This is a hotel with an attitude. The bold colors and extravagant décor are not for everyone. This hotel is made for the daring and perhaps mischievous traveler. It is audacious and unapologetically so.
The hotel is located in the trendy Ann Siang hill area of Singapore. At the door steps there are specialty shops, trendy restaurants and wine bars. It one of the top destinations in Singapore for in the know expats who flock to the area during the week for a pleasant meal or on the weekends for some late night fun. A block away you’ll find Singapore’s Chinatown with its maze of hawker shops, which are outdoor restaurants selling cheap and cheerful dishes, as well as market where you can get everything from household goods to fresh octopus. Nearby is also Singapore’s busting financial district with business men in blue suites and brief cases hustling to the office and next meeting while you sip coffee from your terrace and watch their harried movements below.
Amid the fancy boutiques, bistros, and shops of Ann the Siagn Hill neighborhood is a crimson red façade in shocking contrast to the gray and white colors of its neighboring buildings. The Scarlet Hotel is Singapore’s first boutique hotel which opened its doors in 2004. As you walk through the door you’ll enter a parlor of rich bold colors, ornate and exquisite furniture and décor. The lobby is set with velvet high back chairs and fabric furnishings in cobalt, chartreuse mustard and garnet reds. There’s an elaborate and sparkling chandelier and a deep red bejeweled upholstered wall at the reception area. To one side is a wonderful drawing room with beautiful antiques, period pieces, artwork and books; perfect for morning coffee or a business meeting. You quickly notice that this is a sensual and visually stimulating environment.
The Scarlet Hotel is what one thinks of when they think of a boutique hotel. By definition they are small, less than 100 rooms and not all the things you look for in a big resort. What they don’t have in size they make up with service, special touches, and a bespoke style. The Scarlet hotel delivers big time with an adventure for the senses in this high design masterpiece.
The hotel is masterfully hewn from what was once living quarters for the women factory workers of the area in the early 1900. The property has taken the concept persona of Scarlet, the vivacious host and conceived her dripping with jewelry, undoubtablely gifts from her adoring gentlemen callers. Sparkling jewelry is at the centerpiece of the concept and as such the hotel is strikingly bold and ornate with extravagant details on top of details throughout.
The nattily decked out front staff accommodate you and you’re off to your accommodations. The 75 rooms and 5 suites of the boutique hotel are spread over six floors and joined row houses. The corridors are long, sloping and narrow. There are leather saddle bags on each door for storing the day’s newspaper or a note from the staff. One can imagine how the building was in a century past with area factory women coming and going or chatting in the hallways. Those ghosts are still there but now the rooms have been upgraded and renovated to be fit for high society.
The fun thing about boutique hotels reclaimed from the past is that no room is alike. Each room, has a distinct personality and none are the same. Many have different configurations, some with wonderful verandas and walk out terraces. Some have views over the red rooftops of surrounding buildings or of the downtown area. Others have windows facing the lively streets below. What they all have in common is that they are all completely provocative and sensuous.
All rooms have fine decor with tasteful and at times whimiscal artwork, king sized beds with dashing headboard, desk and all the amenities one would expect in a luxury boutique hotel. The furnishings are functional works of art with swirling design details and plush velvet fabrics. The bathroom is elegant with a large marble soaking tub and separate walk in shower.
here are other categories of rooms with varying sizes and amenities. The five suites are also very special with large verandas and separate sitting rooms and larger baths. They are exceptionally unique in design with another level of extravagance and room to spread out.
There’s so much to do in the area and the Scarlet hotel makes an excellent base to explore it all. After a long day exploring all that Singapore has to offer or after a series of intense business meetings, guests need to decompress. There is a refreshing cobalt blue Jacuzzi called Soda. They also have a boutique sized gym complete with free weights, machines and a resident trainer.
The Scarlet hotel is an authentic boutique hotel drenched in history and heritage. It is lavish with a strong design concept perfect for those looking to escape the predictable cookie cutter hotel experience. The Scarlet hotel is located in the trendy Ann Siang Hill area allowing for a short walk to a collection of restaurants, lounges and it also has easy access to the rest of Singapore via the MRT subway. The Scarlet Hotel is not for everyone but it’s a perfect for the right one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Scarlet Singapore, Singapore's first luxury boutique hotel, has made a bold statement, both locally and internationally, by preserving and combining the architectural styles of Singapore heritage buildings with a striking, audacious concept. Vivacious and uninhibited, the interiors of this 80-room hotel pulsate with an eclectic tension, offering all who enter an adventure for the senses. Using signature red and combining it with opulent gold and sophisticated black, the hotel decor's provocative style is followed through in the rooms including 5 individually-themed suites, each with a tantalizing name - Splendour, Passion, Opulent, Lavish and Swank. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scarlet Hotel Singapore
- Scarlet Singapore
- Scarlett Hotel Singapore
- The Scarlet Singapore