the club hotel
This new boutique hotel proves that history need not be boring. Lynn Tan explores Singapore's Chinese heritage.
The new generation of discerning travellers is looking beyond just tourist attractions and historical landmarks. They are interested in delving deeper into the culture and heritage of a country. What better place to start than from the hotel itself?
the club hotel by Harry’s Hospitality is a boutique hotel that recently opened along Ann Siang Road, a conservation area located within the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, which has been transformed into a chic locale for many pubs, designer boutiques, cafes and restaurants in recent years.
the club hotel capitalises on the rich Chinese heritage of the area, but instead of a straightforward interpretation, Singapore’s colonial past is given a tongue-in-cheek twist – guests are greeted by a statue of Sir Stamford Raffles with his head literally in the clouds to portray his grand plans for the island.
Taking cues from the area’s early role as a remittance hub for Chinese immigrants, guests are “flown” to their rooms by signages taking the form of messenger birds.
Each Signature room is defined by its own unique design feature, from fitted wraparound ceiling-to-floor curtains encasing the entire room, to a bed frame flanked by two grand pillars carrying calligraphy scrolls with morning greetings.
Even wardrobes are not spared the designer’s touch. Instead of the usual built-in or walk-in closets, they take the form of a daringly minimalist concept with just one or two strategically-mounted, exposed hanging rods.
the club hotel is designed by Ministry of Design, who worked on the full concept, branding and spatial design, while Jane Yeo Design Consultants were responsible for the club’s food and beverage concepts.
the club hotel