It is a yearly affair for Mr J and I to have a staycation over the Christmas holiday, and last year was no exception. After days of scanning through hotel reviews, we finally found a boutique hotel that I have never heard of – Hotel Indigo! This hotel belongs to the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), and is the third Hotel Indigo property in South East Asia. It is located along East Coast Road within the Joo Chiat neighbourhood, directly beside Holiday Inn Express Katong and behind Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel and Hotel Village Katong. Do note that Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo share the same driveway, so it is fairly easy to miss Hotel Indigo if you do not keep a lookout!
We have stayed in nearly all the hotels in this area, and by far Hotel Indigo tops the chart. It is pure coincidence that we kept going back to Joo Chiat area for staycation, but I am really starting to like this place because of its close proximity to good food! The hotel is located directly beside 112 Katong shopping centre, and there are rows of eateries just across the road, one of which houses the famous 328 Katong Laksa! You can also head towards East Coast Park which is a 5 mins drive away for some physical activity if you need a break from all the food lures.
What attracted me to this hotel was the interior design and unique room layout. Similar to other hotels in this area, the entire hotel was designed with a Paranakan feel, since Joo Chiat was once upon a time the neighbourhood for the Paranakan population in Singapore. Everything from the reception to the lobby to the room, and from the walls to the furniture and even to the complimentary snacks provided were neatly gelled up to give a modernised yet old-school setting.
What makes the room extra special is that the bathroom is split into two. The one that comes with the toilet is located near the door, and the other half meant for bathing is located at the other end of the room facing the exterior! SO YES, if you are unabashed and wants to look down upon the world while you are bathing, this is the room for you! There are blinds, of course, for those who are more shy. Take note that the windows are two ways, so if you can see people, so can the people see you! I tried peering up into the hotel room from the street below and yes, things can be seen clearly when you stop to stare (I wonder if the law against public nudity applies here?) Unlike Hotel Fort Canning, the street below gets really busy in the evenings, so be extra careful…
Another thing to note is that not all the rooms face the city. There are rooms which face the hotel backyard towards other hotels, so book your room early and request for higher floors with rooms that face the city. Or you can book the Premier View room to secure your request. For the best experience, you can also choose Preview View with bathtub.
If the room itself is not enough to entice you, Hotel Indigo also has an infinity pool that oversees the city! In my opinion the size and height of the pool is just nice for someone like me who can’t swim well. There are comfy couple daybeds around to laze, and you can bring your wine up at night with your partner for some stargazing *Wink* Before your thoughts run wild though, let me add that the 24hrs gym is located directly behind the pool. It is small but well-equipped, and also comes with complimentary water bottles (very important information in sunny Singapore). Actually, the reception at the lobby is well-stocked with complimentary water bottles too, and I thought that this was interesting because these are usually kept with housekeeping. You can just ask for a water bottle from the receptionist and off you go on your exploration of Singapore. A certain 4-star N*****l hotel in B*****g can certainly learn from Hotel Indigo.
Being a boutique hotel, the price for one night’s stay is definitely on the steeper end (est. $250 per night with GST). Nevertheless, both Mr J and I enjoyed our stay in Hotel Indigo, and we will definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a unique staycation option in Singapore!
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
86 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428788 (website)