The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore
The Warehouse Hotel, which occupies an iconic godown (or warehouse), is located on the banks of the Singapore River at Robertson Quay. The building, a warehouse dating back to 1895, the height of the spoce trade when Robertson Quay was a part of a sea trade route through the Straits of Malacca, reflects a period in the area’s history which was rife with secret societies, opium dens and underground distilleries.
The Warehouse Hotel, with 37 guest rooms, is the first accommodation venture for Singapore’s Low & Behold, the group behind some of the city’s smartest restaurants, including the Tanjong Beach Club and Odette at the National Gallery. The hotel is proud of the fact that it is 100 percent Singapore owned, designed and operated and showcases local talent throughout, from the bespoke furniture and locally inspired cuisine, to contemporary artwork and the hotel’s own guidebooks.
The property is owned by I Hotel, designed by homegrown agency Asylum and local firm Zarch Collaboratives led the architectural rehabilitation. The pared-back design pays homage to the area’s industrial roots. Head designer and founder of Asylum, Chris Lee has stated that, “Our focus has been to protect the property’s legacy, while creating a fresh perspective on the term ‘industrial’. The environment is warm and sophisticated to prevent it from being too obviously grounded in what has been before.”
Several guestrooms have double-height ceilings; all will feature free high-speed Wi-Fi access, Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, custom pillowtop mattresses and eco-certified Ashley & Co bath amenities while minibars are stocked with Singapore-sourced edibles. The premium loft-style Riverview Suite is located on the top floor and features a soaring double-height peaked ceiling and original beams.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Po, is an homage to popo meaning grandmother in Mandarin; here, the rich heritage of home-cooked specialties comes to life. The menu has been crafted by Chef-Partner and ‘mod-sin’ (modern-Singaporean) pioneer Willin Low, founder of Wild Rocket, considered to be one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
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