The Scarlet Singapore recently launched a new staycation package, “Scarlet Seduction”. While the package is available for both room and suite bookings, the benefits for a room booking only include breakfast for two, complimentary minibar and one bottle of wine, while the inclusions for suite bookings are decidedly more extensive and luxurious:
- A one-way limousine transfer (either pick-up or drop-off)
- Free premium minibar (inclusive of red, white and sparkling wine)
- Breakfast for two at SOFI Cafe + Keto
THE SCARLET SINGAPORE
Situated along Erskine Road next to the upcoming Maxwell MRT Station and close to the bustling Ann Siang Hill/Club Street dining and nightlife enclave, the hotel is an 80-key boutique luxury hotel comprising a row of two-storey black-and-white shophouses as well as a four-storey Art Deco-style building with a distinctive roof pavilion. Formerly the shared living quarters of immigrant Chinese women and subsequently a small boutique hotel called The Inn of Sixth Happiness until the mid-1990’s, the hotel was launched as The Scarlet Singapore in 2004, notably the country’s first ever luxury boutique hotel.
Like fellow boutique property The Vagabond Club, the interiors of the shophouse hotel play it sumptuous, bold and flamboyant, with dramatic flashes of blood red alongside vibrant jewel-tone colours like topaz, amethyst and chartreuse as well as plush and luxurious furnishings and fabrics from the likes of Sonia Rykiel and Pierre Frey. As an illustration of the extravagance involved, the yellow and sapphire Lavish Suite boasts a Swedish Hästens bed valued at S$38,500, while the topaz Splendour Suite features a Christian Lacroix-fabric day bed. The hotel offers 75 rooms (Deluxe; Executive; Executive Room with Balcony; and Premium) and 5 unique suites (Lavish; Splendour; Opulent; Swank; and Passion), each with its own very distinctive design and elements. All suites are fitted with jacuzzi bathtubs.
The hotel’s anchor dining concepts are Italian restaurant Pasta Brava as well as its sister concept(s) Sofi Café + Keto + Rooftop Bar, while F&B tenants along the extended five-foot way on the outside include Japanese restaurant Wa-i Sushi; smoothie and açaí bowl concept Summer Lab; ice cream space NOM Gelato; and bakery La Grigne Patisserie. In the vicinity, Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown Complex Food Centre as well as the exciting Keong Saik and Tanjong Pagar Road food streets are steps away, while the nearby Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple are notable landmarks to check out in the historic Chinatown cultural district.
The hotel’s facilities include Flaunt (gym), Soda (outdoor circular jacuzzi) and Bold (meeting room). At the time of publication, Soda and the Passion Suite are undergoing renovation works.
The “Scarlet Seduction” package exists for both rooms and suite bookings. However, suite bookings offer access to a more extensive range of privileges. Your suite stay comes with a one-way limousine transfer either for pick-up or drop-off. While room guests get a free bottle of wine as part of their complimentary privileges, suite guests have not one, not two but three bottles of wine (one red, one white and one sparkling) to enjoy during their stay. For those who prefer their drinks sans grapes, the complimentary minibar also comes with beers as well as a variety of non-alcoholic beverages such as coconut water, orange juice and sodas.
Basically, every edible item you see in the minibar – you can have.
Breakfast is served at Sofi Café + Keto on the ground level, with each guest entitled to one item on the menu along with their choice of either coffee or tea. Options include the Sofi Cafe Breakfast (organic egg either scrambled or sunny side up with baked ham and beans as well as brioche or multi-grain); Sofi’s Waffles (with either maple or toffee syrup drizzle); Homebaked Granola (organic oats, almonds, cashew, yogurt, honey and your choice of banana or honeymelon); Three Eggs Omelette with Mushroom, Cheese and Toast; and Keto Low Carb Ham & Cheese Toast. The best thing about breakfast is that breakfast hours only end at 3pm (!), so you can lounge in bed the whole morning without setting an alarm (y’know, after all that wine) and sashay down fashionably late only when you are good and ready.
Located on the second level, the 36sqm Opulent Suite plays it all decadent European romance, being decked in shades of rich purple with chartreuse accents, custom-made Art Deco furnishings as well as regal motifs (your throne-like bed feels like it is made for royalty). Floor-to-ceiling Victorian-style doors open up to a spacious private balcony with ceiling fans, outdoor furniture as well as a daybed for intimate and wine-fuelled al fresco nighttime conversations. Balconies are already a rarity when it comes to Singapore hotels, but what is even rarer is a balcony right smack in the middle of a popular dining and nightlife enclave.
Aside from the entirely complimentary premium minibar selections (see previous section), the pantry is also stocked with Nespresso and Robert Timms coffee as well as Twinings tea-making facilities.
The sizeable marble bathroom is fitted with an enclosed rainfall shower space as well as a bathtub with powerful jacuzzi jets. (Pro-tip: jacuzzi jet massage sessions and bubble baths are distinct experiences which are best kept mutually exclusive.) A loofah and bath salts are provided for that extra bit of indulgence, with bathroom amenities from in-house brand Flair.
The Scarlet Singapore
33 Erskine Road