Naumi Liora Hotel – Review

Naumi Liora Hotel - Shophouse Facade

Naumi Liora is a charming boutique hotel housed in a row of cheerful orange-shaded heritage shophouses.

Charming, Free WiFi and a 24×7 Nibbles Bar!

Singapore was recently named the world’s most expensive city! So I took on the challenge to do it on a budget, and found myself checking in at the delightful Naumi Liora, the boutique counterpart of the famous Naumi Hotel in City Hall.

A traditional Chinese shophouse-turned-modern heritage hotel, Naumi Liora’s location in the heart of Chinatown (on Keong Saik Road) is what first struck me. Its neighborhood is steeped in history and heritage, and fast becoming Singapore’s most chic hangout, with new and upcoming concept cafes and watering holes.

My ‘Heritage’ single room, though compact, was a work of art – a combination of Chinatown’s traditional architecture and modern comforts, with colorful little windows peeking into the street below; the more expensive ‘Porch’ rooms comes with a quaint French courtyard, well worth an upgrade.

But what really won me over was the complimentary 24×7 Nibbles Bar in the lobby, with delicious cookies, savory snacks, soft drinks, ice creams, and a laid-back ambience to people watch!

As a traveler who never wants to compromise style and comfort even on a budget, Naumi Liora is my budget hotel of choice in expensive Singapore.

The Rooms and Hotel Amenities

Naumi Liora Hotel - Heritage Single Room

The compact single Heritage Room that has almost everything you need…

The size of the “Heritage” rooms at Naumi Liora surprised me at first. How could a space so modest pack in every amenity, and still feel so boutique?

The white walls retain the original shophouse-style windows, the bed made me want to curl up and sleep long hours, and a modern work desk with fast WiFi connectivity was conducive to surfing and sending emails. The bathroom, a step up from the room, is equipped with designer faucets and all essential toiletries.

I got a chance to check out the higher end “Porch” rooms during my stay. These are not only more spacious, but open into a charming courtyard with a comfortable seating and blooming flowers – a personal haven in the bustling city. I would have upgraded if I afforded it!

All rooms include standard amenities like:

  1. LCD TV with Cable TV Channels
  2. Tea and Coffee Maker
  3. Mini-Bar
  4. Safe Deposit Box
  5. Hair Dryer

Hotel facilities include:

  1. 24-hr Reception
  2. Restaurant
  3. Complimentary Nibbles Bar
  4. Gym
  5. Luggage Storage
  6. Laundry

The Service

Naumi Liora Hotel - Nibbles Bar

The famous Nibbles Bar that is open 24/7! Comes in handy when you just need a quick snack to perk you up…

After a long 5.5 hour flight from India, a warm welcome awaited me at Naumi Liora. The room was ready when I arrived, and I was given an early check-in at no extra cost. The staff were friendly, helpful and informative throughout.

After my 2 nights stay, I was headed to Thailand for a few days, and was to fly back to India via Singapore. The hotel let me leave one of my bags in their storage, for no extra charge. It’s really the little things that make a big difference in our choice of accommodation!

Internet Access

For a digital nomad like me, Internet access is of utmost importance. I was delighted that the complimentary WiFi Internet access was available in all rooms and at the lobby of Naumi Liora. It was fast, uninterrupted, and worked on all my devices.

Food, Attractions, Shopping

Naumi Liora’s location in the heart of Chinatown is ideal for sightseeing within the city; my only challenge was which ones to choose! I strolled along the quirky markets of Chinatown, where the Chinese New Year decorations were still up in early March. And took the MRT from the nearby Outram Park train station to Singapore’s big attractions like Marina Bay, Orchard Road, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.

In the last couple of years, Keong Siak Road, where the hotel is located, has found a place on Singapore’s tourism map with its ultra chic cafes and concept bars tucked away in the charming heritage of Chinatown’s colorful shophouses; I couldn’t finish sampling all of them and can’t wait to go back and try the remaining ones.

Convenience

Naumi Liora offers a central location in the heart of Chinatown, and it took me a mere 7-8 minutes to walk to the Outram Park MRT (NE3/EW16) train station, where the North East (purple) and East West (green) lines intersect.

The purple line connects Outram Park to HarborFront, the gateway to Sentosa Island, where I visited the Universal Studios theme park and Resorts World Sentosa, and to Dhoby Ghaut, the beginning of Orchard Road’s shopping extravaganza, in less than 10 minutes travel time. The green line connected me all the way to Changi Airport.

In a Nutshell

Pros:

  • Free and fast WiFi Internet access in all rooms
  • The service is excellent, and the staff welcoming and friendly
  • The lobby has good music, complimentary snacks, and a good ambience to hang out
  • Excellent location in Chinatown, 7-8 minutes walking distance to Outram Park MRT station and several nice cafes, bars and restaurants
  • The rooms are beautifully and artistically designed, with all urban comforts packed into a small space

Cons:

  • The gym is compact!
  • There is no swimming pool
  • The “Quaint” rooms are small and don’t come with a window. The “Heritage” rooms are also fairly small, especially if you want to stay for a few days

Why I Recommend Naumi Liora

I consider Naumi Liora to be a benchmark in the boutique hotel scenario in Singapore.

It is a charming blend of traditional architecture and modern comforts, and will strike a chord with travelers who want to live in an artsy hotel with a unique character, without breaking their pockets. The location is central to explore all major attractions within the city, and to discover Singapore’s hippest F&B alternatives.

Though the base category rooms are small, they are tastefully designed, with all modern amenities, free WiFi, and an extremely comfortable bed. The hotel lobby, with its quirky character and 24×7 complimentary Nibbles Bar, is a great place to hang out, meet other travelers, and people watch.

The eclectic breakfast buffet in the quaint cafe next door was a great start to my mornings, and I loved the local and international food options in the vicinity. With all this at an affordable price per night, Naumi Liora is undoubtedly an excellent alternative for flash-packers like myself, in Singapore.

-> You can checkout Naumi Liora Hotel at Agoda or Booking.com.