The Warehouse Hotel was built in 1895 along the Singapore River as part of the Straits of Malacca trade route. At that time, the area was a hotbed of secret societies, underground activity, and liquor distilleries. Today The Warehouse Hotel has been meticulously restored as a modern 37-room boutique hotel, focusing on heritage and local culture. Tourists can experience a different Singapore while staying at the hotel.
The Warehouse Hotel is situated on the banks of the Singapore River, right opposite the bustling Robertson Quay food and drink enclave. The nearest Clarke Quay MRT station is a good 20-minute walk away. If you’re heading to the financial district, catch a cab – it will take you no more than five to 10 minutes to get to your destination. A cab ride to Orchard Road takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
Address: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628.
Style & character
Once a spice warehouse, then the Warehouse Disco and finally an oil mill, this historic 1895 building has been transformed into a 37-room boutique hotel after a 22 month-long renovation. The lofty hotel lobby sports a sleek industrial design with intricate details that whisper of the property’s past. The double-volume ceiling festooned with custom lightings inspired by pulleys found in godowns illuminate the space, while a feature wall in exposed brick harks back to the building’s heritage past.
There is no lack of designer details, such as plush leather seats from renowned brands (think Jess Design from Belgium and Stellar Works from Australia). The chic factor is toned down a tad at the on-site restaurant, Po, that strives to reflect on the city’s historical ‘kampong’ (Malay village) spirit with the generous use of rattan seats, crystal beaded lamps and terrazzo floor tiles.
Service & facilities
Apart from the swimming pool, there isn’t much in terms facilities – not that you’ll need them. Built over an added extension, the positively pink-tiled cantilevered pool offers a meditative respite from the bustle of the city. Service by the young crew is aptly polished and quietly professional. Our multiple requests for bottled water, for example, were promptly attended to.
- Room service
There are 37 rooms in six categories, spread over two stories. If you like your digs with a voluminous ceiling, book a room on the upper floor. And if you prefer not to have a windowless room, the Sanctuary rooms are not for you.
While all rooms have a different layout, they are decked in a uniformed theme of taupe and grey muted tones against green forest marble, wooden floors and black metal-framed frosted or see-through bathroom doors with original masonry walls. To draw attention to its unique made-in-Singapore theme, in-room coffee and tea mugs are custom-made by a local ceramic studio while locally made bedspreads proudly showcase the hotel’s silhouette in ikat patterned textile. Complimentary drip coffee bags and teabags are custom-packed for the hotel by local companies (we love the coffee by Papa Palheta) while minibar snacks, which are chargeable, include a specially curated range of Asian snacks including Vietnamese dark chocolate.
To play its part for the environment, filtered water is served in refillable glass bottles rather than plasti, while refillable bath toiletries are by Ashley & Co New Zealand (it’s amazingly aromatic). Despite its proximity to Havelock Road, the excellent in-room soundproofing ensures zero noise pollution.
Food & drink
The lobby bar, which gets busy in the evenings, offers a cocktail menu that reflects on different chapters of the property’s history. Po, meaning grandmother in Mandarin, serves elevated Singaporean classics such as the do-it-yourself popiah with handpicked flower crabs, raw local barramundi iceberg salad in a calamansi chilli dressing, chunky charcoal-grilled iberico pork satay and carabinero prawns on kombu mee. At breakfast, it serves a limited continental spread of freshly baked pastries, cheeses and homemade granola matched with your choice of hot food (try the classic Singapore congee or the hearty English breakfast). If you prefer to eat out, take a short stroll to the nearby Robertson Quay where food and drink options abound.
Access for guests with disabilities?
The hotel provides one accessible room with grab bars.
Children are welcomed to the property although the hotel is not family-focused.
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