Sultry, moody and sleek, The Warehouse Hotel is just two years old (it opened in January 2017), but much of the design of this 37-room property nods to the 125-year-old heritage building it is housed in – from its former life as a spice-trade warehouse, opium den and heady 1980s nightspot. Even if you knew none of this history, you’d be hard pressed not to fall for features like the black and burnished gold hallways, the custom-designed pulley lighting in the lobby and the see-through pool. Chill out in the elegant lobby bar, dine in the intimate restaurant, Po, and enjoy this modern incarnation of a slice of Singapore’s past.
Many of Singapore’s main sights like Orchard Road, Chinatown, Civic Centre and Marina Bay are within a 10-minute cab ride. There are four MRT stations within a 15-minute walking distance and the charming character-laden neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru is only one kilometre away.
No two rooms at The Warehouse are the same, but all display an urban-luxe aesthetic featuring a dark, muted palette and industrial-chic detailing. Many rooms look over the Singapore River, but ground-level rooms look directly onto the running path between the hotel and river, so aren’t as private as the loft level options. Ensuites are generous and several rooms have deep soaking tubs. Tech includes a Smart TV, high-speed wifi and Bang & Olufsen bluetooth speakers. Amenities come from New Zealand label Ashley & Co, while the minibar features many locally made treats, including some very tasty salted-egg-yolk potato crisps.
Food and drink
The soaring lobby doubles as a bar space and it’s an easy place to lose a few hours. Craft cocktails are influenced by the property’s history; the signature Barbarella is excellent but The Lady Luck is also worth a look – and the cup it’s served in will make you smile. There’s just one restaurant on-site: Po. For lunch and dinner it serves Mod-Sin dishes, including a contemporary take on the Singaporean family classic popiah. At breakfast, there’s a Continental buffet supplemented by hot dishes. Sure, you can order the standard western big breakfast, but know this: the herbal pork bone broth is gobsmackingly good.
For business travellers
A function space called The Den (pictured above) is at the back of the lobby and has views over the river. The front-desk team can help with printing services should you require them.
For wellness travellers
There’s no gym or spa, but the walking track along the Singapore River is right outside and it’s the perfect place for an early-morning jog before the humidity gets too oppressive. The glass-sided pool on the second-floor also has good views over the river – but at 11 metres, it’s made for cooling off rather than for lapping. Two complimentary bicycles are available in the lobby.
The fab factor
The "Minibar of Vices" has three sections: "gluttony" for the usual in-room snacks; "vanity" for anything missing from your toiletries bag (think: sunscreen, lip balm, mosquito spray) and "lust" – a saucy section with adults-only surprises, including vibrating gadgets and even a peacock feather.
Best for: Creative types who appreciate boutique detailing
Number of rooms: 37
Rates from: SGD$285 a night ($287)
Wi-fi: High-speed wi-fi throughout
Parking: Valet is available at select timings. Charges apply if there are no complimentary lots available.
Address: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore
Telephone: +65 6828 0000