What Their Website Promises
“The Club comprises an interconnected mix of restaurants, a day and night café bar, a peruvian rooftop bar, a whisky bar and 20 guest rooms. It’s the perfect place to start the day, meet for lunch, spend an evening or stay the night. We’re certain that luxury and comfort can be enjoyed at a modest price for a luxe-for-less stay experience.” – theclub.com.sg
What We Say
After an extensive overhaul, the artfully refashioned boutique hotel opened last year and now looks more like a designer heritage home you crave the keys to, than an ambitious design statement (like The Club’s previous monochromatic too-cool-for-school theme). The design scheme is now an exercise in bold contrasts: white walls feature dark blue panels, juxtaposed against bright red shophouse windows and handsome wood furnishings; oriental furniture paired with mid-century European ones. And the entrance is discreet; practically a side door of Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s – the ground floor restaurant.
There are no pool, gym or spa facilities here. But you can spend the day parked out on the laid-back rooftop bar, or cosied in on the leather couches of Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s – a dining area designed to look like a well-heeled, well-travelled couple’s living room complete with design and architecture books. As it happens, the lone lift hasn’t been engineered to get people in and out of the building in a timely fashion – serving as a reminder to slow down and smell the proverbial roses.
There are only two types of rooms here: the 18 Club Rooms that each offer around 28 square metres of space, or the two Club Suites providing some 41 square metres of luxury each. Nonetheless, all guests will appreciate the thoughtful touches in the room, from plush towels and organic Bamford toiletries to local photography artworks, designer lamps, a smart TV, a Nespresso coffee machine and a Bluetooth Tivoli speaker-radio.
Rooms continue the hotel’s East-meets-West mix of furniture and design elements. The wood-and-rattan cupboards stand in contrast to the dark grey French panels and Colonial bathroom.
And then there’s the bed, made by the UK company Hypnos, which we’re told costs $10,000 and awarded (at least in the UK) a “Royal Warrant” by the Queen. The 400-thread count luxurious bedlinens almost seal the deal. All that’s lacking are ear plugs to shut out the raucous party-goers on Ann Siang Road.
The Valentine’s Day Packages (from $200++ per night) come with complimentary breakfast that you can choose to have at Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s or brought to you in bed. However, instead of a buffet, you choose one of three set menus: continental (think: bircher muesli, bread and jam), English (bacon, sausages, eggs) or local (kaya toast, half-boiled eggs, dough fritters).
The Disgruntled Chef
There’s also a $50 dining voucher that you can use at one of the four F&B outlets, including The Disgruntled Chef – a more sophisticated sister to its original outlet in Dempsey Hill. The dark colours, dim lighting and gilded tabletops provide the perfect backdrop for an elegant dressed-up dinner date. However, the food (with mains, like beef short ribs, starting from $38) is OK but not sensational, and service (efficient but indifferent, like the hotel’s) makes The Disgruntled Chef’s second branch feel like a restaurant still in training. Although that may be the case considering it’s only been opened for less than a year.
Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s
Well-dressed urbanites come for the cocktails at the rooftop Tiger’s Milk bar, while breakfast at Mr & Mrs Maxwell’s is best for people-watching well-schooled travellers sipping coffee and reading the papers. Staying here for the weekend also gives you the opportunity to check out Chinatown like tourists, and then bar hop your way from Ann Siang Road and Club Street to Duxton Road and Keong Saik Road, before returning to The Club to lay your head.
28 Ann Siang Road
Tel: 6808 2188
By: Kenneth Wee; photos: The Club