Author: Chic Eater
When you spoke of Chinatown in Singapore, some of you might visualize it as a traditional and somewhat old part of Singapore. While the cultural heritage aspect of it is dated back to the beginning of the city, the vibrant lifestyle in the area has evolved and integrated with the present to emerge as the current Chinatown.
With area comprising of five districts – Ann Siang Hill, Tanjong Pagar, Kreta Ayer, Bukit Pasoh and Telok Ayer, each area offers something different. I chose to explore Tanjong Pagar during my June Singapore trip, mainly because of its popular cafes and hip night hangout spots.
As I browsed through available accommodations and hotels in the area, I found one that I got my eyes on and quickly decided to book it. The name is Dorsett Hotel Singapore. Located at the southwest area of Chinatown, adjacent to Outram Park MRT Station, Singapore General Hospital complex, and Tanjong Pagar, this hotel should definitely be acclaimed for its conveniences in terms of its vicinity to any destinations.
For you who have read my previous article on another Singapore hotel, you should already know that I love checking out new places and be a part of the experiences and adventures it brings forth. So naturally, I was exceptionally excited about this particular trip.
Arriving at the hotel by taxi, I saw the slick high rise modern look building from my transport before the driver made the swerve into the hotel. I, then, ran a quick probe of the lobby and restaurant of the hotel while waiting for checking in. The high ceiling lobby area gave an impression of a carefully devised richly decorated interior adorned with modern and cultural ornaments. The lobby and especially PappaSan restaurant really befits the hotel’s tagline ‘where heritage meets modernity’.
I love their take on humour which can be seen in its miniature porcelain angel statues at the lobby. When I look at them, I thought they were cute with the chubbiness and their bright colours to decorate the area. But hey… wait a minute… After a closer look, the face does remind me of someone. And turned out it’s none other than chairman Mao’s face! Do you catch the resemblance?
The facilities of the hotel include landscape roof garden, where you can relax, take a stroll and a deep breath of nature, a gym to keep your body fit and healthy, a 30-meter outdoor swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.
When I made reservation at this hotel, through any means, you would not be able to choose to have breakfast included. The rate is only for the rooms. Breakfast is optional. For hotel guests, they offer the breakfast at S$28++ /person. Looking at PappaSan, I did not hesitate at all to choose having my breakfast there. The interior was rustic vintage with a touch of contemporary design. The ambiance was superb. Candidly speaking but in a good way, the mural on the wall did remind me of a restaurant in Bali called MamaSan.
The food and menu offered was quite diverse with local and western dish combined. Practically, you can get yourself an American Continental Breakfast from the buffet, while also having porridge and asian noodle soup on the sides. I think the kitchen and management team did well with the menu selections.
This 4-star hotel offers five room options for you to choose, Dorsett Room, Deluxe Room, Balcony Room, Splash Room, and Loft Room. I love the details they put into each room, including the lighted camera-shaped doorbells outside the rooms. It was a nice touch. During the stay, I obliged myself to try Dorsett Room and Loft Room. I feel that both rooms have its own different perks. But I have to say that Loft Room got my deeper affection.
Loft room gave the ambiance of a single loft apartment which I had the opportunity to live in for several years. I favoured the use of tall frame-less windows with the tall curtains that can be opened and closed by a press on the buttons on the walll. I was also impressed with the way the bed area was tailored with glass fences bordering the three sides of it and a TV hung at an angle, just right above the glass.
Dorsett Room, however, surpass loft room in terms of the functionality of using cabinet sliding door as both restroom partition and cabinet door. From the photos that I took, you can see how the door can be slid to the left to cover the bathroom sink area.
The verdict for this hotel was definite. I felt that I found myself another hotel that I would surely revisit it again on other Singapore outings. I like everything about this hotel. I had to really struggle to find anything I would suggest to be changed and I ended up with nothing. This kind of hotel made my wanderlust feel just and worthwhile.
As I was checking out their website, I stumbled upon room promotions they were having. You can look it up if you are interested for a stay there.
SG50: In celebration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence, from 30 March 2015 to 31 December 2015
Choice: Enjoy 50% off the 2nd room when you book the 1st room at Best Available Rate, from 15th June till 30th September
333 New Bridge Road
Hotel Telephone: +65 6678 8333
Reservation Hotline: +65 6678 8388