Hotel 1929

Hotel 1929

Quirky heritage hotel

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Set on trendy Keong Saik Road, no two rooms are alike at this boutique heritage hotel, but imagine vintage furniture, framed black and white photos, and sunlight streaming through the shuttered windows and you’ll have a good idea.

Travelfish says:

The ground floor lobby is decorated with antique dentistry chairs, for which the owner has a penchant -- they’re about as comfortable as they look, but, like the rest of the hotel, cute and quirky.

Rooms are compact, with equally tight bathrooms -- in our single room the basin was in the main room beside the bed meaning we could probably have brushed our teeth in bed without making too much of a mess (we didn’t actually try this). The compact nature of the rooms is eased with a large mirror and they manage to squeeze in a TV, iPod dock (with complimentary Handy smartphone), and a well stocked mini-fridge. There’s also a small desk that was just large enough to sit a laptop on. The glass-walled bathrooms are immaculate but don’t offer much privacy so we hope you’ve got a close relationship with your roommate. The suites are an interesting splurge with beautiful vintage bathtubs. All guests have access to an upper-floor outdoor terrace which looked pleasant, with lounge seating and umbrellas, but was spoiled somewhat by a large and very noisy air-ventilation unit.

With only 25 rooms, service is very personalised. Keong Saik Rd is a bit of a walk from the heart of Chinatown, but this is a fast developing and trendy area, so there are plenty of spots to eat and drink. Rates are variable -- we shopped around online, but ended up booking direct with a better rate through their frustratingly complicated and slow website (the things we do to save a few bucks). Listed rates exclude taxes. A recommended splurge.

Contact details for Hotel 1929

Address: 50 Keong Saik Rd
T: 6347 1929;  F: 6327 1929  
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º50'30.52" E, 1º16'50.99" N
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Room rates: S$150 to 300

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard single room S$149 S$149
Standard double room
Upto $198
S$169 S$169
Deluxe double room
Upto $260
S$230 S$230

Reviewed by

Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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