This recently opened hotel in Singapore’s Chinatown is a prime example of how both the past and present can be interwoven beautifully, with modern living spaces housed within the hotel's century-old exterior
Ann Siang House occupies a restored shophouse that dates back to the early 1920s, in an area that was once home to Chinese clan associations.
The boutique property is a six-minute walk from Telok Ayer MRT. Within a five-minute walking radius are local hawker centres such as Maxwell and Amoy Street; bustling eateries such as Park Bench Deli, and Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House; and popular watering holes like Oxwell & Co and Bitters & Love.
Ann Siang House offers 20 rooms – 16 Deluxe Rooms, two Executives and two Suites. The main difference is that the Executives and Suites come with kitchenettes, and the Suites have an extra bathtub.
We stayed in Deluxe corner room 303. The 30m2 space is tastefully furnished, and felt spacious even though there was a work table, four chairs, coffee machine and a minibar (items are all complimentary).
Regular mod-cons include a flatscreen Samsung smart TV, Tivoli Audio Bluetooth speaker system and unlimited Wi-Fi access. There was a Handy Phone provided as well, and I thought that this newer version was more responsive and intuitive than its predecessors seen at other hotels.
The Hypnos Firenze king-sized bed felt luxurious to the touch, and was extremely comfortable. It came complete with four fluffy pillows. I felt like I had a good night’s rest as I went to work feeling refreshed the following day.
It’s relatively quiet during my weekday stay at Ann Siang House, but we could hear the garbage truck outside our room in the wee hours of the morning. Note that on weekends, it may be noisier at night due to the numerous bars along Ann Siang Road. However, the boutique property does offer ear plugs and a white noise machine (upon request) to ensure guests have a peaceful night’s rest.
F&B At press time, there are three F&B brands currently occupying the spaces around the lobby. The space on the right is currently occupied by coffee bar Cult (daytime)/and contemporary eatery The Guild (night-time). On the left is Italian restaurant Perbacco but it was not open when I was there. I understand it opens for lunch on weekdays and on weekend evenings.
There is no hot buffet breakfast, but Ann Siang House has partnered with Cult to offer guests a breakfast box comprising a muffin, yogurt with granola, croissant, fruit and a small bottle of orange juice.
Just round the corner – but part of the same building – is cosy pizzeria Blue Label Pizza & Wine. In my opinion, this place serves up some of the best pizzas in town. A must-try is the Umami Bomb: a cornmeal pizza topped with a generous amount of shiitake mushrooms, spinach, onions, anchovies and goat’s cheese. This brilliant combination resulted in a glorious savoury explosion with every bite. Yum.
A phase two for Ann Siang House will be unveiled later this year, and its website states that it’ll be “celebrating local purveyors and uniting Singapore’s independent F&B heroes to continue to evolve as an exciting, integrated F&B and events destination”.
Facilities There is an in-house washer and dryer, provided with the hotel’s compliments.
Service Staff members were polite, constantly smiling and made me feel at home. When we had trouble with our TV, the manager came up within minutes to help us troubleshoot.
Also, the breakfast box idea was thoughtful, and affirms that the hotel takes guests’ well-being seriously.
Verdict Personally I loved the boutique hotel’s proximity to the many fantastic F&B options in both the Ann Siang and Telok Ayer area. Both leisure and corporate travellers will certainly appreciate its convenient location and proximity to tourist attractions and the CBD respectively.
No. of rooms 20
Rates From S$250++ (US$190++)
Tel: (65) 6202 9377