The Warehouse Hotel opens in SingaporeBy Lauren Arena
13 Jan 2017
Perched on the edge of the Singapore River, the hotly anticipated Warehouse Hotel opened this month in Robertson Quay. Housed in a lovingly restored 1895 ‘godown’ (warehouse), the 37-room boutique property is the first hotel venture for local hospitality heroes, The Lo & Behold Group, and is also a member of the Design Hotels portfolio.
“Hotels are a natural extension of our strength as a group, both in concept, design and guest experience,” says The Lo & Behold Group managing director, Wee Teng Wen. “We strive to provide a service that is spontaneous, intuitive and informal – we want to evoke memories and personalised experiences that are rooted in our culture.”
Combining the Lion City’s rich culture and history, the hotel’s design works to evoke the venue’s past a hotbed of vice – the warehouse was first built to store spices (and opium) at the height of the spice trade, then worked as an illegal distillery during the prohibition era, and throughout the 80’s and 90’s parties raged on at the Warehouse Disco.
Home-grown design agency Asylum was tasked with the hotel project. Head designer and Asylum founder, Chris Lee, says he wanted to stay true to the neighbourhood’s long, rebellious history.
“Our focus has been to protect the property’s legacy, while creating a fresh perspective on the term ‘industrial’", says Lee. "The environment is warm and sophisticated to prevent it from being too obviously grounded in what has been before.”
The hotel’s utilitarian aesthetic combines modern-day comforts in the lobby and guest rooms, while F&B offerings highlight local favourites with premium ingredients.
The signature lobby bar showcases an eclectic cocktail menu featuring house-made alcohol infusions and essences. Concoctions like Singapore Sazerac, Kopi Cat, and Kaya Lumpur pay homage to the three distinct eras of the hotel’s past.
Meanwhile the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Po, helmed by highly-acclaimed Chef Willin Low, is all about reviving the flavours of yesteryear with a modern twist.
The rooftop pool can be booked for exclusive cocktail events (20 pax), while sections of the 52-seat Po restaurant can also be reserved for private events. At the rear of the cavernous lobby, there’s also a small meeting room that overlooks the river.