The restoration of family mansions and conversion to hotels is a popular pastime for hoteliers and developers in many Asian regions, a continuation of the practice of restoration and repurposing of castles, palaces and even jails in Europe.
One outstanding property recently visited in Singapore entirely fits this category. The heritage Ann Siang House Hotel is in the
Chinatown precinct of Singapore on the street, which bears its name between Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar and the CBD. The hotel is in a tastefully restored heritage building that preserves its original features, such as intricate tile work and ornate plaster mouldings. The hotel offers guests a unique and authentic experience while staying in a culturally rich neighbourhood. Ann Siang House hotel offers only 20 rooms across three room categories: deluxe, executive and suite.
The hotel was built in the early 1900s when Singapore was a British crown colony and a major port city in southeast Asia.
The Ann Siang House Hotel is a luxurious and elegant establishment popular with travellers, business people and dignitaries visiting the city. The original building was constructed in the traditional colonial style, with high ceilings, grand staircases, and large windows that let in plenty of light. The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the hotel staff are known for their impeccable service.
In the early 2000s, a group of investors decided to take a chance on the building and began a thorough renovation, bringing it back to its former glory. They restored the hotel to its original colonial style while incorporating modern amenities like air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
The Ann Siang House Hotel is a testament to Singapore’s rich history and heritage. It exemplifies the enduring spirit of a city that is always looking to the future while preserving its past.
The hotel is in the heart of the action with the bustling street markets of Chinatown, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and food courts just a minute’s walk away. The well-kitted staff are accommodating with information about the hotel and exciting places to visit.
The famous “Other Roof” is the hotel’s rooftop bar with a mouth-watering array of cocktails and pre-dinner drinks. You may have trouble picking from the extensive selection, which ranges from wines and champagnes to spirits and tea-finished spirits to cocktails and non-alcoholic tea beverages. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 5 to midnight.
One neighbourhood spot worth a visit is Low Tide cocktail bar, 50 metres around the corner on Ann Siang Hill, offering cleverly crafted original creations like a peppered pineapple negroni, forbidden fruits cocktail, and many more of the ever-friendly staff’s inventions made by a single barman.
The Ascott company has recently taken over Oakwood-branded hotels around the world. The company has more than 900 properties in 200 cities and 40 countries.
There are three hotels under the same banner in Singapore; Ann Siang House, Kesa House and Oakwood Studios, all of which have high customer ratings and reviews.
Written by John Savage
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