A pair of Singapore hotels – in Chinatown and Tanglin respectively – have recently reopened after major make overs; and both are well worth a visit, whether it’s for a meal and drinks, or for a night or two as a mini-break from home.
28 Ann Siang Road 6808 2188 | theclub.com.sg
The Transformation: After beginning life as a 19th-century colonial house, this building on the western fringe of Ann Siang Hill opened as a boutique hotel in 2010, before closing last year for a nine month renovation. It has re-emerged with a stronger focus on hospitality. The room count of 20 might be modest, but the hotel is now home to a whopping four restaurants and bars: Tiger’s Milk, Mr &Mrs Maxwell’s, B28 and The Disgruntled Chef.
The Rooms: There’s a muted elegance to the interiors, which feature earthy colours and retro Mad Men touches to the bespoke furniture and fabrics. We liked the proliferation of books and artworks, and the view past the vibrant red shutters to Ann Siang’s shophouses and leafy summit; we were also fans of the handmade Hypnos bed and Ploh bedding (who wouldn’t be?), the luxury UK toiletries and the zippy Wi-Fi. Two of the 20 rooms are suites, each with considerably more space and also a balcony.
The Food: All four F&B spots are worth trying, but we were drawn to the rooftop, whose Peruvian restaurant Tiger’s Milk is adorned in a kaleidoscope of colours (a nice contrast from the understated rooms) – check out the beaded skulls on the shelf behind the bar. The views down to Chinatown and across to the towering CBD are epic, as is the Pisco Sour – surely the best cocktail of its kind on the island. We also enjoyed the menu of ceviches (the restaurant is named after the citrus marinade used in the curing process) and anticucho (grilled skewers); try the charred lamb heart marinated in harissa paste, or the interesting causa, a Peruvian potato terrine.
The Location: The Club is well placed for exploring Chinatown’s temples, eating hawker fare (Maxwell Food Court is mere metres away) and partying on Club Street – indeed, light sleepers might rue the proximity of the revelry on weekends. Three MRT stations are within easy reach. Joggers can try a few loops of Pearl’s Hill City Park for a stair workout, or head east to the nearby Marina for water views.
Nice to Know
If you’re a whiskey or jazz lover (or, like us, a whiskey-and-jazz lover), B28 is an underground bar (the “B” is for basement), where aficionados gather to swirl single malts and, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live music.
This article first appeared in the July 2016 edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe
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