Above: the Halo Bar at Wangz Hotel.
Singapore may be in the spotlight for its two gargantuan casino-resorts, but the odds are still looking good for the city-state’s ever-expanding crop of boutique hotels. Here are four notable ones.
** Nostalgia Hotel (77 Tiong Bahru Rd.; 65/6808-1818; hotelnostalgia.com.sg; doubles from US$135) occupies a revamped 1930s shophouse in Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates. True to its name, the 50-room property is awash in bygone charm, from lush fabrics to gilded mirrors and chandeliers. It also has a lovely, long outdoor pool alongside an alfresco restaurant and lounge.
** In the same neighborhood, Wangz Hotel (231 Outram Rd.; 65/6595-1388; wangzhotel.com; doubles from US$163) features 41 smart guest rooms kitted out with extremely comfy beds, pillow menus, and Molton Brown amenities. The revamped, aluminum-clad building is home to a smart mod-Asian restaurant and a nifty rooftop bar, Halo, which offers stellar city views.
** The Club (28 Ann Siang Rd.; 65/8808-2188; theclub.com.sg; doubles from US$139) is a 22-room property set in a historic Chinatown shophouse. Timber platform beds and silver drop lights accessorize the black-and-white interiors. When it comes to wining and dining, expect Mediterranean fair and a wide selection of beers at the rooftop lounge.
** Wanderlust (2 Dickson Rd.; wanderlusthotel.com; doubles from US$286) in the Little India neighborhood is set in a 1920s schoolhouse and features a cantilevered pool, a bar and brasserie, and 29 themed accommodations, from monochrome capsule rooms to a suite designed to resemble a spaceship, right down to the star-studded walls. –Evelyn Chen
Originally appeared in the April/May 2010 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Small Wonders). Updated in October 2011.