Singapore is a smorgasbord of Southeast Asia, especially with its history of migrants and cultures from the rest of Asia, resulting in scrumptious cuisines, gorgeous working places of worship and charismatic buildings that showcase Singapore’s past. Where better to explore it all than in Katong, where the past still lingers among present day snapshots.
WHY HOTEL INDIGO?
The brand is known for its impeccable upscale boutique hotels and no two hotels in the world are identical. The 131-room hotel in Singapore integrates a modern multi-storey building with an architecturally significant heritage building-the former Joo Chiat Police station that was constructed in 1928. Incorporating the colourful charm of the surrounding neighbourhood into its architecture and design, the hotel features design elements inspired by the rich and vibrant culture of the Peranakans (Straits Chinese).
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is nothing like your run-of-the-mill boutique hotel. Each lift lobby exhibits a large canvas of professionally taken shots around the neighbourhood that allows you to discover the sights, tastes and even sounds of Peranakan culture.
Holiday season has just begun in town and there are lots of events and festivities to enjoy! The annual Christmas On A Great Street attracts numerous visitors to marvel at our beautifully decorated Orchard Road while ZoukOut is one of the biggest outdoor parties in Asia, running from 9-10 December.
WHAT’S MY ROOM LIKE?
Each of the meticulously designed 30-square metre guestroom mirrors the flow of a condensed Peranakan home and takes guests from the living room to the bedroom, through to the spa-inspired bathroom, which features a Singer sewing machine leg used for the room’s vanity counter. Art murals behind the bed frames depict the laid back, communal lifestyle of the neighbourhood.
WHAT AM I EATING?
Baba Chews Bar and Eatery serves authentic modern and traditional cuisine from the Straits of Malacca, as well as a delectable selection of western favourites. My personal favourite are the Chilli Crab Cakes, Iberico Pork Ribs Pongtehand Barramundi Goreng Chilli.
GOOD TO KNOW
Hotel indigo Singapore Katong is a 15-minute drive from Singapore Changi Airport and the Central Business District.
BEYOND THE FRONT DOOR
Head on a neighbourhood walk and discover the Katong Neighbourhood Story-one where Joo Chiatwas part of the east coast and coconut plantations covered most of the land.