Friday, October 4, 2019
Hotel Soloha @ Keong Saik Road - New Charming Boutique Hotel Nestled In The Culture Rich Keong Saik Neighbourhood
Treat yourself to an adventurous weekend escapade at Hotel Soloha - a new 45-room boutique hotel nestled within Chinatown's heritage and cultural epicentre, Keong Saik Road. It is the perfect place to experience Singapore's unique culture, and its strategic location is home to a good number of bars, restaurants, and eateries as well.
Designed by interior design firm Avalon Collective and architect Asolidplan, step through the wooden panel doors into a whimsical space decked in elements of urban jungle chic and tropical modernism, with local artists adding their own inimitable touch to the space.
Situated just right next to the technicolour bar reception counter, attention may be particularly drawn to its 3m wide pop-art mural by local artist, Ethrisha Liaw. The mural, along with her artwork in the guest rooms, revolves around the central theme of ‘play’, exploring tropical sensuality through the use of pop gradients and uncanny visual textures to create a sense of dynamic movement.
Marvel at the 13-metre high painted art piece by local artist Danielle Tay installed in the lift shaft, which further emphasised the forest theme of the hotel. The artwork, aptly named ‘Spirit of the Forest’, seeks to take guests on a journey of curiosity and adventure in a mystical forest as they ride the elevator.
The Hotel offers five types of rooms – the standard, superior, deluxe, loft and suite – with deluxe rooms starting from $250++ per night. We checked into the Loft room with a comfortable double bed on the mezzanine floor. Upon entering the room, guests are immediately greeted by its warm and inviting elements such as the veneer wood panels or grey-cosy wallpaper, a classic rattan chair, and bright pops of colour added by the bright orange headboard and experimental collages by local print designer, Ethrisha Liaw, beautifying its walls.
To wash away the grime of the day's adventures, guests may be pampered in the bathroom with its patented Hansgrohe Raindance shower, figured glass panels, a magnifying vanity mirror, and the hotel’s in-house toiletries, including lemongrass shampoo and lavender body wash.
Climb up the ladder steps to recline on the plush 30cm-thick mattress which allows for restful sleep for both light and heavy sleepers. The hotel also offers a Smart Cable TV armed with cable and paid channels, and access to YouTube, Netflix and Spotify - perfect for a long night’s binge on one’s favourite television series. The Smart Room Control Unit in every room allows guests to manage lighting and air-conditioning with the press of a button. A variety of preset light settings from ‘party’ to ‘romantic’ give guests the luxury to create the ambience they desire.
Other facilities at Hotel Soloha includes the Games/Meeting Room on the first floor. It is equipped with its very own table tennis table, and doubles as a meeting room.
Or step out into the lush alfresco area at the Courtyard on the second floor for a relaxing afternoon.
As night falls, have dinner at the newly-opened fusion ramen establishment Takeshi Noodle Bar, located right within Hotel Soloha. It offers a curated selection of ramen such as the Sliced Wagyu Beef with Truffle Iberico Tonkotsu, Honey Roasted Iberico Pork with Burnt Miso Iberico Tonkotsu, Seafood Szechuan Mala Iberico Tonkotsu, and Truffle Mentaiko Linguini with Aburi Salmon & Ikura. To complete the indulgent meal, go for their delectable sides such as the mentaiko oysters, char siew and grilled sirloin beef strips.
The hotel also offers a complimentary breakfast buffet, available from 7am to 10am, with breakfast classics such as the scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns and cereals, to go with your coffee, tea or juice.
‘Soloha' combines 'so', an expressive portmanteau that emphasises the idea of 'to such a great extent' and 'aloha', the catchy Hawaiian greeting that is about living life. Hence, to be Soloha essentially means living an expressive, #yolo life filled with superlatives. Hotel Soloha aims to create a destination hotel that not only fits into Keong Saik’s charming self but is also a modern interpretation of a Singapore that is bold, stylish and cultured. For the dreamers and adventure seekers-alike, it is the perfect place to go on an adventurous journey or a weekend getaway, with free reign given to unfettered imagination, creativity and infinite possibilities.
Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
12 Teck Lim Road
Tel: +65 62228881
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (EW Line, NE Line)
1) Alight at Outram Park MRT station. Take Exit H. Walk straight down New Bridge Road. Turn right onto Kreta Ayer Road. Turn right again onto Keong Saik Road. Walk down Keong Saik Road. Turn left onto Jiak Chuan Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]