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The coolest new kid on Keong Saik, the intimate 45-room Hotel Soloha evokes tropical modernism that fits perfectly into the charming street. Hotel Soloha is situated right in the heart of Singapore; within proximity to popular spots such as Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, and Maxwell Food Centre.
Swing through the wooden panel doors of the white and blue facade, and you'll be greeted by witty and bold interiors and artisanal furnishings. The hotel provides a refreshing burst of colour that juxtaposes against the earthy tones of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Your experience starts at the reception counter, which doubles up as a technicolour bar. It ties in the rest of the urban jungle chic aesthetic together, from the wall's bold colours to the earthy, tropical elements. It's a scene straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, with its comfy indigo and blush pink velvet and rattan sofas, terrazzo tables and fresh flowers at the newly-opened Takeshi Noodle Bar, a fusion ramen establishment.
Hotel Soloha is home to works from local artists like Ethrisha Liaw, who dreamt up a three metre-wide pop art mural in the main areas, as well as dynamic artworks in the guest rooms. In the lift shaft, you'll find a 13-metre painted art piece by Danielle Tay. The artwork, named 'Spirit of the Forest', seeks to take guests on a journey of curiosity and adventure in a mystical forest as they ride up the elevator.
Next to the lift, you'll find distinctive wooden medicinal boxes that showcase Singapore's homegrown jewellery designer Eden + Elie and curated wood, bronze, glass and ceramic Japanese homeware and tabletop accessories.
There are five room categories – the standard, superior, deluxe, loft and suite, with deluxe rooms starting from $250 a night. Perfect for the social nomad, the rooms have been cleverly outfitted with state-of-the-art amenities. The smart room control unit in every room allows guests to manage lighting and air-conditioning with the press of a button. You'll also find a variety of preset light settings from 'party' to 'romantic', so guests can create the ambience they desire. After a full day exploring Singapore, kick back while taking advantage of the smart cable TV armed with cable and paid channels, as well as Youtube, Netflix and Spotify access.
We don't know about you, but we know where we're heading to for our next staycation.