A Side of Chic in Katong, Singapore [VIDEO]
Do you have a travel "style"? How do you choose your flights and accommodations? Why do you choose to stay in certain areas and places above others? Whenever I'm about to travel, I find myself often choosing to be surrounded by design, art, culture, and of course, a little luxury. I tend to curate my experience around elements I'm inspired by.
So when David had to fly to Singapore for a few days for work, I thought I would curate an experience we would both enjoy. So instead of staying in the obvious business hotels within city districts, I wanted us to experience a different side to Singapore, and that's when I discovered the Indigo Hotel in Katong.
From the hotel's design, I knew that it would be an experience. From the gorgeous welcome pavilion, to the (tastefully) illustrated walls and local-motif fabrics, the hotel is the ingenious result of Peranakan culture chic. If you grew up in Singapore/Malaysia in the 80's, this hotel brings so much nostalgia back.
We stayed in the Premier view room with bath.
The pantry is an ornate antique cabinet and was fully stocked with complimentary local sweets (I haven't had these milk candies since I was a little girl!), a Nespresso machine, tea/coffee, plus a few other bits and bobs like chocolates and snacks.
The entire room left no detail unturned. Vintage-style tiles were used in the bath areas and even the vanity table is supported by the iron cast base of an antique Singer treadle sewing machine - just like our grandmothers used to have ages ago.
But what really won me over was the white, round ceramic bathtub (available in some Premier rooms) that overlooks the quaint Katong neighbourhood. At night, turn the lights down, put on some relaxing music, soak in the tub, and watch the night glitter away. Don't worry, there are curtains for privacy.
Buffet breakfast is served at a cosy restaurant adjacent to the hotel called Baba Chew's. The food was a delicious spread of western, local, and fusion. You HAVE to try their Salted Egg Kaya spread on toast just for the new experience in your mouth. I also ordered some room service while waiting on David while he had meetings, served on a carrom board-turned-coffee table in the small living area (love this idea).
Overall, there wasn't anything there that my taste buds didn't enjoy. [View more on VIDEO]
Part of the hotel's charm is the Katong neighbourhood itself. Small enough to explore on foot but with plenty of local cafés and cultural sights, it's enough to experience on a short 3-day, 2-night visit.
Take a stroll down the history and culture trail (get the map from the hotel's neighbourhood host), stop by artisan ice cream shops to shelter from the heat, sample local-modern cuisine along the way, and enjoy admiring the beautifully preserved Peranakan architecture around you.
I promise you - if you're tired of staying at uninspiring hotels and neighbourhoods in Singapore, Katong is a wonderful place to regain inspiration. I have already gathered some great ideas for my future dream home, and there are plenty to take note of.
Best of all, everyone at the hotel made us feel absolutely special. Definitely worth another stay just for the food at Baba Chew's.