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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Oriental Beauty: Amoy Hotel

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I'm a sucker for boutique hotels and i discovered an oriental gem in the heart of Singapore. 

The newest boutique hotel and a first in Singapore that incorporates a museum that traces the footsteps of early immigrants from China, i thought it was the best choice to put up ANY visiting guest in AMOY. Singapore being so modern, can't quite count as the real Asia. My expat friends call Singapore 'for beginners'! Therefore, anyone coming to visit, AMOY as accommodation is highly recommended to get an authentic experience. 

Located in a heritage conservation area, AMOY is hidden within a temple facade. 
We missed it first time round, but when our taxi circled the street again, we found the tiny #76 imprinted on its exterior. It might be useful to know the more visible bistro Dean & Deluca is just across the road.
                            
I love entering the hotel via Fuk Tak Chi, Singapore's first street museum that was formerly a temple and headquarters for the Hakka and Cantonese communities in the 1800s. It feels like i'm entering the Forbidden City as a princess!

Entering the hotel lobby, I was blown away by its high ceiling, stone and brick interiors. 
I could almost hear birds chirping. 
                           
                           
I'm not only a sucker for boutique hotels, i am also a fan of nostalgic items! Found them dotted around the hotel. 
                  
A real well from the 1800s!
An ode to the contribution of Singapore's early migrates, all 37 rooms in the hotel are represented by the most common Chinese surnames.                 
                 
How about ROLE PLAYING as Mrs Huang tonight? Teehee. 
The room's interior was intricately designed and the in-room experience seemed totally bespoke!       
A personalised greeting card painstakingly handwritten by staff.                              
For coffee lovers
For tea lovers, AMOY is the ONLY hotel who carries this brand,
touted to be even BETTER than TWG.
                          
In-room drink refreshments are free to enjoy. 
               
It was a very pleasant contrast how the ancient facade of the hotel leads to a high-tech room interior. 
We oohed and aahed as our butler explained the features of the room to us.
A charger within the safe box.
Man's shaving mirror with in-built light.
Night light!
iPhone 5 dock! Most hotels are still supplying iPhone 4.
I particularly like how most hotels are fitted with carpets but AMOY is lined with wooden flooring.  It gives an old feeling and feels cleaner than carpets too.
                            
Needless to say, in such a high-tech room, broadband internet is unlimited.

Continental breakfast with yogurt, pastries, toast, ham & cheese with cornflakes is provided in the foyer.
Following the theme, cutlery are ancient replicas!
Things to Do Around
AMOY is located conveniently in the Central Business District area. Try


  • A walk to Promenade
A nice breezy walk in the evening along the river against Singapore's city landscape.
If you're lucky, you may catch fireworks atop 1-Altitude bar at One Raffles Place.

Otherwise, there are 2 light shows around. At Marina Bay Sands casino resort, otherwise at the super trees at Gardens by the Bay! You won't regret this romantic encounter.
  • Chinatown
You cannot miss Chinatown with its cheap buys, traditional desserts and massage.

  • Ann Siang Hill, Keong Siak and Duxton
Popular yuppie haunts for food and drink these streets. 

For more unique things to do in Singapore, you can check out my posts on
places to go and unique souvenirs from Singapore. 

1 comment:

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