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Of the two new hotels that boutique chain Santa Grand Hotels just opened in Singapore (bringing their total collection to eight), one of them has honed in on a rather interesting slice of Singaporean history: early 19th century Chinese opera. In fact, Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen takes its name from the original theater that was built in 1887 in Singapore's Chinatown.
While guests of the hotel, which opened officially this month, won't be indulging in the same vices as audience members did in the 1900s (opium smoking, private viewing cubicles, etc), the hotel's red-, white-, and black-themed rooms have been designed to conjure up the feel of being inside the theater during its heyday. Specifically, those colors correspond to the face-painting techniques used in Chinese opera. Meanwhile, room types—"Warrior," "Scholar," and "Majestic"—are named after the roles played by the actors.