Singapore-based hospitality firm The Lo & Behold Group is set to open its first boutique accommodation, The Warehouse Hotel, this December.
Located on the banks of Singapore’s Robertson Quay, the new heritage property – as its name suggests – is a converted 1895 warehouse, also known as a “godown”. According to the group, the building was a hotbed of activity for secret societies, business deals and underground spirit distilling during the early part of the 20th century.
Following its renovation, designed by local agency Asylum, the property now exists as a 37-room hotel with spacious rooms, peaked roofs and original industrial details. Meanwhile, in order to add to the Singaporean heritage feel, the hotel locally sources its in-room minibars, uniforms, bicycles, artwork, guidebooks, tea and coffee.
The hotel features a signature restaurant and bar, Po, located in the communal lobby area, with a menu designed by chef Willin Low, founder of modern Singaporean restaurant Wild Rocket. The cocktail menu, meanwhile, follows the history of the building with concoctions that reflect the three phases of the building’s existence. These include: rustic, spice-driven cocktails reflecting the property’s prominence within the spice trade; house-crafted spirits paying homage to its underworld distillery past, and fun cocktails mimicking its popularity as a modern disco.
“Hotels are a natural extension of our strength as a hospitality group, both in concept design and guest experience,” said Wee Teng Wen, managing partner of the group. “The fact that The Warehouse Hotel is located in a ‘godown’ is particularly unique and creates the opportunity to offer something with depth and soul. We’re proud that this heritage project is our group’s inaugural hotel, owned, designed and operated 100 per cent locally.”
Known for its F&B offerings, Lo & Behold has made its name from restaurants and bars such as All-American Diner OverEasy and local Singaporean bar Loof.