I recently visited Singapore to attend a 2-day work conference and since I knew I was only about a few stays into SPG’s Gold Status this would be a great opportunity for a ‘mileage-run’.
All this time, my chunk of SPG points had come from a co-branded American Express SPG credit card spending and not exactly from SPG Hotel Stays, so I was glad to find out that I was not that far away for a status upgrade.
Singapore has always been one of my favorite destinations in Asia and I was really looking forward to visit again ‘solo’.
Searching through the SPG website, Singapore has a range of hotel options to choose from.
From the luxurious St Regis Hotel, W Singapore, Le Meridien, The Westin to the mid-tier hotels such as Four Points Sheraton, The Vagabond Club – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel and The Wanderlust Singapore – a Member of Design Hotels.
There was a brand new hotel that had caught my eye, The Warehouse Singapore also a Member of Design Hotels, but unfortunately they didn’t have any availability on the dates I wanted.
To be able to fit the company’s budget I was more than happy to choose a boutique hotel and my best option was The Wanderlust Singapore – since it coincides with my blog’s title – I knew I had to try this hotel at some point.
Located in Little India, the location of The Wanderlust Singapore was perfect for my visit as it was only a 10-minute ride to Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre.
The hotel is also walking distance to Bugis Square including Bugis MRT Station and Sim Lim Square, a popular place to get gadgets and the latest electronics.
The entrance was very modest and clearly represented the ’boutique’ level of service as the reception was only attended by one person.
He wasn’t exactly the friendliest person in the world, well frankly he wasn’t that friendly at all. So I assume he just had a rough early morning (I arrived at the hotel at around 9.00AM).
The lobby and restaurant had an industrial feel and it was almost quiet during the day, except at night when I could see more people at the bar and restaurant.
At the time of my arrival, my room was not available yet so I just left my carry-on at reception to go straight to my work conference at MBS.
The Guest Room
Branding itself as an ‘experimental boutique hotel’ , this hotel does bring out an eclectic flair in its’ design with each guest room individually named, mine was Origami, and I could find other rooms on the same floor labeled Beg and more Origami rooms.
Wanderlust has 5 room types from basic Pantone, Pantone Deluxe, Mono Deluxe, Mono, to Whimsical with a loft style retro setting. Check out the rooms here.
Depending on what your style of preference is when choosing a room, the rooms may seem a bit to eccentric and colorful for some as it really is dedicated for the adventurous soul-travelers.
My standard room (I assume was a Pantone type) was a lot smaller than I expected but I immediately adjusted into thinking this is a ’boutique’ hotel not exactly The Westin standard size so I was perfectly happy for having one whole room to myself.
All I needed was a comfortable queen mattress, white sheets, clean bathrooms and a good Wi-Fi. What else could a solo-traveler want?
The only downside of this room was the location of the bed which was right under the Air Conditioning, I ended up turning off the AC for the night because it was blowing directly onto my head if I was in a sleeping position.
The upside was the comfortable bedding, a fully-equipped bathroom (minus a bathtub) and the complimentary hot and cold beverages.
This hotel would be perfect if you want to save some buck and still want get a designer hotel facilities. Due to the room sizes and location not being in the center of Orchard Road or Sentosa Island, this hotel would be more suitable for solo-travelers or young couples and I probably won’t recommend staying here if I was traveling with small children.
I personally enjoyed my stay because it was away from the bustling touristy area of Orchard Road. There are also a number of local food joints only a stone throw away from the hotel. Getting an Uber / Grab or Taxi only takes minutes with minimal traffic, plus it’s still walking distance to the MRT station.
How would I rate this hotel?