Stay Independent – Hotel Vagabond Singapore
Tribute Portfolio has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of Hotel Vagabond Singapore. This is the 10th Marriott International property in Singapore and invites guests to stay independent in the Merlion City while still enjoying all the benefits of the world’s most global loyalty programmes.
Hotel Vagabond Singapore is part of Marriott International, Inc., a Tribute Portfolio. Owned by Harpreet Bedi and Satinder Garcha, the hotel attracted me from the moment I stepped inside. Located just outside Singapore’s central business district, in the Jalan Besar area, the hotel represents the history and energy of Singapore, with its colonial-era Art Deco building dominated by the colour red.
Parisian Chic Style
Designed by award-winning French designer Jacques Garcia, Hotel Vagabond Singapore offers 41 guest rooms and excellent service, all near the central business district in the ultra-hip Jalan Besar. Each room oozes Parisian chic style, with tasteful and thoughtful interiors and furniture. Each room has a king-sized bed with 400thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down pillows and duvets. Bathrooms feature elegant Italian marble and glass mosaics, with toiletries from Etro Milan.
The hotel features a modern interpretation of the Parisian salon, Vagabond Salon, giving guests the chance to mingle. Three times a week the Salon is transformed into the city’s hottest music venue, featuring an exciting line-up of talented musicians and DJs. The Vagabond Executive Club Lounge is the most luxurious Starwood Executive Lounge in Singapore. Guests can enjoy the benefits from 7am to 6.30pm daily. You can sit and relax while enjoying a selection of the finest wines and cheeses; a little treat for yourself.
What makes Hotel Vagabond Singapore so special? It seems every corner of the hotel offers a wonderful surprise, ranging from antiques to contemporary photos and paintings. Each item has been personally sourced or commissioned by Satinder Garcha. There are plenty iconic and fascinating art pieces inside the hotel – a solid brass rhino doubles as the reception desk and banyan trees are used to disguise some of the load-bearing pillars of the Salon, making the room look even more opulent.
Another interesting feature is the video playing in the elevator, featuring snippets from blockbuster and cult movies, including Star Wars, Ben-Hur, Interview with a Vampire and Little Shop of Horrors. Because standing in an elevator with strangers is always awkward, Satinder Garcha decided to install this piece of art in the elevators as a way to grab their attention and perhaps spark conversation. The video was made by Marco Brambilla.
Perhaps the most controversial piece in the hotel is Leon Ferrari’s photo of his seminal work Western Civilization and Christianity, created to protest the Vietnam War. Other pieces include a monkey sculpture at Bar Vagabond by Franck Le Ray, the video-art installation After ‘Three Studies for Portrait of Lucien Freud, 1969’, and photos in all the rooms captured by Satinder Garcha.