Last Updated on August 31, 2022 by Nellie Huang
One of the highlights of our current Southeast Asian journey was staying on the Clan Hotel. Here’s my detailed evaluation of Singapore’s latest luxurious lodge!
It’s been 3 years since I got here again house to Singapore — so this current journey to the Lion City has been a very long time coming. Our keep at The Clan Hotel made it all of the extra particular, as I used to be reminded of what the Singaporean id means.
Towering over the restored shophouses of Telok Ayer, The Clan Hotel is a contemporary luxurious lodge with a nostalgic story to inform. It pays tribute to the Singaporean heritage, by working with native craftsmen to supply distinctive furnishings, incorporating native meals within the breakfasts, and spoiling visitors with old-school Kaya snacks that I grew up consuming.
The Singapore I grew up in was at all times searching to the world, and by no means embracing native tradition and id. But occasions have modified, as I’ve seen, and this lodge really captures Singapore’s sense of id and spirit by way of each single element.
The Perfect Setting in Singapore
Sitting on the crossroads the place the monetary district and Telok Ayer meet, The Clan Hotel is simply minutes from the Singapore River and cultural websites in Chinatown. This is the place outdated meets new: the low-lying, terracotta-roofed shophouses juxtaposed in opposition to the towering skyscrapers of the CBD (Central Business District).
It was additionally right here, the place The Clan Hotel proudly stands, that settlers in search of new alternatives landed within the 1800s. Back then, the road was lined with bustling shophouses and sampans (wood boats) that introduced immigrants alongside the Singapore River. Today, the identical avenue has flourished and advanced right into a bustling leisure space flanked by edgy glass-walled buildings, restored temples, and modernised shophouses.
The Clan Hotel was constructed to mirror the success tales of humble immigrants and their robust bond that lasted by way of the generations, from previous to current. It’s evident from the lodge’s paintings and inside design, that it attracts inspiration from the clan halls and shophouses of the Telok Ayer space.
Embracing Our Singaporean Identity
The complete expertise begins on the dimly lit lodge foyer, the place wall-to-ceiling glass home windows, leather-based Chesterfield sofas, and black metal cabinets present an intimate setting for our welcome tea ceremony.
We’re warmly greeted by the in-house tea grasp, who serves us a pot of Nanyang Ritual Tea. He goes on to elucidate that it’s an unique curation (produced specifically for the lodge) that blends Southern and Northern Fujian Oolong Teas, each famed for intense perfume and style.
I sip on the tea and eagerly tuck into the tau sar piah, a conventional bean pastry I beloved as a child. Kaleya (my 7-year-old daughter) surprisingly likes it, and even asks for a second serving of the pastry!
Rooms with a View
Our cheery Clan Keeper reveals us to the Grand Premier Room. The lodge gives a personal-assistant service for visitors of the Master Series rooms. The very first thing I discover in our Twenty ninth-floor nook room is the view: huge home windows on all sides reveal spectacular views of the Singaporean skyline. And perched by the glass are window sill sofas that allow you to sit and admire the panorama whereas sipping their signature Nanyang ritual tea.
The spacious room is designed with a distinctively up to date fashion, however they haven’t forgotten to infuse some Singaporean character into it. The room options standing lamps with Oriental aptitude, polished teak tables, and conventional Chinese work. The lavatory is outrageously large, with a rainforest bathe and a large bathtub that permits you to soak whereas consuming within the view.
Having opened its doorways in March 2021, the Clan Hotel Singapore already has 324 rooms throughout three distinct room classes — Grand Premier, Premier and Deluxe rooms. The different rooms are comparable in design and magnificence to ours, however barely smaller in measurement.
The Sky’s The Limit
Perched on the rooftop (thirtieth flooring), the Sky Pool is a relaxing oasis providing a chook’s eye view of the encompassing heritage district. The pool itself is fairly small and the semi-submerged lounge chairs do get crammed up fairly rapidly, however the views positively make up for it. Next to the Sky Pool is a jacuzzi with heat effervescent water that my daughter beloved!
Also on this degree is the Sky Gym, full with Fitness-on-Demand private coaching, in addition to a conventional Wing Chun wood dummy for a well-rounded exercise. It’s positively one of many largest lodge gyms I’ve seen. There are additionally bathe suites out there for early check-ins and late check-outs.
A Tribute to Singaporean Cuisine
Breakfast is a severe affair on the lodge’s solely restaurant, QĪN Restaurant & Bar. We get to select from an a la carte menu, and the multi-course breakfast certain is a diffusion. I’m going for the Singaporean teochew porridge (rice congee) and roti prata (Indian flatbread), whereas Alberto opts for the total English breakfast. Kaleya gleefully devours a beneficiant portion of waffles with strawberries and maple syrup. All of those are served alongside a juice, espresso/tea, and a yogurt with blended fruit.
Like the remainder of the lodge, QĪN Restaurant & Bar is a contemporary Chinese restaurant that celebrates our native Singaporean tradition. Executive chef James Tay serves up artistic renditions of Asian classics, such because the Siphon Mushroom Tea, Chilli Crab Crostini and ‘Sang Mein’. He additionally designs a fastidiously curated record of each day specials to incorporate well-liked Singaporean dishes like Bak Kut Teh.
Nostalgic snapshots right here transcend the plate – the restaurant inside additionally presents a country rendition of Asian décor, rightfully elevated with a beneficiant view of the town. A stand-out design function of the restaurant is the wall of Chinese drugs bins, stretching from the staircase touchdown all the best way as much as the ceiling — as an example the life-long bond of the clans from the outdated occasions.
Free Precinct Tour of the Area
But what actually wins me over is the native precinct tour that the lodge gives freed from cost to Master Series visitors. The 1.5-hour guided tour brings us into the backstreets of Telok Ayer and Chinatown, and varied corners that I by no means knew existed. Our Clan Keeper might not be Singaporean, however he’s lived right here for 15 years and is aware of the town higher than I do (I haven’t lived right here for 17 years).
The strolling tour covers the important thing heritage websites and cultural spots which might be positioned close to the lodge, such because the Thian Hock Keng Temple and Fuk Tak Chi Museum. Our foremost cease is The URA Centre’s Singapore City Gallery, an informative showcase of how the Republic has remodeled over the previous 50 years (a fantastic spot to go to particularly if you happen to’re traveling Singapore with children!).
Throughout the stroll, our Clan Keeper makes common stops to share fascinating nuggets concerning the historical past. We finish off the tour with a cease on the well-known Maxwell Food Centre, the place our Clan Keepers will get us native drinks to pattern and have a chat about Singapore.
Info concerning the native precinct tour:
• Every Wednesday and Saturday, 4pm (topic to availability and climate situations)
• Guests to contact The Clan Keeper (for MASTER Series visitors)
• For as much as 9 visitors, topic to availability on a first-come, first-served foundation
• Each tour will final about 45 minutes to 1 hour
COVID Safety Measures
The lodge has been licensed by the SG Clean – a whole-of-Government initiative. This certification displays the stringent sanitisation and hygiene measures that they’ve taken. All their employees put on masks always, funds are in digital type, and check-in data is shipped to your e-mail.
Overall Review of The Clan Hotel Singapore
The lodge is improbable for individuals who have a mushy spot for heritage and tradition. The Clan Hotel has integrated the Singaporean id into each single element and staying right here offers you a greater sense of the nation.
It’s positively a spot I’d return to after I’m in Singapore once more.