Kate Hennessy

The Scarlet

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

Always a treat to catch up over a toothbrush.

More curly mirrors.

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

Fits right in among the vintage shophouses.

Who likes pink?

Staff were tailored beautifully… those brooches!

Wine time. Wine and drapes.

Singapore skyline, this Jacuzzi, night-time.

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

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

Captured by Baroque frames everywhere in this hotel.

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

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

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

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.

  • Pool/Gym

    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).

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