Tried & Tested

Hotel Check: Hotel 1929

1 Jan 2006 by intern11

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Quirky is the best word for this property,
and it’s as close as you can get to a bohemian crash-pad in the
likeness of a NewYork SoHo prototype.

WHERE IS IT? In the
heart of Singapore’s Chinatown – the older members of Singapore’s
population will also recognise tha address as right smack in the city’s
former red lightdistrict. (Get ready for knowing looks from elderly
cabbies.) Karaoke bars and clubs are still a couple of blocks away, but
this just adds to the local colour.At any rate, can anything in
Singapore be actually sleazy? On the plus side, there is an array of
Chinese eateries in all directions from the hotel.

HOW MANY ROOMS?
32 guestrooms, including three suites. If you suffer from
claustrophobia, the Superior Single isn’t for you; better to go for any
higher category. A suite is the best choice.

ROOM FACILITIES:
WCs are found in the shower stalls in the single and double categories
(a bit strange,we thought). Since guestrooms were hewed out of
shophouses from another era, most have an awkward angularity – which
the hotel management uses to display a sense of humor. So if your
plasma TV faces the shower (and not the bed), and if the bathtub is in
the glorious outdoors of the balcony,well, it’s all pretty much in the
spirit of good fun.

BUSINESS CENTRE: None, but each room does come with free broadband services.

RESTAURANTS: Just
the one: Ember,which has established a reputation for French nouvelle
as quickly as the modishness of Hotel 1929. Buffet breakfast comes with
the rate.

BAR: None, although there is a stylish mini
lounge that shows off the proprietor’s highly interesting chair
collection,which includes a barbershop chair as well as the iconic
Eames plywood model.

FITNESS CENTRE: None, but since this is Chinatown, reflexologists abound as do New Age therapies in wellness boutiques down the road.

VERDICT:
A combination of totally affordable rates and loads of character. It’s
essentially comfortable and despite the design orientation has none of
the snootiness associated with western boutique hotels. Front desk
staff and the rest of the crew are attentive and friendly.

PRICE: Superior Singles start from US$71.33; Deluxe Doubles from US$95; and suites from at US$112.94. (Taken from their website.)

CONTACT 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154, tel 65 6347 1929,www.hotel1929.com

Lizza G Nakpil

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