Kate Hennessy

The Scarlet

  • Where:
  • Why:In town for Singapore International Arts Festival.
  • When:April, 2018
  • Who:Me
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The Scarlet Nice-feeling furniture.

Nice-feeling furniture.

The Scarlet Always a treat to catch up over a toothbrush.

Always a treat to catch up over a toothbrush.

The Scarlet More curly mirrors.

More curly mirrors.

The Scarlet Quaint Club Street haunts with (necessary) happy hours: alcohol is heavily taxed.

Quaint Club Street haunts with (necessary) happy hours: alcohol is heavily taxed.

The Scarlet Fits right in among the vintage shophouses.

Fits right in among the vintage shophouses.

The Scarlet Who likes pink?

Who likes pink?

The Scarlet Staff were tailored beautifully… those brooches!

Staff were tailored beautifully… those brooches!

The Scarlet Wine time. Wine and drapes.

Wine time. Wine and drapes.

The Scarlet Singapore skyline, this Jacuzzi, night-time.

Singapore skyline, this Jacuzzi, night-time.

The Scarlet Famous Maxwell Street eatery Hainanese chicken rice. Those dipping sauces!

Famous Maxwell Street eatery Hainanese chicken rice. Those dipping sauces!

The Scarlet Singing bowls that each sing a different note (from the mindfulness shop next door).

Singing bowls that each sing a different note (from the mindfulness shop next door).

The Scarlet Captured by Baroque frames everywhere in this hotel.

Captured by Baroque frames everywhere in this hotel.

The Scarlet Returning after a negroni nightcap in a subterranean Club Street bar.

Returning after a negroni nightcap in a subterranean Club Street bar.

The Scarlet Curves and angles, drapes and dangles, velvet and brocade.

Curves and angles, drapes and dangles, velvet and brocade.

The Scarlet Alice in Wonderland-esque lobby chair, site of many a departing Singapore selfie.

Alice in Wonderland-esque lobby chair, site of many a departing Singapore selfie.

The Scarlet That’s a backscratcher if you’re wondering.

That’s a backscratcher if you’re wondering.

Highs & Lows

  • The location can’t be beat. Nestled amid eclectic vintage shop-houses and bar-strewn Club Street (lively but not keep-you-awake lively). Chinatown brims with temples, food, herbal medicine stores, quality massage joints and an MRT station (Singapore’s subway system is a bona fide delight!)

  • The staff are warm, smiley and accommodating, there to call you a cab or take your photo on the Alice In Wonderland-esque foyer chairs.

  • The pink corridors in the original 1868 building dip and weave atop the natural contours of Ann Siang Hill. It’s like walking on carpeted rock. Or like waking up in a Haruki Murakami novel. Either way, very cool.

  • The drapes, dressings and dangles are inspired by the jewelery of a fictional and enigmatic hostess called ‘Scarlet’. You’ll want to touch all of it.

  • Instant coffee and powdered milk in the room. Why?

  • The desk chair is a work of art but it’s too low for the tabletop.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Bold and vampy; like being in a plush private room in a nightclub.

  • Location

    Chinatown

  • Rooms

    80

  • Music

    Strays towards jazz in the foyer with acoustic covers drifting in from a nearby bar - (fortunately not late!).

  • Year Opened

    2004 (overhauled in 2013).

  • Designed By

    Velvets and fabrics by Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, JAB and Pierre Frey.

  • Health & Wellness

    Shared jacuzzi. The "Passion" suite has a private hot-tub on its balcony. Gym is open 6:00 am till 10:00 pm.

  • Restaurant

    ARIA for dinner on the rooftop (tapas and cocktails); Casa Tartufo on street level for lunch and dinner.

  • Bar

    ARIA opens at 5pm.

  • Minibar

    Yes but it's limited. And the only booze is Tiger and beer is wickedly expensive in Singapore, be warned!

  • Children

    Sure. They'd dig the fun colours and windy hallways. The kid in me did!

  • Price

    Rack rate starts at $380 (US$284).

  • Website

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