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What we say: 3.5 stars

Opening in October 2009, klapsons was one of the earlier luxury boutique hotels in Singapore. With just 17 rooms and these days within striking distance of a few decent watering holes and restaurants, if design is important to you, and you’ve got a decent budget, it’s a fine choice.

The reception at klapsons reflects the freeform lights that make up the ceiling.

Did we mention you get sent to another planet?

You know klapsons is “design-driven” from the moment you enter the main lobby. Getting to reception involves climbing up a flight of steps to a counter located in a sphere, above which the ceiling contains quirky, freeform holes emitting changing coloured lights. Each piece of furniture in the lobby is its own conversation starter, from the asymmetrical table to the leaning lamps. A lot of attention has been paid to the lighting system and the mood it creates. In terms of general atmosphere think contemporary, lounge and buddha bar rolled into one.

klapsons opened at peak lower case letters.

klapsons opened at peak lower case letters.

Rooms are individually designed with starting prices for the executive at S$230++, including breakfast. The Oasis rises to S$340++, then you’ve got the klapsons suite going for a cool $550++. Most elements in the room — shower, lights, layout and even carpets — are different. Besides the bed (Sealy mattress, goosedown pillows, natch), the only other constant across rooms is probably comfort. All feature a complimentary minibar, Nespresso machine, LCD TV, iPod dock and high speed WiFo. The suites provide open bathrooms with a personal Jacuzzi at an outdoor terrace and feature Chopard bathroom amenities. The klapsons suite also has a romantic private balcony.

An executive room in klapsons, which is the lowest level of luxury available.

An executive.

Beyond its rooms, klapsons features two in-house eateries, a casual deli and a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine. In fact, one thing that’s probably more known to locals than the hotel itself is its bar, fabrika (see above re: peak lower caps). Located on level 17, fabrika is an al fresco terrace bar offering a spectacular view of Tanjong Pagar (from other windows in the hotel, you get to see Singapore’s port in action). Don’t say we didn’t warn you: fabrika is thronged at night and events are frequently held here.

klapsons' bar, fabrika, is lively in the afternoon and often is swarming with locals nights when there are events or live music.

fabrika gets lively afternoons and onwards.

The location, within a 10-minute walk of the Tanjong Pagar MRT station and food options such as the famed Maxwell Street food centre, is reasonably convenient. While walking to Chinatown requires a 20-minute walk, klapsons offers a restful and quiet night of sleep, being slightly further away from the bustle.

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15 Hoe Chiang Road, Chinatown Singapore  T: 6521 9000 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 230 S$ n/a0 Plus 17% tax and service
Deluxe Suite 550 S$ 550 S$ Plus 17% tax and service

Added to Travelfish on: 14th April, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 15th October, 2014

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