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Rich Heritage + Gorgeous Interiors: The Warehouse Hotel
Looking at the clean white triple-peaked building that is The Warehouse Hotel, one would never have guessed its colourful past.
In a former life, the 1895 warehouse (aka godown) was a hotbed of activity for secret societies, business deals and underground spirit distilling during the early 20th century. Then from 1986 to 1996, the building housed Warehouse Disco, the country’s most happening disco at the time.
Fast forward 21 years and the building has been meticulously restored as a stylish 37-room boutique hotel.
5 Things We ♥ About The Hotel
1. Industrial Chic Design
We are impressed with what award-winning homegrown agency Asylum has done to the interiors especially the high-ceiling lobby and reception area. Look up and check out the metal wheels and naked light bulbs that are inspired by pulleys found in godowns during Singapore’s trading days.
2. River View Mezzanine
No two rooms are alike and each one has its own charm, but if we had to choose, the 45sqm River View Mezzanine gets our top vote. Located in the centre of the building, the room boasts a neat little reading library on the second level, a peaked ceiling, original beams and a bathtub. All rooms have a king-sized bed, an LG smart TV, a Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speaker, Prostoria armchairs from Croatia and Flos lamps from Italy.
3. Naughty & Vice Objects
In a nod to the hotel building’s colourful heritage, it came up with “Objects of Vice”, a selection of items such as lighters, ashtrays, paperweights, bottle openers and flasks (all showcased in the lobby) that the original warehouse bosses would have used. All items (save for the handcuffs) are for sale.
Minibars of Vice
Photo: C. Leong
Then in each room, there is a “Minibars of Vice”, a three-tiered box of fun and playful treats. In the “Gluttony” compartment are addictive treats such as salted egg yolk potato chips from The Golden Duck, Korean spicy noddles and sour gummy bears from The Natural Confectionery Co. The ”Lust” section has a peacock feather, black-out eye shades, a vibrating ring and more, while the “Vanity” box contains a lip balm, sunscreen, a bamboo fan, a Tiger Balm ointment and a Tiger Balm mosquito repellant.
4. Local Collabs
We salute the hotel for supporting home-grown brands that we might otherwise not know of. Besides the minibar treats from Singapore companies (The Golden Duck, Tiger Balm and the likes), the in-room beverage mugs come from ceramic studio Mud Rock; the coffee is sourced from specialty coffee roaster Papa Palheta while tea is from A.Muse Projects; the ikat-print bed throws were designed by Matter Prints; and the planters were created by multi-medium design homegrown studio Plane&Bevel.
Mud Rock's ceramic mugs and bowl, Papa Palheta coffee and A.Muse Projects teas
Photo: C. Leong
Ikat-print bed throws by Matter Prints feature the shape of the hotel's three consecutive warehouse buildings
5. Local Flavours With A Twist @ Pó
Mention grandma’s food and most of us would think of comforting, yummy, made-from-scratch dishes prepared with love. Hotel flagship restaurant Pó – which takes its name from the Mandarin word for “grandmother” – pays tribute to popo (check out her pearls of wisdom found in the menu) and also celebrates Singapore rich culinary heritage.
Local dishes are given an inventive spin by award-winning Singaporean chef Willin Low who is the father of mod-Sin (modern Singapore) cuisine.
Make your own Popiah with fillings such as beansprouts, lettuce, crispy flatfish, eggs, shallots and hand-cut jicama stewed with pork, shrimp, bamboo shoots, carrots and peas
We can’t get enough of the roll-your-own Popiah; Charcoal-Grilled Iberico Satay, pork skewers marinated for 12 hours in spices; Herbal Pork Bone Broth, an eight-hour rich pepper broth served with tender US Prime pork ribs; Carabinero Prawns & Konbu Mee, a dry umami take of Hokkien Mee that packs in charcoal-grilled prawns, pork belly, lardons and sakura ebi.
Rates start from $285++ for a Warehouse Sanctuary room.
Photos courtesy of The Warehouse Hotel