A New Singapore Hotel for Creative Types

  • Forty-two rooms are fitted with lots of art and nods to Parisian design.

    Forty-two rooms are fitted with lots of art and nods to Parisian design.

  • One of the hotel's six gold-leaf trees handcrafted in Jaipur.

    One of the hotel's six gold-leaf trees handcrafted in Jaipur.

  • The hotel's exterior in Kampong Glam.

    The hotel's exterior in Kampong Glam.

  • A wildlife sculpture from French artist Franck Le Ray.

    A wildlife sculpture from French artist Franck Le Ray.

Click image to view full size

With its artist residencies and collection of works from the likes of Marco López and Leon Ferrari, the brand-new Hôtel Vagabond (doubles from US$215) is staking out a niche for itself in Singapore’s creative scene. As the debut property of the Garcha Hotels group, the Vagabond occupies a 1950s Art Deco building in Kampong Glam with 42 rooms and suites (some with fold-up Murphy beds) fashioned by French designer Jacques Garcia with florid textiles, mahogany desks, mosaic tiling, and details like Scottish-leather Roberts Radios. On the ground floor, the Salon promises jazz nights, independent film screenings, and a place to have a cocktail with the artists living upstairs. —Gabrielle Lipton

This article originally appeared in the October/November print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Calling All Nomads”)

Share this Article