I’ve said it before, but when I travel I enjoy walking into a hotel room that makes a statement. Flying from the southern tip of Africa there are not many places in the world that you can fly to on a direct flight. I love Singapore so it always an easy decision to use it as a stopover. I’ve hunted down some gorgeous design hotels in Singapore that will leave you with a tough choice deciding on a favourite.

10 of the best design hotels in Singapore

 

M Social

Tucked away on Robertson Quay, on the banks of the Singapore River you will find the fun, whimsical M Social hotel. The interiors were designed by none other than French designer, Philippe Starck. It has won a slew of awards for interior design and architecture as well as its commitment to keeping things as “green” as possible.

The rooms are small, like many of the rooms in Singapore. There are 4 categories to choose from, some with a terrace and others are a loft design with a workspace. The design is chic with neutral colours, sparkling chrome fittings and designer lamps. The windows are large, but my view was not particularly good as I looking into the nearby buildings.

There is also a fitness centre and a rooftop pool that had lovely views of the city, especially as night fell and the lights came on.

The in-house restaurant, Beast & Butterflies serves Asian and Western fusion-style cuisine and we enjoyed a delicious meal there.

  • Location: Robertson Quay
  • Prices start at around US$ 130

 

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Studio M

If you like contemporary, stylish urban living then you will love Studio M. This boutique hotel was designed by Piero Lissoni, an Italian architect, who is known for his understated elegance in design.

The rooms are minimalist with a sea of white décor and natural light coloured wood. Storage is cleverly hidden not to impact on the aesthetics of the room. Large windows and high ceilings give the room an airy feel. If you are an Instagrammer you will love the pop art features and contemporary fittings.

My husband enjoyed the 25m lap pool while I relaxed on the deck with a drink. There is also a concept gym, a bar and restaurant at the hotel.

Located in the vibey Roberson Quay precinct surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars, the hotel is an oasis in a busy city. It’s just a short walk to Clarke Quay.

  • Location: Robertson Quay
  • Prices start at around US$ 110

 

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Wanderlust

Put 4 Singaporean designers and a hip hotelier together and you end up with 29 eclectic rooms in the heart of Little India at the Wanderlust Hotel. Each design team was given their own floor of this 1920’s schoolhouse to let their imagination run riot. There are no identical rooms and each floor has a different theme: Industrial Glam, Eccentricity,  Creature Comforts and Is it just black and white?

If you like neon colours, pop art, spaceships or origami and of course funky design then this is the ideal place to stay. Add an alfresco jacuzzi and a French restaurant to the mix and the stage is set for having fun.

  • Location: No 2 Dickson Road, Little India
  • Prices start at around US$ 120

 

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The Sultan

Located in one of my favourite parts of town, the trendy Kampong Glam neighbourhood is the elegant Sultan boutique hotel. It occupies 10 historic shophouses which have been combined and converted to create 60 rooms. None of the rooms are the same.

Clever design solutions have been used to maximise the space in the rooms while high ceilings make the room feel larger.

A courtyard garden adds the finishing touch to this lovingly restored property.

  • Location: 101 Jalan Sultan, #01-01, Kampong Glam
  • Prices start at around US$ 100

 

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Klapstar

The Klapstar is a charming boutique hotel and is one of the popular hotels in the city. It is located on the southern edge of town, on the fringe of the business district.  The 4-star Klapstar hotel is a short walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station allowing easy access to the city’s attractions.

Each of the 17 rooms is unique and fitted with gorgeous custom-made contemporary Italian furnishings. Some of the rooms even have a beautiful outdoor shower. Additional features include a complimentary minibar, a Nespresso machine, a pillow menu that even has a goose down option and premium Egyptian linen.

An added bonus if you are travelling with children, under 11 years old, their accommodation is free.  The restaurant serves contemporary cuisine an offers the option of alfresco dining. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city then this is the perfect little hideaway to relax and unwind after a busy day.

  • Location: 15 Hoe Chiang Road
  • Prices start at around US$ 140

 

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Lloyd’s Inn

Set in a quiet residential area Lloyd’s Inn is cool, minimalist and contemporary. The monochromatic-themed rooms are light and airy and just ooze style in their simplicity. This concept-driven hotel has 34 rooms with 8 different room options to choose from. It’s a 5-minute walk to Orchard Street where you can shop to your heart’s content.

There is a rooftop terrace for a sundowner or you could use the plunge pool to cool off.  There is no in-house restaurant but breakfast vouchers are provided for Killiney Kopitiam which is a 5-minute walk away. There is a pantry and a microwave available if you should find that you are peckish. Lloyd’s Inn has won numerous awards and is excellent value for money.

  • Location:2 Lloyd road
  • Prices start at around US$ 130

 

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The Scarlet Hotel

This is another hotel that is inside a row of converted shophouses and dates from 1868.  A 1924 Art deco building also forms part of the hotel. The building has been classified as “Heritage” so structural changes had to be kept to a minimum.

The Scarlet Hotel is between Ann Siang Hill and Club Street in the heart of an area known for its trendy restaurants and nightlife.

There are a number of categories of rooms to choose from, but be aware that even within each category there are subtle differences in the rooms. The suites are impressive and they each have something special about them. The hotel is opulent and can best be described as oriental style meets modern elegance.

There is a gym and spa on site as well as a rooftop restaurant for stunning views over the city.

The Scarlet Hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, so if you want to cocoon yourself luxury, or treat someone special to a romantic break, then this is just the place for you.

  • Location: 33 Erskine Road, Chinatown
  • Prices start at around US$ 135

 

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The Warehouse

My favourite places to stay always have a story to be told. The Warehouse Hotel was originally built in 1895, on the banks of the Singapore River, to store goods arriving from the Straits of Malacca trade route.

Can you imagine what life was like back then? The area was seedy, with distilleries, unsavoury characters and secret societies. The spice warehouse was in the heart of all this activity. The heritage hotel opened last year as a beautifully restored, 37 room boutique hotel, offering all the mod cons, but focusing on its history as well.

Beautiful double volume ceiling and exposed brick greet you on your arrival, while interesting bits of pulley systems are scattered between the lighting. The rooms are slick and modern and feature free WiFi, Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers and quality linen.

There is also a stunning infinity pool on the roof and the hotel’s restaurant Po, serves modern Singaporean cuisine as well as some of the classic local dishes you would expect to find on menus across the city.

The hotel was featured in a recent article in the Guardian Newspaper as one of the 10 best design hotels in the world.

  • Location: Clarke Quay
  • Prices start at around US$ 280

 

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The Vagabond Club

I just love Hotel Costes in Paris . You may well wonder why I am talking about Paris when I am writing about Singapore, but the connection is simple. Jacques Garcia, a world-renowned French architect and interior designer was responsible for both of these gorgeous, opulent hotels.

When you arrive don’t expect a traditional check-in desk, but rather make your way to the little brass rhino. If that doesn’t surprise you then maybe the Frank le Ray designed golden baboon at the bar will. You may have guessed by now that art is a prominent feature in the hotel and there is even a resident artist on hand who will happily take you on a tour.

Housed in a 1950’s art deco building, that was a former opium den, you may well think that you are in a little corner of Paris with the luxurious red velvet salon that greets you. Dark wooden flooring and plush furnishings are standard throughout. Naturally, the bedrooms are an embodiment of what you would expect from a luxury stay.

Situated on the edge of Little India / Kampong Glam you will have fun exploring the vibrant, colourful streets in the area. I love this part of Singapore because it is such a contrast to the rest of the slick, modern city.

The Vagabond Club in your ideal choice for a luxury boutique hotel in Singapore.

  • Location: 39 Syed Alwi Road
  • Prices start at around US$ 225

 

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Clover The Arts

If you are looking for style and value the Hotel Clover The Arts will tick all your boxes. Each of the 44 rooms has their own identity with creature comforts to satisfy your needs.

The exterior is painted a sky blue colour with yellow punctuating the interior. It’s trendy and vibrant and features hand-painted murals throughout. There are a variety of rooms and you can choose from either single rooms to corner rooms with a king-sized bed and other options in-between.

There is a pretty garden on the roof with great city views. Hotel Clover The Arts is an ideal choice for couples and solo travellers who want to be in the heart of the action without breaking the bank.

  • Location: Boat Quay
  • Prices start at around US$ 85

 

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The prices quoted for all these design hotels in Singapore are only approximate price, as rates and specials can vary on a daily basis. It is worth checking both the options given for the hotels as they can differ.

If you liked this collection of hotels you may like to have a look at the boutique hotels in Bangkok selection.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. I tend to stay in the same old cookie-cutter places in Singapore, but I love the look of these hotels! I had come across Lloyd’s Inn before, but the others are all new to me. I am definitely going to have a hard time trying to choose one to stay at during my next visit. Thanks for the recommendations.

  2. Wow! I love the look of all these hotels and I’m normally so picky! They all appear to offer guests a unique and boutique experience. I’m a big fan of quirky designs and little features that set hotels apart. I would much rather stay in somewhere that offers me a unique hotel stay than a boring corporate hotel with zero personality!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jaz

    • I am so glad that you like my choice of hotels. We are on exactly the same page when it comes to the big hotel groups. They have a place, but they are not for me.

  3. Singapore has some really neat hotels!! I agree, I love hotels with a history, like The Warehouse. But the colors of the Clover Arts are so fun too!

  4. These are wonderful recommendations! I will be there in December and would love to check out some of the recommendations and see if they fit my budget! Absolutely love Studio M and M social. I travel cheap but it’s only for night so maybe I spurge out a bit.

  5. These are really awesome hotels and a vacation just to experience them in Singapore would be worth it. Found the names trendy too such as Wanderlust Hotel, Studio M, Vagabond Club or Clover The Arts. Each of these hotels is so tastefully done and would a delight for the guests. Love this list as it makes it easy to find them all in one place.

  6. I loved the all white interiors of Studio M and would definitely like to stay there some day. The Vagabond Club seems royal and luxurious. I am sure my better half would love such a design. This is an amazing list. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I think my wife would be very happy if I decide to book any of these hotel room….. apart joking, they all look great and i will definitely keep them in mind once I will go!

  8. Oh my god, these look amazing! I’m currently on a hostel tour of NZ so I could definitely use something as nice as these. Going have to consider them for my trip to Asia in the spring.

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