Flexible-Living Concept Space Set In 1920s Heritage Shophouses: Ann Siang House

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Flexible-Living Concept Space Set In 1920s Heritage Shophouses: Ann Siang House

July 25, 2019



Why settle for a chain hotel when you can check into a heritage-rich, “flexible-living” space such as Ann Siang House that’s located in the bustling Chinatown neighbourhood?

In a former life, the corner shophouse building that is now Ann Siang House at 28 Ann Siang Road was home to several Chinese clan associations where Chinese immigrants banded together to find work, housing and medical assistance. The building also housed private social clubs where members socialised over mahjong and opera performances.

Fast forward a couple of decades later and the 1920s heritage building sees more travellers rolling suitcases these days instead of clan or club members after it was transformed into The Club in 2015 and thereafter, Ann Siang House which opened in March 2018. 

The 20-room property takes its name from Chia Ann Siang (1832 -1892), a wealthy Hokkien merchant who acquired Ann Siang Hill, and built his house and estate on the hill.

5 Things We About Ann Siang House

1. Striking Façade, Chic Interiors  


Ann Siang House's most Instragrammed spot

While Ann Siang House did not do any structural changes after taking over from The Club, it engaged interior designer Flo Sander of iThink Consulting Group to refresh its facade and interiors. Sander gave the property’s ground floor and lobby walls a striking arctic blue hue (which gets the thumbs up from us), spruced up the façade with gold tones, and added black and white checkered floors plus an opulent chandelier at the entrance, possibly its most Instagrammed spot.

Interior spaces sport smart navy blue and white walls, and are adorned with chic bespoke handmade furniture and eclectic art pieces selected by international design studio HASSELL.


Communal spaces feature navy blue and white walls, leather sofas and quirky artworks
 

2. Stylish Apartment-Style Rooms
Thanks to the building’s unique layout, every room has a slightly different configuration. Our Deluxe Room, which overlooked Ann Siang Road, was spacious and featured soothing grey, brown and beige tones, with blue accents from the upholstered bench and desk chair.  

Having a soft spot for all things white, we were delighted that the bathroom featured a white palette, complete with white subway tiles, and contrasted with grey marble floor to up the luxe factor. Bathroom amenities are from New Zealand scent company Ashley & Co, known for its simple and environmentally friendly packaging (think cool looking brown glass bottles). The refreshing and bold, yet not overpowering, scents of the bath products have made us fans of the Kiwi brand.

If we were staying longer, we would consider checking into The Culinary Studio which is equipped with a kitchenette, complete with a microwave, an induction hob, Le Creuset cookware, Jamie Oliver storage jars, Crate and Barrel utensils as well as complimentary pasta, pasta sauce, oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar, courtesy of the hotel.


The Culinary Studio's kitchenette is stocked with all the essentials for you to whip up your comfort food

The Executive Rooms and Junior Suite also have kitchenettes that are equipped with similar items as The Culinary Studio, save for the free cooking ingredients!

There's no in-house gym, but fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious folks who want to keep fit can stay at The Active Studio which comes with an AIBI stationary exercise bike, dumbbells, a yoga mat, ab rollers and an exercise ball, and is stocked with Gatorade and energy bars for pre- or post-workout fuel.  


Keep up with your exercise routine at The Active Studio

For travellers seeking a relaxing and pampering experience, there’s The Wellbeing Suite which comes with an Ogawa massage chair for on-demand massages, a bathtub for relaxing soaks, a Hysses aroma burner and essential oils for an uplifting aroma experience and a balcony for quiet contemplations. Another wellbeing boost for guests come in the form of herbal supplement Pegaga, an Asian herb also known as gotu kola. Guests are encouraged to consume a teaspoon of powdered Pegaga twice a day with their choice of beverage or sprinkled over food such as yoghurt or cereal. Pegaga is considered a superfood as the herb is said to boost brain function, improve digestion, speed up wound healing and increase collagen production.



The pièce de résistance of The Wellbeing Suite is the Ogawa massage chair  

All rooms and suites come with handcrafted Hypnos beds (touted as “the most comfortable beds in the world”) with deep pocket spring mattresses; Samsung flat-screen smart TV; Tivoli bluetooth speaker system and alarm clock; Handy Phone which allows you to make free international calls to a number of destinations, and get tips on where to go and what to do in Singapore; Nespresso coffee machines stocked with coffee capsules from homegrown brand Hook Coffee; and minibars stocked with free soft drinks.


Enjoy coffee from Singaporean brand Hook Coffee in your room or suite


3. Home Away From Home Services
True to its name, Ann Siang House sees itself more as an accommodation with a “flexible-living” concept rather than a hotel where guests may stay longer than a night or two. As such, it has a communal wash and dry area on level 3 where guests can do their laundry on the house.


The washer and dryer are located on level 3

Instead of bottled water, filtered water is provided in glass bottles in the rooms and suites, and guests can fill up on filtered water 24/7 from a Nordac system tap in the lobby lounge area. There is also a small selection of crunchy local titbits (which we couldn’t stop snacking on, help!) provided on the counter in the lobby lounge.

A continental breakfast is served at the communal lounge on level 2, featuring breads, muffins, cakes, homemade granola (our favourite), yoghurt, cold cuts, cheese and juices from The Muffinry located at nearby Telok Ayer Street; coffee by popular specialty coffee purveyor Sarnies which has a café also on Telok Ayer Street; hard-boiled eggs; and a selection of teas from homegrown brand The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.


4. Cool F&B Tenants
We usually don’t hang out at hotel bars or eat at hotel restaurants, but we’re mighty glad we checked out Ann Siang House’s dining and drinking scene.

Being big fans of pizza, we made a beeline for Blue Label Pizza & Wine, helmed by American chef Travis Masiero, at the basement. We couldn’t get enough of the addictive Blue Label State Fair Fries, as well as the J-Dog and The Travis Supreme pizzas.


Enjoy concoctions handcrafted from an infusion of fragrant tea blends with exceptional spirits at rooftop bar The Other Roof

We enjoyed drinks with a view at swanky rooftop bar The Other Roof, founded by award-winning bartender Dario Knox. Known for its tea-finished spirits (there are over 400 to choose from) that are derived from bespoke leaves and tea blends, the bar is the first in the world to create all the different spirits in-house. Our favourite tipples were the floral Whole Lotta Love, a blend of pear blossom, lemon, golden gai tea, triple sec, lillet blanc and vodka, served in a dainty teacup and saucer; the citrusy Monkey See Monkey Do, a concoction of soda, lemon, grapefruit and pink fluid tea monkey 47 gin; and the punchy Chocolatea, made with chocolate liquor and latte macchiato tea vodka.

Over at Pandora’s Garden, the country’s first and largest rosé wine garden, nestled in the courtyard on the ground level, we sipped on premium rosé wine and nibbled on hearty British pork pie, honey glazed ham, homemade pate and mature English cheddar.


Check out White Label's eclectic mix of new and old records from around the world and be sure to try its signature vodka-based cocktail

A cool hangout for music and vinyl lovers is White Label on the ground level. A record store by day, it offers an extensive collection of records, as well as deejays and live acts on certain nights. At dusk, it transforms into a watering hole offering signature drinks such as White Label Iced Tea, a tea-based Long Island, and Chrysanthemum vodka martini.

By the way, we hear that the hugely popular nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk and eaten with side meat and vegetable dishes) eatery The Coconut Club (which sees long queues every day!) will be setting up shop at Ann Siang House in August. All we can say is, be prepared to queue!


5. Awesome Location
Ann Siang House's convenient location makes it the perfect starting point to explore the vibrant Chinatown neighbourhood.

As we’re big fans of local hawker food, we made a beeline for Maxwell Food Centre, just a 3-minute walk away. There’s also Amoy Street Food Centre, a short walk down the sheltered walkway towards Amoy Street; and Chinatown Food Street on Smith Street. Foodies are spoilt for choice as there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and drinking spots in the vicinity of the hotel – along Ann Siang Road, Ann Siang Hill, Club Street, Amoy Street, Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street.

Best of all, we could walk to Chinatown’s key attractions and landmarks such as Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Chinatown Street Market, Chinatown Visitor Centre, Chulia Mosque, Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, Singapore Musical Box Museum, Singapore City Gallery at The URA Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple and Thian Hock Keng Temple.


Rates start from $221++ for a Deluxe room.

www.annsianghouse.com

Photos courtesy of Ann Siang House & CL

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