TripAdvisor has awarded The Vagabond Club within the top 5 luxury hotels in Singapore. Each room has luxurious Italian marble and glass mosaic bathrooms with standing rain showers and a Bluetooth-enabled Roberts Radio in hand-sewn Scottish leather. In boutique fashion, each room had a nice personal touch of memorabilia such as framed shots of everything, from travel to portraits, all from the owners’ personal collection of works.
Art and Design
What we enjoyed best from our stay at The Vagabond Club is watching the art come to life, literally and figuratively. Our personal favourite art piece, especially if you’re a movie buff, was found in the elevator. This eye-popping art piece is called the Evolution (Megaplex) by Marco Brambilla and is a video collage of full snippets from blockbuster and cult movies. Some of the movies featured include Star Wars, Interview with a Vampire, and Little Shop of Horrors.
If you’re lucky, you may even spot one of the local and international artists who often stay as residents of the hotel for up to a month to work, mingle and converse with guests and visitors.
One of these artists, who has an interesting sense of humour, is Michel Platnic. As you exit the bathroom by the bar, there is his video-art installation. A short loop GIF of three men who have been painted and filmed, and if you have had one too many drinks you may question if the pictures are really moving.
The Whiskey Library
The Whiskey Library at The Vagabond Club offers over 1,000 refined and rare whiskies from around the world and is expected to grow to become the largest public collection in Asia, if not the world. Needless to say, with that many options you may be there awhile, making it the perfect spot to start the evening each night while in Singapore.
We enjoyed the ambience at the Whiskey Library so much that it came to no surprise that guests can sign up to have their own private member lockers and bring one of their own bottles for every two bottles purchased at The Whiskey Library and enjoy special bottle pricing –all as part of the SGD 3,000 annual membership fee. This fee also includes 10-room nights at The Vagabond Club making The Vagabond Club conveniently a great local weekend getaway in Singapore.
In every culture, we can confidently agree that food is the way to any man’s heart and secretly, ours too. The Vagabond Club in Singapore offers a great breakfast selection to fuel up for the day. It is also located between two heritage neighborhoods - Little India precinct and Kampong Glam precinct on Arab Street, making it a short 10-minute walk to a diverse culture of food. After a long day of the “see” food diet, you’ll find no better place than The Vagabond Executive Lounge, to wind down with some complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks from 11:00am to 6:30pm for their hotel guests.
In between meals, you can squeeze in cultural experiences by also visiting Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in the heart of Little India. This temple is dedicated to the goddess and destroyer of evil and the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.
If you would like to view international contemporary art or introduce yourself to some of the worlds most important Southeast Asian contemporary artwork, the Singapore Art Museum is a must see.
My personal favourite area to walk is within the Kampong Glam precinct in Arab Street where you can see The Sultan Mosque or Masjid Sultan named after Sultan Hussain and named a national monument in 1975.
Address: 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207630