Heritage and colours collide at the 131-room Hotel Indigo, where Peranakan influences abound in each of its 30-square-metre rooms (from $225/night). Each Indigo hotel around the globe reflects the neighbourhood in which it’s situated – and in storied Joo Chiat, lined with heritage buildings, the boutique space offers a culturally rich experience.
A rooftop infinity pool and 24-hour fitness centre are the basics everyone expects, but what sets Hotel Indigo apart is the Indigo Pavilion. Perhaps in a bid to invoke the ‘kampong spirit’ that once flowed through the district, the pavilion is a communal space designed to mimic a living room. It’s set with water jars, a lantern-inspired chandelier and a ‘mama shop’ hawking literature from BooksActually, among others.
We know, Katong and Joo Chiat are home to scores of great restaurants. But save some tummy room for Baba Chews Bar and Eatery within the hotel premises. The all-day restaurant whips up Peranakan standards (like ayam buah keluak) alongside more fusion fare (think foie gras tau kwa pau), as well as an Asian-inspired cocktail menu. And as a bonus for caffeine lovers, the beans used here are roasted by Common Man Coffee Roasters. Fun fact: Baba Chews occupies the shell of the former Joo Chiat Police Station, which was constructed in 1928.
The Peranakan vibe hits you the moment you step into your room. It’s modelled after a shophouse: the deeper in you walk, the more private each area becomes. Our Premier View Room comes with stunning views of the city, but the details complete the experience: Peranakan tiles and a wall mural depict a nostalgic Singapore, traditional display cabinets are stocked with ceramic bowls, rugs are slathered in batik… there’s even a spittoon we (unfortunately) didn’t use.
Soak your feet in a traditional foot bath – right in the comfort of your room. You’ll find the basin tucked in the corner of your Peranakan-tiled bathroom. Complete the experience with a salt foot soak, loofah and ‘good morning’ towel – they’re all included with the room.
|Venue name:||Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong||Contact:|
86 East Coast Road
|Price:||SGD161.00 to SGD275.00 per night|