Designed with bold hues, tropical-themed murals, and a Wes Andersonian color palette, the 45-room boutique hotel makes a beautiful hideout for travelers to the Lion City.
The world might be a jungle, but at Hotel Soloha, the colorful tropics serve as delightful inspiration for its photo-worthy interiors. Occupying a row of blue and white shophouses in Singapore’s buzzy Keong Saik enclave, the new boutique hotel welcomes guests with neon-lit signs and a reception counter that doubles as a bar.
A playground for local artists, the hotel showcases bold artworks by Ethrisha Liaw and Danielle Tay throughout its space, alongside a retail section with homegrown jewelry brands on rotation. Keep your eyes peeled for a sensual yet chic mural featuring a jaguar resting on a reclined woman and a snow leopard with its eyes fixated on you. Equally enchanting is a 13-meter-high, rainforest-themed painting installed in the lift shaft, titled “Spirit of the Forest.” The best way to admire it? Get into the elevator.
Cozy yet intimate, the hotel is home to just 45 rooms, with categories ranging from the stylish loft to the luxurious outdoor suite. Each of the four floors is marked by a neon motif depicting a different spirit animal, such as a snail or butterfly. Adding to the tropical ambient, piped music throughout the property reimagines the sounds of a jungle.
With immediate access to the rooftop courtyard, my spacious suite also came with a coveted, outdoor bathtub. Inside, marble countertops, rattan chairs with brass detailing, and vintage gold lamps created an elegant feel to the space. The smart television with Netflix access and interchangeable mood lighting via a digital panel meant the room was perfect for staycations.
The only F&B outlet within the hotel is Takeshi Noodle Bar, a small diner with the aesthetics of a Wes Andersonian movie and a 90s’ home combined. Think pretty terrazzo tables, Polaroids pinned on the walls, and coffee table books within pastel-hued nooks. A lovely contrast to the tropical-themed hotel, the restaurant does mean renditions of Japanese-style ramen but with premium ingredients.
The Miyazaki A5 wagyu ramen is a hot favorite with its tender slices of beef, as is the full-flavored seafood Szechuan mala Iberico tonkatsu. Those who fancy cream-based pasta won’t be disappointed by the mentaiko linguine with aburi salmon.
If you’re spending the weekend in, head to the hotel’s games room for some ping pong or consider hanging out at the bar for complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Alternatively, make the most of Hotel Soloha’s prime location in the Lion City’s Chinatown district and explore the area’s cool bars and restaurants. Have burgers and cocktails at Potato Head Singapore, tuck into grilled eel bowls at Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, and end the night with ice cream at Apiary.
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