I walked from Bugis to Dickson Road, Singapore, a mere 10 minutes walk, to find a hotel named Wanderlust. Intrigued by its name, I had already checked it through its website and I grew excited when I got the opportunity to stay at Wanderlust for a night. The four floor hotel was easily located and I could still see the old charm that embodies the building. The hotel building was originally a school, Hong Wen School, in the 1920s and to keep its charm and heritage, the façade of Wanderlust’s hotel remains the same. Wanderlust is definitely perfectly situated, in Little India, but in a quieter part allowing its guests to experience a peaceful stay and still be in the heart of Singapore.
The first thing I realized when I entered Wanderlust was definitely the wacky lobby: wall covered in Indian product packages, several dentists chairs and a suitcase monster. At the back was Wanderlust’s French restaurant, Cocotte. The restaurant looked chic with its easy layout and a very eye-catching spider-like chandelier hanging in its centre. Trying to consume so much interesting art, my mind was on a world of its own trying to imagine what my room would look like.
After checking in, the receptionist gave me the room key as well as a passport-like notebook. The notebook contains a little explanation of the hotel as well as recommendations of places to see and eat as well as a small map of the area and MRT and buses information. I love that they stamped my notebook, just like when your passport get stamp upon entering a new country. I’m beginning to sense that I will have a hard time leaving this hotel at the end of my stay.
My room was on the top floor and was a Whimsical Loft type. When I entered my room I could see a huge typewriter monster couch and a very inviting bathtub. My bed was upstairs. This room was definitely beyond my expectation!
I was lucky enough that day to have met Mae Noor and Shari, who happily explained the whole concept of the hotel and showed me some other rooms in the hotel. In total there are 29 rooms at Wanderlust. What makes this hotel unique though is the architecture. Each floor of the hotel was designated to 4 different award-winning Singapore design agencies.
The first floor, in charge of the lobby and Cocotte restaurant, was done by Asylum with the theme “Industrial Glam” where they take their inspiration from Little India and mixed it with a contemporary design. Cocotte restaurant is designed with a French-like atmosphere, I could see some French street signs and also comfortable chairs and tables in which I could picture myself having dinner with my friends.
The second floor or also known as the “Eccentricity” level was created by phunk studio. There are 11 capsule rooms here each with different colours from green to yellow. I was lucky to see the green pantone room, the room looks extremely cozy and bright. At the top of the bed is a neon sign, this neon sign is a signature for this level as you can find it in every room and they are actually popular song titles. In this floor was also where I was shown the multi-coloured jacuzzi and colourful elephant seats. I wanted to hang out there the whole day! It was so gorgeous!
“Is it just Black and White?” – not a question but rather a theme for third level at Wanderlust. DP Architects created the black and white theme into nine rooms and transformed them into something amazing. As I entered one room I saw some stencil arts with neon light behind it creating an amazing effect.
The floor I stayed in was given the theme “Creature Comforts”. This level was made by fFurious where their concepts is to have friendly monsters that would accompany the people staying in the room. I was hesitant at first, I mean monsters and a good night sleep never really go together, but after my room, I would happily sleep with the typewriter monster that was installed in my room anytime. I was also shown the Tree Monster room where the room is magical! It truly is, its ceiling covered by (made-up) leaves with all sorts of colours and also colourful tiled floor (and we all know how much I love tiles!).
What I love most about my stay is the loft design. Shower, toilet, bathtub, my monster sofa and also a huge TV on the first floor and a cloud-like bed (and again a huge TV) on the loft! Mae Noor told me they designer took the idea of children’s tree house. Well, I never had a tree house when I was little, but I really want one now! The concept of the room definitely gave me the playful effect (I was giddy as a child!) but it also gave a sexy, grown-up feel too. The perfect lighting (they installed some small bulbs on the ceiling which looks like stars!), the amazingly nice-smelling Shanghai Tang shampoo and conditioner, the minibar and also the coffee and tea. I was also very happy with the Nespresso machine – although I am no longer a coffee addict but it was just the small things they provided to make their guests smile.
My stay at Wanderlust was more than just a night sleep. It was almost like visiting a contemporary art gallery. I loved that they had different concept in each level, allowing guests to wander around the place curiously. I was extremely happy to end my stay with a hearty breakfast provided by Cocotte. I had their fresh berries pancake, and most importantly the breakfast was freshly made!
I don’t know how I can describe this hotel further. It’s eccentric, amazing, quirky, vintage, surprising all at the same time. I really have never stayed in such a hotel! I truly recommend this hotel not only for curious travellers but also those who love architecture and art.
Address : No. 2 Dickson Road Singapore 209494
Phone : +65 6396 3322
Reservations : WLH-RES@unlistedcollection.com
No of levels : 4
No of rooms : 29
Hotel Facilities : Jacuzzi, restaurant and bar
I am grateful for Mae Noor and Shari for taking their time to show my the hotel and explained the concept, thank you for that guys. I was a guest of Wanderlust but of course all opinions are my own.