Hotel Re! Singapore at Chin Swee Road, Chinatown offers a one-of-a-kind retro experience that the usual run-of-the mill hotels offered in this city state simply cannot offer. Hotel Re may not boast the best location in Chinatown but absolutely make up for it with modern retro-themed design facade with psychedelic and retro inspired furnishings in the boutique rooms.
Hotel Re is situated on a little hill (Pearl’s Hill) shielded away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city yet only a 7-minute downhill walk to the nearest Outram Park Interchange MRT Station (EW16/NE3).
Rooms from US$100 per night.
Have Fun Shopping in the Old and New
Chinatown is one of the oldest areas in Singapore with People’s Park Complex as the first shopping mall built in 1970. This old shopping mall is actually housed in a 3-storey complex built beneath an ugly looking rectangular block of flats painted with mismatching colors of green and bright orange that look like “pigeon holes” from far. However, do not underestimate the gems you can find in this long forgotten mall.
Who would have guess you will be able find the luxury brand Mont Blanc in People’s Park Center and selling at 10%-25% cheaper than the boutiques in Orchard Road too. But it’s true and on 2nd storey at unit No. 45, there is a store called Bee Kah Co that sells genuine Mont Blanc watches, pens and leather goods. Credit cards are accepted here with no additional fees too.
For those who longed for a Rolex but smart enough to know the best bargain is in a second hand piece, checkout the pre-owned watches stores on level 1 and 2. These stores mostly deal with second hand Rolexes and Omegas and some even come with original boxes and certificates.
For a more comfortable shopping experience in a modern mall, just take a 3-minute MRT train ride at Outram Park MRT Station to HarbourFront Interchange MRT Station (NE1/CC29). Once you alight, you will see prominent signage leading you to Vivocity, Singapore’s largest shopping mall with more than 1 million square feet of retail and F&B space.
You will find international brands like Desigual, Camper, Calvin Klein, Armani Exchange, Swarovski, Zara, Pull & Bear, Forever 21, Uniqlo, Crocs, Aldo, Geox, Timberland, Gap and many others more here. Vivocity also boasts a Sky Park where kids can have fun in the wading pool and Singapore’s largest cinema with 15 digital projection screens equipped with Dolby Surround sound system.
Foreign Exchange and Cheap Massage
Guests staying in Hotel Re will not need to worry about where to look for money changers. Just take a short walk to People’s Park Complex in the morning (most money changers open around 10am – 11am daily) before you kick-start your itinerary. There are more than a dozen money changers inside this mall to compare and bargain for the best rates.
If you have time, you may like to try the cheap massage services found on 2nd level at less than USD$35 for an hour of body or foot massage.
Old Temples and Modern Museums Do Mix
Tourists who are history buffs will be happy to know that the two oldest temples in Singapore are located right smack in the heart of Chinatown. The Sri Mariamman Temple at No. 244 South Bridge Road is Singapore’s oldest and most revered Hindu Temple since 1827.
Located at No. 158 Telok Ayer Street, visitors simply cannot miss the Thian Hock Keng Temple with its elaborate and grandiose entrance, which is Singapore’s oldest Hokkien Temple since 1821.
Feeling overdosed from all the temples gawking? Just head to the modern Red Dot Design Museum at No. 28 Maxwell Road, the only other red dot design museum outside Germany. The museum boasts the largest collection of international contemporary design in Asia, showcasing many interesting product innovations and best of all, entrance fee is only less than USD$8 for one adult ticket.
Easy Access to Cheap Food and Beer
For best hawker food at cheap prices, look no further to Chinatown Complex Market and Food Center at No. 335 Smith Street. Once tourists arrive to the food level on 2nd storey, they will be assaulted on all senses by the riot of intoxicating food smells and noise coming from the 700 over stalls hawking cheap and delicious local dishes.
Come dusk when the evening is cooler, guests can take a 10-minute stroll from the foot of Hotel Re along Havelock Road connecting to Clemenceau Avenue to arrive at Robertson Quay.
Robertson Quay is a popular watering hole with many pubs serving imported foreign beer and finger food. The Japanese restaurants here offer fresh sushi, sashimi and premium sake too.
The 140-room and 100% non-smoking Hotel Re is structured over a defunct 12-storey primary school building with a retro feel. All the rooms are fully equipped with attached bathrooms, LCD TV and entirely furnished with retro-inspired furniture.
A free shuttle bus service of 20-minute interval is also thoughtfully provided to make the hotel very accessible for visitors to all parts of the City.
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all rooms.
- LCD TV with Satellite TV Channels
- Safe Deposit Boxes
- Complimentary Beverages
- Complimentary Toiletries
- Laundry Service / Dry Cleaning
- Baby Cot
- Room Service
- Restaurant and Bar
Address: 175A Chin Swee Road, Singapore 169879
Contact number: +65 6827 8288
Hotel Website: www.hotelre.com.sg
Nearest MRT Stations: Outram Park Interchange MRT Station (EW16/NE3)