Ann Siang House is a restored heritage property that has been converted into one of the most unique boutique hotels in Singapore. Read on for my Ann Siang House review!
If you’re a Yoga, Wine & Travel reader then you’ll know that I absolutely love staying at places with soul and personality – not just your average cookie-cutter property where you pay for four walls and a bed, a mediocre cup of coffee and okay service. This is where Ann Siang House in Singapore comes in.
Though I’ve traveled to Singapore many times before for work, I never found a property that resonated with me. They were all beige, blah and boring. And to be honest, those hotels probably contributed to my not-so-positive impression of Singapore.
Which is exactly why I scoured the Internet ahead of my most recent trip to Singapore and read a million review websites before settling on Ann Siang House, a boutique hotel in Singapore tucked away between Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar and the CBD.
The property boasts a rich history and is a fabulous example of how heritage can be preserved through transformation – read on for my Ann Siang House review!
Important things to know before visiting Singapore
✈️ To get into Singapore you’ll need to fly into Changi International Airport. A cab from the airport to the city costs approximately 25 SGD (18 USD) and takes less than half an hour from door-to-door, or you can pre-book your private airport pick up or drop off here. Not in a rush or traveling light? Hop on a shared airport shuttle for 7 USD if you aren’t in a hurry. Click here to book your Singapore airport shuttle ahead of time!
🛂 Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. Visitors from these countries will require a visa for entry. Prior to arrival, you should fill in your SG Arrival Card (this can be done up to three days before your visit).
💱 The currency is the Singapore Dollar. The exchange rate is approximately US$1 to 1.38 SGD, 1 Euro: 1.46 SGD or AU$1: 0.87. though most places accept credit card.
🎟️ You pretty much never have to pay full price for admissions tickets in Singapore. Just click here and search for places you want to go, and book online for discounted entry or head on over here to read more about how to use Klook to book travel experiences.
📱 Stay connected and pre-buy a local SIM card. The airport sells SIM cards for 30 SGD a piece, but you can buy a Singapore SIM card for a third of the price here! Just head to the pick-up counter at Changi Airport once you arrive.
🚗 Get around Singapore on foot, MRT (subway), bus or by Grab (similar to Uber). Make sure you download the Grab app ahead of your trip as it is fairly ubiquitous, and you can pay by cash or link your Grab account to a credit card.
You can pay for MRT tickets and bus journeys using cash, or you can purchase an E-Z link card at the airport. The card is similar to London’s Oyster or Hong Kong’s Octopus card and costs 10 SGD – it comes with 5 SGD of credit and 5 SGD is a non-refundable deposit.
🌤️ There is no “best time of year” to visit Singapore. It is a tropical country and is hot all year-round, though there may be more rain during the summer months from June to August. There are also some major tradeshows, corporate events and concerts that take place in the city – during these times, you can expect hotel rates and demand for accommodation to go up.
👚 What to wear in Singapore: As a top tourism destination the dress code in Singapore is generally fairly relaxed. Some attractions (such as Gardens by the Bay) offer minimal shade, so you won’t regret wearing light, breathable clothing and bringing a hat. If you plan on visiting any temples or churches you should dress appropriately and wear clothing that covers your legs and shoulders, though this is not always strictly enforced.
🌐 Language in Singapore: Most Singaporeans are bilingual if not trilingual, and almost everyone speaks and understands English.
🗓️ Wondering how many days to spend in Singapore? Though Singapore is compact, for a first time visitor I would recommend spending no fewer than 3 days in Singapore.
The rooms at Ann Siang House in Singapore
Restored from a heritage shophouse, Ann Siang House hotel offers only 20 rooms across three room categories: deluxe, executive and suite. The rooms range from 270 square feet all the way up to 600 square feet, and every inch is put to good use.
Ann Siang House uses a rich colour palette complete with lots of royal blue tones and muted golds, and is the epitome of class and elegance.
Ann Siang House has style and substance – I stayed in two different rooms during my stay, the workout and cooking studios, and was impressed by the quality of the facilities and amenities. Not only do the rooms feature Hypnos mattresses (the manufacturer claims that these are “the most comfortable beds in the world” – a claim I won’t soon be disputing), you’ll also find a large flat screen TV, bluetooth speaker, Nespresso machine, mini fridge, iron and ironing board, kettle, plug adapter, safe and hairdryer.
Deluxe rooms feature a rain shower and executive rooms also offer a bathtub and lemongrass-scented bath salts.
The workout studio at Ann Siang House also features your own personal mini fitness corner and equipment, and the cooking studio is equipped with a microwave, electric stove, mini refrigerator/freezer, and cooking & dining utensils if you feel like self-catering.
Though Ann Siang House hotel offers bottled water, they also offer a carafe so that you can fill up on water at the dispenser (available in the common area on every floor) to save on single-use plastics.
The hotel also provides guests with a smartphone so that you can stay connected and find your way around town or take advantage of special deals and discounts around town.
Ready to book your stay at Ann Siang House in Singapore? The boutique hotel only has 20 rooms so book early – click here to check current rates and availability!
The facilities and dining at Ann Siang House in Singapore
Ann Siang House offers several restaurants and bars within the property so you’ll never go hungry or thirsty. Blue Label Pizzeria is a highly rated American-style pizza joint, and White Label Records is a hipster’s dream come true: a new vinyl shop doubling as a coffee joint and cocktail bar at night. White Label opens after 11 AM, so you may need to look elsewhere for your caffeine hit if you’re an early bird.
Pandora’s Garden is a new terrace bar with a massive rosé selection – I paid 33 SGD or 23 USD for 2 glasses of wine, which seems steep but is actually cheap for Singapore standards. A separate rooftop bar, The Other Roof, is also currently in the process of opening to the public. Foodies will love the neighborhood – it is jam packed with eateries, bars and hawker centres so you can eat and drink to your heart’s desire.
Editor’s note: Unfortunately White Label Records, Pandora’s Garden and The Other Roof have since closed. Not to fear – the area has plenty on offer including the nearby Maxwell Food Centre and trendy Keong Saik Road enclave.
As Ann Siang House is located in a restored shophouse so there is no pool or spa – but it is the perfect city getaway hotel with a location that can’t be beat.
While they do not currently serve breakfast, they do offer complimentary coffee, tea and snacks throughout the day. It is in one of Singapore’s most vibrant neighborhoods and is a fabulous retreat after a long day of sightseeing.
You may also like: Here are 6 luxury and boutique hotels in Singapore that I’ve personally stayed at and loved!
How to get to Ann Siang House
Ann Siang House is located on the outskirts of Chinatown, right next to Club Street. It is a 5-minute walk away from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and a hop and skip away from the Telok Ayer MRT station. To get around you can either take a taxi, Grab car or catch the MRT.
A cab from the airport costs approximately 25 SGD (18 USD) and takes less than half an hour from door-to-door, pre-book your private airport pick up or drop off here, or you can hop on a shared airport shuttle for 7 USD if you aren’t in a hurry. Click here to book your Singapore airport shuttle ahead of time, ask them to take you to Ann Siang House or The Scarlet (which is located next door).
The staff at Ann Siang House are extremely friendly and polite – make sure you ask for some local recommendations if it’s your first time to Singapore.
If you’re planning a trip, Ann Siang House is one of the best boutique hotels in Singapore to check out – after two straight days of whirlwind sightseeing and networking at the ITB travel conference, all I could think of was retreating back to Ann Siang House to unwind and relax.
Booking tip: If you are a light sleeper, ask for a workout room on the interior side of the hotel. Ready to book your stay? Click here for current rates and availability at Ann Siang House in Singapore!
What to do in Singapore
Ann Siang House is a fantastic sightseeing base in Singapore. To get to the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By the Bay and the Art Science Museum, just hop on the downtown line from the Telok Ayer MRT station and hop off at Bayfront. The hotel is a short stroll away from Chinatown and the famous Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, or take a taxi to get to colourful Little India and Haji Lane.
The Marina Bay Sands Observation Platform offers stunning views of the historic centre of Singapore as well as the Supertree Grove, or head to Level 33 for drinks with a view. Click here for discounted entry tickets into most of the attractions in Singapore!
Ready for your Singapore getaway? Click here to book your amazing stay at Ann Siang House in Singapore, or click here to check out some other highly rated hotels in Singapore!
As a newcomer, Ann Siang House breathes life into the boutique hotel scene in Singapore and it won’t stay under the radar – I’m certain it won’t be long until everyone’s clamoring to stay at this stylish heritage site.
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