A part of the IHG portfolio, the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is located in the charming neighbourhood of Katong in Singapore, providing you with a different experience from most other centrally located hotels in this city state.
While the hotel itself looks pretty modern, it is actually located on the premises of the former Joo Chiat Police Station, and nestled within a neighbourhood that celebrates Singapore’s Peranakan culture.
Stepping inside the hotel, you’ll first be struck by the bold colours and patterns all around you. The front desk staff were able to accommodate a slightly earlier check out, and also offered a late check out, which was a nice touch.
Around the lobby, you’ll find lots of Peranakan inspired furniture, as well as a cluster of beautifully coloured lanterns suspended from the ceiling.
I was assigned to pretty much the best room available on the property actually, the King Premier View Room with Bathtub, offering sweeping views of the surrounding neighbourhood.
What sets this room apart from most other hotels is that the bathroom is situated against the windows facing the exterior of the building as opposed to the more conventional enclosed bathrooms.
This also means that it is important to remember to lower the blinds when you’re showering or taking a bath for privacy.
The large circular bathtub is also a unique selling point for this property, which can comfortably fit 2 persons at a go.
The standing shower is adorned with beautiful tiles in line with the property’s design and theme.
The bedroom area was also large and spacious, with a separate area for a sofa and a carrom table in place of the regular coffee table.
The sofa was a little too boldly coloured with the pink and red upholstery, but I guess they could get away with it since the overall theme allowed for it.
The minibar was housed in a lovely little cabinet, fully stocked with drinks and snacks, as well as traditional candy.
I also found my welcome amenity, a bowl of fruits and some sweets, already sent to my room ahead of check-in.
Another secret that this hotel holds is its infinity pool on the roof. Given that the surrounding estates are all low-rise, you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view of the neighbourhood stretching all the way to Singapore’s city fringe areas.
Also, given that Katong is located close to the sea, you’ll enjoy the regular sea breeze throughout most of the day.
There’s also some outdoor furniture right by the pool in case you find the need to get some sunlight while reading a book or working on your assignment.
The fitness centre is also located on the roof next to the pool, but fully enclosed and air conditioned. The equipment is somewhat limited, but you can probably get by with some simple modifications to your usual workout routine.
The front desk also handed me a whole stack of discount vouchers to be used during my stay.
In fact, I redeemed my welcome drink vouchers at Baba Chews, that also serves up fusion Peranakan dishes all day.
Breakfast was also served at Baba Chews, where you can order free flow dishes from an a la carte menu, as well as help yourself to a buffet spread of pastries, fruits and yoghurt.
The semi-buffet concept for breakfast allow for a more comfortable dining experience.
The Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong makes for a refreshing hotel experience away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s central areas. The district of Katong is also home to lots of local delights, such as the famous Katong Laksa, allowing guests to indulge in the city state’s food culture, while also appreciating Singapore’s Peranakan heritage and architecture.