Checking In at Dorsett Singapore

Dorsett Singapore occupies a choice location on the edge of the city-state’s quaint Chinatown

In a city where location is everything, Dorsett Singapore places itself squarely in the up-and-coming Chinatown neighborhood, just five minutes’ drive from downtown. Located atop Outram Park MRT station, the hotel stands at the edge of neighborhood’s quaint multi-colored shophouses. Even with Singapore’s unforgiving weather, the quick stroll from the Dorsett to dinner in the area’s blossoming restaurant scene is a pleasant one. For visitors to the Lion City seeking central digs without the hubbub of Orchard or Raffles, the Dorsett is a welcome addition.

The dramatic bronze exterior of Dorsett Singapore.

The dramatic bronze exterior of Dorsett Singapore.

The Look: The Dorsett’s design comes from the regional hotel group’s in-house team, led by Winnie Chiu, one of the founding family members of the hospitality company. The sleek bronze exterior is a beacon among commercial low-rise buildings and offices. Inside, the lobby’s Italian marble flooring, mirrored reception desk, and crystal chandeliers jutting from the wall add a touch of glitz. Sleek leather couches and high-back armchairs invite guests to enjoy the sounds of a baby grand piano. Upstairs, Pop Art-inspired photos of Singapore cast a playful mood beside colorful cameras that double as doorbells and Do Not Disturb signs. For a quiet moment, head to the hotel’s seventh floor for a jaunt on the roof garden with views of downtown Singapore.

Chandeliers and a mirrored reception desk add a touch of glitz.

Chandeliers and a mirrored reception desk add a touch of glitz.

The Rooms: Guest rooms are decorated with function and comfort in mind over dramatic design. Understated shades of brown and gray color leather headboards and cushy carpeting. Mod-cons including a 40-inch LED TV, iPhone and iPad docking station, and safe wide enough to fit a notebook computer are available in all accommodations. Choose a Balcony Room for an elevated view of Chinatown’s shophouses and the hotel’s charming koi pond. The Dorsett’s central location does mean space is at a premium, and its 285 rooms range from 22 to 25 square meters. For a different take on the city hotel room, try the hotel’s latest addition: two-story Loft Rooms with beds found at the summit of in-room staircases.

The Splash Room has a roomy soak bathtub.

The Splash Room has a roomy soak bathtub.

The Appeal: While the hotel does not have its own food and beverage offerings it more than makes up for it with discounts at nearly 20 nearby restaurants. Neighboring establishments such as Peranakan fine dining venue Candlenut and Magma German Wine Bistro offer up to 15 percent off the total bill. The same applies for the spa: book treatments at Jean Yip Loft through concierge and earn 15 percent off as well.

The hotel's Sky Garden offers views of Chinatown and downtown.

The hotel’s Sky Garden offers views of Chinatown and downtown.

The Surrounds: The Dorsett is located in Chinatown’s hotbed of dining and nightlife. Just next door find André Chiang’s namesake restaurant and further afield, Keong Saik Road beckons with a cluster of Unlisted Collection eateries. The hotel is just 25 minutes’ drive from Changi Airport and 10 minutes from Orchard Road.

Balcony rooms surround the hotel's quaint koi pond.

Balcony rooms surround the hotel’s quaint koi pond.

For those in the know: The hotel group is set to open their first property outside of Asia this May in West London’s neighborhood of Shepards Bush.

333 New Bridge Road; 65/6678-8333; Dorsett Singapore; doubles from US$180

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