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Inspired By Culture-Rich Neighbourhood: Andaz Singapore
Location. Location. Location. It’s not just the real estate agent’s mantra; it’s also a key factor for many a hotel’s success. In the case of Andaz Singapore, Southeast Asia’s first Andaz hotel, its location defines its personality and character.
The Andaz hallmark is that each hotel weaves the sights, sounds and tastes of its respective neighbourhood into its property to immerse guests in the eclectic culture of each local destination.
Located at the crossroads of the culturally rich Kampong Glam and Little India precincts, as well as the Bras Basah and Bugis arts and entertainment hub, Andaz Singapore captures the vibrancy and history of its surroundings in its design and décor as envisioned by renowned Hong Kong-based interior designer Andre Fu.
Operated by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, the 342-room hotel, which opened in November 2017, occupies levels 25 to 39 of one of the eye-catching honeycomb-patterned, concave DUO towers, designed by award-winning German architect Ole Scheeren. The hotel is connected to the Bugis MRT station via underground pedestrian walkways.
5 Things We ♥ About The Hotel
1. Gorgeous Locally Inspired Design
We’re big fans of design maestro Fu’s “relaxed luxury” aesthetic and marvelled at how he has captured the spirit of the colourful shophouses and bustling alleyways of the Kampung Glam, Little India and Bugis neighbourhoods, and given it a modern Singapore-style alleyway spin throughout the hotel.
Shophouse alleyway-inspired corridors
Envisioning the hotel as a “modern cultural discovery which embraces Singapore’s urban spirit” and drawing inspiration from the local shophouse alleyway experience, Fu created spaces for guests to explore and experience a sense of discovery and wonder along the way, in a similar manner as to how one would wander around shophouse alleys.
The heart of the hotel, Alley on 25 houses five shophouse-inspired eateries, two drink spots as well as outdoor pool
One such space is the open-concept Alley on 25 on level 25, where check-in is done at one of two island reception counters separated by a small garden, and where we enjoyed lounging on rocking chairs while munching on complimentary crunchy local titbits.
2. Open-Concept Shophouse-Inspired Eateries
The shophouse alley experience continues at the hotel’s culinary hub on level 25 which houses five restaurants and two bars. Modelled after Singapore’s buzzy street food or hawker centre scene where different food stalls offer a variety of food in one large space, the eateries are named after the respective cooking methods that each one specialises in.
Tuck into dim sum, Chinese-style rice, noodles and meat dishes at Auntie's Wok & Steam
At Auntie’s Wok & Steam, chefs are busy rolling, wrapping, folding and cooking dumplings, stir-frying noodles, rice and meat, or steaming fish. Smoke & Pepper serves local and Asian barbecued specialities prepared over an open-fire charcoal grill, while Icehaus offers cold cuts, salads and locally inspired desserts like the must-try Andaz Chendol Pop.
Dessert fans must try Icehaus' Italian soft-serve ice cream as well as locally inspired treats such as the famous Andaz Chendol Pop
True to its name, The Green Oven cooks mains such as Braised Lamb Shank, Whole Spring Chicken and Black Mussels in its large green, vintage-style Beech Ovens. Over at Plancha’Lah!, you can watch the chefs prepare Japanese-inspired dishes like Japanese Fruit Tomato, Wagyu Sirloin and Hokkaido Scallops with flair at an open hotplate.
Even though each restaurant has its own space, we could move from one to another seamlessly through the alleyway-inspired corridors. During breakfast, we could choose to sit at Icehaus, Smoke & Pepper or The Green Oven and help ourselves to the buffet spread laid out at the three restaurants.
Drinkswise, Bar Square concocts cocktails with a local twist along with spirits infused with local ingredients.
Throughout the day, we could sip on TWG teas, Boncafé coffee, still or sparkling water, Andaz ice tea (made with pandan syrup, no less) or lemonade and nibble on snacks (all complimentary for hotel guests) at Sunroom, which operates like a hotel club lounge. During Andaz Lounge Hour from 5pm to 7pm daily, we enjoyed complimentary red and white wines plus a local beer.
Enjoy all-day coffee, tea, iced tea and lemonade, and snacks, plus complimentary wines and beer from 5pm to 7pm at the Sunroom
The best thing is that no matter which restaurant or bar we were at, captivating views of the city are guaranteed as each outlet has floor-to-ceiling windows on one side.
3. Rooms With Shophouse Touches
On the way to our rooms, we kept our eyes peeled for more discoveries. Our eyes were drawn first to Brazilian artist Andre Mendes’ metal sculpture, The World Traveller, at the atrium before spotting the cool vintage-style letter box, commonly seen outside shophouses, which houses the doorbell and keycard reader.
Brazilian artist Andre Mendes’ metal sculpture takes pride of place at the atrium
Dressed in earthy tones of warm russet and mustard, with floor-to-ceiling windows unveiling lovely city views, our cosy 38sqm King View room features lots of wood and stone finishings.
Fu’s shophouse touch comes in the form of mango-yellow shophouse-style swing doors which separate the bathroom from the bedroom.
We love the fluid layout of the room which allowed us to move around easily in a circular path from the walk-in closet and bathroom to bedroom, work table, day bed, minibar and hallway.
King View room
Speaking of minibar, all items (except for alcoholic beverages) can be enjoyed for free. It was stocked with canned drinks, juices, still and sparkling water, San Pellegrino sparkling juice, beer, chocolates, cereal bar and chilli popcorn for a local touch. Those who need a caffeine boost can just insert a capsule and hit the button on the Nespresso machine, while tea drinkers can brew their favourite TWG tea.
4. Sweeping Vistas
If there’s one place in the hotel that we wish we could spend more time at, it would be Mr Stork on level 39. The rooftop bar opens for drinks and bar bites from 5pm daily but we love hanging out there in the mornings to feel the breeze and soak up the panoramic views of the city.
Soak up stunning panoramic views of the city from rooftop bar Mr Stork
Taking its name from the long-legged, long-necked and long-billed wading bird – often viewed as a good omen – who builds large nests on the tops of trees and buildings, the bar has 10 cosy teepee huts for snuggling and catching glorious sunset views.
Enjoy premium meats and seafood accompanied by stunning city views at steakhouse 665°F
To enjoy striking views of the Bugis neighbourhood over dinner, head to 665°F on level 38. The premium steakhouse is named after the cooking temperature of its Pira oven which chargrills signature mains such as Whole Dover Sole, Boston Lobster Thermidor and the 1.2kg Wagyu Tomahawk, as well as sides like Green Asparagus with truffle butter and Mac & Cheese.
The steakhouse’s stylish interiors, decked in copper, burgundy and walnut tones, bear the creative fingerprints of Fu who looked to the traditional Savile Row tailor shops for inspiration.
The hotel’s 24-hour Fitness Centre is located right next to the steakhouse. To soak in more of the captivating views while burning off the calories, get moving on one of the four treadmills.
5. Creative Collabs
We salute the hotel for letting its staff choose outfits – specially designed by local fashion label In Good Company – that reflect their personality. Staff can choose any three sets from 15 designs of the “Andaz Collection” which comprises trendy, clean-cut dresses, shirts and pants (some of which we want for ourselves!), plus accessories which they feel will suit their personal style the most. In celebrating the personal style of its staff, the hotel is also staying true to its name, which means “personal style” in Hindi.
Modern, clean-cut staff outfits designed by homegrown fashion label In Good Company
We also wish we could bring home the gorgeous tableware by Malaysian-brand Claytan which are used in the dining outlets and Sunroom.
We may not have heard of French perfumer Christophe Laudamiel but we really like the floral-based toiletries that he created exclusively for the hotel. We heard that he spent three days exploring places such as Arab Street, Little India and Singapore Botanic Gardens before creating a scent that captures the essence of the hotel. His “Singapore Fusion #19” are scented with local ingredients such as orchids, orange blossom, Indian sambac jasmine, clove, ginger lilies and Chinese cedarwood.
Rates start from $320++ for a King Bed room.
Photos courtesy of Andaz Singapore