The Scarlet Singapore is nestled in the Erskine Road area that is home to speciality shops, boutique spas, trendy restaurants and cafes, wine bars, antique shops, art galleries and markets and close to the Chinatown. It’s a great location for a short stay in the city.
The hotel was created in former two-storey historic shop houses dating back to 1868 and includes an original 1924 Art Deco building. It opened in December 2004 as Singapore’s first luxury boutique hotel with architectural detailing that has been expertly retained and lovingly restored. It underwent extensive five months rejuvenation in December 2013. The vibrant 80-room hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels.
The hotel has three dining options including:
Rooftop restaurant with great views, offering authentic Sicilian dishes, cocktails, wines and drinks.
Mei i Sushi
Fresh quality sushi and sashimi is served in an intimate charming setting.
Authentic Northern Italian specialties served against a warm, sophisticated Italian-inspired decor.
There are also plenty of nearby dining options.
The hotel features jewellery-inspired palettes- think big, bold and beautiful colours.
Every room is a different shape as it has been created to fit into the former historic shophouse plan.
The room categories include standard, deluxe, executive, executive with balcony and premium.
The five individually themed suite categories are ranked as Swank, Opulent, Lavish, Splendour and Passion to reflect degrees of luxury, indulgence and opulence. Rooms are comfortable and well decorated – some have small balconies.
The hotel will appeal to those looking for a change from cookie cutter chain style hotels. Smart phones loaded with insider details and handy tourist information are handy for local ventures at no charge.
The Passion suite exudes over the top style with an iconic poster bed set against a bespoke wall covered with six layers of embossed printing at a cost of $10,000. There’s also a Jacuzzi on the terrace and an opulent red and black marble bathroom.
Colour overload starts from when you step inside to the eclectic reception area bursting with pops of lush colour including plush seating covered in Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, JAB and Pierre Frey velvets and a glittering chandelier. Tanned nude panels feature on some wall and on closer inspection reveal stitches artfully inspired by lace hosiery.
The rear reception features a glistening beaded wall covering and water features.
The corridors on each level feature textured wall-coverings in red, purple and fuchsia and carpet with an abstract design inspired by the digital prints on high-fashion runway.
You have to love the hotel facility names – Soda for the small open air jacuzzi with water jets that are perfect for massaging away jetlag.
Flaunt – for the gym catering for fitness fiends it is an enclave for fitness fanatics, yoga practitioners and those who believe “the body is a temple.” There are free weights, treadmill, weight machine, and multi-functional cardio trainer.
Bold is the name of the meeting room and reading area just off reception.
Situated in one of Singapore’s historic enclaves and within the Central Business District, the hotel is just a 5 -10 minute walk from Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown MRT stations, and located near Singapore’s financial centre as well as prominent tourist spot, Chinatown.
World class attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts and Marine Life Park are all a short 10 -15 minute ride away.
Singapore’s City Gallery is near the hotel. It tells the story of the nation’s planning efforts, showing its transformation – past, present and future. There are 10 themed areas and more than 50 audio-visual and interactive exhibits spanning three floors. You can also see the world’s largest architectural model that shows an exclusive bird’s eye view of Singapore’s central area.
Shopping is excellent around the hotel – nearby shops include Beauty Empire, Be Mindful Living, Chapter B, Egg 3, Son of a Gan, Woofer & Purrlensky.
What I loved
Prepare for colour overload at The Scarlet Singapore that is bold, provocative and sensuous – all rolled into one.
It’s a colourful Moulin Rouge-inspired bolthole with lots of character and history – just follow the red carpet along long hallways to your retreat. Also love the amusing door tags that says I’m being naughty now- do not disturb.
Staff are friendly and helpful.
The Scarlet Singapore
33 Erskine Rd, Singapore 069333
Phone: +65 6511 3333