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Design decadence

What we say: 3.5 stars

On the fringe of Singapore’s Little India in what was once a 1920s-era school lies quirky Wanderlust, owned by the people behind the New Majestic and Hotel 1929. The 29 rooms, imaginatively outfitted by four different design agencies, offer something beyond the norm for the city state’s accommodation options. Design mavens wanting to stay in Little India should look no further, as the area otherwise focuses very much on hostels and cheap hotels.

A little bit of 1920s charm.

A little bit of 1920s charm.

The lobby boasts an unadorned concrete floor with a table football set, dentists’ chairs and a huge menacing tooth sculpture. Also on this level is on-site restaurant Cocotte, an excellent French restaurant serving up rustic, authentic dishes. Design-wise, this level is supposed to reflect ‘industrial glam’. Level two focuses on ‘eccentricity’, level three answers the question, ‘Is it just black and white?’, and level four is all about ‘creature comforts’.

Don't be afraid to sit in that dentist's chair...

No on-site dentists, we promise.

Each room has its own design and colour. The lower range ‘eccentric’ rooms come as Pantone ($160++) and Pantone Deluxe ($180++), each a hue on the Pantone chart; the deluxes have bathtubs, while the standards only have a shower.

Level three is all about Japanese minimalism, with the Mono rooms ($190++) featuring origami and pop art. One deluxe room (S$230++) has a glass-encased bathtub.

The priciest rooms are the Whimsical (S$240++) lofts which have a few different looks. Not for those with a fear of heights, these rooms are gorgeous and best suited to couples (think exposed bathtubs).

Why not get your blue  Monday even more blue by staying in this cobalt-hued Pantone room at Wanderlust?

Make a blue Monday bluer in this Pantone room.

Every room in Wanderlust is a work of art. But while the rooms are special, as this isn’t a large building, there’s not much in terms of amenities. A jacuzzi at level 2 is open 06:00 till 21:00 daily and all rooms come equipped with WiFi, LCD TV, an iPod dock and Shanghai Tang toiletries.

The jacuzzi is in a pleasant common area that provides a view of the surrounding estates.

The jacuzzi is in a pleasant common area that provides a view of the surrounding estates.

Wanderlust is a 15-minute walk away from Little India MRT station. It’s also possible to walk from here farther afield to Bugis.

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2 Dickson Road, Singapore Singapore  T: 6396 3322 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 160 S$ 160 S$ Prices climb in increments to $240

Added to Travelfish on: 14th June, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 23rd November, 2014

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2 Dickson Road, Singapore Singapore 
T: 6396 3322

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