This hotel is fantastic, it is as simple as that.
When you enter the lobby (which is extremely grand and very posh!) you are in for a surprise as you are led down a warren of labyrinthine corridors to your room. I was surprised at the sheer size of the place and really liked this peculiar trait of the old shophouses the hotel inhabits, as I think it adds to the unique charm of the place.
I was a little worried about the size of the rooms before I got there as this seems to be the one thing everyone criticises it for on here, but I have to say they weren't that bad at all. We had the executive deluxe room and I have to say it was more than roomy enough for two of us plus all our luggage (which we stored in the large wardrobe). The en suite was also very nice, but I was a little disconcerted that the toilet faced the bed with only a frosted glass door between you and the room. A little wierd for you morning ... well, you know. Also the so called LCD flatscreen is actually an old style large TV, but these aren't exactly huge criticisms, they are just the only things I could fault them on! The little touches in the room such as a free newspaper, umbrella, etc, all just add to the charm.
The price is a little steep for a boutique hotel, but this is Singapore and it is an average price, for a nice hotel you would struggle to get anything below this price range and lets face it there are a lot more expensive places too; so on that basis I'd say it was more than a fair price. I wouldn't use the room service or restaurant or anything though as these were really expensive and there was a 7/11 at the end of the street and plenty of other places to eat.
The location cannot be beaten, it is right next to Chinatown, (Smith street/Pagoda street are just across the road), it is a five minute leisurely walk to the MRT stop, and the Maxwell Road Food Court (one of the best in Singapore) is literally facing it (all you have to do is cross the road, walk across a small car park and you are there!
The staff are ultra friendly and polite too, and also very helpful. If you have any problems or requests, they will go out of their way; excellent service.
the gym in the hotel is free to use. It is small and basic, but has just enough for you to have a basic workout if you need to work off all the food from the night markets. The free weights are very limited, but have just enough to have a basic light workout.
Overall, this is a great hotel, and I would not hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Scarlet Singapore, Singapore's first luxury boutique hotel, has made a bold statement, both locally and internationally, by preserving and combining the architectural styles of Singapore heritage buildings with a striking, audacious concept. Vivacious and uninhibited, the interiors of this 80-room hotel pulsate with an eclectic tension, offering all who enter an adventure for the senses. Using signature red and combining it with opulent gold and sophisticated black, the hotel decor's provocative style is followed through in the rooms including 5 individually-themed suites, each with a tantalizing name - Splendour, Passion, Opulent, Lavish and Swank. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scarlet Hotel Singapore
- Scarlet Singapore
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