Concierge.com's insider take:
In the heart of Chinatown, this arty little hotel is more fun than a barrelful of Dadaists. Each of its 30 rooms has been designed by a regional artist, and some—like Singaporean film director Glen Goei's Wayang Room, a romantic fantasy with red silk sheets, lanterns, and drapes—are reasonably sedate and tasteful. Others, though, are off-the-wall whimsical. The Aquarium Room, created by interior designer Colin Seah, has a bathroom inside a glass cube in the middle of the room. And fashion-show producer Daniel Boey's Pussy Parlour (inspired by the outlandish photography of David LaChapelle) forthrightly evokes a bordello with its theatrical chandeliers, neon lights, mirrors, and color scheme in blinding fuschia. All the rooms are fully functional and (sometimes surprisingly) comfortable, with feather beds and pillows, and baths appointed with Kiehl's toiletries. The Majestic restaurant is one of the hippest eateries in town and serves variations on traditional Cantonese cookery; try the crispy wasabi prawns and Peking duck served with pan-fried foie gras.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:In tiny Singapore, lack of space breeds innovation. A case in point is the New Majestic, a 21-room, 9-suite hotel that also showcases local contemporary art in rapidly gentrifying Chinatown. In the lobby, a rainbow of hanging glass orbs draws the eye to an exposed-concrete ceiling from the original 1928 structure. On the second floor, windows built into the bottom of the pool let swimmers see what's for dinner at the trendy Majestic restaurant below. Standard rooms feel compact, but even they are adorned with artwork and have sparkly glass-tiled bathrooms. Of them, five concept rooms have been handed over to some of Singapore's boldface names. The most exciting of the suites are Heleston Chew's, with its witty anamorphic ceiling message entitled "I Am Upside Down Because of You," and Lee Mei Ling's, with its mixed media fantasy landscapes. 2006 Hot List
When to go: The equatorial heat never abates, but avoid steamy July and August.
Which room to book: Attic Suites have two cast-iron claw-foot tubs set side by side (doubles, $150–$350).
Amenities: Bar/lounge, PoolSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›