Opening late this month is Singapore’s first true luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Vagabond. A project by Garcha Hotels, which also owns The Duxton, this new property is designed by French architect Jacques Garcia, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers in 2014 and the man behind the look of hip Hotel Costes in Paris. It also claims to be the first property here with an artist-in-residence programme.
With credentials like these, you’d expect to see some seriously plush interiors and arty touches. And you won’t be disappointed, if these sneak-peek photos are any indication.
The heart and soul of the hotel is the Vagabond Salon — a modern interpretation of a Parisian salon — where guests can mingle with resident artists over cocktails, or dine while enjoying a performance, film or jazz set.
Art is everywhere in the 5,000-sq ft property, from the golden brass banyan trees in the Salon that feature delicate metalwork created with old artisanal techniques, to the brass rhino reception desk that was produced across 15 villages in Rajasthan and took eight months to make. Meanwhile, the elephant and monkey sculptures seen elsewhere in the hotel are works of the French artist, Franck Le Ray.
And what’s a boutique hotel without a hip address to match? Hotel Vagabond is located in suitably cool Syed Alwi Road, within walking distance of Little India and Kampong Glam, an area that reflects its offbeat, exotic luxury. With 41 rooms at rates starting from $250, it’s definitely a crashpad we’ll be recommending to visiting friends.
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