Besides local cafes and nightspots, the map includes the locations of nearby ATMs, pharmacy, and money changer.

Seeing as it’s one of Singapore’s most popular boutique hotels, we’d recommend that you book as early as possible to avoid being disappointed.


Address: 2, Lloyd Road, Singapore 239091


Hotel Vagabond

Hotel Vagabond

For a taste of Parisian decadence, look no further than Hotel Vagabond. Everything about the hotel invites you to let your hair down.

It’s the first hotel in Asia to be designed by world-renowned French architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia, and inspired by the French capital’s love of the arts, the tribute portfolio hotel prominently features works of art from all around the world.

Spend an evening at Vagabond Salon, where you can enjoy live performances by local and visiting artistes and share good food, drink, and conversation.

Back in your room, recline amidst plush luxury with the 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down pillows and comforters.

The colorful heritage enclaves of Kampong Glam, Little India, and Chinatown are right at the hotel’s doorstep, while the Central Business District and key attractions like Marina Bay and the Singapore River are mere minutes away by car.


Address: 39, Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630


Wanderlust Hotel

Wanderlust Hotel

The aptly-named Wanderlust Hotel is a four-story whimsical wonderland that attracts similar-minded travelers.

It may appear quaint and ordinary on the outside, but once you step through its doors, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

Each floor of the hotel features a different concept: Level 2 has rooms where everything is painted in a single Pantone color; Level 3, Mono, follows a “paper” concept, where rooms are inspired by origami or pop-art; while the top-most floor is an eclectic mix, from a space-themed room complete with a rocket ship to one styled like a treehouse.

If you can pull yourself away from your quirky room, be sure to explore the streets of Little India, which are full of their own character.


Address: 2, Dickson Road, Singapore 209494


Hotel 1929

Hotel 1929

Housed within a listed heritage building in Chinatown, Hotel 1929 works around rather than against the historical structure.

See Singapore’s rich history through the hotel’s extensive collection of historical black-and-white photos, placed throughout the walls of its corridors.

While cozy in terms of space, the design makes the most of it while incorporating a contemporary style complemented with bright pops of color.

Some of the rooms come with their own balconies overlooking the vibrant Keong Saik Road, while the Terrace Suite offers a view of the neighborhood from the private rooftop verandah, where you can indulge in a late breakfast or bubble bath in the outdoor bathtub.


Address: 50, Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154


The Sultan

The Sultan

Experience the old world charm of Singapore at The Sultan, where you’ll feel like royalty as you’re wrapped in the hotel’s subtle elegance and understated luxury.

Comprised of 10 heritage shophouses, you can choose from any of the hotel’s eight room types, each meant to cater to guests’ different budgets and needs.

Hide away from the world in the Attic Room, which offers a tranquil escape, or be gently woken up by the sun’s rays in the Skylight Room, where your bed is placed right beneath a wide skylight window.

Pop out of the hotel and take a stroll around the neighborhood’s trendy cafes and shops. As Kampong Glam is a predominantly Malay area, there’s plenty of Halal eateries around, ranging from Middle Eastern to Indonesian cuisine.

If you’re into vintage clothes and jewelry, check out Arab Street and Haji Lane, where tiny shops are treasure troves of unique finds.


Address: 101, Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199002

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