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Londonís St. John Hotel Becomes One Leicester Street On May 1

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  Site Where: 1, Leicester Street, London, United Kingdom, WG2H 7BL
May 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in early 2011, Londonís West End welcomed the white spaceship that is the W Leicester Square in a whirlwind of celebs and experimental theater. The hotel made such a big splash that it was bound to overshadow the opening shortly after, of its small neighbor, the St. John Hotel.

Having struggled through several delays due to the unforeseen reconstruction needed to prepare the building for its new lease on life, the St. John unfortunately went into administration less than two years after opening. Following an acquisition by Singaporean hotelier Peng Loh, the man behind the Unlisted Collection, the hotel will officially become part of this group today under the new name One Leicester Street Hotel.

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Sydney Gets Trendier With New Unlisted Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: 10 Kensington Street, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, 2007
January 7, 2013 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (2)


Here's Sydney's hottest new hotel...in a few years

Sydney is sure on the radar for hot new hotels and it continues with the recent announcement of a new Unlisted Collection property planning to bring the unique design of lawyer-turned hotelier, Loh Lik Peng.

Located in the inner-suburb of Ultimo, down a laneway that evokes inner-city grittiness and history all at the same time. The new hotel will be housed in the former administration building for Carlton and United Brewery and will undoubtedly be the destination for memorable hotel experiences.

Mr. Loh promises that the 60-room hotel will be a bit more grown-up and on the same lines as his own, Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai and Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in London. This can only mean that the floating beds might not be a feature as they are in the New Majestic Hotel.

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Floating Beds and Outdoor Bathtubs: Inside Singapore's New Majestic Hotel

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  Site Where: 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089845
March 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

What did TripAdvisor rate "Trendiest Hotel of 2011?" This one: the Hotel New Republic in Singapore's Chinatown. Don't let that color your judgment however, since our recent stay proved that "trendy" here doesn't mean it's overcrowded, packed with scensters or cheap furniture to look "cool." Instead, the New Republic is a quiet 30-room design-focused hotel that has expertly renovated a historic Chinatown shophouse into a place we sincerely wish we had booked for more than one night.

To be completely honest, of all the hotels we've experienced in Singapore, the New Majestic is the first one we'd return to on our next trip. It is ideal for travelers who seek out unique spaces that reflect the spirit of the destination (ah hem, not a big chain hotel) and for those who desire to be outside of the business district, in the heart of culture. And maybe those who want a funky pool too.

Rooms at the New Majestic begin around $200 per night, which we paid. There really aren't any bad rooms, but we'd try for the second floor where each room has either a balcony or a patio, some of those patios with outdoor soaking bathtubs. It's details like this—and there are many of them—that give you a sense that the New Majestic is having fun...fun with design, fun with being in Chinatown and fun with having you there, doing things like taking an al fresco midnight bath by the light of a lantern.

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A Peekaboo Porthole Pool at the New Majestic Singapore

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  Site Where: 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089845
March 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

There once was a time when this HotelChatter writer used to book a hotel based solely on the glossy photo of its pool. Those were the days of pamphlets, however, and now with the internet, we've got far glossier photos in a multitude of angles. Still, nothing beats actually being there, seeing a stunning pool and being able to dive in, as we recently did at The New Majestic Hotel in Singapore.

You've probably seen photos of the New Majestic before, without realizing it. The "floating beds" are frequent favorites of design magazines and it was named "Trendiest Hotel" by Tripadvisor in 2011, but the pool gets enough attention on its own. You see, it sits above the lobby and has three large porthole windows that allow guests downstairs to look up at swimmers.

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A Rainbow Whirlpool and Shopping Cart Chairs

March 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 compromised—there'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.

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Inside a Pantone Color Room at Singapore's Wanderlust Hotel

March 14, 2012 at 7:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know when you walk into a hotel room, and it's just so different, and you're not really sure if it's going to be "different" in a good or bad way, but you stick it out anyway? Yeah, that's exactly how it was for us recently at The Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore.

Having seen the art-filled Wanderlust in design publications for a few years now, we just had to stay. Booking for one night via Tablet Hotels cost us $233.05 Singapore dollars total, which is $183.70 USD for the lowest category room, on the Pantone color-themed second floor. Checking in amidst all the funky furniture of the lobby made us feel cool just for being there (more on the public areas tomorrow), which should always be the goal of a well-designed space, and the friendly reception assigned us Room 205. The color? PURPLE.

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A Look at the Typewriter Suite Inside Singapore's Wanderlust Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Dickson Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay, so we've already showed you all around the Space Suite inside Singapore's Wanderlust Hotel, but now we're going inside another of the boutique hotel's themed rooms and this time, it's not so out of this world. It's the Typewriter Suite.

On the top floor of this 29-room hotel in the Little India neighborhood sits a range of themed suites, each conceptualized by local design company fFurious. And once we walked into the place and saw those huge typewriter keys above our heads, and the custom bench plus that mid-century modern couch, it was decided: should we return to Singapore and to the Wanderlust, this is the suite we'd want. It's kooky enough to have novelty appeal, but not so crazy that it's uncomfortable.

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Old and New Singapore in One Affordable Spot: The Hotel 1929

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  Site Where: 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089154
February 16, 2012 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

On Keong Saik Road, in the end of Singapore's Chinatown district, sits the Hotel 1929.

Despite its name, the hotel hasn't been around since 1929; it's the old shophouse building itself that has the history. Instead, the Hotel 1929 only opened as recently as 2003, part of the Lion City's little blow-up of boutique hotels, and it's actually only a block over from a far more famous, sister boutique property in the Unlisted Collection: The Hotel New Republic.

Although we didn't sleep here (yet), what we love about the 32-room Hotel 1929 are its low rates for such a chic property—from around 150 SGD per night ($118)—and its easy walking distance to both the cultural awesomeness of Chinatown and modern Singapore, as evidenced by the photo above.

Oh yeah, and the lobby and the hotel rooms feature modern designer furniture you're more used to seeing at the Museum of Modern Art than in a place you're only spending so much for. We're such fools for fancy furniture and architecture, let's face it.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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A Look at the Outer Space Suite Inside Singapore's Wanderlust Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Dickson Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (3)

It's been in magazines and on design blogs aplenty, but the "Space" Suite at Singapore's Wanderlust Hotel is a space you've got to see with your own eyes to appreciate.

Every duplex suite on the top floor of this 29-room hotel in the Little India neighborhood has been conceptualized by local design company fFurious; the "Space" suite is just one of the many looks, and by far the most popular. Maybe the allure comes from the mystery of outer space, or a youth spent sleeping under astronaut-covered sheets? Our guess: it's because the room is pitch-black with only a fiber optic ceiling of stars at night—great for a fantasy night of romance or if you're anticipating a crazy hangover.

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