This is the fourth blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013. Check out our previous blogposts in this series:
- Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore
- Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore
- Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013, Singapore
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.
“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
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 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.
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.
A trail of yellow lighting along the ceiling of the corridors add character and eclectic style.
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.
A safe is always a good facility to keep all your valuables while travelling.
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.
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.
I am told by hotel staff the facilities on the roof terrace area will be completely renovated and upgraded in due course.
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.
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?
33 Erskine road
Tel: +65 6511 3333
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