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The rise of Singapore's unique boutique hotels

Singapore is bursting with global hotel chains, but there are also several smaller boutique hotels that offer charm, luxury and innovative design. Hotel Vagabond, the South Beach, Naumi, and The New Majestic are just some of the country's best boutique hotels that offer guests a unique and luxurious experience.

The rise of Singapore's unique boutique hotels

Global hotel chains tend to dominate Singapore, but smaller boutique hotels are on the rise in the "Garden City" and standing out amid the skyscrapers.

Here are some of Singapore's most unique boutique hotels that offer a fresh experience for travellers.

Hotel Vagabond

Designed by Jacques Garcia from the Hotel Costes in Paris, Hotel Vagabond has 41 guest rooms, and facilities that feature a Parisian touch of India. Red velvet drapes hang in the public space on the ground floor, and there's a rhino check-in desk and elephant sculpture dominating the lobby.

The South Beach

With 650 guest room split across two towers and four colonial low rises, boutique doesn't spring to mind at the South Beach Hotel on Beach Road, but nonetheless, the Philippe Starck design and ambience create a boutique feel.

Guests check in at freestanding desks positioned under chandeliers, and guest rooms are decorate in bright colours and feature contemporary design.

The 18th floor boasts a sky garden, with 360-degree views of Singapore's skyline and rocking chairs where guests can relax with drinks, plus an infinity swimming pool, gym and bar.


Situated next to Raffles Hotel and close to the City Hall metro station, Naumi Hotel has compact – yet not cramped - guest rooms that feature designer furnishings, Apple TV, and luxury bedding.

Suites offer two designs and honour Coco Chanel with monochrome design, and Andy Warhol, with a colourful pop art theme.

There's a small rooftop swimming pool with cabana recliners and cocoon sofas, and while it's not ideal for laps, it's the perfect place to refresh in the heat, and is only accessible to hotel guests.


This unique hotel features unusual contemporary design, created by interior designer firm Sawaya and Moroni.

Situated within a tower block in Tanjong Pagar, the hotel boasts an impressive lobby with a huge steel sphere structure placed right in the middle that doubles up as the check-in desk.

The hotel's 17 guest rooms and suite feature unique layout and furnishings, and some have indoor or outdoor Jacuzzis, or showers that open out onto balconies.

The rooftop bar Fabrika is decorated with lanterns and overlooks the city, and is a hit with the locals.

The New Majestic

Situated in Chinatown, the New Majestic features a blend of vintage and designer furniture, white walls and floors, and lap pool in the atrium with portholes that look into the hotel's restaurant.

The hotel's 30 guest rooms come in four themes: the Hanging Bed rom with suspended mattresses, the Mirror room with voyeuristic features, the Aquarium room with glass-enclosed bath tubs, and Attic suites with loft space beds and twin cast iron bathtubs.

Singapore offers a wide variety of entertainment and attractions for holidaymakers, including museums, zoos, upscale shopping malls, gourmet restaurants, bustling food markets, nightclubs and casinos.

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