The Best Independently Owned Hotels in Singapore

October 30, 2017

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Singapore brims with hotel options. There are flashy high-rises with rooftop infinity pools, five-star resorts surrounded by lush tropical forests, the usual hostel offerings and everything in between. So where should you lay your weary head when you’re in The Lion City? These are our top picks.

Hotel Fort Canning. Image courtesy of the venue.

Found amidst a lush park northeast of Singapore’s central business district, Hotel Fort Canning is where we often daydream about taking a staycation. Its a luxurious hotel with amenities galore: a spa, swimming pools filled with mineral water, a state of the art gym with tranquil views, and both indoor and outdoor dining options. The rooms are all modern serenity, with marble bathrooms boasting monsoon rain showers, an in-room entertainment system and even a customized pillow menu. There’s also history here: the building was once a base for the British in World War II, and has been restored to full glory, complete with 14th-century artifacts for good measure. The place is great for daydreams, but even better in reality.

Lloyd’s Inn. Image courtesy of the venue.

Nestled on a small street off busy River Valley Road, Lloyd’s Inn provides an oasis of calm despite its proximity to the city center. Influenced by nature, this 34-room accommodation offers eight styles of rooms from modest quarters to a grand two-story suite. The color scheme of white walls, light woods and black accents is nearly reductive and it highlights both the incredible amount of light that shines in through the windows and the tropical foliage that surrounds the dwelling. Our favorite bit, though, has to be the roof terrace — that said, the garden deck and dipping pool aren’t too shabby either.

Naumi Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

Looking for hip digs? Then Naumi Hotel is for you. Pops of yellow greet you in the lobby, which has a sleek, mid-century modern vibe, and the 73 rooms range from the intimate “habitat” room to luxe suites inspired by Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol. But there’s much more here than trendy quarters: the rooftop infinity pool is surrounded by white loungers and accented with neon lighting; the three gyms are outfitted with cardio and lifting equipment, iPod docking stations and televisions; and the in-house restaurant, Table by Rang Mahal, will have you savoring contemporary Indian cuisine. Do note that nearly everything you see — from the art in the lobby to the room fragrance to the 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets — can be purchased. Hello, fancy new home décor!

The Sultan. Image courtesy of the venue.

Located in Kampong Glam, The Sultan sits comfortably within the neighborhood’s mélange of culture, rich history and delicious culinary experiences. The inviting hotel is the product of a faithful, loving restoration of 10 conservation shophouses with unique architectural features: full-length, shuttered windows, wide porticos and colorful tiles. Not one of the 64 rooms here is like another, though the interiors are largely neutral, with accents of rich burgundies, oranges and greens, and the amenities include plush bathrobes and slippers, data-enabled smart phones and complimentary breakfast in the halal-certified café.

Wanderlust. Image courtesy of venue

The funky Wanderlust always turns us into the heart-eyed emoji. This 29-room boutique stay in the heart of Little India is — to put it mildly — eclectic, borne from a collaboration between four of Singapore’s finest design agencies. The aesthetic melds an industrial-glam lobby with minimalistic black-and-white rooms and unconventional, neon-lit chambers. Aside from the look of the guestrooms, they’re outfitted with rain showers, international power adapters and Sealy Posturepedic mattresses. Though there’s for sure something here for the design freak in us all, there’s also Cocotte, the award-winning French eatery, on hand to sate those hunger pangs.

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