Now Open: Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) debuted its Hotel Indigo brand in Singapore this week with the opening of the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong.


Located in the eastern Joo Chiat neighbourhood and 15 minutes drive from Changi International Airport and the business district, the 131-room property integrates a modern multi-storey building with an architecturally significant heritage building, once a police station constructed in 1928. Architects Ong & Ong together with Architects and Design Consultancy incorporated design elements reflecting the local Peranakan culture, including a patterned ceramic floor, a batik motif collage feature wall at the reception desk, art installation of water jars and urns handpainted with dragon, phoenix and peonies, art murals in each guestroom as well as a pop-up 1960s-era ‘mama stall’ displaying local crafts.


Beginning from 30 square meters, the guestrooms mirror the flow of a traditional Peranakan home, taking guests from the living room to the bedroom through to the spa-inspired bathroom featuring aromatherapeutic toiletries from Biology Smart Skincare. Apart from regular fittings including a luxury bed, flatscreen television and wireless internet, each is tastefully decorated with indigenous pieces such as a carrom board for the coffee table, a spittoon and reused Singer sewing machine base in the bathroom as well as decorative red clogs.


Continuing the Peranakan theme is Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong’s all-day dining restaurant, Baba Chews Bar and Eatery. Named after philanthropist Chew Joo Chiat who owned most of the surrounding area in his time, the venue is decked out in patterned tiling and serves modern and traditional cuisine from the Straits of Malacca, such as ‘Ayam Buah Keluak Burger’ and ‘Foie Gras Tau Kwa Pau’ in addition to international favorites. The coffee uses beans roasted by local specialty coffee roasters Common Man Coffee Roasters, complemented by tea from TWG Tea and innovative local-inspired cocktails.


2 meeting rooms can host events and functions for up to 50 guests and are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. Guests can also utilize a 24-hour fitness centre with Technogym equipment and the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Joo Chiat neighbourhood, the Singapore Sports Hub and skyscrapers in the distance.


Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong becomes IHG’s second Hotel Indigo in Southeast Asia, after the Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road in Thailand. The brand is poised for further expansion in the region with a third property, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, opening on the Indonesian resort island in November 2016.


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