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The Warehouse hotel singapore A stylish design boutique hotel to stay in Singapore – The Warehouse hotel.

I have just returned from my Summer holidays to Asia. We were in Singapore for 3 nights and stayed at The Warehouse Hotel, which had only just opened in January 2017.

I adore the heritage look, and this building from 1895 is not only beautiful, but steep in history. This is the preserved original façade of the building. the Warehouse hotel It sits along the banks of the Singapore river, opposite Robertson Quay with its bustling food and drinks scene. The Warehouse hotel lobby The interior of the hotel is testament to the hotel’s interesting and colourful past.

It started life as a Spice warehouse, sitting conveniently along the river trading route, and the light installation and pulleys were designed to compliment that history.

This space has since changed hands to being to being a distillery ( its shady past) and a cool disco. The vibe of the hotel is distinctly industrial with a midcentury modern feel, incorporating lots of design elements in the lighting, furniture and decor. Check out those plush and comfortable brown leather sofas and gorgeous midcentury olive green chairs. There are a total of 37 rooms in the hotel with 6 distinct room types. The rooms all have different layouts but with a relative uniform look, in terms of colours and materials.

The upstairs bedrooms are brighter and lighter, with higher ceilings compared to the ones downstairs. The smooth cement walls that surround the rooms were the original masonry walls, and adds a luxury industrial feel.

Love the black metal frame doors, reminiscent of the on trend Crittall doors. I love how all the design elements are put together, from this beautiful vintage black leather chair, ceramic mug, to the freestanding brass Flos ICS light in the corner.

I must admit, I was super excited to see the Flos lamp, as I have recently installed a similar Flos ICS S2 light in my bedroom. Feast your eyes on this sleek and modern Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A2 sound system which graced every bed side.

We drank filtered water from stylish refillable glass bottles rather than plastic, a little step to help the environment. Even the kettle is so cool. I have my eyes set on this Hario Coffee Drip Electric kettle.

The Papa Palheta drip coffee was superb. There is an on site restaurant called Pó. The decor is distinctively Asian, and their signature dish there is the tantalisingly good Popiah.

Popiah is a spring roll which you make yourself from condiments and specially cooked ingredients like crabs, prawns and pork.

I grew up in Malaysia eating Popiah and I can hand to heart say that it tasted just like what my grandmother used to make for us at home.

The fresh coconuts you can see in the zinc bucket above was for breakfast. The coolest feature of the hotel, after the lobby, is the glass infinity pool on the rooftop.

It has beautiful pink and white tiles and a lovely view of Singapore. It’s so cool to swim and be able to look out under water. Meet Lady Luck, one of Warehouse hotel’s classic and complimentary cocktails for guests, made of citrus vodka, roselle gin, honeybush, pineapple shrub, ginger, coconut and lemon oleo saccharum.

It was so fun to sip cocktails by the poolside.

If swimming is not your thing, then you could borrow the hotel’s Tokyo bikes to cycle along the river.

Finally, to add, I stayed at the Warehouse hotel with my family and it was truly enjoyable for all. In fact, all the design elements make me want to go shopping.I definitely recommend it as a place to stay in Singapore.

( All photography are by Little |Big Bell, except for the bedroom photos which are from the Warehouse hotel. We were offered a few nights free stay. The review is based on my own independent opinion. I sought out the hotel because I have heard great things and love the design elements.)

Colourful-shutters-Mica-building-Singapore-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Singapore is one of my favourite cities in South East Asia. I decided to do some colour hunting whilst out there this Summer.

Look at those shutters on that colonial building. There’s no doubt I found colourful Singapore here. Colourful-Singapore-shutters-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts building, also known as MICA.

It was opened in 1934 and used to house  the police station. It’s located at the junction of Hill Street, hence it’s also now known as the Old Hill Street Police Station.

Those shutters remind me of Pantone colour swatches. colourful-singapore-little-big-bell Opposite the MICA building is this wonderful vision of pastel.

Behind it, is Clarke Quay, the hip riverside area with its painted shophouses, filled with lively bars and restaurants. Colourful-Little-India-in-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A short bus ride down the road from the MICA building, took us to the bright colours of Singapore’s Little India in Serangoon road.

This area became Little India around the 1930s, when thousands of Indian migrants, many of whom were recruited in the naval base, settled in the area. Colourful-house-colorful-1-Little-India-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell See what I mean by bright?

Such bold use of vibrant colours that seem to fit well together.

Little-India-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Next time I should return in the night, to see the colourful bulbs, wired up all over the house, light up in the dark.

Must be quite a sight. Floral-wreaths-in-Little-India-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Colour in Little India is not just confined to buildings. Look at these sweet scented floral garlands.

They are I believe, commonly used in Hindu weddings, where the bride and groom exchange garlands in the ceremony.

The scent from the Jasmine flowers were amazing. Singapore-1-little-India-restaurant-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Now when you go to little India, you have to try the traditional curries served on banana leaves.

My cousin Sharon took me to the Apolo restaurant (photo above) and the food was both delicious and spicy to my liking. Little-India-in-Singapore-colorful-colourful-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Would I ever be brave enough to paint my shutters like this?

Probably not, but then again, this looks perfectly at home in the tropical climes of Singapore’s Little India. Rasa-Sentosa-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Talking about Tropical climate, check out this beautiful green foliage all over Singapore.

In fact, this is at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa resort and spa  where I stayed with the family for a few nights.

If you are travelling to Singapore with young children, I can highly recommend this hotel.

They have thought of everything to accommodate the needs of little ones, from kid sized bathing robes, kids’ slippers, to pull out beds, climbing stools,life guards at the pool, kids’ restaurants and special play areas. The list could go on and on. Colourful-kuih-Shangri-La-Rasa-Sentosa-resort-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Anyway, I managed to capture some of the colourful food at this wonderful hotel too.

These are called kuih, traditional desserts commonly eaten in Malaysia and Singapore. Often they are sweet, sometimes savoury and mostly made of a fine glutinous rice. 8-noodles-at-Shangri-La's-Rasa-sentosa-resort-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This bright yellow wall at Rasa Sentosa certainly did not escape my attention. 8-noodles-restaurant-Rasa-Sentosa-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It belonged to the hotel’s delicious noodle bar. Rasa-Sentosa-singapore-buffet-lunch-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell In fact, not only is the Rasa Sentosa incredibly family friendly, we got quite a gastronomic experience there too with 5 different eateries.

Check out the Indian lunch buffet above with its beautiful Copper serving pots and lamps. Rasa-Sentosa-resort-and-spa-garden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This outdoor space at the Rasa Sentosa was a delight to walk through. Vegetables, fruits and herbs thrived beautifully.

I simply had to capture the pops of red and yellow on those cacti.
Colourful-house-in-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love how Singapore is preserving the old colonial shop house architecture. Even better when they are painted in colourful hues don’t you think? Colourful-Singapore-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hope you have enjoyed seeing the colourful side of Singapore that I have found. wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.

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