1 Nanson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 238909
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Nightlife
Expert review of Gallery Hotel
Billed as a hip hotel, the Gallery’s 222 rooms makes it just that much too big to be a truly boutique hotel, but nevertheless it’s won a slew of local tourism awards for best boutique hotel. I love the arts-centric theme it has going on, with it’s colourful interiors and unique designs. Each year the hotel produces a calendar, of course, shot on location.
The Gallery Hotel is located along the Singapore River at Robertson Quay, an area that’s expanded and become a happening night spot with lots of trendy bars and restaurants sprouting up along the riverside. It’s a short walk to the bars and restaurants of Clarke Quay, and you’re not far from Fort Canning or Orchard Road either. The CBD is a 10 minute taxi ride away, while it will take around 25 minutes to get to the airport. There’s also a complimentary shuttle bus servicing the riverside hotels that takes you in to the CBD.
There are eight categories of rooms to choose from but I prefer the ‘Bookend Club’ rooms that face the river. The Gallery was the first hotel in Singapore to organise a room design competition and as a result, there are a number of suites that have been uniquely designed by Singaporean artists. My favourite is the ‘Singaporean Dreaming’ suite with its cartoon characters, it made me feel like a kid again.
There’s a photography and art gallery on level two, while the hotel itself serves as an informal gallery – showcasing stunning photographs from past Gallery Hotel calendar shoots. I especially love the tasteful nudes.
The land surrounding the hotel was once a Japanese enclave, so there are a good number of sushi and yakitori establishments as well as one of the most authentic ramen noodle houses, Sapporo Ramen Miharu, right on the premises. The colourful Zenden restaurant serves contemporary and Asian cuisine. But my favourite is the relaxed eM by the river, an alfresco bar that often has live music. A newly opened members dance club called Filter, is also on the premises.
There’s a full size gym complete with fitness trainers and classes. The cantilevered, glass-sided pool is an iconic feature, while the Ayuthaya Royal Thai Spa facilities are popular with the more pampered guests.
The staff were pleasant and well mannered and very helpful with directions.
Art enthusiasts and young business managers.
The Gallery rooms are the lowest and most inexpensive category, but I’d pay that little bit extra for a Bookend Club room with a view overlooking the Singapore River. WiFi is free, but the breakfast buffet if not included in your room rate is $23++, which isn't bad for a hotel of this calibre.
More information on Gallery Hotel:
- 1 Nanson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 238909
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Robertson Quay