Another hotel I had the opportunity to try out was The Warehouse Hotel in Singapore. This boutique hotel is part of Design Hotels and owned by the Lo & Behold Group in Singapore, though it joined the SPG program about one or 2 years back. Having been featured in several travel magazines before, I was keen to try out this for one of my stay in Singapore. Located along the Robertson Quay area by the historic Singapore River, the hotel is actually just beside the Four Points by Sheraton (ex – River View Hotel). So Marriott/SPG members keen to hotel hop can do so easily here.
As a boutique hotel, the exterior of the property is very low-key and retains a plain white facade. Inside the lobby, it was dark and has a very unique decor with gears and pulley systems hanging in the vast lobby. With the building being a historic godown, the lobby was given an industrial look.
Turning left in the lobby, guests will find the simple reception desk. Beside the reception desk, there was also a shelf selling some souvenirs and trinkets that doubles as unique gifts. As a boutique hotel, I did not notice any staff coming over to assist with my luggage since there was no dedicated concierge or bell desk in the hotel. I believe the reception staff doubles as the concierge and could assist with your luggage.
The check-in process was quick but even arriving around noon time, our room was not yet ready. The limited number of rooms in the hotel and a full occupancy meant we had to return later in the day for the room keys. It was no problem storing our luggage with the hotel.
Room No: 106 Category: River View Room
In the evening when we returned to the hotel, we obtained our room keys from the reception desk along with drink tokens in the shape of old Chinese coins. Our room was located on the ground floor and is accessed past a door that requires guests to tap their key card to enter. The assigned room was the first one on the right side of the corridor.
Right next to the door by the entryway was an open closet. While this would be construed as cheap and common in a roadside motel, the decor works in the minimalist and industrial decor of the room.
Past the foyer along the wall, there was a floating console where the hotel literature and any welcome amenity is placed at. An armchair is placed at the end of the entryway by the window with the flatscreen TV hung on the wall.
Beside the closet was the open bathroom and the transparent windows with black frames really gives it a modern industrial feel and made the whole room feel more spacious. There was a new bathtub that overlooks the rest of the bedroom while a very spacious shower cubicle is found across from the bathtub.
The shower cubicle has a nice rain shower and hand held shower head. Bath amenities here are by Ashley & Co., another niche brand that feels like Aesop. This is a good thing but the amenities are in large bottles affixed to the wall.
The toilet is placed in a separate enclosed section with its own translucent door. The four-piece bathroom fixtures does make this a true luxury bathroom.
A comfortable King sized bed sits in the middle of the bedroom, literally since there was space at the back of the bed. The siting of the bed was meant so that the sides does not align with the doorway into the bathroom. This was a neat attention to detail.
What this layout creates is also a neat working area behind the bed that is secluded from the entryway. The long desk means there is plenty of space for guests to work comfortably inside the room if they need to.
When we first arrive into the room, there was a basket filled with 2 pineapple tarts as a welcome amenity. This was delicious and very unique indeed.
As a Design Hotel, there was plenty of nice touches from the high quality of the furnishings to the coherent design cues for the stationery. The nice welcome folio in the room provides the background for the hotel and includes a nice postcard along with a guide to the area.
The minibar setup in the shelf by the bathroom entrance was also impressive as it was stocked with items that attracts me. Even the manual drip coffee with a Hario kettle for ease of use. This is a great alternative to a Nespresso machine in the room.
However nice the room was, there was one flaw that would make it hesitant for a longer stay here. With the ground floor location, the window in the room overlooks the riverside promenade. The bars outside the window makes it feel like one is in a prison cell though the river side view is nice. The main issue is the lack of privacy when you open the curtains to allow light into the room as the public has an open view into your room. There are no privacy glass here, and for that reason, I would have preferred a room on the second floor.
Restaurant and Bars
Breakfast was not included in my stay but I did not need it. Guests could enjoy breakfast at the highly acclaimed Po Restaurant located across from the reception desk. This is the only restaurant in the hotel but there are several nice restaurants not far from the hotel along the riverside.
In addition to the restaurant, there is a very nice bar beside the reception desk with plenty of seats to lounge at in the spacious lobby.
Two drink tokens were given to us upon receiving our room key and we exchanged them for 2 nice drinks at the bar. I would even encourage visitors not staying at the hotel to visit this bar as they have very tasty drinks with a cool presentation.
As a boutique hotel with a small number of rooms, there was limited facilities. However they managed to have an outdoor swimming pool which can be accessed from the second floor through the room corridors. The swimming pool has some stairs to get to but it is a very nice space to lounge at in the afternoon with deck chairs and bar stools overlooking the river. However the pool is more like a dipping pool rather than a lap pool.
Beneath the swimming pool, the empty space becomes a small car park for guests who drives. The space is limited though and if there are no space left, guests might have to find other spaces in the surrounding buildings to park.
However the best facility to enjoy while staying at the hotel is the public riverside promenade which is where the history of Singapore started. Today it is filled with cafes, pubs and restaurants and the landscaping makes it a very pleasant space to walk throughout the day.
Room rates in this hotel range between S$350-400 excluding taxes (~$260-300) which is on the high side considering the slightly remote location as there are no MRT lines nearby. However it is also available for SPG points redemption and having enjoyed the design of the room and the drinks at the bar, I was happy to stay here for a special weekend. But for a return visit, I think there are other hotels that provide better value for that price.