A Rainbow Whirlpool and Shopping Cart Chairs
Thus far into our exploration of Singapore's funky Wanderlust Hotel, we've taken you inside the Space Suite, the Typewriter Suite and of course into a regular room, as bright purple as it was. Now's the time to have a look around the lobby that gets it in so many design publications, and a few other surprises.
There's something about Singapore hotels you should know. Once you go above tourist class into luxury level, almost every hotel has a pretty lovely swimming pool for beating the high temperatures. Below, in the "affordable" category of hotels where the Wanderlust rules, it's extremely rare to find a pool. The Wanderlust has compromisedthere's a small outdoor deck with some designer patio furniture, a postage-stamp of a lawn and a sunken, rainbow whirlpool. While too small for a swim, it's plenty large for a late evening soak with a beer.
If you'd like to check out The Wanderlust but you're not a guest, there'll be no whirlpool for you but both the lobby bar and restaurant are open to the public. The restaurant, Cocotte, is packed with art and hipster appeal. The bar, with its chairs made from modified shopping carts and barber chairs, isn't the most happening place in Singapore, but it's certainly a great meeting up point.
Rooms at The Wanderlust begin around $150 and we paid $183.70 total for our single night in the lowest category room. Would we do it again? YESbut we'd level-up to try out the other categories, like the Mono or Mono Deluxe, with its papier-mache theme.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]