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The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

The best hotels in Singapore with great art collections

Sleep amongst art with these staycations

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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Art can transform not just the look, but also the vibe of a place. Most of us pepper our flats and rooms with paintings, photographs and cute knick-knacks from our favourite artists to make it feel more like home and add personality into a space. The same goes for spaces like cafes and hotels around town. Many hotels in Singapore double up as galleries, decking halls and grand lobbies with art by both local and world-renowned artists. Want to know which ones have some of the best art collections? Read on to find out. 

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  • Orchard

The St. Regis Singapore is home to one of the world's most extensive art collections. Guests get exclusive access to museum-quality art in an exquisite ambience. Chin stroke at pieces by international masters including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Joan Miró; alongside artwork by Nanyang and Asian artists including Georgette Chen, Cheong Soo Pieng and Li Chen. The hotel also hosts art appreciation sessions daily, so you can dive right into the hotel's prestigious art collection. 

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  • Sentosa

Capella Singapore has more than 900 art pieces on its premises, which have been integrated as part of the hotel design. Walking around the resort, you'll find everything from big artworks to smaller photographs at every corner of the resort. 

One of the hotel's biggest piece – a unique sculpture by Bernar Venet – can be found on the lawn at the hotel's entrance. It joins the hotel's art collection which includes artists such as Bernar Venet, Nikolas Weinstein, George Chemeche, Takeshi Kawashima and Markus Linnenbrink. 

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  • Outram

The intimate Hotel Soloha is a sophisticated boutique hotel that evokes creative vibes, fitting perfectly into Keong Saik Street. You'll find 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. 

The Scarlet Singapore
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  • Tanjong Pagar

Housed in a row of 13 1868 shophouses and vintage 1924 Art Deco building in culturally rich Chinatown, The Scarlet Singapore is one of the most eclectic places in town. The facade has a long history, originally the shared living quarters of immigrant Chinese women servants, also known as the "Samsui" women. 

Step through the doors of the hotel and be transported to a world of design and colour. The interiors are stylish, luxurious, dramatic and theatrical – great for art lovers. Textures, colours and mood lighting combine to provide an all-inclusive experience.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
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  • City Hall

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is another hotel known for its impressive art collection. Art appreciation at the hotel has been given a modern twist, with the newly launched augmented reality art tour. Seven of the hotel's renowned pieces now come alive through one's mobile devices – so guests can explore works by Frank Stella, Dale Chihuly, and other artists while abiding by safe distancing measures. 

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  • Raffles Place

Wandering the halls of Sofitel Singapore City Centre, its commitment to culture and design is evident. Guests that enter the hotel are welcomed by a nine-metre chandelier, Singapour Je T'aime. The art installation comprises 700 glass crystals that resemble glass leaves that whirl through the hotel lobby.

This year, it hosted artworks by local mural artist Yip Yew Chong, whose artworks are exhibited at the Entincelle foyer as part of his solo exhibition. It brings his famous street murals onto canvas, so art lovers can appreciate them in a different setting. 

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  • City Hall

Artist Lin Emery's sculpture Deva greets guests as they enter the Pan Pacific Singapore. In fact, the hotel is known to be a strong supporter of the arts. It even has a dedicated Public Art Space located on level two of the hotel overlooking The Atrium. The art exhibited here is just part of an extensive collection owned by Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG), which includes works by Singapore's Cultural Medallion recipients Dr Iskandar Jalil, Chua Ek Kay, Goh Beng Kwan, Milenko Prvacki and Thomas Yeo. 

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