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I think I have visited Singapore now 10 times and finally I was able to stay at the Scarlet Singapore hotel, member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The reason I wanted to stay at the Scarlet Singapore is because the hotel is housed in old British colonial shophouses in Singapore’s China town. I stayed for two nights while I attended a conference at the Marina Bay Sands conference center. It’s better to stay downtown and I’ll share with you my experience at the Scarlet Singapore and why you should stay too.
As said the Scarlet Singapore is in a row of several shops houses. The ground floor are actual shops and the two floors above are transformed into hotel rooms. A corridor (see photo below) runs the total length of the houses. The lobby breathes luxury with red & purple colors and a beautiful chandelier decorates the space between the balcony. I arrived late afternoon after an exhausting day at the conference. Check-in was very quick so that after a shower I could go to my favorite hotspots in Singapore for dinner followed by a good Singapore craft beer. I really loved the personal attention by the friendly staff; something I expect a luxury hotel to do. Their knowledge of must-go-to places in Singapore is extensive. They did have new suggestions for me; even after 10 visits to Singapore!
The rooms at the Scarlet Singapore
Let’s have a look at the rooms of the Scarlet Singapore. Because the rooms are in the various shophouses they are maybe a bit “odd” in shape but that’s not a negative point. It gives them charm. There are various themed suites which are, of course, the place to stay. My review wouldn’t be complete without a tour of some of the other room types too. The smallest rooms are rather small but it doesn’t matter as the location makes up for this. The suites are large and each one is decorated different with different colors and items. Each one of them is unique. The bathrooms have quality amenities and the bigger rooms have a bath. I had two lovely nights at the Scarlet Singapore in the very comfortable beds!
Facilities at the Scarlet Singapore
The Scarlet Singapore has a small gym which is more than sufficient for such a small hotel. A Jacuzzi is available outdoors with magnificent views on China town. I regret I didn’t find the time to use it; for sure next time! The Scarlet Singapore also offers the standard facilities for business travelers, laundry service and concierge service. The concierge knows where to go and if you need more advice check out my previous writing on Singapore in two days and the Singapore Botanical Garden.
Dining & Drinking at the Scarlet Singapore
The Scarlet Singapore serves breakfast in the Italian restaurant next door. It’s separately owned but located within the same row of shop houses. Breakfast items are plentiful and served from the retro kitchen; a lovely kitchen! Eggs are prepared on order which is something you can expect from a luxury hotel. I have written about rooftop bars in Singapore before but the Scarlet Singapore has one too! Certainly, not the highest in Singapore but for sure worth a visit and have a chilled cocktail in the heat of Singapore. As the Scarlet Singapore is in Chinatown there are plenty of eateries nearby; I highly recommend the Olde Cuban or otherwise check my dining recommendations in Singapore.
The Scarlet Singapore is a hotel I highly recommend as it offers true small scale luxury with lots of personal attention. It’s location in Singapore’s Chinatown and the fact that the building consists of colonial shophouses made my stay memorable. Breakfast was delicious and the room very comfortable. A swimming pool I don’t expect from a city hotel as the Scarlet Singapore but the outdoor Jacuzzi with a view on Chinatown is worth a try! I had a comfortable stay in my shophouse room, I’m sure you will too!
If you would like to know what you can do in and around Singapore then see one of these options: Two days hertigage in Singapore, Singapore Botanical Gardens. I will add more destination information over time.
Gallery of the Scarlet Singapore
** All opinions are based on a genuine stay, flight or experience. I’m not affiliated with the hotel, airline or tour operator but I might be (partially) sponsored – or paid. **