I eventually found our hotel, after hours of mind numbing surfing on Trip Advisor, through an article on The Guardian website titled ‘Top 10 good value hotels in Singapore’. I wasn’t looking for anything fancy, just something a bit different and hopefully, a bit more personal. We were torn between a couple from said article but settled on Hotel 1929 after reading a few reviews and quite frankly getting bored with looking.
Hotel 1929 is a boutique hotel in Singapore’s Chinatown. In a city brimming with modernity, in a town jiving with culture and on a street steeped in history, Hotel 1929 beckons with a whimsical mix of old world architecture and a nouveau chic interior.
We took the MRT to Outram Park and walked the few minutes to the hotel situated on the gorgeous Keong Saik Road and into a small, welcoming reception with a fully stocked fridge of (non-alcoholic) beverages and old fashioned sweets and treats to help yourself to. After a quick check in we made our way up to our room. The decor of the hotel is really quirky and original, the lifts were covered in pictures of iconic chairs and the corridors sported vintage pictures of the area. We had a Superior Double room on the third floor costing just over £105 a night. The room was small but perfectly formed and nicely decorated with gorgeous parquet floors and the original shutters. The bed was a bit smaller than we are used to in Bangkok and other hotels we have stayed at in Thailand but we were told by friends who live there this seems to be the norm in Singapore, and ultimately it was comfortable so it didn’t matter for 4 nights!
Apologies for the mess, we’d unpacked before I took photos!
Whilst the room was perfect for us, I should warn you that the toilet and shower are housed in a glass box within the rooms so if you’re travelling with someone that you’re not ok with seeing you in the buff or vice versa this place probably isn’t the hotel for you!The breakfast was served in the Ember Restaurant and was a nice but simple affair; toast, cereal and fruit were laid out and you were given a choice of eggs to go with your cooked breakfast each morning. One of the best things about this hotel was that each room comes with a ‘Handy’ phone, which came loaded with a city guide and 3G access. This was great as we didn’t have to use our phones and incur roaming charges plus it was packed with lots of information about the area and Singapore. We could also make calls locally, making it easy to make arrangements with friends and, we realised about an hour before checking out, various international destinations including the UK, sorry parents! Seriously, this was the best thing I’ve had in a hotel in a long time, it made our time in the city so much easier.
The location of this hotel is what elevates it to the next level. The Keong Saik Road is on the edge of China Town and has lots of independent bars and restaurants but feels very low key and chilled, nearby Duxton Hill was great too. We loved the area and spent most evenings exploring, sitting outside a bar drinking (Singapore priced) wine!
In conclusion, the Hotel 1929 was a great stay; the staff were lovely and friendly, the location was fantastic, ideal for getting around on the MRT and convenient for Sentosa Island (…and Universal Studios!) and it has way more personality than a standard chain hotel. If you’re off to Singapore I would highly recommend this quirky little hotel deep in its heart.