Lloyd’s Inn, River Valley 

An outlier when it comes to boutique hotels in Singapore, which tend towards tacky decor, Lloyd’s Inn is a 34-room establishment that sports a minimalist and pared-down aesthetic. The raw concrete finishes of the deck and roof terrace juxtapose nicely with the surrounding lawns, trees and shrubs. 

What Lloyd’s Inn lacks in restaurants and gyms, it makes up for by getting the basics right. Meticulous attention is paid to the details: guests are treated to kimono-style bathrobes and power sockets are conveniently located on both sides of the bed.  When the tropical weather becomes unbearable, cool off in the mosaic-tiled dipping pool. Or, if you’re staying in the Big Skyroom suite, you can relax in a private outdoor tub. “We are offering a tranquil natural environment in the heart of the city centre,” says Joan Chang, whose family owns the property. 

2 Lloyd Road, 239091 
+65 6737 7309 

Grand Hyatt Singapore, Orchard

The Grand Hyatt has been consistently delivering a good night’s sleep right in the heart of Orchard Road, the city’s energetic shopping district, since the 1970s. With plush interiors courtesy of Japanese interior-design firm Super Potato, which revamped the space in 2012, the hotel now houses 677 spacious rooms furnished with king-sized beds and Balmain bathroom amenities. 

The lobby is home to boutiques such as Bang & Olufsen and luxury watchmaker Richard Mille. If you’re hungry after a long day of meetings or sightseeing, head to one of the hotel’s several restaurants. We recommend poolside venue Oasis: its daily selection of barbecue cuts elevates alfresco dining to the next level.

10 Scotts Road, 228211 
+65 6738 1234 

Shangri-La Hotel, Bukit Timah

The Shangri-La, named for the lush earthly paradise depicted by James Hilton in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon, is a garden within the Garden City. Dense foliage shields the spacious premises – which is footsteps away from the main shopping district – from the din of the city. Guests staying in the premier suites of the Garden Wing can enjoy outdoor Jacuzzis and private barbecue grills. There’s a “pillow menu” catering to light sleepers and the attentive butler service makes sure that every need is met. Built in the 1970s, the hotel remains a model of impeccable service and thoughtful hospitality. 

22 Orange Grove, 258350 
+65 6737 3644 

Images: Marc Tan

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