The Scarlet, a boutique hotel, Singapore

The Scarlet

This is the fourth blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013Check out our previous blogposts in this series:

Mysaucepan and I are on a 3-week eating spree and will be blogging about our street food adventures with lots of photos and tweets about hawker favourites and local delights that will also cover Chinese New Year 2013 – The Year of the Snake.

We would love your feedback on which are the foods you love and would also welcome any suggestions and recommendations that we should try during our trip in Singapore and Malaysia.

Bon appetite!!

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 ”This hotel has got to be a sexy woman, right?” I ask Mysaucepan.

“Huh?” she looks puzzled.

“I mean, look at all this red decor, leather and retro feel” I say.

“Oh, gotcha!” she smiles as we gaze around the hotel lobby of The Scarlet whilst checking in at the reception.

The lobby area is adorned with dark red curtains, magenta decorations and black marble floor whilst nearby sitting rooms have majestic dark leather chairs with usually tall back rests.

“I see a young and seductive Oriental woman in a fiery red Chinese cheong sam, scarlet lipstick, silky red gloves holding a thin and long cigarette, staring at me with her dreamy eyes and gently blowing smoke into my face” I tell Mysaucepan.

“Yeah right, dream on” she says whilst rolling her eyes at my insinuative imagination.

“I think her name is May Ling and she is beckoning me to join her for a drink at the bar” I add.

“I thought you wanted a Hainanese Chicken Rice the moment you reach Singapore?” her stark reminder jolting me back to reality from my moment of fantasy.

The Scarlet, a boutique hotel, Singapore

Built upon heritage shophouses: The Scarlet, Singapore

Built upon heritage shophouses: The Scarlet, Singapore

The Scarlet claims to be the first luxury boutique hotel in Singapore which opened in 2004.

Refurbished and converted from a row of old shop-houses, this 80-room hotel is located within a short walk to the Chinatown district of Singapore.

The Scarlet, Singapore

The Scarlet, Singapore

The rooms are mostly located on the upper level of two storey shop-houses while shops and cafes occupy the ground level which front Erskine street.

Lobby and reception area, The Scarlet, Singapore

Lobby and reception area, The Scarlet, Singapore

The reception and lobby area sets the mood of the hotel with its dark hues of red, magenta and black colour motifs.

We are promptly checked in upon arrival and lead to our room through long, narrow and undulating corridors that run the length of the entire hotel.

Corridors at The Scarlet, Singapore

Corridors at The Scarlet, Singapore

A trail of yellow lighting along the ceiling of the corridors add character and eclectic style.

Bedroom suite, The Scarlet, Singapore

Bedroom suite, The Scarlet, Singapore

Our room is not large by any measure but it is warm, cosy and comfortable with all the standard facilities of a wide-screen TV, DVD player. mini bar and work desk.

Bathroom vanity, The Scarlet, Singapore

Bathroom vanity, The Scarlet, Singapore

Wardrobe and safe, The Scarlet, Singapore

Wardrobe and safe, The Scarlet, Singapore

A safe is always a good facility to keep all your valuables while travelling.

Mini bar, coffee and beverages, The Scarlet, Singapore

Mini bar, coffee and beverages, The Scarlet, Singapore

No smoking ~ An additional charge of $150 will be imposed

No smoking ~ An additional charge of $150 will be imposed

One aspect of this hotel that stood out was service excellence. Our room is promptly made up, towels and sheets changed daily and is usually refreshed at least twice a day including a nightly turndown service.

I requested for an ice bucket for our drinks on the first evening and thereafter, a bucket of ice is provided on each of the following six evenings without having to call room service.

The room also provides unlimited free Wi-fi which is a major plus for me.

One of numerous cocktail bars at The Scarlet, Singapore

One of numerous cocktail bars at The Scarlet, Singapore

Our Korner - bar and bistro at The Scarlet, Singapore

Our Korner - bar and bistro at The Scarlet, Singapore

The menu for Our Korner, the hotel’s bar and bistro looks good with a selection of western and local delights such as mee goreng.

However, with so much good food at local hawker centres around us, it is just too difficult to not visit these places during our stay.

Breeze ~ Rooftop bar and dining area

Breeze ~ Rooftop bar and dining area

I am told  by hotel staff the facilities on the roof terrace area will be completely renovated and upgraded in due course.

Rooftop spa at The Scarlet, Singapore

Rooftop spa at The Scarlet, Singapore

Flaunt ~ gymnasium at The Scarlet, Singapore

Flaunt ~ gymnasium at The Scarlet, Singapore

The threadmill in the gym is an important piece of equipment to burn off all the extra calories from all the good food that we are eating everyday.

Daily news at your door, The Scarlet, Singapore

Daily news at your door, The Scarlet, Singapore

Apart from the excellent service that we received, I like this hotel for its location being so close to Chinatown as well as many neighbouring food haunts such as Maxwell Food Centre, Lau Pa Sat and Amoy street Food Centre.

The room rate for our stay is S$200.00 plus 10% service charge and 7% government tax per night.

I would highly recommend this hotel for its friendly and excellent service. Unlimited free Wi-fi and its location being close to the attraction around Chinatown during Chinese New Year tops it off for me.

So dear readers, where would you prefer to stay when you are in Singapore?

The Scarlet
33 Erskine road
Singapore 069333

Tel: +65 6511 3333

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12 Responses to The Scarlet, a boutique hotel, Singapore

  1. Norma Chang says:

    The Scarlet looks like an interesting place to stay, not only for the historical aspect but the location as well. Love the No Smoking sign.
    Glad you and Mysaucepan are having a grand time in Singapore.
    Kung Hey Fat Choy!

  2. Juliana says:

    What a beautiful place to be…especially for the Chinese New Year…enjoy and thanks for sharing all this lovely pictures of the Scarlet.

  3. I have never been to Singapore but hope to in the near future. I look forward to reading your posts on your trip and I just loved your creative description of the hotel, likening it to a femme fatal!

  4. One day I really want to visit Singapore and Malaysia. Please take lots of pictures and share them with us! :) Beautiful hotel!

  5. Baby Sumo says:

    Interesting hotel, I personally like Singapore’s Chinatown… lots of nice restaurants around there too. I like Esquina – have u been?

    Swissotel is pretty nice for central Singapore, and another one which we liked was Oasia Hotel.

  6. Baby Sumo says:

    Oh and I forgot to say, Happy CNY to you and yours.

  7. These are very timely stories for me as I am visiting Singapore in April. I love the look of this quaint boutique hotel, I like to stay somewhere with personality when I holiday. I look forward to reading more :)

  8. Well… if muleh wasn’t so much of an issue I would choose to stay at Marina Bay Sands Resort hehehehehehehe! How can you say no to that sexy infinity pool!

  9. Raymund says:

    I think I had seen this hotel before, I stayed in somewhere near.

  10. I’m tickled for you two to experience such lovely accommodations and a food adventure together! Thanks for writing about it and sharing these gorgeous photos. Have fun!

  11. Shelly says:

    It’s going to be finish of mine day, except before ending I am reading this enormous post to improve my know-how.

  12. Kandace says:

    Superb, what a blog it is! This website presents valuable information to us, keep it up.

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