Cultural Diversity At Singapore’s New Boutique Hotels

Sitting at the crossroads of international trade routes between Asia and Europe, Singapore’s status as an entreport bears it influences of many cultures and ethnicities in various aspects of life. The Southeast Asian city-state’s recent additions to its boutique hotel inventory, The Porcelain Hotel and The Saff, reflect this cultural diversity with their distinct themes of 2 important trading items that once passed through its port.


The Procelain Hotel

Combining a 1930s European colonial-facade with contemporary interior design, The Porcelain Hotel celebrates the beauty and heritage of the prized ceramic from which it is named after. Strategically located on Mosque Street in the heart of Chinatown, the 84-room property is in close proximity to the business district and major tourist attractions while being easily accessible from the subway station.


The cozy guestrooms feature pastel colours and porcelain patterns inspired from those of China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties, complemented by quirky use of space. Despite its intimate size, guests enjoy modern amenities found in larger hotels including comfortable bedding, rainforest showers, flatscreen televisions, complimentary high-speed internet access, IDD telephone, in-room safe, minibar and coffee-/tea-making facilities.


Despite not having a restaurant onsite, guests of The Porcelain Hotel will find various cuisines at restaurants around the property and local favorites at the Chinatown Food Street nearby. For recreation, guests will be able to rejuvenate after a day of business or sightseeing with the oriental wellness and beauty treatments at the hotel’s tastefully designed Oriental Spa Chamber.


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The Saff

Taking its name and inspiration from the spice saffron, The Saff is the second property from boutique hotel operator Grace International. Occupying a row of restored shophouses on Keong Saik Road, the hotel incorporates cultural elements from Morocco, Persia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey in its design and enjoys convenient access to business and entertainment addresses.


A colourful palette of lime green, mauve, buttery yellow, purple, fuschia and teal greet guests entering the 79 guestrooms. With intricate classic furniture and faux snakeskin upholstery, the accommodations serve as intimate hideaways and sanctuaries from the bustling streets while boasting modern amenities including comfortable bedding, well-appointed bathrooms, LCD televisions, complimentary high-speed internet access, workdesk, in-room safe and coffee-/tea-making facilities.


The restaurants, trendy bars and clubs of Chinatown ensure guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, while The Saff’s award-winning sister hotel located in the vicinity, The Scarlet, offers a seductive restaurant called Desire. The neighbourhood also presents an eclectic mix of attractions, museums, shopping and entertainment to ensure guests are kept occupied.


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