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.
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.
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.
There’s an outdoor Jacuzzi with a small landscaped roof garden.
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.
Who stays there
Design aficionados and the hip young business traveller.
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar
- Free WiFi
- Designer furniture
- Rooms at the front of the hotel are noisy
- Wet-room bathrooms are very small