HOTEL 1929 is a stylish, boutique hotel located in Singapore’s Chinatown district. It is named after the year the five adjoining shophouses forming the hotel were constructed. The restored art deco exterior evokes a grand past, while the interior is full of modern and retro furniture and décor, with some pieces from the hotelier’s private collection. The rooms here are small yet stylish and facilities are minimal – it’s a hotel for those prioritising convenience, location and uniqueness over a mainstream hotel with all the trimmings.
What makes it special?
Hotel 1929’s gorgeous restored exterior is a drawcard, as is its charming setting amongst rows of colourful Chinese shophouses. It is a short stroll to the heart of Chinatown and the trendy, boutique-laden Ann Siang Road. The hotel’s décor and design elements are another plus, with an interesting collection of mid-century designer chairs decking out the lobby, including many originals. Extra touches include complimentary broadband internet and free beverages in the rooms’ mini-bars.
What to expect?
Hotel 1929 is a hip hotel blending nostalgia with contemporary style and technology. The rooms at Hotel 1929 are undeniably small, but for a chic stay in a handy location they more than fit the bill. The interior is contemporary and decked out with all the latest conveniences, like iPod docking stations and flatscreen LCD televisions. The bathrooms are incorporated into the rooms rather than housed in a room of their own to save on space, however they blend seamlessly into the room’s design. The hotel is an excellent choice for business travellers, with free internet and small desks provided in each room, or a single or couple on a Singapore break.
What is there to do?
Hotel 1929 has a chic restaurant and bar, Ember, featuring contemporary, European and pan-Asian cuisine. For guests lucky enough to stay in one of the top two suites, there are private baths on rooftop terraces overlooking the city lights. There is also a small communal rooftop area featuring an open air Jacuzzi. An MRT stop is a short walk away, and the vibrant restaurants and shops of Chinatown can be easily explored on foot.
What’s the damage?
Current nightly rates at Hotel 1929 start at SG$168 (US$136) for a Superior Single or SG$188 (US$152) for a Superior Double, through to SG$218 (US$176) for a Deluxe Room or SG$238 (US$193) for a Junior Suite. All rates include breakfast.