WANDERLUST – hip and quirky Singapore hotel

Wallpaper from old can labels, barbers' chairs and others made from shopping trolleys and road signs. Nothing is too strange to be part of this design.

‘The owner liked collecting weird chairs, then he opened a hotel so he’d have somewhere to put them,’ marketing manager Wahidah tells me. The obsession has taken over, and the Unlisted Collection now has hotels in Singapore, London and Shanghai. And a lot of odd chairs.

I stayed in Wanderlust Hotel, formerly a Chinese school in Singapore’s Little India (that in itself was quirky), which now features perhaps the most ‘out there’ interior design in town.

They gave me the ‘Yellow Submarine Room’. It’s a song, by the Beatles, according to the yellow neon sign above my bed.

Yep, it sure is yellow.

Yellow walls, yellow curtains, yellow tiles everywhere – under the claw foot bathtub, in the shower and even on the step up to my bed.

Fittings and linen were classy, the grapefruit shampoo in the shower was a nice touch, and after a few tries I even managed to get the in-room Nespresso machine to work. If George Clooney can do it, so can I.

‘None of the architects had ever done a hotel interior before,’ Wahidah informs me. Three different firms were each given a floor to work on, and eagerly set out to make an impression.

The design companies’ names give you the idea…Asylum, Phunk and ffurious.

The flower room

The Space Room - LED lights in the wall make it into a Planetarium in the dark.

A comfy sofa in the Typewriter Room. I should have stayed here myself.

You may not find it totally relaxing to sleep in a loft designed to resemble a treehouse (the cleaning staff hate it too), or to sit on a bench of typewriter keys, but it is fun, and I can guarantee you will have bragging rights.

There's no room for a pool or gym, but they did squeeze a jacuzzi onto the outside terrace.

Sharing of tables is encouraged in Cocotte, the French restaurant and breakfast room.

For more information and room rates, see wanderlusthotel.com.


Filed under Art, Singapore

7 responses to “WANDERLUST – hip and quirky Singapore hotel

  1. Looks interesting. I would certainly want to try it out!

  2. Interesting hotel! Never know that hotel before! 🙂

  3. This does look like a delightfully quirky place to explore. I agree it is probably not the most Cosy or Homely, but it sure is photogenic.

  4. Pingback: SINGAPORE’S LITTLE INDIA – hotels, restaurants, and a guided walk | Richard Tulloch's LIFE ON THE ROAD

  5. Nowadays, boutique hotels are gaining attention as more and more people are getting more travel-savvy aiming to get the best experience possible. In the subject of experience which is before dominated only by the luxury hotels, boutique hotels presents a new and fresh accommodation experience. But what distinguishes a boutique hotel from a luxury hotel? Boutique Hotels are all about: “A Different Kind of Experience”.

    Boutique hotels give an overall feel when you first walk in. Like Unlisted Collection ‘s Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore. It is a revamped historic hotel shop-house facade blends perfectly with the neighborhood, but inside, the juxtaposition of antique and modern, interior and exterior, provides a theatrical environment where guests can indulge their imaginations.

    Get to know more about these kinds of boutique hotels at http://www.unlistedcollection.com/brand-showcase/

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