Smack bang in the middle of Chinatown, the New Majestic Hotel is surrounded by low-rise buildings and historic shop houses, which makes a nice change from the skyscrapers that continue to grow around the city. The CBD is a short taxi ride away while I found Outram Park and Chinatown MRT stations were a leisurely 5 minute walk down the road.
The 30 bedrooms in this hotel have been individually designed by nine emerging artists from Singapore. There are suites with private gardens and outdoor baths. While the mirror rooms are also popular - where you can watch and be watched!
Designer chairs and a fanciful, psychedelic rickshaw adorn the lobby, beneath an industrial warehouse ceiling. There’s a modern, modest sized gym with a good variety of weights and machines. The pool is chic, but small. If you do go for a swim, mind the glass inserts in the bottom of the pool – you’ll be visible to the diners in the restaurant below
Eating and drinking
Internationally renouned, award-winning chef Yong Bing Ngen is at the helm of this kitchen – specialising in modern Cantonese cuisine. The Majestic Restaurant is famous for its peking duck served with pan-fried spiced foie gras.
I found it odd that there is no official hotel bar, but there are plenty on the doorstep.
I thought the pool was on the small side, though the gym was of a good standard for this size hotel.
The staff were polite and helpful.
Who stays there
Fashionistas and hip young things.
Nothing in Singapore is cheap anymore, so I’d say the New Majestic is a reasonably priced boutique hotel option, especially if you are a purveyor of creature comforts and design. You can get better deals if you book in advance online. WiFi is free.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Nespresso coffee makers in rooms
- Funky design
- Great location for restaurants and bars
- Outside street noise can be loud at night
- Small swimming pool