Singapore

The Warehouse Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$174.58

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SGD285.13), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

God's own godown

Setting

Riverside Robertson Quay

Industrial heritage meets creative design at The Warehouse Hotel, a converted spice-trade godown on the waterfront of Singapore’s vibrant Robertson Quay. Its beating heart is the vast, open-plan lobby, with feature lights inspired by the pulleys and wheels of way-back-when. In the rooms, sleek modern lines contrast with the rugged textures of concrete and original black-iron beams. The glass-walled rooftop infinity pool is the place to cool off, and for dinner head to the mod-Sin restaurant, Po. Its menu was created by chef-pioneer Willin Low, inspired by his granny, of course. 

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

37, including one suite.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in from 2pm; early check-in from 12 noon is available on request and subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $174.58 (SG$242), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SGD285.13), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast.

Also

Singaporean crafts feature throughout the hotel; there’s pottery from Mud Rock ceramic studio, bespoke prints by textiles-maker Matter, and hand-carved furniture by Plane & Bevel.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Smart TV, Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speaker, minibar, air-conditioning, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Ashley & Co bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The River View Suite, for its double-height vaulted ceiling, stand-alone bath tub, and top-floor views across the river. The queen of quirks is the River View Mezzanine – a split-level show-off with an iron staircase and reading library. What the ground-floor Warehouse Sanctuary rooms lack in windows and natural light, they make up for in mood lighting and privacy.

Poolside

The glass-sided rooftop infinity pool looks over the river and Robertson Quay below. It’s not one for doing lengths in (unless you really enjoy tumble-turns), but it’s ample for a cooling plunge and paddle.

Packing tips

Do *not* forget your swim gear – the pool has glass walls.

Also

All rooms and common areas are wheelchair-accessible. Pets are not allowed.

Children

All ages welcome.

Eco‐friendly

The Ashley & Co bath products are 100 per cent Ecocert-approved, which basically means it’s all good stuff – we’re talking natural and organic ingredients.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Snag one of the banquettes – the one in the corner is cosy.

Dress Code

City slick and in vogue (strike a Po’).

Hotel restaurant

Named ‘Po’, the restaurant is in fact a tale of two Pos. ‘Popo’ is the Chinese word for grandma, and popiah (a chunky, stew-stuffed spring roll) is the kitchen’s speciality dish. The menu was conjured by chef Willin Low, who pioneered the ‘mod-sin’ (modern Singaporean, obvs) food genre at his esteemed Wild Rocket restaurant across the city. The result of all this is a happy blend of granny’s home-spun goodness and inventive nouveau cuisine; be sure to try the umami-laden carabinero prawns and the Cantonese congee, a scallop and clam rice-porridge.

Hotel bar

The bar at Po reflects the warehouse’s past, with craft cocktails inspired by periods in its history. High Tea harks back to the spice trade in the late 19th century, with chamomile whisky and passion fruit shaken up with grenadine, mint and spiced bitters. Or, for a flavour of the 80s disco scene, there’s Lady Luck, a psychedelic shake-up of citrus vodka, roselle gin, coconut and pineapple, served in a fetching doll’s head mug. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am until 10.30am. The restaurant and bar stay open until midnight Sunday to Thursday, and until 1am on Friday, Saturday and the night before public holidays.

Room service

A menu of all things great and small is available from 11.30am till 10pm every day. Options include barramundi salad and chargrilled Iberico pork satay.

Location

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Address
The Warehouse Hotel
320 Havelock Road
Robertson Quay
169628
Robertson Quay
Singapore

Planes

Singapore’s Changi airport (www.changiairport.com) is a major international hub with direct flights to cities around the world. It’s 21 kilometres from the hotel and takes half an hour to reach in a taxi, which will cost roughly SG$25. Transfers can be arranged by the hotel for SG$100 each way. On request, the Smith24 Team can arrange flights for you (call on 03300 378 398).

Trains

It’s about a 15-minute walk to Chinatown, the closest station on the spick ‘n’ span Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway. The MRT also runs to the airport in 40 minutes, as well as to Woodlands Checkpoint for trains to Malaysia.

Automobiles

With a public transport system envied the world over, there’s not much need to hire a car – but if you’re mid-roadtrip there is free parking at the hotel.

Other

Boaty McBoats dock at Singapore Cruise Centre, which is 15 minutes by car to the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Resist the temptation to hole-up in your warehouse cocoon: this is the Lion City, not the lie-in city. A jog (or amble) down the river is one way to shake off a Sling-over and explore the city at the same time; it’s around 3km to the Marina Bay esplanade, and you can take in the ‘hoods of Clarke and Boat Quay on the way. Wide-open lawns and totally tropical flora make Fort Canning Park a top pick for a picnic; it’s also the site of the Battlebox – the underground British command centre during World War II, don’t you know. If that gives you a hankering for history, the Asian Civilisations Museum is just along the river, or for something more this-year, hit the shops on Orchard Road.

Local restaurants

Get your claws on some of Singapore’s best-loved crab at Red House (The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay); the signature dish is the chilli stew, but you can also take it wok-fried or oozing from a charcoal takesumi bun. A few doors down is Super Loco, for fast-paced and fun-packed Mexican street food at brunch, lunch or dinner.

Local cafés

Common Man Coffee Roasters (22 Martin Road) is the go-to for single-batch brews fresh from the custom-made Synesso espresso machine. All-day brunch is served on the side.

Local bars

Verre (8 Rodyk Street) is a sophisticated wine bar and bistro, with over 750 tipples to choose from and a Mediterranean menu to match. From grape to grain, La Maison du Whisky (80 Mohamed Sultan Road) has wall-to-wall whiskies from around the globe, and connoisseurs can call ahead to book in for a tasting session.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury hotel in Singapore and unpacked their Peranakan porcelain and please-still-be-sealed tupperware of durian, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Warehouse Hotel…
 
Singapore has a dirty little secret. Long before the streets were buffed to a finish you could eat off and the sparkling towers of glass rose around the marina, it was actually a massive dive. Goods flooded in and out along the Strait of Malacca, and trading companies crammed godowns (warehouses) along the banks of the Singapore River, to store everything from spices and silks, to literally boatloads of opium. One such godown, with neat shuttered windows and a triple-pitched roof, was built by Wee Bin & Co in 1895, on a prime plot in Robertson Quay. On the shadowy backstreets around it, a hotbed of vice developed: gambling, prostitution, illicit booze – hell, I bet they even chewed bubblegum back then. Later, the godown would become a working factory and after that, in the 1980s, one of the city’s favourite discos. Now it has been reborn as the Warehouse Hotel, sleekly styled yet with its heritage preserved. A little reminder that the Lion City still has its roar.

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