Wanderlust

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Address: 2 Dickson Road, Singapore, 209494, Singapore

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.1

Industrial glamour in Singapore's Little India.

‘Industrial glamour’ is the look this boutique bolthole is going for. This is one of the first on-trend hotels to emerge on the less than salubrious streets of Little India. Describing itself as an alternative hotel, Wanderlust is the place to stay for the adventurous traveller looking for a radical hotel experience. I love the neon signs and Bollywood wallpaper montage as you walk in the front door. 

Location
3.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

The streets of Little India still have that rustic charm – women in brightly coloured saris, incense and spices wafting from nearby temples and Bollywood music blasting from shops and homes. The developers have yet to move in, so this is a rare enclave in Singapore that’s to be savoured. But if you are craving order and sanitation – then Orchard Road and the CBD are roughly 10 minutes away.

Bedrooms

This four-storey hotel has 29 rooms and each floor is the creation of local leading design and architect firms – so each floor has four different ‘in-your-face’ themes. The ‘Eccentricity’ level has 11 capsule like rooms each rendered on a different pantone colour chart. The ‘Black and White’ floor does what is says on the tin – the corridor is black and the rooms are stark white. There are also origami and pop-art themed rooms.

While the top floor features nine loft rooms focusing on the theme of ‘Creature Comforts’ – literally. This theme works on the premise of friendly monsters as companions to the lonely traveller. I had a sneak peek inside a futuristic space loft, but my favourite was the so-called typewriter room with an enormous steel typewriter hanging from the ceiling.

Public areas

The lobby is the junk-yard cool with a designer dash. There’s a colourful Bollywood mural wallpaper at the entrance paying homage to the Little India location. Further in, a Frank Gehry sofa rests next to a Trent Jansen handmade seat crafted out of recycled road signs. While on the second floor there’s a mosaic tiled Jacuzzi. I thought this was a nice touch for a hotel that’s short on space.

Eating and drinking

The lobby is also home to Little India’s first chic French bistro. Chef Anthony Yeoh offers rustic French cooking in a communal setting. I loved the casual, yet cool vibe at this bistro. There’s also a small bar, surrounded by designer chairs, which is something of a signature for the owner hip hotelier Loh Lik Peng.

Service

Staff were attentive and thoughtful and eager to please. I especially loved the ‘itinerary’ or mini guide book-come-hotel booklet – an innovative touch that gives you a good understanding and orientation of the surrounding area, as well as services inside the hotel.

 

Who stays there

This hotel is geared at young, hip travellers with an eye for design.

Price advice

The Pantone rooms are small but set at a reasonable price for a brand new design hotel in Singapore. You’ll pay a lot more for a whimsical room, but if you’re a design aficionado, it will be worth it. 

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in mini-bar
  • Each room is individually designed
  • Free WiFi
  • No swimming pool
  • The location could be an issue if you are travelling for business
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