Hotel 1929

50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089154

Exterior

By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

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#17 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Singapore
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Location:
4.1
4.1
Bedrooms:
3.8
3.8
Eating/drinking:
3.7
3.7
Public areas:
3.9
3.9
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, Nightlife, Trendiness

Expert review of Hotel 1929

Small on space, but big on design and high-tech gadgets.

As the name suggests, Hotel 1929 is situated in a building that’s more than 80 years old. From the outside, it has that old world charm - housed in five conservation shop houses. But step inside, and it’s nouveau chic all the way. I loved the designer chairs in the lobby, especially the quirky ‘bicycle chair’.

Location: 

Hotel 1929 is located near what was once a notorious red light district of Singapore. But now, Keong Saik Road is more home to boutique hotels and charming bars. It’s a short walk to the Chinatown MRT station and the buzzing bars and restaurants on Club Street are within walking distance.

Bedrooms: 

There are 32 individually designed rooms. Be warned, the single room, is indeed small and only meant for one (small) person. I thought it was a neat touch to store your luggage under the bed, a great idea to save on space. If you want to push the boat out, opt for a suite with an outdoor bath. Every room has a flat screen TV as well as an iPod docking station.

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Public areas: 

The lobby is filled with unusual and classic chairs from the owner’s private collection – including a Joseph Hoffman ‘Kubus’ sofa, vintage Eames LCW and DCW chairs dating back to 1946 and of course the obligatory Arne Jacobsen ‘Swan’ and ‘Egg’ chairs. The pride is that all chairs are genuine, vintage pieces.

Eating and drinking: 

Ember is a bar and restaurant is next door to the hotel (there’s an adjoining door) serving international cuisine with an Asian twist. The staff will ask you how you want your eggs done in the morning, but best book for lunch as this is a popular spot with the locals.

Leisure facilities: 

There’s an outdoor Jacuzzi with a small landscaped roof garden.

Service: 

The staff were genuine and helpful, which really gave this hotel a warm cosy feel. I found it far more pleasant than staying in a large chain hotel.

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Who stays there: 

Design aficionados and the hip young business traveller.

Price advice: 

The single rooms are reasonably priced, but they are extremely small. It’s great for young couples on a short stopover. This hotel is usually booked out during the International Furniture Fair.

Pros: 
Free WiFi
Designer furniture
Complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar
Cons: 
Wet-room bathrooms are very small
Rooms at the front of the hotel are noisy

More information on Hotel 1929:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089154
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
Chinatown

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