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The Sultan

Tasteful heritage hotel

What we say: 3.5 stars

Set among the antique shops and fish-head steamboat restaurants of Singapore’s Jalan Sultan is a charming boutique hotel named (you guessed it) The Sultan. Tastefully converted from 10 art deco-era shophouses with great attention to detail, it’s easy to see why this 64-room hotel won a 2012 Architectural Heritage Award from the city state’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.

This charming building and its adjacent one make up The Sultan, preserving the original looks of Arab street.

This charming building and its adjacent one make up The Sultan.

Beyond the lovely, perfumed reception — a great spot for couples to take vintage wedding photos — lies a well organised indoor area with many outdoor spaces and plants. You’ll marvel at how the exterior belies the large number of rooms here.

The lobby of the Sultan

The lobby of the Sultan.

The two-storey hotel has eight types of rooms, the usual singles, doubles, and suites, including a loft where you climb a ladder of sorts to get to bed. Suites have various designs — the Sultan is the best and most well furnished — and some platform beds are Japanese-ryokan style, elevated slightly. Windows range from skylight, full length to no window at all, though the latter should generally communicated clearly both upon booking. Views include those overlooking the main road on Jalan Sultan and the back street, Aliwal.

You'll get both a taste of the Maghreb and the Orient in this room, with its Arab motifs on the wall and the Japanese ryokan style bed.

You’ll get both a taste of the Maghreb and the Orient in this room.

A single room costs about S$150 a night, while doubles are about S$180 and suites go up to $280 (includes breakfast, excludes 7% taxes and 10% service charge). All rooms have WiFi, coffee- and tea-making facilities, with the higher range rooms offering capsule machines. The hotel offers laundry services, DVDs and books for rent, and reception is able to book tours at a discounted rate.

Worthy of note too is the hotel’s jazz club, with excellent live music and a restaurant, Toots Brasserie, serving authentic classical French cuisine — the three-course set lunch offered from Mondays to Saturdays is a steal at S$18, and one of the best of its type in Singapore. Catch it before the crowds set in.

Room 101 is a rooftop bar  in The Sultan serving up a range of unique cocktails.

The rooftop bar.

With an ideal location within walking distance of Arab Street, three train stations (Lavender, Bugis and Nicoll Highway) and the civic district in good weather, the Sultan makes an excellent stay for those keen on heritage style with a sophisticated touch without, by Singapore standards, breaking the bank.

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101 Jalan Sultan, Singapore Singapore  T: 6723 7101 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Single 150 S$ 150 S$
Standard - Double 180 S$ 180 S$
Suite 280 S$ 280 S$

Added to Travelfish on: 15th February, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 15th October, 2014

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101 Jalan Sultan, Singapore Singapore 
T: 6723 7101

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