Checking In: Capri By Fraser, China Square

Designed for digitally-savvy travelers, the 304-room hotel residence brings to life the different facades of Singapore’s Chinatown through its vibrant decor.

Brightly-hued art installations depicting the area’s bird keeping heritage.

The Look

Located on the cusp of Chinatown, Singapore’s second Capri by Fraser property might just be one of the city-state’s most vibrant hotel residences yet. Digital projections of the Lion City skyline welcome guests at the reception, while design elements by award-winning design group BLINK pay homage to different facades of life in Chinatown, both past and present. At the lobby, watercolor-like illustrations of the enclave’s shophouses flow down from the ceiling, while a feature wall made from abacus forms the Chinese characters for 和 (peace) 祥 (luck).

Striking art pieces at every turn.

Take a walk around the property and you’ll find locally-inspired designs at every nook and cranny—from tiles resembling Merlion scales at the poolside to brightly-hued art installations depicting the area’s bird keeping heritage.

The eye-catching mural of samsui women in modern outfits.

The Rooms

Designed for digitally-driven travelers, the 304 rooms here are powered by smart control technology that detects room occupancy so as to improve energy efficiency. In short, guests no longer need to insert room cards to activate the power in their rooms. The Studio Executive room in which I stayed was bright and breezy, featuring an eye-catching mural of samsui (early female immigrants who worked in construction) women in modern outfits, as well as bedside tables resembling traditional tingkats (tiffin carriers).

Pops of soft pastels from the printed rug and the lounge chair, complete the modern look of the room.

Features like a well-equipped kitchenette, Smart LED television, bathtub, and wireless speakers, add a touch of residential feel to the space. Meanwhile, pops of soft pastels from the printed rug and the lounge chair, complete the modern look of the room.

Bird cages in JÙN restaurant.

The Food

Shaped by the idea of social living spaces, the design-led serviced residence is home to a lounge called The Den. A cross between a club lounge and a co-working space of sorts, the space features designer furniture, wireless charging pads, board games, and refreshments. Guests on the go can grab a quick bite with microwaveable local dishes like nasi lemak and chicken rice, snacks, beer, and more. Between 6-8 p.m. daily, complimentary canapes will be served.

The braised dong po pork belly was delightfully tender.

For a heartier meal, head to JÙN, the residence’s all-day dining, Chinese restaurant. Here, standout dishes include the chili crab rillette kueh pie tee, braised dong po pork belly, and the home-style braised eggplant. Alternatively, wander out to the nearby neighborhoods of Tanjong Pagar, Bukit Pasoh, Kreta Ayer, and Telok Ayer to discover more local eats.

Switch on the battle mode and sweat it out together with a friend on the interactive PRAMA gym.

Don’t Miss

Expect plenty of fun on the 16th floor, where a pool, gym, and laundromat reside. Inside the spacious gym, you’ll find interactive PRAMA flooring, which incorporates music, lights, and sensors into your workout for an immersive experience. Feeling competitive? Switch on the battle mode and sweat it out together with a friend. The hospitality brand’s signature self-service laundrette is aptly called Spin & Play—inside, you’ll find an old-school Atari Pong machine and a Playstation to while away the hours. Even the rooftop pool comes with underwater speakers, so that guests can wind down with ambient music as they swim.

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