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Hotel 1900 @ Chinatown review

Zhuang Jia Wen

During my recent visit to Singapore, I spent a few nights at Hotel 1900 located right in the heart of Chinatown. Here’s an overview of my experience at this charming boutique hotel.

Introduction

I wanted a hotel that would let me easily experience the sights and sounds of Chinatown on foot. With its restored shophouse architecture and prime location on South Bridge Road, Hotel 1900 seemed ideal. I looked forward to immersing myself in the neighborhood.

Pros

  • Unbeatable Location: The hotel is smack in the middle of Chinatown’s bustling markets, hawker centers, and historic temples. Couldn’t be more central!
  • Charming Boutique Vibe: Beyond the beautifully restored facade, the interior decoration has an authentic Peranakan-inspired aesthetic using warm woods, patterned fabrics and earthy tones.
  • Rooftop Terrace: The rooftop area has comfortable seating and a jacuzzi with views of Chinatown’s skyline – a nice spot to unwind.
  • Helpful Staff: The receptionists were incredibly friendly and had excellent recommendations for exploring Chinatown’s hidden gems.

Cons

  • Noisy Surroundings: Given the lively location, soundproofing could have been better. Light sleepers should bring earplugs.
  • No Restaurant: No dining onsite besides breakfast, but Chinatown’s incredible food is right outside the hotel doors.

Conclusion

For an authentic boutique hotel stay right in the heart of cultural Chinatown, Hotel 1900 is a wonderful choice. Beyond just location, the historic shophouse architecture and welcoming service enriches the Singapore experience. I’d wholeheartedly recommend it to first-time or returning visitors.

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