On the bank of Singapore River sits The Warehouse Hotel, a restored heritage building that was once a warehouse, as its name suggests. Its deep heritage roots harken back to 1895 as part of the Straits of Malacca trade route, located in the heart of the bustling Havelock Road neighbourhood which, back in the day, was a hotbed of secret societies, underground activity, and liquor distilleries.
Splendidly restored by Chris Lee of creative studio Asylum as a stylish and enigmatic place, The Warehouse Hotel is now a trendsetter’s dream that puts a fresh spin on the term “industrial”. While imbuing warmth and sophistication to the space, special effort has been taken to protect the property’s legacy, with focus on delivering thoughtful hospitality.
Awash in muted palettes, the boutique hotel boasts 37 elegant historically-detailed rooms. Each one is distinctly unique as they were designed to complement the building’s existing layout – its signature triple-pitched roof and original masonry walls – with numerous rooms offering the luxurious grandiose of double-volume ceilings.
The lobby and reception area is an amphitheatre of understated chic complete with decor and furnishings that marry a bygone era with modern-day Singapore. In a bid to #supportlocal, decorative items and elements like artwork, guidebooks, coffee and tea selections and even snacks stocked in the rooms’ minibars are commissioned from homegrown brands and creators. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere indoors, or enjoy a calming retreat with a dip in the rooftop infinity swimming pool.
Not just a hotel, The Warehouse Hotel is dedicated to serving up a localised experience with Po, its flagship restaurant that brings Mod-Sin fare to the table. Helmed by Mod-Sin pioneer Chef Willin Low, expect only a loving revival of yesteryear’s flavours, with experimental forays into fusion territory. Also, step away from the cookie-cutter itinerary by approaching the concierge team for personal and unexpected recommendations that will make for one-of-a-kind memories.
The Warehouse Hotel
320 Havelock Road
tel: 6828 0000
This was adapted from an article originally written by Gladys Lee in the April 2017 issue of SquareRooms.